Richard James Krajewski

Birth
Death 2 Jul 1944 (aged 20–21)
At Sea
Burial Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 200092192 · View Source
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His name is shown, as a "Cenotaph", on his Parent's Headstone and they are interred here in this same cemetery.

Richard served as a Seaman First Class and Armed Guard, S.S. Jean Nicolet, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Lucas County, Ohio prior to the war.

The S.S. Jean Nicolet, a Liberty ship built in Portland, Oregon, in October 1943, was operated for the War Shipping Administration by the Oliver J. Olson Company of San Francisco and under the command of " Captain David Martin Nilsson " of Oakland, California.

The S.S. Jean Nicolet departed from San Pedro, California, on May 12, 1944 enroute to Colombo, Ceylon. She first made one stop in Fremantle, Australia and then departed from there on June 21, 1944 to continue on to Ceylon.

On board was a complement of 100 men consisting of 41 merchant crew, 28 Naval Armed Guard, and 31 passengers. The passenger list was made up of six U.S. Army officers, 12 U.S. Army enlisted men, eight Navy technicians, four civilians, and one U.S. Army medical corpsman.

Approximately 700 miles south of Ceylon she was struck by two torpedoes fired from the Japanese submarine I-8. Because of the ship's listing the Master (Captain), David Martin Nilsson, ordered everyone to "abandon ship" which it is believed everyone did safely.

Japanese submarine I-8 surfaced and called to all of the survivors to come over to their submarine. The majority, but not all, did so. Those that didn't tried to swim away and some of them did indeed survive. Approximately " 75 " of the survivors then boarded the submarine.

Captain Nilsson, Gus Tilden (radio operator), and Francis J. O'Gara (War Shipping Administration representative) were taken to the conning tower and shoved below deck. Of the three only "O'Gara" survived the ordeal.

The crew were held in two different locations ~ some on the fore deck and others on the after deck behind the conning tower of the submarine. Those on the fore deck did not realize that those on the after deck were being "executed" and thrown over board. Many were led, one by one, from the fore deck to the after deck to suffer that fate.

Soon a Liberator aircraft was detected by the submarine's radar and the commander of the submarine decided that he need to submerge. About 30 of the survivors, with their hands tied, were still on deck when the submarine went down into the sea. Some of them survived ... and some didn't.

Richard was declared "Missing In Action" in this incident during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 8750346

Richard also has a "cenotaph" in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.
" Click Here " for that record.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 14 Jun 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial 200092192
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard James Krajewski (1923–2 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 200092192, citing Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .