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Courtland Verdel Aikens

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Courtland Verdel Aikens Veteran

Birth
Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, USA
Death
24 Jan 1942 (aged 35)
At Sea
Burial
Buried or Lost at Sea. Specifically: About 20 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina! Add to Map
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Courtland served as a Messman, S.S. Venore, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

The duties of a Messman was to perform any of the following duties: setting tables, serving food or waiting on tables. Part of his job was also to clean the dishes and equipment, prepare coffee and beverages, make beds and clean quarters of officers. He was used wherever the chief steward wanted him.

The unescorted & unarmed S.S. Venore was enroute from Cruz Grande, Chile to Baltimore, Maryland with a cargo of 8,000 tons of iron ore. They were hit by one torpedo fired by " German U-66 " about 20 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The torpedo struck the " S.S. Venore " amidships forward of the boiler room and set her on fire. The crew started to do their best to fight the fires as the Master/Captain Fritz Duurloo tried to escape by zigzagging at high speed.

Then, about 45 minutes later, a second torpedo, also believed to be from U-66, hit the ship on the port side at the #9 hold and the remaining crew abandoned ship. The master, one officer and 15 crewmen were lost in this sinking. 24 members of the crew survived.

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

He was awarded the Merchant Mariners Medal, the Combat Bar (ribbon), and a Star for his Combat Bar.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )
Courtland served as a Messman, S.S. Venore, U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

He resided in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to the war.

The duties of a Messman was to perform any of the following duties: setting tables, serving food or waiting on tables. Part of his job was also to clean the dishes and equipment, prepare coffee and beverages, make beds and clean quarters of officers. He was used wherever the chief steward wanted him.

The unescorted & unarmed S.S. Venore was enroute from Cruz Grande, Chile to Baltimore, Maryland with a cargo of 8,000 tons of iron ore. They were hit by one torpedo fired by " German U-66 " about 20 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The torpedo struck the " S.S. Venore " amidships forward of the boiler room and set her on fire. The crew started to do their best to fight the fires as the Master/Captain Fritz Duurloo tried to escape by zigzagging at high speed.

Then, about 45 minutes later, a second torpedo, also believed to be from U-66, hit the ship on the port side at the #9 hold and the remaining crew abandoned ship. The master, one officer and 15 crewmen were lost in this sinking. 24 members of the crew survived.

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

He was awarded the Merchant Mariners Medal, the Combat Bar (ribbon), and a Star for his Combat Bar.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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