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September 18, 2019
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.
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.
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.
MM = Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " !
MM * = Awarded the " Combat Bar / Ribbon " !
MM ** = Awarded the " Combat Star " ( attached to the Combat Bar )
MM-DSM = Awarded the Mariner's " Distinguished Service Medal " !
MM-POW = Awarded the Mariner's " Prisoner Of War Medal " !
PH = Awarded the " Purple Heart " !
= 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.
( www.usmm.org/medals.html )
( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " had no crew members on this ship )
Bacon, Barros, Black, Brown, Champagne, Freshwater, Hastings, Hodges, Hoerle, Kelly, Lindsey, Loosemore, Mullin, Nox, Olsen, Pineiro, Ryan, Straughn, Sullivan, Swanson, Von Postel, Webb, ( email@example.com )
Freshwater,William W., III
Swanson,John L. V.
Von Postel,Henry W.
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