S.S. Allan Jackson
S.S. R.P. Resor
   

Merchant Marine Flag

U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links

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S.S. Allan Jackson
( Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart )

SS Allan Jackson

" Special Thanks to " TWO " Remarkable Websites " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

~    AND    ~

American Merchant Marine

" uboat.net "

Please visit these great websites for more by
clicking above !

 
WW II

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Thursday,
May 5, 2022

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         The steam tanker " S.S. Allan Jackson " was a World War II Liberty ship built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Alameda California, and completed in January, 1921.   It was built for the Pan American Petroleum & Transport Co. Inc., Los Angeles California and was first named the " Crampton Anderson ".   In 1931 it was renamed the " S.S. Allan Jackson " for the company owner and in 1935 it was sold to the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, New York.

         On January 18, 1942, while enroute from Cartagena, Colombia to New York City, the unescorted and unarmed " S.S. Allan Jackson " was hit by " TWO " torpedos fired by German U-boat # U-66 about 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina.   The first torpedo hit the starboard side forward of the bridge in the forward tank and the second hit the starboard side aft of the deckhouse between #2 and #3 tanks and broke the ship in two about 25 feet forward of the midship house.   This caused both parts of the burning tanker to sink within 10 minutes with a loss of " 22 " of her complement of " 35 ".

         The " S.S. Allan Jackson " has the distinction, if you could call it that, of being the first tanker to be sunk off the North Carolina Coast in an area that would become known in World War II as " TORPEDO ALLEY ".   By the war's end, more than " 70 Ships " were sunk by German U-boats in these waters.


         German U-Boat U-66 damaged " 2 " merchant ships and " 2 " warships, and also sank " 33 " ships during World War II.   German U-Boat U-66 was finally also sank on May 6, 1944 in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape Verde Islands by the U.S.S. Block Island ( CVE-21 ) by depth charges, gunfire and also being rammed by a Grumman TBF Avenger and a Grumman Wildcat/Martlet who served on the U.S.S. Block Island with VC-55.

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The ship Master / Captain of the " S.S. Allan Jackson " was :

" Felix Walter Kretchmer "

The husband of Ida Kretchmer who resided in Richmond, New York
He was seriously injured during the sinking.

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who " Gave Their All " on the " S.S. Allan Jackson ".   There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see a personal memorial that has been created for them by myself or someone else.


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MM     =  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal "
               ( Awarded for being wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *   =  Awarded the " Combat Bar ( Ribbon ) "
               ( Awarded to those who served under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star "
                ( Awarded to those who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

PMM   =  Awarded the " Mariner's Prisoner of War Medal "
               ( Awarded to Mariner's held as prisoners of war during World War II )


PH      =  Awarded the " Purple Heart "
               ( Awarded to soldiers & sailors for being Wounded and/or Killed in action )

Other Medals  =  Such as Good Conduct Medals, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

  =  Picture of person shown on online memorial.

  =  Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial.

An " n/a " in the " Photo, Awards, or Notes Area " means that they are not available for that Mariner, Soldier or Sailor .....

Cenotaph  =  A memorial stone only  ~  " OR "  ~  Remains not recovered  ~  " OR "  ~  Interred somewhere unknown.

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for the " S.S. Allan Jackson " :

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " had no crew members on this ship )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ] - G ] - H ] - I ] - J ] - K ] - L ]

M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ] - S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

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Last Names starting with " A "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Bacon,  Francis Milton

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Junior
Third Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Barros,  Raul

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Black,  Ralph T.
            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  

            " Family Link Included "

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
Antioch
Cemetery
Hamburg, AR
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Brown,  Hamon

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Champagne,  Claude Howell

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " D "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " E "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Freshwater,  William Wallace, III

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " G "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Hastings,  Preston Oliphant

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  

            " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Delaware
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
Parson's
Cemetery
Salisbury, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Hodges,  Vernon

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  

            " Family Link Included "

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
Hodges
Cemetery
Old Ford, NC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Hoerle,  Walter C.

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  

            " Family Link Included "

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
East Hillside
Cemetery
Glen Head, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " I "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " J "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Kelly,  John Thomas

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Lindsey,  Wallace A.

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A<

            " Family Link Included "

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Florida
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
Greenwood
Cemetery
Panama City, FL
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Loosemore,  Roy Robert

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Mullin,  John Arnold

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Nox,  Gustav

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Olsen,  Benjamin Michael

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Pineiro,  Domingo

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " Q "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Ryan,  Joseph

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Michigan
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Straughn,  Thomas Jarvis

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
Highland Park
Cemetery
Elizabeth City, NC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Sullivan,  Neal Westerman

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

            " Family Link Included "

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Oklahoma
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Swanson,  John Lars Victor

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Chief Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " T "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " U "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Von Postel,  Henry Walter

            MM **  ~  Off North Carolina  ~  n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
South Carolina
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Webb,  Carl Zachary

            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "

January 18, 1942
Roselawn
Memorial Park
Baton Rouge, LA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " X "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " Y "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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Last Names starting with " Z "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )