S.S. Otho

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. Otho

" 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 !


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Progress

Page last updated:

October 21, 2022

Sinking on April 3, 1942

the " S.S. Otho " lost " 32 " men !

( Only the names of " 27 " of the " 32 " claimed to be lost have been found ! )

     The steam tanker " S.S. Otho " was built and completed in 1920 by the Todd Drydock & Construction Corp., Tacoma, Washington for the American-West African Line Inc., New York and was a 4,839 ton ship.

     On April 3, 1942 the unescorted " S.S. Otho " was enroute from Takoradi, Gold Coast to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a cargo of 4400 tons of maganese ore, 1300 tons of palm oil and 750 tons of tin and a crew of 53 ( 10 officers, 26 merchant mariners, 10 U.S. Navy Armed Guards, and 7 Passengers ).   They were hit by a torpedo fired by German Submarine U-754 approximatley 200 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia.

     The torpedo stuck on the starboard side amidship directly below the stack at the bulkhead between the #3 tank and the engine room.   The explosion severely damaged the vessel and caused her to sink after twelve minutes.   The Master, six officers, 16 crewmen, five armed guards and four passengers were lost.

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

John Makkinje

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. Otho ".   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.


MM  ~  Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " ~ ( Awarded to a Merchant Marine for being Wounded, Missing or Killed In Action )

MM *  ~  Awarded the " Combat Bar " ~ ( Awarded to a Merchant Marine who was under combat conditions )

MM **  ~  Awarded the " Combat Star " ~ ( Awarded to a Merchant Marine who was forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )

PH  ~  Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded to U.S. 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.

( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

( 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 ]

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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 )

  Abrung,  Cenon

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Cenon was born
in Puerto Rico !

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not 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 )

  Bailey,  George

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Brennan,  John Joseph

PH  ~    

Ensign
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan,
New York
" 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 )

  Cerabone,  Otto

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Third
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Connecticut
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Correa,  James Eustachio

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
James was born
in Portugal !

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not 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 )

  DeDominicis,  Bernard Kenneth

MM **  ~  N/A

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not 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 )

  Efird,  Edward Lee

PH  ~  

" Family Link Included "
~ ~ ~
Edward was born
in North Carolina !

Seaman
2nd Class
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy
North Carolina
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan,
New York
" 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 )

  Fishburne,  Clement Daniel, Jr.

MM **  ~  

" Family Link Included "
~ ~ ~
Clement was born
in Virginia !

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Virginia
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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

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

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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 )

  Lindstrom,  Axel Harald

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Axel was born
in Sweden !

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Luaces,  Victor Otero

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Victor was born
in Spain !

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not 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 )

  Madison,  Osman George

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
Osman was born
in Jamaica !

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Makkinje,  John

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
John was born
in the Netherlands !

Master
" Captain "
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Manns,  Joseph Augustus

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Joseph was born
in the Virgin Islands !

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  McFadyen,  John D.

MM **  ~  

" Family Link Included "

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
North Carolina
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
Raeford
Cemetery
Raeford, NC
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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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 )

  Ortleb,  Otto Karl

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
Otto was born
in Germany !

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Florida
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not 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 )

  Proctor,  Henry

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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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 )

  Richardson,  William George

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "
~ ~ ~
William was born
in Delaware !

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Rodriguez,  Julio

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Julio was born
in Spain !

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Rodriguez,  Manuel

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Manuel was born
in Spain !

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not 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 )

  Scarborough,  Hiram Alton

PH  ~  

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy
Georgia
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan,
New York
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Schaper,  Fred Emil

MM **  ~  
~ ~ ~
Fred was born
in Germany !

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Seymour,  James Edward

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
James was born
in Massachusetts !

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Shotts,  S. B.

PH  ~  N/A

Seaman
2nd Class
" Armed Guard "
~ ~ ~
U.S. Navy
Alabama
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan,
New York
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Arthur Covell

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
Arthur was born
in New York !

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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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 )

  Webb,  George Frederick

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
George was born
in England !

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
Florida
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Williams,  Fred Busbee

MM **  ~    

" Family Link Included "

Junior
3rd Mate
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
South Carolina
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
Woodridge
Memorial Park
Lexington, SC
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

  Winters,  Albert Stanley

MM **  ~  N/A
~ ~ ~
Albert was born
in England !

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine
New York
~ ~ ~
" Lost At Sea "
" 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 )