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Cyril C. Altemir

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Cyril C. Altemir Veteran

Birth
Death
9 Jun 1942
At Sea
Burial
Buried or Lost at Sea. Specifically: 65 miles southeast of Cozumel Island ! Add to Map
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Cyril served as a Chief Engineer, U.S.A.T. Merrimack, U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.

It is currently unknown where he resided prior to the war.

The unescorted U.S.A.T. Merrimack was en route from New Orleans, Louisiana to Cristobal, Panama with a load of Military supplies and a crew of " 54 ". They were hit by one stern torpedo fired by German Submarine U-107 about 65 miles southeast of Cozumel Island, south of the Yucatan Channel. The torpedo struck on the starboard side just forward of the bridge and the ship immediately developed a 20 degree list to starboard and the ship sank 38 minutes after the hit.

All officers, except the master, and 30 other survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat because the other was destroyed in the explosion. That lifeboat was sucked into the still turning screw and it appears that none of the occupants survived the incident. The men still aboard, including the master, had to jump overboard but only a few managed to reach the rafts that had been released. The master, " 34 " crew members, " 8 " armed guards and " 1 " US Army passenger were lost.

Cyril 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!

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )
Cyril served as a Chief Engineer, U.S.A.T. Merrimack, U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.

It is currently unknown where he resided prior to the war.

The unescorted U.S.A.T. Merrimack was en route from New Orleans, Louisiana to Cristobal, Panama with a load of Military supplies and a crew of " 54 ". They were hit by one stern torpedo fired by German Submarine U-107 about 65 miles southeast of Cozumel Island, south of the Yucatan Channel. The torpedo struck on the starboard side just forward of the bridge and the ship immediately developed a 20 degree list to starboard and the ship sank 38 minutes after the hit.

All officers, except the master, and 30 other survivors abandoned ship in one lifeboat because the other was destroyed in the explosion. That lifeboat was sucked into the still turning screw and it appears that none of the occupants survived the incident. The men still aboard, including the master, had to jump overboard but only a few managed to reach the rafts that had been released. The master, " 34 " crew members, " 8 " armed guards and " 1 " US Army passenger were lost.

Cyril 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!

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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