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Marcelino Alvarez Veteran

Birth
Death
16 Jun 1942
At Sea
Burial
Buried or Lost at Sea. Specifically: Northeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts ! Add to Map
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Marcelino served as a Cook, S.S. Cherokee (Passenger Ship), U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

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

On June 16, 1942 the " S.S. Cherokee " was part of convoy XB-25 and was enroute from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Boston, Massachusetts with a cargo of 350 tons of sand ballast, 46 U.S. Army passengers and a crew of 123 ( 9 officers, 103 merchant mariners, and 11 U.S. Navy Armed Guards ). They were hit by "two" torpedos fired by German Submarine U-87 northeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The "first" torpedo stuck on the port side under the bridge. The explosion lifted the vessel out of the water, destroyed the chart house and incoming water gave the ship a sharp list to port. The "second" torpedo hit the port bow 90 seconds later, causing the ship to sink by the bow with a 60 degrees list to port within six minutes. The rough seas and the extreme list prevented the launching of lifeboats and only seven rafts were cut loose. Three officers, 62 crew men, one armed guard and 20 passengers died.

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

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )
Marcelino served as a Cook, S.S. Cherokee (Passenger Ship), U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II.

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

On June 16, 1942 the " S.S. Cherokee " was part of convoy XB-25 and was enroute from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Boston, Massachusetts with a cargo of 350 tons of sand ballast, 46 U.S. Army passengers and a crew of 123 ( 9 officers, 103 merchant mariners, and 11 U.S. Navy Armed Guards ). They were hit by "two" torpedos fired by German Submarine U-87 northeast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

The "first" torpedo stuck on the port side under the bridge. The explosion lifted the vessel out of the water, destroyed the chart house and incoming water gave the ship a sharp list to port. The "second" torpedo hit the port bow 90 seconds later, causing the ship to sink by the bow with a 60 degrees list to port within six minutes. The rough seas and the extreme list prevented the launching of lifeboats and only seven rafts were cut loose. Three officers, 62 crew men, one armed guard and 20 passengers died.

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

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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