CDR Van Rensselear Moore

CDR Van Rensselear Moore

Birth
Death 20 Aug 1942 (aged 46)
At Sea
Burial San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Plot SECTION MC SITE 7
Memorial ID 106911621 · View Source
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CDR US NAVY

CENOTAPH, NO ASHES BURIED

The Paris News
(Paris, Lamar County, Texas)
Washington (AP)
Mon. October 19, 1942
Pg 7

Merchantman Sunk,
Commodore Killed

Retired officer Only Casualty

The sinking of a medium-sized American merchant ship by enemy submarine attack in the Caribbean in mid-August with only one casualty, the Navy officer who was commodore of the convoy, was announced Monday by the Navy Department.

Lieutenant Commander Van Rensselaer Moore, USN retired, was on the bridge deck when last seen a few moments before the ship was destroyed under him by the explosion of a torpedo.

All of the remaining 44 officers and men were saved, the Navy said, and have arrived at an East Coast port.

The Navy account of the loss said that Moore, whose home was in San Diego, Calif., was a naval veteran of the first World War, who had been on the retired list since June 1940, although he remained on active duty.

The first torpedo to strike Moore's ship did not damage it seriously, the Navy said, but a second hit two hours later broke the ship apart.

All on board except Moore managed to get into lifeboat and rafts. In the uncertain light of early morning, they did not see the submarine which attacked the convoy. The survivors rode for two days in the open sea to reach a port in the Caribbean, and only recently were returned to the United States.


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CDR, US NAVY WORLD WAR II

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  • Added: 18 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106911621
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CDR Van Rensselear Moore (18 Oct 1895–20 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106911621, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by PIN (contributor 47281994) .