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S.S. West Chetac
( Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart )

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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 16, 2019

Sinking on September 23, 1942 the " S.S. West Chetac " lost " 31 " men !

The steam tanker " S.S. West Chetac " was built in 1919 by the South Western Shipbuilding Company, San Pedro, California
for the Seas Shipping Company Inc., New York City, New York.

     On September 23, 1942 the " S.S. West Chetac " was en route from Norfolk, Virginia with a final destination of Basra, Iraq with a cargo of 6097 tons of general war supplies and a crew of " 50 " that included " 9 " officers, " 30 " Merchant crewmen and " 11 " Navy armed guards.

     They were hit by a torpedo fired by German Submarine U-175 about 100 miles north of Georgetown, British Guiana.   The torpedo struck on the port side at the #2 hold and the explosion blew off the hatch covers and beams and caused the ship to sink by the bow within two minutes.   " 3 " officers, " 14 " crewmen and " 2 " armed guards rescued themselves on three rafts and " 31 " others on board perished.

     The survivors were picked up on October 1, 1942 by U.S.S. Roe (DD 418) about 20 miles off Trinidad and landed at Port of Spain, where six crewmen and the armed guards were hospitalized.

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

Frank Mathew Jasper

Of Minneapolis, Minnesota who was lost in this sinking !

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

( 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 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 "

  Bernstein,  Leo H.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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 "

  Cortez,  Demetrio H.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 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 "

  Deidrick,  James C. V.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  DeVito,  Frank
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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 "

  Ellard,  Daniel, Jr.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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 "

  Fielding,  Thomas R.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

Seaman
First Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
Florida
Missing In Action

September 23, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Flippen,  Russell B.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " G " ~ " 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 "

  Hazard,  Arthur W.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
Cedar Grove
Cemetery
New London, CT
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Helmbold,  William C., Jr.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Honigman,  Louis
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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 "

  Jasper,  Frank M.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
Fort Snelling
National Cemetery
Minneapolis, MN
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Johnson,  John A.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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 "

  Kelly,  Raymond
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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 "

  Lakin,  Sanford I.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Lott,  Alvin O.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 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 "

  Malloy,  George U.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Mann,  James R.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 24, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Matthews,  Paul A.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McDaniel,  Chester
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 24, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McNish,  Roy
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Meade,  William T.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Miller,  Joseph
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Montgakes,  Antone P.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Murawski,  John J.
          PH ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" 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 "

  Palmer,  Robert V.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Parker,  George W.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
Oakdale
Cemetery
Wilmington, NC
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Poirrier,  Emmett L.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" 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,  Henry
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
Halifax
Memorial
Halifax, Canada
" 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 "

  Twiss,  Clifford B.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ n/a

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

September 23, 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,  John B.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 1942
Oak Ridge
Cemetery
Southbridge, MA
" 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 "

  Yates,  Thomas W., Jr.
          MM ** ~ off British Guiana ~ 

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

September 23, 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 )