S.S. Cynthia Olson


Merchant Marine Flag

   
U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
( All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links )
   
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S.S. Cynthia Olson

S.S. Cynthia Olson

 
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WW II
 

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Page last updated:

September 22, 2019

Sinking on December 7, 1941 the S.S. Olson lost " 35 " men !

( " 33 " crew members and " 2 " U.S. Army Soldiers )

     Originally built as the steam tanker " Coquina " in 1918 by the Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   It was renamed the " S.S. Cynthia Olson " when it was purchased by the Oliver J. Olson line of San Francisco, California in 1940.   It was named in honor of Oliver J. Olson's daughter "Cynthia"!

     On December 7, 1941 the unescorted & unarmed " S.S. Cynthia Olson " was enroute from Tacoma, Washington to Hawaii with a cargo of lumber for the U.S. Army.   The Japanese submarine I-26 surfaced near the "Cynthia Olson" approximatley 350 miles off the California coast.   The submarine fired a warning shell over Cynthia Olson from its 14-cm deck gun.   When fired on like that it is a signal that the ship that fired the shot intents to sink the ship.

     The " S.S. Cynthia Olson " stopped dead in the water and the Radio Officer sent out a quick message that they were " being attacked ".   The entire cres and passengers then abandoned ship !   The Japanese submarine, once everyone was off the ship, proceeded to fire on the ship with there 14-cm deck gun until the " S.S. Cynthia Olson " sank.   No one from the " S.S. Cynthia Olson " was ever found !

" Historical Note: "

Based on timelines it would appear that the " S.S. Cynthia Olson " was " attacked before "

the attack on Pearl Harbor !


     On the night of October 25-26, 1944, in the aftermath of the Battle off Samar, Japanese submarine I-26 attacked the escort carrier U.S.S. Petrof Bay (CVE-80) off Leyte.   " Japanese submarine I-26 " was then sunk by either the U.S.S. Coolbaugh (DE-217) or the U.S.S. Richard M. Rowell (DE-403).

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The ship Master/Captain of the S.S. Venore was:

Berthel Carlsen

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. Cynthia Olson.   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 or killed in action )
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. Cynthia Olson

( 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 ]

   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 "

  Atad,  Anastocia M.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Baes,  Zacharias A.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Baja,  Sopronio P.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Basbos,  Maximo A.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Basilo,  Alfred M.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Buchtele,  William P.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bushka,  Anthony G.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Buta,  Jose L.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Cabigas,  Sotero V.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Cadag,  Fred C.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Carlsen,  Berthel

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

Master /
Captain
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Oregon
Missing In Action

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Daguison,  Joaquin

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Davenport,  Ernest J.

          PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a

Private
" Passenger "
Medical Department
U.S. Army
North Carolina
Missing In Action

December 7, 1941
West Coast
Memorial
San Francisco, CA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Dodd,  Roland J.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Escalante,  Leo M.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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


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


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


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 "

  Jalocon,  Comado M.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Johnstad,  Carl

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Kaay,  Leo T.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Lofving,  Harry K.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Maagma,  Claro

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mananita,  Domingo L.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Missing In Action

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mills,  James W.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Montegrejo,  Isidro E.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Moore,  Thomas G.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Muirhead,  Thomas

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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 "

  Pedro,  Victoriano T.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Perales,  Pio J.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Rodriguez,  Benito

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Santiago,  August S.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Soliman,  Pedro T.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
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 "

  Taylor,  Charles H.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Terro,  Maximo R.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


Last Names starting with " U " ~ " 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 "

  Valez,  Guillermo O.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Villa,  Raymond T.

          MM ~ Pacific ~ n/a

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

December 7, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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 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 "

  Ziskind,  Samuel J.

          PH ~ Pacific ~ n/a

Private
" Passenger "
8th Sig. Service Co.
U.S. Army
New York
Missing In Action

December 7, 1941
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )