S.S. West Lashaway

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U.S. Merchant Ship
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All lettering shown in " BLUE " on this website are links
   
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S.S. West Lashaway

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American Merchant Marine

" usmm.org "

~    AND    ~

American Merchant Marine

" uboat.net "

Please visit these great websites for more by
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This page last updated:

November 18, 2019

Sinking on August 30, 1942 the " S.S. West Lashaway " lost " 38 " men !

The steam tanker " S.S. West Lashaway " was built in 1918 by the Skinner & Eddy Corporation, Seattle, Washington
for the American-West African Line Inc., New York City, New York.

     On August 30, 1942 the " S.S. West Lashaway " was en route from the Port of Matadi, Africa with a final destination of the Port of Spain, Trinidad with a cargo of 7670 tons of tin, copper, cocoa beans and palm oil and a crew of " 56 " that included " 10 " officers, " 28 " Merchant crewmen, " 9 " Navy armed guards, and " 9 " passengers.

     They were hit by two torpedos fired by German Submarine U-66 about 375 miles east of Trinidad.   The first torpedo struck amidship forward of the fire room, followed by the second torpedo nearby.   The explosions blew off the #3 hatch, destroyed the engine room and the bridge area and flooded the ship so rapidly that she rolled to starboard and sank within one minute.   Everyone onboard jumped overboard and swam to rafts that floated free because they had no time to launch the lifeboats.

     " 14 " of those onboard died either in the explosions or before they could make it to a raft.   The other " 42 " survivors were on four rafts.   The rafts stayed together until heavey weather forced them to drift apart.   On one raft, that included 19 survivors, The ship's Master, Benjamin Bogdan and one of the armed guards died and were both buried at sea.

     On September 13th that raft was found with " 1 " officer, " 10 " merchant marines, " 1 " armed guard and five passengers that included " 1 "woman and " 4 " children and they were rescued.   On September 25th another raft with " 2 " merchant mariners was found however only " 1 " of them was alive.   No other survivors were ever found.

     The " 9 "passengers included a British Customs Official with the last name of Pearson and two missionary families.   One of the missionary familes were the Shaw family which included Harvey Shaw, his wife Vera, and their three children Richard, Georgia, and Carol Shaw.   Harvey his wife Vera and their 13 year old daughter Georgia all three perished in the sinking.

     The second missionary family included a widow by the name of Ethel G. Roffe Bell and her two children Robert William Bell and Mary Ruth Bell Whitbeck.   All three of the Bells survived the sinking and Robert ended up writing a book titled " In Peril On The Sea  -  A Personal Remembrance " about his experiences during the sinking and their eventual rescue.

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

Benjamin Bogdan

Of New York 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 Lashaway ".   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 Lashaway "

( 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 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 "

  Acord,  Robert L.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Adams,  Andrew C.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Alsbrooks,  Ansley L.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

Seaman
Second Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
South Carolina
Died Of Wounds

September 9, 1942
Florence
National Cemetery
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "

  Anderson,  Viggo S. V.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Arangote,  Eugenio
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Arnold,  William M.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Ashley,  Ernest S.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 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 "

  Bjorkmann,  Harald M.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bogdan,  Benjamin
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bousman,  Erwin A.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Britt,  William L.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Bulloch,  Guy R., Jr.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Byrnes,  Michael J., Jr.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 "

  Caddigan,  Thomas E.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
East Coast
Memorial
Manhattan, NY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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 "

  Fernandez,  Jacinto
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

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

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 "

  Jelle,  Lars P. S.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Jimenez,  Roberto F.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Johnson,  Axel A.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 "

  Kaplan,  Sam
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Koonz,  Earl L.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 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 "

  Larson,  Knut E.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Liskay,  Andrew C.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 "

  Max,  John W.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  McCredie,  Elmer L.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Munn,  Dalton L.
          PH ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

Gunner's
Mate
Third Class
" Armed Guard "
U.S. Navy
South Carolina
Missing In Action

August 30, 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 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 "

  Rega,  Victor M.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 "

  Schlager,  Emanuel
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shaw,  Georgia E.
          n/a ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a
    " Daughter of Harvey & Vera "

n/a
" Civilian "
Missionary
Family
Nebraska
Missing

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shaw,  Harvey V.
          n/a ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a
    " Husband of Vera & Dad of Georgia "

n/a
" Civilian "
Missionary
Family
Nebraska
Missing

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shaw,  Vera E. Edwards
          n/a ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a
    " Wife of Harvey & Mom of Georgia "

n/a
" Civilian "
Missionary
Family
Nebraska
Missing

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Stone,  Frank S.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ 

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

August 30, 1942
Monte Vista
Cemetery
Alamogordo, NM
" 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 "

  Taylor,  Charles W.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Thomas,  Gerald S.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 "

  Van Cott,  Harold S.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Vollmuth,  Herman
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 "

  Walker,  Alton B.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

Chief
Mate
" Ship's Crew "
U.S.
Merchant Marine
District Of Columbia
Missing In Action

August 30, 1942
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Wiltshire,  Dudley S.
          MM ** ~ east of Trinidad ~ n/a

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

August 30, 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 )