S.S. R.P. Resor

Merchant Marine Flag

U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
( All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links )
   
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S.S. R.P. Resor

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" 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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WW II
 

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Page last updated:

September 21, 2019

Sinking on February 27, 1942

the " S.S. R. P. Resor "

reportedly loss " 48 " of her crew !


     The steam tanker " S.S. R.P. Resor " was a World War II Liberty ship built by the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Kearny, New Jersey, and completed in February, 1936.   It was built for the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey and New York.

     On February 27, 1942, while enroute from Baytown, Texas to Fall River, Massachusetts, the unescorted " S.S. R.P. Resor " was hit by one torpedo fired by " German U-578 " about 20 miles east of Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey.   The torpedo struck on the port side just forward of amidships and blew oil over the entire length of the ship and into the water.   The oil ignited and flames rapidly spread 500 feet around the tanker as the 8 officers, 33 crewmen and 9 armed guards tried to abandon ship.   One crewman and one armed guard survived.


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The ship Master/Captain of the " S.S. R.P. Resor " was:

" Frederick H. Marcus "

who went down with his ship !

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The "two" survivors were:

" John Jensen Forsdal" ~ (1899-1970) ~ He serviced as a Able-Bodied Seaman.

" Daniel Leo Hey " ~ (1914-1982) ~ He serviced as a Navy Armed Guard.


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     The following below list was created in the memory of those who "Gave Their All" on the " S.S. R.P. Resor ".   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

( 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 "

  Andrews,  Jay Spoor
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A
            " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Armstrong,  Clarence Eugene
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A
            " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 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 "

  Ball,  John Edgar
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Storekeeper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Botzis,  Anthony P.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

    Brother of: Pvt. Archie P. Botzis
     who was "KIA" in France during WW II !

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
South Carolina
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Bethany
Cemetery
Charleston, SC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Burns,  Donald
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Kentucky
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Fairmont
Cemetery
Henderson, KY
" 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 "

  Cerojo,  Vincento
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Chief
Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Connors,  Robert James
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 
            " Family Link Included "

Second
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Massachusetts
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Beverly Farms
Cemetery
Beverly, MA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Covert,  Graham Potter
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 "

  Daugherty,  Jack Alvin
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Davis,  Edwin Pershing
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Dison,  Francisco
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 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 "

  Everett,  Arlis Neil
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 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 "

  Fearynick,  Michael
    ( a.k.a. Michael Faryniak ??? )
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fleming,  John
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Fogarty,  Ernest Jay
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 "

  Garcia,  Alberto Lopez
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Galleyman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gross,  Albert
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Gunn,  Robert W., Jr.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 "

  Hammers,  Jack Vester
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Harris,  Carson M.
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Seaman
Apprentice
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Virginia
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Greenlawn
Memorial Park
Newport News, VA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Henderson,  William G.
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

February 27, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hermon,  Leo
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Able-Bocied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hogard,  Orville Robert
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


Last Names starting with " I " ~ 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 "

  Jones,  James Linwood
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

February 27, 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 "

  Kelly,  Julian Alvin
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

February 27, 1942
Culdee Presbyterian
Church Cemetery
West End, NC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Kram,  Leonard
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 1942
Riverside
Cemetery
Saddle Brook, NJ
" 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 "

  Lasseter,  Fain McCord
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

February 27, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lumpkin,  Travis Lee
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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,  Robert Eugene
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
South Carolina
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Major,  Charles Nance
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

Ensign
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Virginia
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Marcus,  Frederick H.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A
          " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Meese,  Harry
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mengelson,  William
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Moorman,  James H.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 1942
New Hope
Church Cemetery
Ambrose, GA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Moraes,  John
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 "

  Nobriga,  Alberto Ignacio
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 "

  Olachia,  Anselmo Bueno
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 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 "

  Pedersen,  Jens Alfred
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Platt,  William Earle
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Saint Paul's
Church Cemetery
Yonges Island, SC
" 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 "

  Recio,  Carl M.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
St. Joseph's
Cemetery
Throop, PA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Rizzuti,  Leonard Vincent
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 "

  Smith,  John Harold
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Sprague,  Halsey Lee
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

February 27, 1942
Mt. Pleasant
Cemetery
Seattle, WA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Standard,  James
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Machinist
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Illinois
Missing In Action

February 27, 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 "

  Thompson,  Merle C.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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 "

  West,  Harold Benton
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
Camp Ruby
Cemetery
Dallardsville, TX
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  White,  Jack Bufford
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 
          " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 1942
Clito
Cemetery
Bulloch Cty, GA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wilson,  Woodrow A.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 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 )