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Francis Milton Bacon

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Francis Milton Bacon Veteran

Birth
Michigan, USA
Death
18 Jan 1942 (aged 34)
At Sea
Burial
Buried or Lost at Sea. Specifically: About 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina. Add to Map
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Francis served as a Junior Third Mate, S.S. Allan Jackson, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in New York City, New York prior to the war.

The duties of the Junior Third mate, the junior deck officer, was to normally stand the 8 to 12 watch. He was responsible for all life-saving equipment. In addition, the junior third mate kept the ship's log, followed the captain's orders, and assisted in the navigation of the vessel. In port, he assisted or supervised in the loading and discharging of cargo. His place was on the bridge with the captain while docking.

The unescorted and unarmed S.S. Allan Jackson, while enroute from Cartagena, Colombia to New York City, was hit by "two" torpedos fired by German U-boat # U-66 about 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina.

The first torpedo hit the starboard side forward of the bridge in the forward tank and the second hit the starboard side aft of the deckhouse between #2 and #3 tanks and broke the ship in two about 25 feet forward of the midship house. This caused both parts of the burning tanker to sink within 10 minutes with a loss of "22" of her complement of "35".

Francis was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star.

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The Allen Jackson has the distinction of being the first tanker to be sunk off the North Carolina Coast in an area that would become known in World War II as "Torpedo Alley". By the war's end, more than 70 boats were sunk by German U-boats in these waters.

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )
Francis served as a Junior Third Mate, S.S. Allan Jackson, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in New York City, New York prior to the war.

The duties of the Junior Third mate, the junior deck officer, was to normally stand the 8 to 12 watch. He was responsible for all life-saving equipment. In addition, the junior third mate kept the ship's log, followed the captain's orders, and assisted in the navigation of the vessel. In port, he assisted or supervised in the loading and discharging of cargo. His place was on the bridge with the captain while docking.

The unescorted and unarmed S.S. Allan Jackson, while enroute from Cartagena, Colombia to New York City, was hit by "two" torpedos fired by German U-boat # U-66 about 60 miles east-northeast of Diamond Shoals, North Carolina.

The first torpedo hit the starboard side forward of the bridge in the forward tank and the second hit the starboard side aft of the deckhouse between #2 and #3 tanks and broke the ship in two about 25 feet forward of the midship house. This caused both parts of the burning tanker to sink within 10 minutes with a loss of "22" of her complement of "35".

Francis was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star.

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The Allen Jackson has the distinction of being the first tanker to be sunk off the North Carolina Coast in an area that would become known in World War II as "Torpedo Alley". By the war's end, more than 70 boats were sunk by German U-boats in these waters.

( Bio & Family Links by: Russ Pickett )


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