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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
Engine Cadet Robert Palmer USMM
A.B. Henry Smith USMM
Messman Clifford Twiss USMM
Chief Cook Demetrio Cortez USMM
A.B. Thomas Yates USMM
Wiper Frank De Vito USMM
Radio Officer William Helmbold USMM
3rd Engineer James Deidrick USMM
Wiper Emmet Poirrier USMM
Messman Daniel Ellard USMM
Messman Leo Bernstein USMM


A Careless Word, a Needless Sinking