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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
1st Engineer Merrion Moates USMM
Baker Jacob Meylemans USMM
Utility Raul Mayoral USMM
Wiper Robert Mason USMM
Galleyman Jose Masdeu USMM
Steward Charles Lucas USMM
Sea 2c Henry Love USN
Galleyman Pedro Lopez USMM
Deck Watchman William Lloyd USMM
Utility Moses Lewis USMM
Porter Jacinto Leoncio USMM
Waiter George Lane USMM
Surgeon Goodell Klevan USMM
Chief Cook Columbus King USMM
Purser Alfred Jacobsen USMM
Messman Nicholas Hance USMM
Pantryman Fred Grommisch USMM
Waiter James Graham USMM
Linenkeeper Hugo Goerke USMM
A.B. Calvin Godfrey USMM


Excerpted - Kenneth Eugene Cowan RCN