S.S. Otho

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

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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

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 for the below individual records

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.

( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

" 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. 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 ]

  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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. Merchant
Marine
Connecticut
Missing In Action

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

  Correa,  James E.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 L.
            PH ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

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 "
U.S. 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 H.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

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

  Luaces,  Victor O.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 G.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

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

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

  Manns,  Joseph A.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

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

  McFadyen,  John D.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 K.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 ~ n/a

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

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

  Schaper,  Fred E.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

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

  Seymour,  James E.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 C.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 F.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

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

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

  Williams,  Fred B.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ 

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

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

  Winters,  Albert S.
            MM ** ~ Off Virginia ~ n/a

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 )