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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



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

Name Service Branchsort descending
Chief Engineer Cyril Altemir USMM
Refrig. Engr. Jack Martin USMM
Radio Officer Francis Mccabe USMM
A.B. Adrian Bernard USMM
Utility Samuel Martin USMM
Steward Nathaniel Pauline USMM
Steward Roland Bland USMM
O.S. Joseph Newchurch USMM
Storekeeper Vitto Pizzani USMM
Chief Mate Abner Byrd USMM
Wiper Martin Nolan USMM
1st Engineer John Dalland USMM
O.S. William Peterson USMM
Deck Engineer Gilbert Derosa USMM
O.S. William Rhead USMM
AS Quirino Simbulan USN
Sea 2c Valentine Sienicki USN
Sea 2c Donald Shunk USN
GM 3c Howard Skaling USN
Sea 2c John Smuksta USN