S.S. John Straub

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U.S. Merchant Ship
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S.S. John Straub

" S.S. John Straub "


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Completed

Page last updated:

November 1, 2019

Sunk on April 19, 1944 the " S.S. John Straub " lost " 55 " men !

( Loss included " 40 " Merchant Marines, " 14 " Navy Armed Guards, and " 1 " passenger )

( The name of the " 1 " passenger is currently unknown )

     The Merchant Ship " S.S. John Straub " was a 7,176 ton Liberty class EC2-S-C1 ship built and completed on November 27, 1943 by the Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, Oregon Shipbuilding Corp. shipyard, Portland, Oregon for the U.S. Maritime Commission and assigned to the Alaska Steamship Company, Seattle, Washington.

     On April 19, 1944 the unescorted " S.S. John Straub " was enroute from Seattle, Washington to the Aleutians with 25,000 barrels of diesel, 9,000 barrels of high octane aviation fuel and other supplies.   The ship had a crew of " 68 " on board made up of a crew of 41 Merchant Mariners and 27 Navy Armed Guards.   There was also " 1 " passenger on board making a total of " 69 " on the ship.

     They were hit by "one" torpedo fired by Japanese Submarine I-180 about 100 miles east of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.   The ship broke in two.   The forward section sank in about 2 minutes while the rear of the ship didn't sink until about 14 hours later.   The explosion caused " 40 " Merchant Mariners, " 14 " Navy Armed Guards, and " 1 " passenger to perish.   Only 2 merchant mariners and 13 Navy armed guards survived.

Japanese Submarine I-180 was sunk one week later on April 26, 1944 by the U.S.S. Gilmore (DE-18).

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

Axel Wilhelm Westerholm

from Seattle, Washington who was lost in this sinking !

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

" 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. John Straub "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " had no one on the ship to list )

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
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Ahrens,  Earl P.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Angvik,  Carl O.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Barnstrom,  Arthur A.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Boyd,  James B.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Purser
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burke,  Robert L.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Utah
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Memory Grove
Memorial
Salt Lake City, UT
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Clark,  Archibald M.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Coleman,  Isaac H.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Condit,  Lon E.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Oklahoma
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Cosman,  Robert L.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

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

April 19, 1944
Edmonds
Memorial Cemetery
Edmonds, WA
" Yes "
Cenotaph



Last Names starting with " D " ~ There were none !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Easley,  Robert V.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Ehrig,  Peter W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

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

April 19, 1944
Maple Hill
Cemetery
Gladbrook, IA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Elmgren,  John T.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Esper,  Lewis V.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Michigan
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
St. Patrick's
Cemetery
Carleton, MI
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Fishinghawk,  Jesse C.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Oklahoma
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fredericks,  Lester A.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Gifford,  Chester A.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Baker
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Grund,  Hyman O.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Hansen,  Arnold A.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hardy,  Andrew J.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Second
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hawes,  Richard P.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Michigan
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Ogdensburg
Cemetery
Ogdensburg, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hayes,  William C.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hines,  Edwin C.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Holmquist,  Axel W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Huntington,  Eugene W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Isakson,  Anton E. H.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Wisconsin
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Jackson,  Charles A.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Jenkins,  Joseph E., Jr.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Wisconsin
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Kehl,  Joseph R.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Keiser,  Howard F.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Kline,  Gerald L.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
California
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
West Coast
Memorial
San Francisco, CA
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Leggett,  Eugene W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lund,  John A.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Winchman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Marsh,  John P.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Arlington
Municipal Cemetery
Arlington, WA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Martin,  Clarence W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mayer,  Gean F.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mayer,  John
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Illinois
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McDowell,  Arnold
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Miller,  Otis O.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Nagy,  Frank T.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Gunner's
Mate
Third Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Wyoming
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Napier,  Edgar
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Kentucky
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Niemi,  Frank
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph



Last Names starting with " O " ~ There were none !


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Prather,  Melvin G.
            PH ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Indiana
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" 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
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Rauen,  John F.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

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

April 19, 1944
Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery
Seattle, WA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Read,  Harry E., Jr.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

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

April 19, 1944
Fall City
Cemetery
Fall City, WA
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Saks,  Robert E.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Chief
Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Scanlon,  John L.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Deck
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Oregon
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Schenck,  Alexander C.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Secunda,  William J.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

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

April 19, 1944
Rose Hill
Cemetery
Butler, PA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Sheriden,  William P.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Oregon
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
         Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Teter,  Harold W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Thompson,  Jasper L.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

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

April 19, 1944
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
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Wakefield,  Donald W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ 

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

April 19, 1944
Claquato
Cemetery
Chehalis, WA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Waldon,  Robert R.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Winchman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Westerholm,  Axel W.
            MM ** ~ near Dutch Harbor ~ n/a

Master
( Captain )
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Washington
Missing In Action

April 19, 1944
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 !

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )