S.S. John Harvey

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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. John Harvey
( Only known photo ~ exploding at the Port )


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" usmm.org "

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This page last updated:

December 1, 2019


Sinking on December 2, 1943 the " S.S. John Harvey " reportedly lost " 68 " men !

( " 38 " Merchant Mariners    ~    " 10 " U.S. Army Soldiers    ~    " 20 " Navy Armed Guards )

All " 38 " Merchant Mariners and " 1 " Navy Armed Guard are listed below

Still researching for the other " 29 " who perished !


     On December 2, 1943 the " S.S. John Harvey " was in the Bari, Italy Port waiting to unload it's secret cargo:  2,000 M47A1 mustard gas bombs, each of which held 60-70 lbs of sulfur mustard.   The Port was attacked by 105 German Junkers Ju 88 bombers of Luftflotte 2.   The bombers achieved surprise and bombed shipping and personnel operating in support of the Allied Italian Campaign.

     The " S.S. John Harvey " was destroyed in what has become known as the " Bari Port Disaster " in a huge explosion which caused the liquid sulfur mustard to spill into the water, mixing with oil from the sunken ships, and a cloud of sulfur mustard vapor to blow over the city.   It is believed that nearly all crewmen of the " S.S. John Harvey " perished in the sinking   The rescuers were prevented from knowing the real nature of the danger until a " M47A1 " bomb fragment was retrieved from the wreckage.

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The ship Master / Captain of the " S.S. John Harvey " was:

Elwin Foster Knowles
" Cenotaph " in Owls Head, Maine with his Mom Estelle.

Elwin was lost in this sinking !

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     The " Bari Disaster " included the sinking of " 25 " ships, another " 3 " becoming a total loss, another " 12 " damaged, and killing over " 1,000 " people.   A total of 628 military victims were also hospitalized with "mustard gas symptoms" and by the end of the month, " 83 " of them had died.   The number of civilian casualties was thought to have been even greater.

The " 28 " ship's sunk or lost included:

Ardito
( Italy )

Aube
( Italy )

Barletta
( Italy )

Bollsta
( Norway )

Cassala
( Italian )

Corfu
( Italian )

Devon Coast
( British )

S.S.
Fort Athabasca

( British )

Fort Lajoie
( British )

Frosinone
( Italian )

Genespesca II
( Italian )

Goggiam
( Italian )

Inaffondabile
( Italian )

S.S.
John Bascom

( U.S. )

S.S.
John Harvey

( U.S. )

S.S.
John L. Motley
( U.S. )

S.S.
Joseph Wheeler
( U.S. )

Lars Kruse
( British )

Lom
( Norway )

Luciano Orlando
( Italy )

Lwow
( Polish )

MB 10
( Italian )

S.S.
Norlom

( Norway )

Porto Pisano
( Italy )

Puck
( Polish )

S.S.
Samuel J. Tilden
( U.S. )

Testbank
( British )

Volodda
( Italian )


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

MM-DSM  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty " )

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

Cenotaph  =  A memorial stone only  ~  " OR "  ~  Remains not recovered  ~  " OR "  ~  Interred somewhere unknown.

( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for the " S.S. John Harvey "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " below had no one 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 Names starting with " A " ~ " 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 "

  Bailey,  Wilford A.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Kansas
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bailey,  Francis A.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Utility Man
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Bel Air
Memorial Gardens
Bel Air, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brennan,  Lawrence O.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brewer,  Charles E.
          PH ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Maryland
Killed In Action

December 2, 1943
Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery
Italy
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brodie,  Marvin W.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Engine
Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Carter,  Guy A.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Rockville
Cemetery
Rockville, MD
" 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 "

  Deem,  Luther D.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Duerr,  Thomas E.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Carpenter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " E " ~ " 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 "

  Fellman,  Frederick J.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Chief
Steward
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Iowa
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fletcher,  Marshall A.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fulton,  Jasper
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maine
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Glauche,  Richard B.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Deck Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Illinois
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Goodwin,  John W.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Utility Man
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gronquist,  John L.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

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

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Harrison,  Baylis W., Jr.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hopkins,  Leroy
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

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

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Howard,  Bob
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hutton,  George W.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Jones,  Robert F.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Justis,  Alvin H., Jr.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Engine
Cadet
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Knowles,  Elwin F.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Master
" Captain "
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Ash Point
Cemetery
Owls Head, ME
" 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 "

  LaChapelle,  Willard E.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Illinois
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Main,  John G.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Missouri
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Lawrence
Cemetery
Nevada, MO
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Majewsky,  Stephen M.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Deck
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Meade,  Shelton C.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Morgan,  Charles
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Purser
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mrvan,  John, Jr.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

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

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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 "

  Odland,  Thorvald A.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Panter,  Leo
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Poile Zedek
Cemetery
New Brunswick, NJ
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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 "

  Reilly,  John
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

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

December 2, 1943
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 "

  Sadler,  Leroy F.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Carl W.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Robert M.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Georgia
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Phillips Mill
Church Cemetery
Washington, GA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Spitz,  Michael J.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Chief
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Suter,  Edward M.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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 "

  Warden,  Richard D.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ohio
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Bradner
Cemetery
Bradner, OH
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wheeler,  Paul E.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Maryland
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  White,  John J.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " X " ~ " 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 "

  Young,  Myron E.
          MM ** ~ Bari, Italy ~ 

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maine
Missing In Action

December 2, 1943
Forest Hill
Cemetery
Spruce Head, ME
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )