S.S. John Harvey

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links
   
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S.S. John Harvey
( Only known photo ~ exploding at the Port )


" Special Thanks go to the Remarkable Website ":

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great websites for more by
clicking above !

 
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Tuesday,
" August 16, 2022 "

( Originally created January ~ 2021 )

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( " 38 " Merchant Mariners    ~    " 10 " U.S. Army Soldiers    ~    " 20 " Navy Armed Guards )

All " 38 " Merchant Mariners and " 1 " Navy Armed Guard are listed below

Still researching for the other " 29 " who perished !

         On December 2, 1943 the " S.S. John Harvey " was in the Bari, Italy Port waiting to unload it's secret cargo:  2,000 M47A1 mustard gas bombs, each of which held 60-70 lbs of sulfur mustard.   The Port was attacked by 105 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers of Luftflotte 2.   The bombers achieved surprise and bombed shipping and personnel operating in support of the Allied Italian Campaign.

        The " S.S. John Harvey " was destroyed in what has become known as the " Bari Port Disaster " in a huge explosion which caused the liquid sulfur mustard to spill into the water, mixing with oil from the sunken ships, and a cloud of sulfur mustard vapor to blow over the city.

         It is believed that nearly all crewmen of the " S.S. John Harvey " perished in the sinking   The rescuers were prevented from knowing the real nature of the danger until a " M47A1 " bomb fragment was retrieved from the wreckage.

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The ship Master / Captain of the " S.S. John Harvey " was:

Elwin Foster Knowles
" Cenotaph " in Owls Head, Maine with his Mom Estelle.

Elwin was lost in this sinking !

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         The " Bari Disaster " included the sinking of " 25 " ships, another " 3 " becoming a total loss, another " 12 " damaged, and killing over " 1,000 " people.   A total of 628 military victims were also hospitalized with "mustard gas symptoms" and by the end of the month, " 83 " of them had died.   The number of civilian casualties was thought to have been even greater.

The " 28 " ship's sunk or lost included:

Ardito
( Italy )

Aube
( Italy )

Barletta
( Italy )

Bollsta
( Norway )

Cassala
( Italian )

Corfu
( Italian )

Devon Coast
( British )

S.S.
Fort Athabasca

( British )

Fort Lajoie
( British )

Frosinone
( Italian )

Genespesca II
( Italian )

Goggiam
( Italian )

Inaffondabile
( Italian )

S.S.
John Bascom

( U.S. )

S.S.
John Harvey

( U.S. )

S.S.
John L. Motley
( U.S. )

S.S.
Joseph Wheeler
( U.S. )

Lars Kruse
( British )

Lom
( Norway )

Luciano Orlando
( Italy )

Lwow
( Polish )

MB 10
( Italian )

S.S.
Norlom

( Norway )

Porto Pisano
( Italy )

Puck
( Polish )

S.S.
Samuel J. Tilden
( U.S. )

Testbank
( British )

Volodda
( Italian )

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         The following below list was created in the memory of those who " Gave Their All " on the " S.S. John Harvey ".   There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see a personal memorial that has been created for them by myself or someone else.


Key to Abbreviations and Notes

MM     =  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " !
                   ( Awarded to the Merchant Mariner's for being Wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *  =  Awarded the " Combat Bar / Ribbon " !
                  ( Awarded to Mariner's who have been under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star " ( attached to the Combat Bar )
                   ( Awarded to Mariner's who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

MM-DSM  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Distinguished Service Medal " !
                         ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty " )

MM-POW  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Prisoner Of War Medal " !
                         ( Awarded to Mariner's who served time as a POW " )

PH  =  Awarded the " Purple Heart " !
              ( Awarded to U.S. Military Soldiers & Sailors for being Wounded and/or Killed in action )

Other Medals
              Such as Good Conduct Medals, Campaign Medals, Defense Service Medals, etc.,
              " Are Not " included in this listing.

  =  Picture of person shown on online memorial

  =  Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial

" Family Link Included " = Parent, Spouse, or Child linked in " Online Memorial ".

Cenotaph  =  A memorial stone only  ~  " OR "  ~  Remains not recovered  ~  " OR "  ~  Interred somewhere unknown.

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( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

( Those letters shown in " Bright Blue " below " currently " have someone listed ! )
( Those letters shown in " Red " below have no one listed for this Ship ! )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ] - G ] - H ] - I ]

J ] - K ] - L ] - M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ]

S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

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Last Names starting with  ~  " A "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Bailey,  Wilford A.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Kansas
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Prairie Home
Cemetery
Topeka, KS
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bailey,  Francis Allen

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Utility Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Bel Air
Memorial Gardens
Bel Air, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brennan,  Lawrence Osborne

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brewer,  Charles Edward

PH ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Seaman
1st Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Maryland
" Killed In Action "
December 2, 1943
Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brodie,  Marvin William

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Engine
Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Ohio
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Carter,  Guy Anderson

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Rockville
Cemetery
Rockville, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Deem,  Luther Daniel

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Ohio
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Duerr,  Thomas Edward

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Carpenter
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Ohio
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " E "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Fellman,  Frederick Joseph

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Chief
Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Iowa
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fletcher,  Marshall Alexander

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fulton,  Jasper

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maine
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Glauche,  Richard Burton

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Deck Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Illinois
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Goodwin,  John Wesley

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Utility Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gronquist,  John Leonard

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Harrison,  Baylis W., Jr.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Utility Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hopkins,  Leroy

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Howard,  Bob

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hutton,  George William

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Utility Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " I "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Jones,  Robert Farmer

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Justis,  Alvin Harris, Jr.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Engine
Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Knowles,  Elwin Foster

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Master
" Captain "
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Ash Point
Cemetery
Owls Head, ME
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  LaChapelle,  Willard E.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Illinois
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Main,  John Gala

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Missouri
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Lawrence
Cemetery
Nevada, MO
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Majewsky,  Stephen M.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Deck
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Meade,  Shelton Clifford

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Morgan,  Charles

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Purser
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mrvan,  John, Jr.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " N "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Odland,  Thorvald A.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Panter,  Leo

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Poile Zedek
Cemetery
New Brunswick,
NJ
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " Q "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Reilly,  John

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Sadler,  Leroy Francis

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Carl Weston

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Robert Marion

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Georgia
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Phillips Mill
Church Cemetery
Washington, GA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Spitz,  Michael J.

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Chief
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Suter,  Edward Martin

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

" Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " T "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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Last Names starting with  ~  " U "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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Last Names starting with  ~  " V "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Warden,  Richard Delbert

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Ohio
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Bradner
Cemetery
Bradner, OH
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wheeler,  Paul Eugene

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  White,  John Joseph

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ N/A

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " X "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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   Last  ~  First  ~  Middle Name

Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos

            Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
" Cause of Passing "
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

  Young,  Myron Emerson

MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maine
" Missing In Action "
December 2, 1943
Forest Hill
Cemetery
Spruce Head, ME
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with  ~  " Z "  ~  " None have been found ! "

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Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )