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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
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 ascending Service Branch
Waiter Herman Wachsman USMM
Messman Jose Villegas USMM
Waiter Ramon Vila USMM
Utility Tomas Torres USMM
F/W Alfredo Suarez USMM
Wiper Albert Slocum USMM
Waiter James Sadler USMM
Utility Willy Rusch USMM
Waiter Antonio Rojas USMM
Oiler Antonio Rodriguez USMM
Chief Engineer Everett Robertson USMM
O.S. Felipe Rivera USMM
Waiter Laser Rabinowitz USMM
Utility Carl Raap USMM
Deck Watchman Victor Price USMM
Waiter Robert Poirier USMM
Deck Engineer Alexander Penndorf USMM
Utility Jorge Pasols USMM
Messman Emilio Navas USMM
Storekeeper John Morino USMM


Excerpted - Kenneth Eugene Cowan RCN