S.S. President Harrison

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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. President Harrison

" S.S. President Harrison "


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Page last updated:

November 3, 2019

Attacked on December 8, 1941 the " S.S. President Harrison " lost " 16 " Merchant Mariners !

( Loss included " 3 " Missing In Action on the day of the attack and " 13 " later died as POW's )


     The Merchant Ship " S.S. President Harrison " was a Steam driven Passenger Merchant Ship.   It was built in 1921 by the Dollar Steamship Company and first named the " Wolverine State " and in 1922 renamed the " S.S. President Harrison ".

     On the morning of December 4, 1941, with a crew of "154" plus "1" passenger, the " S.S. President Harrison " was en-route from Manila, Philippine Islands to Ching-wang-tao, China with orders to pick up around "300" Marines of the Peking and Tientsin Legation Guard and some 1400 tons of equipment and return to Manila.

     On December 7, 1941, while still en-route, they received a Radio Message that the Japanese had bombed "Pearl Harbor".   The ship's master, Orel A. Pierson, at that point decided to make for the extreme north Pacific and eventually back to some safe Pacific Coast port.

     However they were soon discovered by a Japanese bomber and a Japanese mail boat.   Soon after that they were also being tracked by a Japanese Destroyer.   Master Pierson's first objective was to protect his crew.   His second objective was to do his best to disable the " S.S. President Harrison " so that the Japanese could not capture and use it .... and he decided to try to run it a ground which he did on Shaweishan Island.

     The crew manned the life boats and started the process of getting everyone off the ship.   One the the life boats was caught up in the port propeller's wake and capsized with the loss of three of the crew.   The crew that made it to the Island all became POW's of the Japanese army.

     The Japanese were able to get the ship refloated and back to one of their shipyards and first renamed the ship " Kakko Maru ".   They soon renamed the ship the " Kachidoki Maru ".   On September 12, 1944 while carrying "900" British Prisoners of War the " Kachidoki Maru " was torpedoed and sunk by the U.S.S. Pampanito.


     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" from the " S.S. President Harrison ".   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 )

PMM  =  Awarded the " Mariners Prisoner of War Medal " ~ ( Awarded to Mariners held 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

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

" 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. President Harrison "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " had no one on the ship to list )

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 Names starting with " A " ~ None To Report !


    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 "

  Berman,  Nathan

            MM ** ~ off Shaweishan ~ n/a

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

December 8, 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 "

  Carlson,  Arnold E.

            MM ** ~ off Shaweishan ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Oregon
Missing In Action

December 8, 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 "

  Diamond,  Edward

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~

Bartender
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died While POW

May 12, 1943
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "


    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 "

  Enos,  August

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ 

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Hawaii
Died While POW

Febuary 15, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "



Last Names starting with " F " ~ There were none !



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 "

  Lee,  John

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Chief
Baker
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
" unknown "
Died While POW

" unknown "
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "

  Lenty,  John

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ 

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died While POW

May 7, 1942
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "


    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 "

  McGoldrick,  Francis

            MM ** ~ off Shaweishan ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
England
Missing In Action

December 8, 1941
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Miller,  Max F.

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ 

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Died While POW

June 19, 1943
Hungjao Road
Cemetery
Shanghai, China
" Yes "


    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 "

  Newman,  Harry M.

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Saloonman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died While POW

January 19, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph



Last Names starting with " O " ~ 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 "

  Pierpont,  Joseph A.

            PMM MM ** ~ At Sea ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Died While POW

" unknown "
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "



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 "

  Roberts,  Henry A.

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ 

Room
Steward
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died While POW

January 23, 1943
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "


    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 "

  Spak,  John A.

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Died While POW

August 13, 1945
Hungjao Road
Cemetery
Shanghai, China
" Yes "

  Steen,  Odin C.

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Reefer
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Died While POW

April 2, 1943
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "



Last Names starting with " T " ~ 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 "

  Utz,  Edward

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Storekeeper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Died While POW

November 13, 1942
Lokawei Foreign
Cemetery
Shanghai, China
" Yes "



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 "

  Wright,  James

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
California
Died While POW

" unknown "
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "



Last Names starting with " X " ~ 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 "

  Young,  Lui K.

            PMM MM ** ~ China ~ n/a

Laundryman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
New York
Died While POW

" unknown "
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "



Last Names starting with " Z " ~ There were none !

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )