S.S. John D. Gill

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. John D. Gill
( Photo courtesy of Arco Marine )

S.S. John D. Gill

" Special Thanks go to " TWO " Remarkable Websites " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

~    AND    ~

American Merchant Marine

" uboat.net "

Please visit these great websites for more by
clicking above !

 
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WW II
 

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Progress

Page last updated:

October 17, 2019

Sinking on March 12, 1942

the " S.S. John D. Gill "

lost " 23 " men !

     The steam tanker " S.S. John D. Gill " was built and completed in January, 1942 by the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania for the Atlantic Refining Co, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was a 11,641 ton ship.

     On March 12, 1942 the unescorted " S.S. John D. Gill " was enroute from Atreco, Texas with a stop over in Charleston, North Carolina and a final destination of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a cargo of 141,981 barrels of crude oil and a crew of 49 ( 8 officers, 34 merchant mariners, and 7 U.S. Navy Armed Guards).   They were hit by a torpedo fired by German Submarine U-158 approximatley 25 miles east of Cape Fear, North Carolina.   The tanker seemed to lift out of the water and move sideways, but the explosion did not ignite the cargo.

     The oil was ignited when a seaman tossed a life ring with a self-igniting carbide light overboard.   The ship and sea was turned in a blazing inferno, forcing the eight officers and 34 crewmen to abandon ship within eight minutes, followed by the seven navy armed guards.   23 of the crew perished and 26 were able to survive.

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The ship Master/Captain of the S.S. John D. Gill was:

Allen Delmar Tucker

who survived the sinking of the S.S. John D. Gill !
He served in the U.S. Navy from August 26 1918 to 22 April 1919 (WW I),
and also from March 5, 1943 to June 24, 1945 (WW II).

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the " S.S. John D. Gill ".   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. John D. Gill "

( 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 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 "

  Atherholt,  William L., Jr.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Avestruz,  Felimon
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " B " ~ " 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 "

  Carreon,  Benjamin
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Cristobal,  Federico C.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 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 "

  DeMichael,  Anthony R.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 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 "

  Eckman,  Alan M. T.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 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 "

  Flores,  Sixto D.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

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

March 12, 1942
Hillside
Cemetery
Roslyn, PA
" 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 "

  Gaskins,  Harry Russell
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Geier,  William J., Jr.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

Deck
Maintainer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gurtov,  Robert
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 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 "

  Hagerty,  Joseph
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 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 "

  Jiminez,  Henry Anthony
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

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

March 12, 1942
Holy Cross
Cemetery
Yeadon, PA
" 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 "

  Kimball,  Charles Percy
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

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

March 12, 1942
Lakeside
Cemetery
Port Huron, MI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Koch,  Curtis Herman
            PH ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard"
U.S.
Navy
Illinois
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
Irving Park
Cemetery
Chicago, IL
" 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 "

  Lefflar,  Jacob
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

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

March 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lewis,  Vincent Harold
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A
            " Family Link Included "

Pumpman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
Cedarlawn
Cemetery
Jackson, MS
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lunn,  David Martin
            PH ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

Coxswain
" Armed Guard"
U.S.
Navy
Illinois
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Last Names starting with " N " ~ " 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 "

  Oakley,  Arthur Elwood
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S.
Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
Memorial
Burial Park
Wheelersburg, OH
" Yes "

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

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 "

  Rappaport,  David Walter
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Lost At Sea ?

March 12, 1942
Mount Sharon
Cemetery
Springfield, PA
" 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 "

  Schasney,  Paul P.
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

Deck
Maintainer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Lost At Sea ?

March 12, 1942
St. Michael's
Cemetery
Summit Hill, PA
" Yes "
Cenotaph ??

  Senter,  Asa B.
            PH ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard"
U.S.
Navy
Texas
Missing In Action

March 12, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Sitnick,  Israel
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ N/A
            " Family Link Included "

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

March 12, 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 "

  Tingzon,  Catalino
            MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ 

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

March 12, 1942
Northwood
Cemetery
Southport, NC
" Yes "

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 )