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S1C Jerry E. Abrams
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Birth: Aug. 7, 1922
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1943, At Sea

Seaman 1st/Class, Jerry E. Abrams MIA/KIA
Official Date of Death 24-Mar-44
Hometown: Pennsylvania
Service # 6269390
Awards: Purple Heart
Master Meinhard Scherf MIA/KIA

Ship: American Steam merchant William Pierce Frye
Mission: Transport Convoy HX-230 (straggler)
Loss Date: 29-Mar-43
Location: 56.57N, 24.15W - Grid AL 1996
Sunk by U-610 Walter Freiherr von Freyberg-Eisenberg-Allmendingen
Crew: 64 (57 dead and 7 survivors).

Notes on event
At 23.36 hours on 29 Mar, 1943, the William Pierce Frye a straggler from convoy HX-230 due to engine trouble since 28 March, was hit on the starboard side in #1 hold by one of three torpedoes from U-610, while steaming on a zigzag course at 12.5 knots. At 23.40 hours, a coup de grāce was fired that hit forward of amidships and caused the ship to sink by the bow within five minutes. Three of the lifeboats had previously been damaged by heavy weather and two more by the torpedo explosions, so only one boat was launched but it swamped in the rough seas and the four rafts and two floats were carried away before any of the eight officers, 32 crewmen and 24 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 3in and nine 20mm guns) could board them. The men had to jump overboard when the ship sank and only seven of them managed to swim to one of the landing craft that floated free. The two officers, three crewmen and two armed guards were picked up after five days by HMS Shikari (D 85) and landed in Londonderry.

USN Crew
Jerry E. Abrams
Lester L. Bates
Hugh T. Blalock
Earl W. Boyer
Elmer E. Braundmeier
Elmer E. Braundmeier

John H. Gilreath Jr.
Eugene H. Habberfield
William Hersey  
Note: Entered the service from Pennsylvania.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56287268
S1C Jerry E. Abrams
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S1C Jerry E. Abrams
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Sir, you are a hero. You have not been forgotten by the American people. RIP
- Pat~NYC
 Added: May. 31, 2017
May you rest in peace.
- Michael
 Added: Apr. 5, 2011

- Angelmom
 Added: Mar. 27, 2010
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