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John Lars Victor Swanson

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John Lars Victor Swanson Veteran

Birth
Death
18 Jan 1942
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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John served as the Chief 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 Chief Mate is to be responsible for the maintenance of the ship and proper stowage of cargo. He handles the fore deck in tying up, is a good navigator, a thorough seaman, possesses the necessary qualities of leadership and will assume command of the vessel in the event of the master's death or inability to command the ship. He stood the 4 to 8 watch.

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".

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

He was awarded the Merchant Seaman's Mariners Medal with a combat 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 by: Russ Pickett )
John served as the Chief 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 Chief Mate is to be responsible for the maintenance of the ship and proper stowage of cargo. He handles the fore deck in tying up, is a good navigator, a thorough seaman, possesses the necessary qualities of leadership and will assume command of the vessel in the event of the master's death or inability to command the ship. He stood the 4 to 8 watch.

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".

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

He was awarded the Merchant Seaman's Mariners Medal with a combat 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 by: Russ Pickett )

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