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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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Waiter Antonio Delorenzo USMM
A.B. Hipolito Faneite USMM
Porter Jacinto Leoncio USMM
O.S. Felipe Rivera USMM
Deck Watchman Victor Price USMM
Cook Marcelino Alvarez USMM
A.B. John Felida USMM
Utility Moses Lewis USMM
Chief Engineer Everett Robertson USMM
A.B. Noble Armstrong USMM
Pantryman Sergio Fernandez USMM
Deck Watchman William Lloyd USMM
Oiler Antonio Rodriguez USMM
Messman Ernesto Aviles USMM
Utility Francisco Figueroa USMM
Galleyman Pedro Lopez USMM
Waiter Antonio Rojas USMM
Steward Douglas Babbs USMM
Galleyman Viera Flores USMM
Steward Charles Lucas USMM


Excerpted - Kenneth Eugene Cowan RCN