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Page last updated:

October 5, 2019

Sinking on February 4, 1942 the " S.S. India Arrow " lost " 26 " men !

     The steam tanker " S.S. India Arrow " was built in 1921 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Massachusetts for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Inc., New York.

     On February 4, 1942 the unescorted & unarmed " S.S. India Arrow " was enroute from Corpus Christi, Texas to Carteret, New Jersey with a cargo of 88.369 barrels of diesel fuel.   They were hit by a torpedo fired by German Submarine U-103 approximatley 20 miles southeast of Cape May, New Jersey.   The torpedo struck on the starboard quarter at about the #10 bunker.   The ship caught fire and began to sink rapidly by the stern.   The nine officers and 29 crewmen immediately began to abandon ship.   Two boats were destroyed by the explosion and a third was pulled beneath the water by the sinking tanker, drowning 18 of the 20 occupants in it.

     U-103 then surfaced and fired seven shells from her deck gun at two minutes intervals from a distance of 250 yards into the bow section which remained above water as the stern was sinking.   Two men died as a result of the shelling.   The " S.S. India Arrow " lost " 8 " officers and " 18 " of her crew.   Only " 1 " officer and " 11 " crewmen survived.

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The ship Master/Captain of the S.S. India Arrow was:

Carl Samuel Johnson

who was the only surviving officer in this sinking !

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The " 11 " other survivors from the sinking were:

  • Fred Baker  ~  Machinist ~ Johns Island, SC
  • N.J. Baugh  ~  Officer's Steward ~ Alpaus, NY
  • Alva Curtis Bradford, Jr.  ~  Fireman ~ Pine Bluff, AR
  • Gordon Chambers  ~  Wiper ~ Bronx, NY
  • Sam Coulquitt  ~  Officer's Messman ~ Madisonville, TX
  • Michael Charles Kusy  ~  Able-Bodied Seaman ~ New York City, NY
  • Dale I. Montgomery  ~  Bosun ~ Englewood, CA
  • Bert F. Palmer  ~  Fireman ~ Sayville, NY
  • Edward J. Proehl  ~  Officer's Steward ~ Jersey City, NJ
  • Charles Louis Seerveld  ~  Able-Bodied Seaman ~ Center Moriches, NY
  • Edward Joseph Sheer  ~  Radio Operator ~ Hammonton, IN

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the " S.S. India Arrow ".   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 for the below individual records

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 )

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 )        

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

( 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 ]

  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 "

  Alston,  Ruffus E.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cedarvale Bay
City Cemetery
Bay City, TX
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Anger,  Joseph B.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Armanini,  Victor M.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
February 4, 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 "

  Baldwin,  Ernest D.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Lakeview
Cemetery
Bridgeport, CT
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brittingham,  Thomas E.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Greenfield
Cemetery
Uniondale, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brouillet,  Arthur L.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Buhrman,  Ira H.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Maryland National
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph


Last Names starting with " C " ~ " 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 "

  Davis,  Joseph T.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Chief Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 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 "

  Ellinekas,  Harris
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Pumpman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 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 "

  Finn,  Michael A.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


Last Names starting with " G " ~ " 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 "

  Harris,  Thomas E., Sr.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Chief
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Heater,  Stanton E.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Junior
Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hetz,  Nicholas
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Huhnergarth,  Karl F.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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


Last Names starting with " J " ~ " 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 "

  Kerr,  James S.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Brooks Chapel
Cemetery
Arkabutla, MS
" 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 "

  LeJeune,  Olivier
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action
February 4, 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 "

  Moody,  Henry J.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
February 4, 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 "

  Nilsen,  Thomas
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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 "

  Schwartz,  Michael
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Simon,  Anthony
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Simonson,  Edward K. P.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Suderow,  Erich K. H.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 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 "

  Truitt,  George D.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Tucker,  Robert D., Jr.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Rhode Island
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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


Last Names starting with " V " ~ " 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 "

  White,  Walter V.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Winn,  James J.
            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ n/a

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action
February 4, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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


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


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

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Russ Pickett

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