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 17, 2019

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.

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 for the " S.S. Otho "

( 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 ~ 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 "

  Abrung,  Cenon
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

April 3, 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 "

  Bailey,  George
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brennan,  John J.
            PH ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

Ensign
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" 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 "

  Cerabone,  Otto
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Correa,  James Eustachio
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 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 "

  De Dominicis,  Bernard K.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

April 3, 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 "

  Efird,  Edward Lee
            PH ~ Off Virginia ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
North Carolina
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" 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 "

  Fishburne,  Clement D., Jr.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Last Names starting with " K " ~ " 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 "

  Lindstrom,  Axel Harald
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Luaces,  Victor Otero
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 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 "

  Madison,  Osman George
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Makkinje,  John
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Master
" Captain "
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Manns,  Joseph Augustus
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McFadyen,  John D.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

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

April 3, 1942
Raeford
Cemetery
Raeford, NC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " N " ~ " 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 "

  Ortleb,  Otto Karl
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 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 "

  Proctor,  Henry
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 1942
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 "

  Richardson,  William G.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Rodriguez,  Julio
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Rodriguez,  Manuel
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Missing In Action

April 3, 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 "

  Scarborough,  Hiram A.
            PH ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Georgia
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Schaper,  Fred Emil
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Seymour,  James Edward
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shotts,  S. B.
            PH ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Alabama
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Smith,  Arthur Covell
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 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 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 "

  Webb,  George Frederick
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Williams,  Fred Busbee
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Junior
Third Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
South Carolina
Missing In Action

April 3, 1942
Woodridge
Memorial Park
Lexington, SC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Winters,  Albert Stanley
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ N/A

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

April 3, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" 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 )