S.S. John D. Gill
   

Merchant Marine Flag

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

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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

Progress

Tuesday,
" October 25, 2022 "

( This webpage originally created in March, 2015 )

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         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 " 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, however, ignited when a seaman tossed a life ring with a self-igniting carbide light overboard.   The ship and the sea were turned into a blazing inferno, forcing the " 8 " officers and " 34 " crewmen to abandon ship within eight minutes, followed by the " 7 " 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.


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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.

( Those letters shown in " Red " did not have names to list for 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 ~ 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 )

 Atherholt,  William Lawrence, Jr.

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Norwood,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Avestruz ,  Felimon

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Brooklyn,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " B "  ~  " 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 )

  Carreon,  Benjamin

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Philippines
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Cristobal,  Federico Corpus

MM **  ~  N/A

Galleyman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" 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 )

  DeMichael,  Anthony Richard

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

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

Lansford,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" 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 )

  Eckman,  Alan M. T.

MM **  ~  N/A

Chief Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Glenside,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" 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 )

  Flores,  Sixto Degollado

MM **  ~  
Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Hillside
Cemetery
Roslyn, PA
" 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 )

  Gaskins,  Harry Russell

MM **  ~  N/A

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Kilmarnock,
Virginia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

White Stone
Cemetery
White Stone,
Virginia
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Geier,  William Joseph, Jr.

MM **  ~  

Deck
Maintainer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

South Boston,
Massachusetts
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Gurtov,  Robert

MM **  ~  

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" 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 )

  Hagerty,  Joseph

MM **  ~  N/A

Third Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Atlantic City,
New Jersey
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 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 )

  Jiminez ,  Henry Anthony

MM **  ~  
Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Holy Cross
Cemetery
Yeadon, PA
" 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 )

  Kimball,  Charles Percy

MM **  ~  

" Family Link Included "

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

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Lakeside
Cemetery
Port Huron,
Michigan
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Koch,  Curtis Herman

PH  ~  
Seaman
2nd Class
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy

Illinois
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Irving Park
Cemetery
Chicago, IL
" 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 )

  Lefflar,  Jacob

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Lewis,  Vincent Harold

MM **  ~  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  ~  
Coxswain
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy

Illinois
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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Last Names starting with " N "  ~  " 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 )

  Oakley,  Arthur Elwood

MM **  ~  N/A

Seaman
2nd Class
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy

Ohio
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Memorial
Burial Park
Wheelersburg,
Ohio
" Yes "

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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 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 )

  Rappaport,  David Walter

MM **  ~  

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
Lost At Sea ?

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Mount Sharon
Cemetery
Springfield,
Pennsylvania
" 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 )

  Schasney,  Paul P.

MM **  ~  
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  ~  
Seaman
2nd Class
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy

Texas
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Sitnick,  Israel

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

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

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

" 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 )

  Tingzon,  Catalino

MM **  ~  
Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Killed In Action "

~ ~ ~
March 12, 1942

Northwood
Cemetery
Southport, NC
" Yes "

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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 )