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
Saturday,
" October 22, 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 to a Merchant Marine for being Wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *  ~  Awarded the " Combat Bar ( Ribbon ) "
              ( Awarded to a Merchant Marine who served under combat conditions )

MM **  ~  Awarded the " Combat Star "
                ( Awarded to a Merchant Marine who is forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

PMM  ~  Awarded the " Mariner's Prisoner of War Medal "
               ( Awarded to a Merchant Marine who is held as a prisoners of war during World War II )


PH  ~  Awarded the " Purple Heart "
           ( Awarded to U.S. 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 or Awards 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.

( Those letters shown below in " Red " note none lost 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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

  Berman,  Saul Harold

MM **  ~  N/A

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New Orleans,
Louisiana
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Borregaard,  Niels L. M.

MM **  ~  N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Atlantic Highlands,
New Jersey
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Byers,  Eldwyn Lambert

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Charlotte,
North Carolina
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

  Cassell,  John Leonard

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Brooklyn,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Chisholm,  Amos

MM **  ~  N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Miami,
Florida
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Crouse,  Charles

MM **  ~  N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Springfield,
New Jersey
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Crutchfield,  Clarence Alvin

MM **  ~  N/A

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Mobile,
Alabama
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Dominguez ,  Eugene Thomas

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Havana,
Cuba
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Elshick,  Jesse John

MM **  ~  

" Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Houston,
Texas
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Ferguson,  Lionel W.

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York City,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Filomeno,  Ismael

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Brooklyn,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Gourdier,  John Charles

MM **  ~  N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Englewood,
New Jersey
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Holbrook,  Richard Homer

MM ** ~ Berhampur, India ~ 

" Family Link Included "

Engine
Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Wayland,
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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Jaycox,  Floyd Stephen, Sr.

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Biloxi,
Mississippi
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Johansen,  Karsten

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Long Beach,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Kline,  Robert

MM **  ~  N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New Orleans,
Louisiana
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" 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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 McKee,  William Woolworth

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Bayou LaBatre,
Alabama
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 McLaren,  Joseph Donald

MM **  ~  N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Mich,  Anthony John

MM **  ~  N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Spring Valley,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" 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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Sherris,  Eliot Ivan

MM **  ~  Berhampur, India  ~  N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Rochester,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Died Of Wounds "

~ ~ ~
April 8, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
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Cenotaph

 Stoltz ,  Einar Holck

MM **  ~  N/A

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Brooklyn,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Sutherland,  William Charles

MM **  ~  N/A

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York City,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Teegarden,  Kenneth Crawford

MM **  ~  

" Family Link Included "

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Torra,  Rocco

MM **  ~  Berhampur, India  ~    

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Boston,
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 )