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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services


West Chetac

Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, September 24, 1942
Torpedoed near British Guiana
The Freighter SS West Chetac was torpedoed while en route to Basra Iraq. Rough seas and suction from the sinking ship causes life boats to capsize which lead to many of the casualties.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 31

Name Service Branchsort ascending
Sea 2c John Murawski USN
Lt(jg) Sanford Lakin USN
Sea 2c James Mann USN
Sea 2c George Malloy USN
Sea 2c Alvin Lott USN
Sea 2c William Meade USN
Sea 2c Paul Matthews USN
Sea 2c Chester Mcdaniel USN
Sea 1c Thomas Fielding USN
3rd Engineer James Deidrick USMM
Wiper Emmet Poirrier USMM
Messman Daniel Ellard USMM
Messman Leo Bernstein USMM
Carpenter Russell Flippen USMM
2nd Mate George Parker USMM
Chief Engineer Arthur Hazard USMM
A.B. John Williams USMM
Chief Steward Louis Honigman USMM
Master Frank Jasper USMM
3rd Mate John Johnson USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking