SMN Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr

SMN Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr

Death 2 May 1942 (aged 21)
At Sea
Burial Milford, Kent County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 43083383 · View Source
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Age 22

Charles, who resided on Lake Avenue, Milford, Delaware, served as a Seaman First Class with the U.S.S. Cythera (PY-26), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a graduate of Milford High class of 1938, leading athlete in football and basketball of which he captained both.

He later attended Bullis School in Maryland, and was appointment to U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After l year at the academy he enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Cythera.

The Cythera was a yacht converted to coastal patrol work off Cape Hatteras. The vessel was hit hard l hour after leaving port and went to the bottom within a few moments. The torpedo, fired from German U-boat U-402 off the coast of North Carolina, tore the ship in two and caused the depth charges on the Cythera to explode. Only 2 were saved.

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

He had served in the Navy for four months at the time of his death and was awarded the Purple Heart.

He also has a "Cenotaph" at the "East Coast Memorial" in New York City.
" Click Here " for that record.

This grave site is also a "Cenotaph" in his honor.

Charles was 1 of 2 Delawareans lost on the Cythera. The other was:
Eli Erb Sheldon of Wilmington, Delaware.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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Killed in action on board the U.S.S. Cythera; torpedoed by a German submarine off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 13 Oct 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 43083383
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SMN Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr (21 Dec 1920–2 May 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 43083383, citing Odd Fellows Cemetery, Milford, Kent County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .