S.S. R.P. Resor
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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Progress
Thurday,
May 5, 2022

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         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 " 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.

" 1 " crewman and " 1 " 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.


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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

( 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
            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 "

  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
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Ball,  John Edgar

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

February 27, 1942
" 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 ~ n/a

            " Family Link Included "

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

February 27, 1942
Fairmont
Cemetery
Henderson, KY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Cerojo,  Vincento

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

February 27, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Connors,  Robert James

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

            " 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Daugherty,  Jack Alvin

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" 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
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Everett,  Arlis Neil

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  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
" 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
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Garcia,  Alberto Lopez

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" 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
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Hammers,  Jack Vester

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Harris,  Carson M.

          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Apprentice
Seaman
" 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 ~ 

Apprentice
Seaman
" 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-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
Merchant Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

February 27, 1942
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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Last Names starting with " I "  ~  " 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 "

  Jones,  James Linwood

          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

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

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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 "

  Kelly,  Julian Alvin

          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Apprentice
Seaman
" 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 "

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

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

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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 "

  Lasseter,  Fain McCord

          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Apprentice
Seaman
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Madison,  Robert Eugene

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" 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
" 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
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Moorman,  James H.

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

            " 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Nobriga,  Alberto Ignacio

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Olachia,  Anselmo Bueno

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Platt,  William Earle

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

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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
            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 "

  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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Smith,  John Harold

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" 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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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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 "

  Thompson,  Merle C.

          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ N/A

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

February 27, 1942
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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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
            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 "

  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
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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

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

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )