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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
O.S. William Rhead USMM
Oiler Daniel Dorsey USMM
A.B. William Roseberry USMM
Steward Joseph Ferrarer USMM
Wiper John Starkey USMM
Master Wilbur Flowers USMM
Wiper Woodrow Starkey USMM
2nd Mate Charles Freeman USMM
3rd Engineer Stanislaus Szablinski USMM
F/W Albert Grundmeyer USMM
F/W John Tapper USMM
Chief Steward Edwin Hanscome USMM
Messman Henry Taylor USMM
3rd Mate Lester Hofstad USMM
O.S. Lee Thibodeaux USMM
Ens Hunter Marshall USN
AS Charles Seivertson USN
Sea 2c Delbert Shipp USN
AS Quirino Simbulan USN
Sea 2c Valentine Sienicki USN