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U.S. Merchant Ship
World War II
   
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S.S. Venore
 
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WW II
 

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Page last updated:

September 21, 2019

Sinking on January 24, 1942 the S.S. Venore reportedly loss " 17 " of her crew !

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 Corp., 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 " S.S. 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 " S.S. 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.

" Historical Note: "

     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.

Key to Abbreviations and Notes for the below individual records

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 )

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 )        

" Special Thanks " go to the " Remarkable Website " :

American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

Please visit this great site for more by clicking above !

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

( 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 "

  Aikens,  Cortland V.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 "

  Batulis,  Stanley J.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brand,  Cornelius J.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Brown,  Frank S.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 "

  Chisholm,  Elmo B.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 "

  Davis,  William L.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Duurloo,  Fritz
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


Last Names starting with " E " ~ " 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 "

  Figueras,  Claudio
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 "

  Gardiner,  Lorenzo A.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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

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 "

  Johnson,  William
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 "

  Mahoney,  John E.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Minzey,  Vernon W.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Radio
Officer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. Merchant
Marine
Alabama
Missing In Action

January 24, 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 "

  Nevette,  St. Julian E.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Newton,  Charles H.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

Third
Assistant
Engineer
" Ship's Crew "
U.S. Merchant
Marine
Maine
Missing In Action

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


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

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

  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 "

  Roby,  George C.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph


  Last Names starting with " S " ~ " 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 "

  Toom,  Alexander
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 "

  Williams,  Edward C.
          MM ** ~ Off North Carolina ~ n/a

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

January 24, 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 )