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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
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 ascending Service Branch
O.S. Lee Thibodeaux USMM
Messman Henry Taylor USMM
F/W John Tapper USMM
3rd Engineer Stanislaus Szablinski USMM
Wiper John Starkey USMM
Wiper Woodrow Starkey USMM
Sea 2c John Smuksta USN
GM 3c Howard Skaling USN
AS Quirino Simbulan USN
Sea 2c Valentine Sienicki USN
Sea 2c Donald Shunk USN
Sea 2c Delbert Shipp USN
AS Charles Seivertson USN
A.B. William Roseberry USMM
O.S. William Rhead USMM
Storekeeper Vitto Pizzani USMM
O.S. William Peterson USMM
Steward Nathaniel Pauline USMM
Wiper Martin Nolan USMM
O.S. Joseph Newchurch USMM


Naval Armed Guard Assn.