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Pedro Alfonzo
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Birth: unknown
Death: Dec. 2, 1942, At Sea

USMM
Service No: Z 52678
Black/Male
Significant Awards: MARINERíS MEDAL
GALLANT SHIP CITATION BAR
MERCHANT MARINE COMBAT BAR
ATLANTIC WAR ZONE MERCHANT MARINE BAR

Address of record: New York, NY

On Dec 1, 1942, Convoy MKF-3, comprised of 26 ships, was enroute from Gibraltar to New York. Able Seaman, PEDRO ALFONZO was on one of those ships, the SS Coamo, a steam-powered passenger ship that had been time chartered for troop transport by the US Army. As they approached the coast of Ireland, Coamo and another ship, Mariposa, were ordered to leave the convoy and continue to New York via a different route. On the 2nd, German submarine U-604 sighted Coamo and followed her for 10 hours before firing a single torpedo from a distance of about 800 meters. Coamo was hit under the bridge and began to sink immediately. U-604 log entry describes Coamo in detail and indicates that there were at least three life rafts of survivors. They were never seen again, probably owing to a gale that raked the area between Dec 3rd and the 6th, making survival in the north Atlantic all but impossible.

There were 133 Merchant Marines, 37 U.S. Navy Armed Guards and 16 British Army passengers on board; none survived. Of the many US flag merchant ships that were torpedoed and sunk, this was the largest merchant crew lost during World War II. 
 
Burial:
Body lost at sea
Specifically: Mr. Alfonzo was on SS Coamo when the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by U-604
 
Created by: Patricia O
Record added: May 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70426572
 

"Fair winds and following seas" forever
- Patricia O
 Added: Nov. 21, 2015
Thank you for your contributions to the War effort. Your bravery will not be forgotten
- Patricia O
 Added: Jul. 4, 2011
 
 
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