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 )
   
ribbon line
   
S.S. R.P. Resor

S.S. R.P. Resor
Photo courtesy of " uboat.net "

 
ribbon line
 
WW II
 

ribbon line

ribbon line

Page last updated:

September 21, 2019

Sinking on February 27, 1942 the 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.


ribbon line

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

" Frederick H. Marcus "

who went down with his ship !

ribbon line


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.


ribbon line


     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 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.


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 ]


  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 S.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Armstrong,  Clarence E.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 E.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

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

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

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

  Burns,  Donald
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Utility
Man
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. Merchant
Marine
Texas
Missing In Action

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

  Connors,  Robert J.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

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

  Covert,  Graham P.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 A.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Davis,  Edwin P.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 N.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Fogarty,  Ernest J.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 L.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Galleyman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 V.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Hogard,  Orville R.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 L.
          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 A.
          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 ~ 

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 M.
          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 L.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Chief
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 E.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Major,  Charles N.
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

Master /
Captain
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. Merchant
Marine
Pennsylvania
Missing In Action

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

  Moorman,  James H.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

First
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 I.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 B.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 A.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Platt,  William E.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Rizzuti,  Leonard V.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 H.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ n/a

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

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

  Sprague,  Halsey L.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 "
U.S. 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 B.
          MM ** ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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

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

  White,  Jack B.
          PH ~ Off New Jersey ~ 

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 "
U.S. 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 )