S.S. Venore
S.S. R.P. Resor
   

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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. Venore

" 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

Progress

Tuesday,
" October 25, 2022 "

( This webpage originally created in January, 2015 )



The " M.S. Empire Gem " ( British Motor Tanker ) was also sunk
along with the S.S. Venore with a loss of " 49 " !

         Originally built as the steam tanker " G. Harrison Smith " by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Sparrow's Point, Maryland in 1921, it was renamed the " Charles G. Black " when it was purchased by the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey & New York in 1926.   In 1940 the Standard Oil Company converted the ship to an ore carrier and renamed the ship the " S.S. Venore " !

         On January 24, 1942 the unescorted & unarmed " Venore " was enroute from Cruz Grande, Chile to Baltimore, Maryland with a cargo of 8,000 tons of iron ore.   They were hit by one torpedo fired by " German U-66 " about 20 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.   The torpedo struck the " Venore " amidships forward of the boiler room and set her on fire.

         The crew started to do their best to fight the fires as the Master/Captain Fritz Duurloo tried to escape by zigzagging at high speed.   Then, about 45 minutes later, a second torpedo, also believed to be from U-66, hit the ship on the port side at the #9 hold and the remaining crew abandoned ship.   The master, one officer and 15 crewmen were lost in this sinking.   24 members of the crew survived.


         German U-Boat U-66 damaged " 2 " merchant ships and " 2 " warships, and also sank " 33 " ships during World War II.   German U-Boat U-66 was finally also sank on May 6, 1944 in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Cape Verde Islands by the U.S.S. Block Island ( CVE-21 ) by depth charges, gunfire and also being rammed by a Grumman TBF Avenger and a Grumman Wildcat/Martlet who served on the U.S.S. Block Island with VC-55.

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The ship " Master / Captain " of the S.S. Venore was:

Fritz Duurloo

who went down with his ship !

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

( Those letters shown in " Red " did not have names to list for 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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Aikens,  Cortland Verdel

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Batulis,  Stanley James

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Bosun
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Patton,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Brand,  Cornelius Johannes

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Rotterdam,
Holland
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Brown,  Frank Summer

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Chisholm,  Elmo Bernard

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Savannah,
Georgia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Davis,  William Lee

MM **  ~  

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Baltimore,
Maryland
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

Maryland National
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Duurloo,  Fritz

MM **  ~  

~ ~ ~

Husband of
Marjorie Lucy ( Finnegan ) Duurloo !

Master /
Captain
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

New York City,
New York
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Figueras,  Claudio

MM **  ~  
Deck
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Baltimore,
Maryland
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

Maryland National
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Gardiner,  Lorenzo Alfonso

MM **  ~  N/A

Steward
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Covington,
Louisiana
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Johnson,  William

MM **  ~  N/A

Able-Bodied
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Orange,
Texas
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Mahoney,  John Edgar

MM **  ~  
Ordinary
Seaman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Baltimore,
Maryland
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

Maryland National
WW II Memorial
Annapolis, MD
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Minzey,  Vernon William

MM **  ~  N/A

" Family Link Included "

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Mobile,
Alabama
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Nevette,  St. Julian Earl

MM **  ~  N/A

Messman
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Charleston,
South Carolina
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

 Newton,  Charles Harrison

MM **  ~  N/A

Third
Assistant
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Calais,
Maine
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Roby,  George Clinton

MM **  ~  N/A

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Chicago,
Illinois
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 1942

" Not Found "
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Cenotaph

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

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   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Awards ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Toom,  Alexander

MM **  ~  N/A

Oiler
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Tallin,
Estonia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 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 ~ Photos
Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State / Country
Of Residence

~ ~ ~
Cause Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

 Williams,  Edward Calderwood

MM **  ~  N/A

Wiper
" Ship's Crew "
~ ~ ~
Merchant Marine

Houlton,
Maine
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "

~ ~ ~
January 24, 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 )