Paul Hamilton
U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
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Page last updated:   October 22, 2019

Sinking on June 1, 1943 the John Morgan reportedly loss " 67 " men !

( The names of all " 42 " of the Merchant Mariners that died on the S.S. John Morgan are listed below ! )

( The names of naval armed guards are not .... still being researched )


     The " S.S. John Morgan " was a World War II Liberty ship built by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at their Bethlehem-Fairfield yard at Baltimore, Maryland, and launched on 4 May 1943. The ship was named in the honor of General John Tyler Morgan who was a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War and also a six-term U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama after the war.

     On June 1, 1943, during its maiden voyage, the " S.S. John Morgan " was enroute from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Bandar Shahpour, Iran loaded with a cargo of P-39 airplanes, tanks, arms, and ammunition of all kinds.

     While approaching Newport News, Virginia the " S.S. John Morgan " collided with an outbound ship, the " S.S. Montana ", off Cape Henry, Virginia.   The " S.S. John Morgan " split in two, exploded, and her stern sank almost immediately, taking 42 merchant mariners and 25 of its naval armed guard to their death.   It is unclear which ship caused the collision.   The collision also caused fires to breakout on the " S.S. Montana ".

     The U.S.S. Shubrick (DD-639), U.S.S Herndon (DD-638), and U.S.S Nelson (DD-623) were sent to investigate the collision. They all circled the area looking for survivors, but recovered the remains of only 12 of those that were on the " S.S. John Morgan ".


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

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 )        

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Quick Link by first letter of Last Name

( Those letters " NOT highlighted " in " BLUE " currently have no soldiers listed )

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 "
  Allen,  Carl E.
           n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Ordinary
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Illinois
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Webb
Cemetery
Illinois
" 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 "
  Bailey,  Leon B.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Oiler
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Byrnes,  Thomas, Jr.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Ordinary
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
New Jersey
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Locustwood
Memorial Park
Cherry Hill, NJ
" Yes "


   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 "
  Calvert,  Andrew L.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Second
Cook
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Maryland
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Dembowczyk,  Anthony
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Wiper
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Maryland
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
St. Stanislaus
Cemetery
Baltimore, 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 "
  Edwards,  Tazwell B.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Ordinary
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Virginia
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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
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" Yes "
  Flowers,  Alfred E.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Chief
Cook
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Goldberg,  Louis T.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Messman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Pennslyvania
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Graham,  Roy E.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Able-Bodied
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Indiana
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Washington Park
East Cemetery
Indianapolis, IN
" 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 "
  Holleran,  Sydney
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Utility
Man
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Jeffreys,  Robert R.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Able-Bodied
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Karkota,  Richard
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Messman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Kirk,  John J.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Purser
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Koegler,  Walter F.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Steward
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Utah
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Elysian
Burial Gardens
Millcreek, Ut
" 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 "
  Lawrence,  John H. B.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Junior
Engineer
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Lock,  Jesse A.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Third
Mate
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Indiana
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Losada,  Manuel
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Radio
Officer
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
New York
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Lydon,  Joseph D.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Master
( Captain )
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Massachusetts
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
St. Patrick's
Cemetery
Brockton, MA
" 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 "
  McMahon,  Martin J.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Wiper
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Meyer,  Arthur
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Chief
Engineer
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Nebraska,  John H.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Able-Bodied
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Pennsylvania
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  O'Leary,  Henry J.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Messman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Obara,  Jan
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Fireman /
Watertender
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Patterson,  Thomas A.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Oiler
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" 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 "
  Rafferty,  Charles H.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Second
Mate
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Ramos,  Alberto
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Utility
Man
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Reid,  Percy A.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Deck
Engineer
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
North Carolina
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Edgewood
Cemetery
Lowell, NC
" Yes "
  Roffey,  George
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Third
Engineer
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Saethre,  Karl W.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Second
Mate
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Norway
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Schweitzer,  Herman E.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Able-Bodied
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Maryland
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Mt. Olivet
Cemetery
Baltimore, MD
" Yes "
  Slaski,  Edmund
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Ordinary
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Solano,  Antonio
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Fireman /
Watertender
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Solar,  William
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
First
Engineer
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Stanley,  David J.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Wiper
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Stevenson,  Clifford C.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Able-Bodied
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
New Jersey
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Stockmal,  Stanley S.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Ordinary
Seaman
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
New Jersey
Line Of Duty
June 1, 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 "
  Talbott,  John O., Jr.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Deck Cadet
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Texas
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Grace Hill
Cemetery
Longview, TX
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Tompson,  Albert C.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Third Cook
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Turner,  Ralph W.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Oiler
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
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 "
  Wilkinson,  Benjamin H.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ 
Engine Cadet
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Ohio
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Toronto Union
Cemetery
Toronto, OH
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Winter,  Harold B.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Utility
Man
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
" unknown "
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph
  Werley,  Maurice C.
            n/a ~ Off Cape Henry, VA ~ n/a
Bosun
S.S. John Morgan
Merchant
Marines
Virginia
Line Of Duty
June 1, 1943
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