S.S. Steel Navigator

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. Steel Navigator
( Photo courtesy of SSHSA Collection, University of Baltimore Library )

" S.S. Steel Navigator "

" 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

This page last updated:

October 29, 2019

Sinking on October 19, 1942 the " S.S. Steel Navigator " lost " 36 " men !

The steam tanker " S.S. Steel Navigator " was built in 1923 by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Kearny, New Jersey
for the Isthmian SS Company, New York City, New York.

     On October 19, 1942 the " S.S. Steel Navigator " was a straggler of convoy " ON-137 " and was enroute from London, England to New York City, New York with a cargo of 2000 tons of sand ballast and a crew of " 8 " officers, " 28 " crewmen and " 16 " Navy armed guards.   They were hit by a torpedo fired by German Submarine U-610 in the North Atlantic.   The torpedo struck the ship between the #1 and #2 hatches, causing the vessel to settle rapidly by the head and to sink in three minutes after the boilers exploded.    " 26 " Merchant Mariners and " 10 " Navy Armed Guards perished !

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The ship Master / Captain of the S.S. Steel Navigator was:

Lars S. Jorgensen

Of Towson, Maryland who was lost in this sinking !

One survivor of this sinking was

Donald Gilbert Allen

who served as the Second Mate and later joined the U.S. Navy

and was lost on the U.S.S. Liscome Bay (CVE 56) on November 24, 1943 !

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

( Those letters shown below in " Maroon " below 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 "

  Abad,  Antonio F.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Anderson,  John N.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 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 "

  Batham,  Bernabe
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

Cook
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Maryland
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Butler,  James R.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Nebraska
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" 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 "

  Carballo,  Nicolas
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

Carpenter
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Spain
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Cole,  George A.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 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 "

  Douvener,  August F.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Last Names starting with " F " ~ " 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 "

  Greaves,  Frank H.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 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 "

  Hansen,  Fritz K.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

Third
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Denmark
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hartnett,  William
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hecht,  Charles D.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

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

October 19, 1942
St. Marys
Cemetery
Appleton, WI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Hughes,  James
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 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 "

  Jorgensen,  Lars S.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " K " ~ " 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 "

  Lewis,  Joseph
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lewis,  Michael J.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 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 "

  Mason,  Jesse W.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mayer,  La Rue T.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

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

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McCarthy,  William F.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
New Jersey
Missing In Action

October 19, 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 "

  Nelwan,  Edwin A.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 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 "

  Olsen,  John M.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Nebraska
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" 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 "

  Pogue,  Charles C.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" 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 "

  Rodriguez,  Salvador
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Ruch,  James C.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Lieutenant
Junior Grade
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
New York
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" 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 "

  Salde,  Simon
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Santorio,  Elias
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Sumser,  Clyde S.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Indiana
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" 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 "

  Tahan,  Albert A.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Teixeira,  Francisco
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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 "

  Vilanova,  Etbino
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

Junior
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

October 19, 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,  William D.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Weber,  James A.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ n/a

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wells,  James R.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Fireman /
Watertender
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
Virginia
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Williams,  George R.
          MM ** ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

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

October 19, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Willoughby,  Leroy J.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wimple,  Milton A.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" 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 "

  Yokes,  William J.
          PH ~ North Atlantic Ocean ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Ohio
Missing In Action

October 19, 1942
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )