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
They had a crew of " 41 " and " 17 " survived.

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" Special Thanks " go to the " Remarkable Website " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great site for more by clicking above !
 
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WW II

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Progress

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Page Last Updated
Monday,
May 2, 2022

Progress

" 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 Corporation, Chester, Pennsylvania for the Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Company.

         On April 6, 1942 the " 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 " 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 " 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 they landed.   However " 5 " of the crew that were in the 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.


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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. 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 ]

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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 "

 Berman,  Saul Harold

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ n/a

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" 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
" 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
" 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 "

 Cassell,  John Leonard

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ n/a

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Chisholm,  Amos

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Florida
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" 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
" 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
" 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 "

 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
" 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 "

 Elshick,  Jesse John

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ 

          " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 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 "

 Ferguson,  Lionel W.

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" 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
" 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 "

 Gourdier,  John Charles

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 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 "

 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " I "  ~  " 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 "

 Jaycox,  Floyd Stephen, Sr.

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

          " Family Link Included "

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" 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
" 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 "

 Kline,  Robert

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " L "  ~  " 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 "

 McKee,  William Woolworth

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

          " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Alabama
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" 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
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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

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Last Names starting with " R "  ~  " 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 "

 Sherris,  Eliot Ivan

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Died Of Wounds "
April 8, 1942
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Sutherland,  William Charles

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ N/A

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 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 "

 Teegarden,  Kenneth Crawford

          MM ** ~ Off India ~ 

          " Family Link Included "

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
" Missing In Action "
April 6, 1942
" 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

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

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

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

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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 )