S.S. Oklahoma

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
First Attack
   
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(Oklahoma Photo)
( Photo courtesy of Texaco Archives )

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

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

~    AND    ~

American Merchant Marine

" uboat.net "

Please visit these great websites for more by
clicking above !

" Note "

The S.S. Oklahoma was attacked "twice" during World War II.

Both attacks resulted in the loss of some of her crew.

This page displays those lost in the " First Attack " on April 8, 1942 !

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Page last updated:

September 12, 2019

Sinking on April 8, 1942

the " S.S. Oklahoma " loss " 19 " of her crew !


     The S.S. Oklahoma was built in 1940 by the Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, Pennsylvania.   The Oklahoma weighed 9,298 tons and was owned by the The Texas Company, Wilmington, Delaware.   She was attacked "twice" during World War II.   The Oklahoma was first attacked in very shallow waters by German U-123 about 10 miles off St. Simon's Island, Georgia on April 8, 1942 with a loss of 19 of her crew.   She was towed back to Chester, Pennsylvania and restored to service.

First Attack

     The unescorted and unarmed S.S. Oklahoma was hit by one G7a torpedo from German Submarine U-123 about 10 miles off St. Simon's Island, Georgia.   The U-boat had spotted two tankers and one freighter in the bright moonlight.   The torpedo struck the engine room and she quickly settled by the stern in 40 feet of water and the stern rested on the bottom after 45 minutes with the bow still visible over the water.   Most of the eight officers and 29 men abandoned ship in three lifeboats, but the master and three men reboarded the vessel when they heard screams.   They found one of the officers critically wounded, who subsequently died, and they could not reach some of the 18 missing men apparently trapped below.   The radio operator sent another distress message and then abandoned ship again.


     As fate would have it the same U-boat then torpedoed the S.S. Esso Baton Rouge at 08.44 hours which caught fire and sank in shallow waters with a loss of 3 Merchant Mariners.   The U-boat then returned to finish off the Oklahoma with gunfire.

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The Master/Captain of the S.S. Oklahoma who survived this sinking:

Theron P. Davenport

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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the S.S. Oklahoma in the second attack.   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 Mariner's for being Wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *  =  Awarded the " Combat Bar / Ribbon " !
                  ( Awarded to Mariner's who have been under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star " ( attached to the Combat Bar )
                   ( Awarded to Mariner's 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 " )

MM-POW  =  Awarded the Mariner's " Prisoner Of War Medal " !
                         ( Awarded to Mariner's who served time as a POW " )

PH  =  Awarded the " Purple Heart " !
              ( Awarded to U.S. Military Soldiers & Sailors for being Wounded and/or Killed in action )

Other Medals
              Such as Good Conduct Medals, Campaign Medals, Defense Service Medals, etc.,
              " Are Not " included in this listing.

  =  Picture of person shown on online memorial

  =  Picture of tombstone shown on online memorial

" Family Link Included " = Parent, Spouse, or Child linked in " Online Memorial ".

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

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( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name

( Those letters shown in " Maroon " currently have no one 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 ]

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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 "

  Baker,  Herman V.
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
April 8, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Boyd,  Joseph Francis
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action
April 8, 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 "

  Carmona,  Alfredo
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Puerto Rico
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Palmetto
Cemetery
Brunswick, GA
" Yes "

  Chorman,  Mattias J.
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
April 8, 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 "

  Dooley,  Richard Addis
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Colorado
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Evergreen
Cemetery
Colorado Springs,
CO
" 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 "

  Edgar,  Arlice Darrell
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Harpers Chapel
Cemetery
Sabinetown, TX
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " F " ~ " 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 "

  Geary,  Joseph W.
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 

Second
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Puerto Rico
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Palmetto
Cemetery
Brunswick, GA
" Yes "

  Genter,  Arthur James
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Palmetto
Cemetery
Brunswick, GA
" 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 "

  Hance,  Lastie
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Fireman /
Water Tender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Durio Cemetery
Allen Parish, LA
" Yes "

  Howell,  William Lawrence
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Greenlawn
Memorial Park
Groves, TX
" Yes "

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 "

  Kroy,  Frank Joseph
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Greenlawn
Memorial Park
Groves, TX
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " L " ~ " 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 "

  Majba,  Stanley J.
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Fireman /
Water Tender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
St. James
Cemetery
Crossingville, PA
" Yes "

  McGregor,  Robert Malcolm
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ N/A

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action
April 8, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mott,  James Edward
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 

Fireman /
Water Tender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Glenmora
Cemetery
Glenmora, LA
" Yes "

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

Last Names starting with " O " ~ " 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 "

  Price,  John
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Georgia
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Hillcrest Abbey
East Cemetery
Savannah, GA
" Yes "

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 "

  Riley,  James
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action
April 8, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Rivette,  Charles
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Palmetto
Cemetery
Brunswick, GA
" Yes "

  Ryder,  Osswald
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ 

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Killed In Action
April 8, 1942
Palmetto
Cemetery
Brunswick, GA
" 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 "

  Sistrunk,  Charles Patrick
            MM ** ~ At Sea ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action
April 8, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" 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 Names starting with " W " ~ " There Were None ! "

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 )