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Merrimack

Tuesday, June 9, 1942
Torpedoed in the Caribbean
The United States Army Transport Merrimack, had been recently acquired from a SS Co., Merchants & Miners Transportation Co. The Merrimack loaded a cargo for Army bases in the Panama Canal Zone. She was sent out all alone, and when she was in the Yucatan Channel, East of Cozumel Island, she was torpedoed. The engineers were killed, the ship, in the little time available, kept steaming ahead, with the bow going under the sea, and she developed a heavy starboard list, making it hard to launch lifeboats. Out of a total crew of 55, (46 Army, and 9 U.S.Naval Armed Guard Gunners) only ten lived through it.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 43

Namesort descending Service Branch
Chief Engineer Cyril Altemir USMM
A.B. Adrian Bernard USMM
Steward Roland Bland USMM
Chief Mate Abner Byrd USMM
A.B. Wallace Connover USMM
Cook Macario Corpus USMM
1st Engineer John Dalland USMM
Deck Engineer Gilbert Derosa USMM
Oiler Daniel Dorsey USMM
Steward Joseph Ferrarer USMM
Master Wilbur Flowers USMM
2nd Mate Charles Freeman USMM
F/W Albert Grundmeyer USMM
Chief Steward Edwin Hanscome USMM
Refrig. Engr. John Haynes USMM
3rd Mate Lester Hofstad USMM
F/W Joseph Ioime USMM
Steward Lester Lee USMM
Bosun John Lynch USMM
Ens Hunter Marshall USN

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