S.S. Sixaola

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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. Sixaola
( Above photo courtesy of John H. Melville )


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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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This page last updated:

November 24, 2019


Sinking on June 12, 1942 the " S.S. Sixaola " lost " 29 " of their crewmen !

( " 172 onboard survived " )


     The steam ship " S.S. Sixaola " was built in 1911 by the Workman, Clark & Company Ltd., Belfast, Ireland.   It was first acquired by the U.S. Navy and placed in commission as the " U.S.S. Sixaola " #2777 for service with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service.   Shortly after World War I on February 23, 1919, while loading for her next voyage, the U.S.S. Sixaola caught fire at her New York pier.   Two lives were lost in the accident, and the ship was left partially capsized and sunk.

     The " U.S.S. Sixaola " was raised a few months later and, in mid-June, decommissioned and transferred to the War Department.   Following repairs, she was returned to her owners, the Carillo Steamship Company of New York which renamed the ship to the " S.S. Sixaola " and transferred it to the United Fruit S.S. Company of New York.

     On June 12, 1942 the unescorted " S.S. Sixaola " was en route from Cristobal, Panama with a final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana with a load of 900 tons of U.S. Army supplies, including trucks, trailers, clothing and foodstuffs and a crew of " 93 " and " 108 " passengers.   They were first hit by two torpedos fired by German Submarine U-159 about 50 miles off Bocas del Toro, Panama. The first torpedo struck the bow and the second torpedo in the center of the #2 hold.

     Those onboard immediately abandoned the ship on lifeboats and rafts.   However " 29 " of the crewmen died in the explosions while most of them lay sleeping in the quarters of the crew in the bow.   German submarine U-159, after everyone was off the ship, fired one more torpedo at the Sixaola which hit on the port side amidship and the Sixaola sank by the stern.

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

( www.usmm.org/medals.html )        

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for the " S.S. Sixaola "

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " below had no one 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 Names starting with " A " ~ " 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 "

  Beecher,  Edward A.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bemiss,  Albert G.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ 

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

June 12, 1942
Saint Louis
Cemetery
New Orleans, LA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bevans,  William A.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Printer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bodden,  Harlan I.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " C " ~ " 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 "

  Davis,  James
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  DelaHoussaye,  Richard R.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Despues,  Clyde J.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Linen
Keeper
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Dunbarvin,  Halvor E.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 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 "

  Easton,  William H.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 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 "

  Fernandez,  Manuel M.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Franklin,  John
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Funderburk,  Samuel
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 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 "

  Gill,  Bernard M.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 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 "

  Hobbs,  Joseph L.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 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 "

  Jenkins,  Walter
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Joseph,  Ernest
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Last Names starting with " L " ~ " 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 "

  Michel,  John H.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " N " ~ " There Were None ! "

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 "

  Prudeaux,  William P.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ 

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

June 12, 1942
Los Angeles
National Cemetery
Los Angeles, CA
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Last Names starting with " R " ~ " 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 "

  Smith,  John
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Waiter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Panama
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Suitado,  Vincente
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Last Names starting with " U " ~ " 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 "

  Vaughan,  Sebastian R.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Verrett,  Levy
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Night
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 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 "

  Wagner,  Cecil
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Washington,  Willie J.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Williams,  Henry
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a
    Related to Willie " ? " ( below )

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Williams,  Willie
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a
    Related to Henry " ? " ( above )

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wyatt,  Willie R.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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,  Charles N.
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Louisiana
Missing In Action

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Young,  Claiborne
          MM ** ~ off Panama ~ n/a

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

June 12, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )