S.S. Allan Jackson

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. Allan Jackson
( Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart )

SS Allan Jackson

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Page last updated:

September 18, 2019

Sinking on January 18, 1942

the " S.S. Allan Jackson "

reportedly loss " 22 " of her crew !

     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 same owner and in 1935 it was sold to Standard Oil Co. 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. Allen Jackson " has the distinction 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.

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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.

Key to Abbreviations and Notes

MM     =  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " !
                   ( Awarded to the Merchant Mariner's for being Wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *  =  Awarded the " Combat Bar / Ribbon " !
                  ( Awarded to Mariner's who have been under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star " ( attached to the Combat Bar )
                   ( Awarded to Mariner's who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

MM-DSM  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Distinguished Service Medal " !
                         ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty " )

MM-POW  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Prisoner Of War Medal " !
                         ( Awarded to Mariner's who served time as a POW " )

PH  =  Awarded the " Purple Heart " !
              ( Awarded to U.S. Military Soldiers & Sailors for being Wounded and/or Killed in action )

Other Medals
              Such as Good Conduct Medals, Campaign Medals, Defense Service Medals, etc.,
              " Are Not " included in this listing.

  =  Picture of person shown on online memorial

  =  Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial

" Family Link Included " = Parent, Spouse, or Child linked in " Online Memorial ".

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

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( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

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 ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Bacon,  Francis M.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Champagne,  Claude H.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Freshwater,  William W., III
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Hastings,  Preston O.
            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

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

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Kelly,  John T.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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 R.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Mullin,  John A.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Olsen,  Benjamin M.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
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
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Straughn,  Thomas J.
            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 W.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A
            " Family Link Included "

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Swanson,  John L. V.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Von Postel,  Henry W.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

January 18, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
For Online
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Webb,  Carl Z.
            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

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

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

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

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )