S.S. Bienville

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

S.S. Bienville

Note:

The above photo has the wrong counts
The had a crew of " 41 " and " 17 " survived.

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American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great site for more by clicking above !
 
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Progress

This page last updated:

November 20, 2019

Sinking on April 6, 1942 the " S.S. Bienville " lost " 24 " men !

( " 19 " in the sinking and " 5 " later to wounds ! )

Please note:

I've only been able to identify " 3 " of those that died of wounds and they are:
Richard Holbrook, Eliot Sherris, and Rocco Torra.

The steam tanker " S.S. Bienville " was built in 1921 by the Merchant Shipbuilding Corp., Chester, Pennsylvania
for the Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Company.

     On April 6, 1942 the " S.S. Bienville " was en route from Calcutta, India to Columbo, Ceylon to pick up a load of manganese ore, jute, burlap and general cargo.   The ship had a crew of " 41 " Merchant Mariners.

     Before arriving at their destination the unescorted and unarmed " S.S. Bienville " was attacked by Japanese aircraft from the Japanese carrier Ryujo and was hit at the Number 2 hatch which starting a fire.   While the crew was fighting the fire two more Japanese aircraft attacked the Bienville.

     Then the Japanese Heavy cruiser Chokai shelled and eventually sank the " S.S. Bienville " and in the process destroyed all but "1" of their lifeboats.   The one remaining lifeboat picked up " 24 " of the crew of the ship and after a day at sea landed.   However " 5 " of the crew that were in lifeboat later died of wounds leaving only " 17 " survivors of this attack.

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the " S.S. Bienville ".   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 Marines for being wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

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

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

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

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

( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for the " S.S. Bienville "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " below had no one 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 ]

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 "

  Berman,  Saul Harold
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Borregaard,  Niels L. M.
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Byers,  Eldwyn Lambert
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

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

April 6, 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 "

  Cassell,  John Leonard
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Chisholm,  Amos
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Crouse,  Charles
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Crutchfield,  Clarence Alvin
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 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 "

  Dominguez,  Eugene Thomas
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

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

April 6, 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 "

  Elshick,  Jesse John
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 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 "

  Ferguson,  Lionel W.
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Filomeno,  Ismael
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 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 "

  Gourdier,  John Charles
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 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 "

  Holbrook,  Richard Homer
          MM ** ~ Berhampur, India ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Engine
Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died Of Wounds

April 11, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " I " ~ " 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 "

  Jaycox,  Floyd S., Sr.
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
Missing In Action

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Johansen,  Karsten
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 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 "

  Kline,  Robert
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " L " ~ " 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 "

  McKee,  William W.
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McLaren,  Joseph Donald
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mich,  Anthony John
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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

Last Names starting with " R " ~ " 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 "

  Sherris,  Eliot Ivan
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died Of Wounds

April 8, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Stoltz,  Einar Holck
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Sutherland,  William C.
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

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

April 6, 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 "

  Teegarden,  Kenneth C.
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

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

April 6, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Torra,  Rocco
          MM ** ~ Off India ~ 

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Died Of Wounds

April 9, 1942
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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 )