S.S. President Harrison
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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links

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S.S. President Harrison

S.S. President Harrison

" Special Thanks to the Remarkable Website " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great website for more by
clicking above !

 
WW II

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Completed

S.S. President Harrison
Thursday,
May 5, 2022

S.S. President Harrison
S.S. President Harrison

         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 " 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 of 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 ( SS-383 ).

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         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.

Special Thanks To Find A Grave Member :
" Rebecca Ewing Peterson "
                    For her great help locating burials  ~  record updates  ~  Merchant Marine Research
                    " AND " researching " Overseas Burials " !


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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.

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 "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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    Last Name, First Name, M.I.
            Awards  ~  Place Of Passing  ~  Photos
            Notes ~ ( Only If Available )

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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

 Carlson,  Arnold Edwin

            MM ** ~ off Shaweishan ~ n/a

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

December 8, 1941
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

 Diamond,  Edward
            MM ** / PMM  ~  China  ~  

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

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

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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 "

 Enos,  August

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ N/A

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

Febuary 15, 1943
Bubbling
Well Road Cemetery
Shanghai, China
(defunct)
" Yes "

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Last Names starting with " F "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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

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

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

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

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

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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 "

 Lee,  John

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ N/A

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

" unknown "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Lenty,  John

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ 

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

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

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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 "

 McGoldrick,  Francis

            MM ** ~ off Shaweishan ~ n/a

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

December 8, 1941
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

 Miller,  Max Frederick

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ 

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

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

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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 "

 Newman,  Harry Mark

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ N/A

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

January 19, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " O "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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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 "

 Pierpont,  Joseph Alec

            MM ** / PMM ~ At Sea ~ N/A

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

" unknown "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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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 "

 Roberts,  Henry Ambrose

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ 

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

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

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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 "

 Spak,  John A.

            MM ** / PMM ~ 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.

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ n/a

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

April 2, 1943
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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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 "

 Utz,  Edward

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ n/a

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

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

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

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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 "

 Wright,  James

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ n/a

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

" unknown "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " X "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

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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 "

 Young,  Lui King

            MM ** / PMM ~ China ~ n/a

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

" unknown "
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " Z "  ~  " There Were None Lost ! "

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )