S.S. India Arrow
S.S. R.P. Resor
   

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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. India Arrows

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

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

~    AND    ~

" uboat.net "

Please visit these great websites for more by
clicking above !

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

         On February 4, 1942 the unescorted and 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 Jerse ".

         The torpedo struck on the starboard quarter at about the #10 bunker.   The " India Arrow " 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.


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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. 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 ]

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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 "

  Alston,  Ruffus Edgar

            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

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

February 4, 1942
Cedarvale Bay
City Cemetery
Bay City, TX
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Anger,  Joseph Barksdale

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Armanini,  Victor Manuel

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

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

February 4, 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 "

  Baldwin,  Ernest Donald

            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 Lowe

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

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
" Missing In Action "

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Buhrman,  Ira Harrison

            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~   

            " Family Link Included "

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
" Missing In Action "

February 4, 1942
Maryland National
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " C "  ~  " 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 "

  Davis,  Joseph Thomas

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

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

February 4, 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 "

  Ellinekas,  Harris

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

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

February 4, 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 "

  Finn,  Michael Augustine

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " G "  ~  " 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 "

  Harris,  Thomas Evan, Sr.

            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

Chief
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
" Missing In Action "

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Heater,  Stanton Edward

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hetz,  Nicholas

            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
" Missing In Action "

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Huhnergarth,  Karl Friedrich

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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Last Names starting with " J "  ~  " 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 "

  Kerr,  James Samuel

            MM ** ~ Off Cape May, NJ ~ 

            " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Mississippi
" Missing In Action "

February 4, 1942
Brooks Chapel
Cemetery
Arkabutla, MS
" 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 "

  LeJeune,  Olivier

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

            " Family Link Included "

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

February 4, 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 "

  Moody,  Henry Jefferson

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

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

February 4, 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 "

  Nilsen,  Thomas

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Schwartz,  Michael

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

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

February 4, 1942
" 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
" 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
" 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
" 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 "

  Truitt,  George Daniel

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Tucker,  Robert Dart, Jr.

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

            " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Rhode Island
" Missing In Action "

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" 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 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 "

  White,  Walter Volney

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Winn,  James Joseph

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

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

February 4, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 )