U.S.A.T. Merrimack

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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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U.S.A.T. Merrimack

U.S.A.T. Merrimack

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This page last updated:

November 20, 2019

Sinking on June 9, 1942

the " U.S.A.T. Merrimack "

lost " 44 " men !

( The " Master ", " 34 " crew members, " 8 " Navy armed guards and " 1 " U.S. Army passenger were lost )

     The steam tanker " U.S.A.T. Merrimack " was built in April, 1920 by the McDougall-Duluth Shipbuilding Company, Duluth, Minnesota for the U.S. Shipping Board (USSB) and was first named the " Lake Floris ".   It was renamed the " U.S.A.T. Merrimack " when it was purchaed in 1941 by the Merchants & Miners Transportation Company, Baltimore, Maryland and was put in service as a U.S. Army Transport (USAT).

     On June 9, 1942 the unescorted " U.S.A.T. Merrimack " was en route from New Orleans, Louisiana to Cristobal, Panama with a load of Military supplies and a crew of " 54 ".   They were hit by one stern torpedo fired by German Submarine U-107 about 65 miles southeast of Cozumel Island, south of the Yucatan Channel.   The torpedo struck on the starboard side just forward of the bridge and the ship immediately developed a 20 degree list to starboard and the ship sank 38 minutes after the hit.

     All officers, except the Master Wilbur Flowers, and 30 other survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat because the other was destroyed in the explosion.   That lifeboat was sucked into the still turning screw and it appears that none of the occupants survived the incident.   The men still aboard, including the master, had to jump overboard but only a few managed to reach the rafts that had been released.   The Master Wilbur Flowers, " 34 " crew members, " 8 " armed guards and " 1 " US Army passenger were lost.

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The ship Master / Captain of the " U.S.A.T. Merrimack " was:

Wilbur Flowers ~ " Cenotaph " at the Maryland WW II Memorial.

Wilbur Flowers ~ " Cenotaph " in Dorchester County with his wife Mildred.

Of Dorchester County, MD who was lost in this sinking !

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the " U.S.A.T. Merrimack ".   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 )        

" Special Thanks " go to the " Remarkable Website " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great site for more by clicking above !

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Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for the " U.S.A.T. Merrimack "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " below had no one on 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 Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Altemir,  Cyril C.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Bernard,  Adrian Theodore
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bland,  Roland
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Byrd,  Abner Basil
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Southern
Memorial Park
Biloxi, MS
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Conover,  Wallace Daniel
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Corpuz,  Macario Mipa
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Dalland,  John
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  DeRosa,  Gilbert J.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Deck
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Dorsey,  Daniel Sidney
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " E " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Ferrarer,  Joseph Sam
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Flowers,  Wilbur
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Master
" Captain "
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Hosier Memorial
Church Cemetery
Fishing Creek, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Freeman,  Charles D., Sr.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Gahres,  Marlin L.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

    His brother: Paul Stewart Gahres
           " also died in WW II "

Sergeant
7th Signal Service Co.
" Passenger "
U.S. Army
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Grundmeyer,  Albert A.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Hanscome,  Edwin Joseph
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Chief
Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hayes,  John William
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Refrigerator
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hofstad,  Lester T.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Ioime,  Joseph A.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

    His brother: Pvt. Anthony J. Ioime
           " also died in WW II "

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " J " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " K " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Lee,  Lester Fred
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Illinois
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Daphne Methodist
Church Cemetery
Daphne, AL
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lynch,  John T.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Marshall,  Hunter, III
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 

Ensign
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
North Carolina
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Martin,  Jack Louis
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Refrigerator
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Martin,  Samuel Joseph
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McCabe,  Francis Joseph
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Newchurch,  Joseph G.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Nolan,  Martin Francis
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " O " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Pauline,  Nathaniel J., Jr.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Peterson,  William N., Jr.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Pizzani,  Vito R.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Storekeeper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " Q " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Rhead,  William J.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Roseberry,  William J.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Seivertson,  Charles E.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 

Apprentice
Seaman
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shipp,  Delbert Ray
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Michigan
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shunk,  Donald F.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Nebraska
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Sienicki,  Valentine B.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Illinois
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Simbulan,  Quirino C., Jr.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Michigan
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Skaling,  Howard D.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 

Gunner's
Mate
Third Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Florida
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smuksta,  John W.
          PH ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Illinois
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Starkey,  John H.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

   Brother of Woodrow ~ ( below )

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Sallie Starkey
Kinchen Cemetery
Baptist, LA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Starkey,  Woodrow W.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

   Brother of John ~ ( above )

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Sallie Starkey
Kinchen Cemetery
Baptist, LA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Szablinski,  Stanislaus
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Tapper,  John J.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Taylor,  Henry
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Thibodaux,  Lee J.
          MM ** ~ Off Cozumel Island ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 9, 1942
St. Mary
Cemetery
Algiers, LA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " U " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " V " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " W " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " X " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Y " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Z " ~ " There Were None ! "

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )