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,
" October 27, 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.

         " 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 at " 7:38 a.m. " ( about 15 minutes prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor ) 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 " were ever found !

It's currently " unknown " if the submarine fired
on the lifeboats " or " simply left them to
drift at sea until their passing !

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         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 with a loss of all hands on board 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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MM     =  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal "
               ( Awarded for being wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *   =  Awarded the " Combat Bar ( Ribbon ) "
               ( Awarded to those who served under combat conditions )

MM **  =  Awarded the " Combat Star "
                ( Awarded to those who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

PMM   =  Awarded the " Mariner's Prisoner of War Medal "
               ( Awarded to Mariner's held as prisoners of war during World War II )


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.

An " n/a " in the " Photo, Awards, or Notes Area " means that they are not available for that Mariner, Soldier or Sailor .....

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

( Those letters shown in " Red " did not have names to list for 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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

  Atad,  Anastocia M.

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Philippines
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

  Baes,  Zacharias Arceno

MM **  ~  N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Philippines
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Baja,  Sopronio P.

MM **  ~  N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Basbos,  Maximo Ankot

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Philippines
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Basilo,  Alfred M.

MM **  ~  N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Buchtele,  William Peterson

MM **  ~  N/A

Chief Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Denmark
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Bushka,  Anthony G.

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

California
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Buta,  Jose L.

MM **  ~  N/A

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

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Cabigas,  Sotero V.

MM **  ~  N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Cadag,  Fred Cabaltera

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Baltimore,
Maryland
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Carlsen,  Berthel

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Master /
Captain
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Oregon
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Daguison,  Joaquin

MM **  ~  N/A

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Davenport,  Ernest Jeston

PH  ~  

" Family Link Included "
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

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

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.
West Coast
Memorial
San Francisco,
California
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Dodd,  Roland Joseph

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

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

Georgia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Escalante,  Leo M.

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

California
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Jalocon,  Comado M.

MM **  ~  N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Johnstad,  Karl Mandius

MM **  ~  N/A

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Norway
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Kaay,  Leo T.

MM **  ~  N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Lofving,  Konrad Harry

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

California
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Maagma,  Claro

MM **  ~  N/A

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

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Mananita,  Domingo L.

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

California
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Mills,  James Woods

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Washington
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Montegrejo,  Isidro E.

MM **  ~  N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Moore,  Thomas Grier

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Washington
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Muirhead,  Thomas

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

Connecticut
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Pedro,  Victoriano T.

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Perales,  Pio J.

MM **  ~  N/A

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

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Rodriguez ,  Benito

MM **  ~  N/A

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Santiago,  August S.

MM **  ~  N/A

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

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Soliman,  Pedro T.

MM **  ~  N/A

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

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Taylor,  Charles H.

MM **  ~  N/A

Second
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Terro,  Maximo R.

MM **  ~  N/A

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Valez,  Guillermo O.

MM **  ~  N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Ship

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Villa,  Raymond T.

MM **  ~  N/A

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

" Unknown "
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

None
Found !
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Ziskind, Samuel J.

PH  ~  
~ ~ ~
He was " 1 " of the " 12 "
" First American's "
that
" Gave Their All "
during World War II !

Private
" Passenger "
~ ~ ~
8th Signal Service
Company
~ ~ ~
U.S. Army

Brooklyn,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
December 7, 1941
7:38 a.m.

Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )