S.S. Cynthia Olson
S.S. R.P. Resor
   


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

S.S. Cynthia Olson Attack

S.S. Cynthia Olson Attack
 

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" 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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WW II
 

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Thursday,
May 5, 2022

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         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 and 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 the ship 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 " Cynthia Olson " stopped dead in the water and the Radio Officer sent out a quick message that they were " Being Attacked ! ".   The entire crew 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 " Cynthia Olson " sank.   No survivors from the " S.S. Cynthia Olson " was ever found !


         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. Cynthia Olson " 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.

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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 )

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.

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.

            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country Of Residence
Killed / Missing
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Atad,  Anastocia M.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

    Last Name, First Name, M.I.

            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country Of Residence
Killed / Missing
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Baes,  Zacharias Arceno

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Baja,  Sopronio P.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Basbos,  Maximo Ankot

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Basilo,  Alfred M.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Buchtele,  William Peterson

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Bushka,  Anthony G.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Buta,  Jose L.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

    Last Name, First Name, M.I.

            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country Of Residence
Killed / Missing
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Cabigas,  Sotero V.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Cadag,  Fred Cabaltera

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Carlsen,  Berthel

              ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

    Last Name, First Name, M.I.

            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country Of Residence
Killed / Missing
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Daguison,  Joaquin

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Davenport,  Ernest Jeston

              ~  PH  ~  " Family Link Included "

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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

    Last Name, First Name, M.I.

            Photos ~ Awards ~ Notes

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country Of Residence
Killed / Missing
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "

 Escalante,  Leo M.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

Last Names starting with " F "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

Last Names starting with " G "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

Last Names starting with " H "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

Last Names starting with " I "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

   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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Johnstad,  Carl

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
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

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Mananita,  Domingo L.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Mills,  James W.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Montegrejo,  Isidro E.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Moore,  Thomas Grier

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  " Family Link Included "

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

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

 Muirhead,  Thomas

              ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

Last Names starting with " N "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

Last Names starting with " O "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

   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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Perales,  Pio J.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

Last Names starting with " Q "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

   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

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Soliman,  Pedro T.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Terro,  Maximo R.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

Last Names starting with " U "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

   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.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

 Villa,  Raymond T.

            n/a  ~  MM **  ~  n/a

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

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

Last Names starting with " W "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

Last Names starting with " X "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

Last Names starting with " Y "  ~  " There Were None On The Ship ! "

   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  ~  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 )