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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

Namesort ascending Service Branch
Master Frank Jasper USMM
Chief Steward Louis Honigman USMM
Radio Officer William Helmbold USMM
Chief Engineer Arthur Hazard USMM
Carpenter Russell Flippen USMM
Sea 1c Thomas Fielding USN
Messman Daniel Ellard USMM
3rd Engineer James Deidrick USMM
Wiper Frank De Vito USMM
Chief Cook Demetrio Cortez USMM
Messman Leo Bernstein USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking