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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

Namesort descending Service Branch
Sea 2c William Meade USN
Oiler Joseph Miller USMM
Jr. 3rd Engineer Antone Montgakes USMM
Sea 2c John Murawski USN
Engine Cadet Robert Palmer USMM
2nd Mate George Parker USMM
Wiper Emmet Poirrier USMM
A.B. Henry Smith USMM
Messman Clifford Twiss USMM
A.B. John Williams USMM
A.B. Thomas Yates USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking