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Cherokee

Monday, June 15, 1942
Torpedoed near Halifax
On June 15, 1942 the troopship S.S. Cherokee was part of a convoy out of Halifax Nova Scotia. The Cherokee was a fast freighter just down from Iceland carrying 41 army enlisted men, 4 Russian naval officers, and an army air force pilot, all headed for the US. Two torpedoes had hit the S.S. Port Nicholson and she was firing flares. A low boom followed by two huge explosions were seen on the troopship. Two torpedoes had hit her. The troop ship sank almost immediately taking half of her ships crew and the soldiers down with her. Flares and rockets indicated a submarine attack (U-87) on the convoy. The Escanaba came to the position where the SS Cherokee had gone down and to assist with survivors.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 66

Namesort descending Service Branch
Cook Marcelino Alvarez USMM
A.B. Noble Armstrong USMM
Messman Ernesto Aviles USMM
Steward Douglas Babbs USMM
F/W Manuel Baltasar USMM
Steward Jose Bayonet USMM
Cook Ernest Bess USMM
Waiter Juan Bonet USMM
Radio Officer Alonzo Carter USMM
Radio Officer Kirilos Corckos USMM
Baker John Costain USMM
A.B. Gerado De Jesus USMM
Utility Harry Deeran USMM
Storekeeper James Delaney USMM
O.S. John Delaney USMM
Waiter Antonio Delorenzo USMM
Purser Ralph Ditlmore USMM
Butcher Florian Erausquin USMM
F/W Carl Falvey USMM
A.B. Hipolito Faneite USMM

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