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Cynthia Olson

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Sunday, December 7, 1941
Torpedo Attack en route to Honolulu
SS Cynthia Olson was torpedoed by submarine I-26 while en route to Honolulu Hawaii with a cargo iof Army supplies. An SOS heard by a shore station stating they were under attack by a surfaced submarine was last ever heard from this ship. ... This was the first American Flag merchant vessel sunk by a Japanese sumbarine.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 33

Name Service Branchsort descending
3rd Mate James Mills USMM
Chief Mate William Buchtele USMM
Cook Isidro Montegrejo USMM
Steward Anthony Bushka USMM
3rd Engineer Thomas Moore USMM
A.B. Jose Buta USMM
1st Engineer Thomas Muirhead USMM
F/W Sotero Cabigas USMM
Oiler Victoriano Pedro USMM
Steward Fred Cadag USMM
A.B. Pio Perales USMM
Master Berthel Carlsen USMM
F/W Benito Rodriguez USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking