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Roland Francis Daniels

Death 7 Nov 1943
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea
Memorial ID 154834053 · View Source
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Roland served as a Second Mate, S.S. Henry R. Mallory, Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

Roland was declared "Missing In Action" when the Henry R. Mallory was hit by a torpedo from German submarine U-402 and sunk in the Atlantic during the war. He was awarded the Mariner's Medal.

His remains were not recovered.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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American Merchant Marine. WORLD WAR II
Roland F. Daniels MIA/KIA
He entered the Service from New Hampshire
Whereas the grave markers at Cambridge show the date of death, the Tablets of the Missing do not, because without confirmed information to the contrary, the date of death of those who are listed as missing in action, lost or buried at sea in WWII is a presumed date of death established by a military review board, usually as a year and a day from that on which the individual was placed in "missing" status. The incident date and the presumed date of death are then not the same. However Merchant Marine casualties are not included and do not appear in any ABMC memorials.
Service #
Master: Captain Horace Rudolph Weaver

Ship: Troop transport Henry R. Mallory
Mission: Transfer Mission Convoy SC-118
Cargo: Trucks, tanks, clothing, food, cigarettes and 610 bags of mail
Attack Date: 7-Feb-43
Location: 55.18N, 26.29W - Grid AL 4441
Cause: Sunk by U-402 (Siegfried Freiherr von Forstner)
Complement: 494 (272 dead and 222 survivors).

Completed in October 1916 as passenger ship for Mallory SS Co Inc, New York. On 24 May, 1917, acquired by the US Army and converted to the troop transport USAT Henry R. Mallory. On 13 Apr, 1918, transferred to the US Navy, commissioned as USS Henry R. Mallory (ID # 1280) and used to carry troops to Europe. On 30 Aug, 1919, returned to owner and reconverted to a passenger ship. In July 1942, the Henry R. Mallory was again requisitioned by the US Army and converted to a troop transport.

Notes on event
At 06.59 hours on 7 Feb, 1943, the Henry R. Mallory in station #33 of convoy SC-118 was torpedoed by U-402 about 600 miles south-southwest of Iceland. One torpedo struck on the starboard side at the #3 hold. The explosion damaged the main steam line, destroyed the oil pump and engine room gauges and blew off the #4 hatch covers. The stern settled quickly and gradually began to list to port until it sank 30 minutes after the hit. The ship had ten lifeboats for the nine officers, 68 crewmen, 34 armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in, two 3in and eight 20mm guns) and 383 passengers (136 US Army, 72 US Marine Corps, 173 US Navy and 2 civilians). Two of them were destroyed by the explosion, a third could not be launched and two more on either side capsized in the rough seas. Only three boats with 175 men cleared the ship, many others jumped into the water and tried to reach the rafts.

None of the other ships in the convoy knew that the troop transport had been hit. USS Schenck (DD 159) searched for survivors from the Toward and saw lights in the distance. The skipper requested permission to investigate the lights, but it was denied. The survivors were found four hours after the sinking by USCGC Bibb (WPG 31), it was only then that it was discovered the Henry R. Mallory had been hit. The cutter rescued 205 survivors of which three later died and USCGC Ingham (WPG 35) picked up 22 additional survivors, but two of them died later. The master, 48 crew members, 15 armed guards and 208 passengers were lost.


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  • Added: 10 Nov 2015
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Roland Francis Daniels (unknown–7 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 154834053, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Body lost at sea.