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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
3rd Mate James Mills USMM
Cook Isidro Montegrejo USMM
3rd Engineer Thomas Moore USMM
1st Engineer Thomas Muirhead USMM
Oiler Victoriano Pedro USMM
A.B. Pio Perales USMM
F/W Benito Rodriguez USMM
A.B. August Santiago USMM
A.B. Pedro Soliman USMM
2nd Engineer Charles Taylor USMM
Wiper Miximo Terro USMM
Cook Guillermo Velez USMM
A.B. Raymond Villa USMM


A Careless Word, A Needless Sinking