|Death: ||Jun. 28, 1942, At Sea|
Address of record: North Dakota
Seaman 2nd Class WALLACE E. GREEN, a US Navy Armed Guard, was on board the SS Tillie Lykes, an American steam merchant, when the ship left its homeport of Galveston, TX on June 13, 1942. Bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, the unescorted ship's cargo consisted on 2705 tons of general cargo, including food and machinery. On the 18th, the steamer was incorrectly reported missing due to enemy action in the Yucatan Basin.
In the early morning hours of the 28th, however, German submarine U-154 spied the lone ship heading east, about 100 miles south of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A single torpedo was fired and although the steamer was sailing a zigzag course, it hit amidships. The ship sank in 2 ½ minutes. The Germans tried to question the few survivors who made it onto a raft or were clinging to debris but due to heavy seas and everyone yelling at once they were unable to understand very much. Consequently, Tillie Lykes was misidentified as Clyde with 3200 grt, but no such vessel was found in the official ship listings.
There were 29 Merchant Mariners and four (4) U.S. Navy Armed Guards on board; none were ever found.
Seaman Green's name can be found on the Tablets of the Missing at the East Coast Memorial at Battery Park, New York, NY
A special "Thank you" to Shane Olson who created the original memorial for the East Coast Memorial honoring Mr. Green.
Note: BODY LOST AT SEA. Seaman Green was on the SS Tillie Lykes when it was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-154
East Coast Memorial
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: Patricia O
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56284729
Uncle Wallace I never knew you but am thinking of you this Memorial Day and wish to remember your ultimate sacrifice given June 28th, 1942.... Thank You for your service.... We Forget You Not.....|
Added: May. 26, 2013
Added: May. 23, 2013
"Their graves are marked only by the waves of the ocean. We miss them, we respect them and we shall never forget them."|
Added: Apr. 28, 2013
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