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Clyde Augustus Lewis
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Birth: unknown
Death: Nov. 24, 1943, At Sea

Seaman 2nd Class Clyde A. Lewis MIA/KIA
Hometown: Pennsylvania
Official Date of death: 24-Nov-43
Service # 6524617
Awards: Purple Heart
Master Paul B. Muller POW DIS

Mission: Transport
Ship: American Turbine tanker Caddo
Loss Date: 23-Nov-42
Cargo: 105.000 barrels of fuel oil and 300 drums of gasoline
Location: 42.25N, 48.27W - Grid CC 3215 North Atlantic
Fate: Sunk by U-518 (Friedrich-Wilhelm Wissmann)
Complement: 59 (51 dead and 8 survivors).

Notes on event
At 06.36 hours on 23 Nov, 1942, the unescorted Caddo was torpedoed by U-518, while proceeding on a zigzagging course, changing every six to nine minutes. The torpedo struck the port side at the pump room, just forward of the after bulkhead. The explosion ripped up the deck, tore a huge hole in the side, flooded the pump room and destroyed a lifeboat and a raft. As the Caddo began to settle by the stern the watch below secured the engines. The survivors of the complement of ten officers, 32 men and 17 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in, four 20mm and two .30cal guns) abandoned the ship after 30 minutes in three lifeboats and three rafts.
The tanker sank stern first at 08.30 hours and ten minutes later, the U-boat surfaced and took the master and the chief officer as prisoners. The boat in charge of the second mate with 17 men set course for Bermuda, but this boat capsized twice in heavy seas during the night of 7 December. Eight men drowned and three others died after the boat was righted. After 15 days at sea, the remaining three crewmen and three armed guards in this boat were picked up by the Spanish motor merchant Motomar in 3810N/3524W, 650 miles south of where the Caddo sank. On 24 December, they were landed at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania and hospitalized. The 40 men in the other two lifeboats were never seen again.

The master Paul B. Muller died later in a POW camp and the chief officer was repatriated in 1945.

Seaman Kendall appears Tablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial New York City. He also has a cenotaph memorial Newville Cemetery
Newville Cumberland County Pennsylvania, his body was never recovered.

USN Personnel associated with Caddo
Calvin Clensay
Lawrence Collins
Joseph Paul Coscia
Leonard Alfred Currier
Leonard Alfred Currier
Dewey Della
Thomas Vincent Devins
Paul Sullvan Dempsey
Ernest John Derbyshire
Paul Joseph Deschenes
Richard W. Kendall
Richard W. Kendall
Edward J. Knudsen
Clyde Augustus Lewis
John Elihu Meares
John Elihu Meares

Merchant Marine
August J. Anderson
Marcel Atonso
Alvin W. Barnett
Adam Bogdonovic
Ernest M. Boshinsky
Worth B. Buckner
David A. Caylor
Franklin B. Charlock
Edward H. Chiles
Guadaloupe C. Cuellar
Arthur A. Davis
Hugh G. Delk
Charles H. Doell
Lemuel A. Dupont
John A. Fiefalt
Norman Gale
Anthony J. Gallagher
Philip L. Gilman
Charles T. Horn
Augustus Hornbrook
Edwin Johansson
Daniel L. Johnston
Joseph A. Morgan
Paul B. Muller
Oie A. Olsen
Leif M. Olson
Alfonso Ponce
Charles J. Rogers
William Rosenblatt
Robert S. Sharpies
Ernest Simpson
Raymond B. Snoga
Robin Spiegel
Clarence M. Stevens
Hiram Torres
Raymond Van Brogen
Arthur S. Watson
Harold P. Wegmann

East Coast Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: Aug 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74552654
Clyde Augustus Lewis
Added by: Dan Phelan
Clyde Augustus Lewis
Added by: Dan Phelan
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