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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 ascending
Waiter Ramon Vila USMM
Baker John Costain USMM
Pantryman Fred Grommisch USMM
Messman Emilio Navas USMM
Messman Jose Villegas USMM
A.B. Gerado De Jesus USMM
Messman Nicholas Hance USMM
Utility Jorge Pasols USMM
Waiter Herman Wachsman USMM
Utility Harry Deeran USMM
Purser Alfred Jacobsen USMM
Deck Engineer Alexander Penndorf USMM
Radio Officer Kirilos Corckos USMM
Purser Ralph Ditlmore USMM
Chief Cook Columbus King USMM
Waiter Robert Poirier USMM
Baker Jacob Meylemans USMM
Butcher Florian Erausquin USMM
Surgeon Goodell Klevan USMM
Utility Carl Raap USMM


Excerpted - Kenneth Eugene Cowan RCN