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S1 John Costas Raikos

S1 John Costas Raikos

Birth
Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 Jul 1944 (aged 18–19)
At Sea
Burial Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia
Plot Tablets of the Missing. (Body lost at sea)
Memorial ID 56249805 · View Source
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Parents: Agnes and Costas Raikos
Siblings: Effie, Helen, George

Seaman Raikos' parents were from Greece, arriving in the U.S. in 1912 and 1916.
A Jan 1944 crew list for the SS Robin Goodfellow gives the following information for John C. Raikos: He was 19 years old, had signed on as part of the Navy gun crew in N.Y. on 9/08/1943 and would remain engaged at the next port of arrival, and he had a total of 3 months sea service. He was 5'8" and weighed 157 pounds, and had a mole on his left temple.

Although Mr. Raikos died on July 25, 1944, he wasn't officially declared dead until July 26, 1945.
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USNR
Service No: 8067708
Awards: Purple Heart
Entered the Service from New Hampshire

The SS Robin Goodfellow was an American merchant ship owned by Seas Shipping Co. Inc, New York. The ship was armed with one 4in, one 3in and five 20mm guns, and a US Navy Armed Guard crew of 27 men who had been trained to operate them. Seaman First Class JOHN COSTAS RAIKOS was a member of the Armed Guard crew on July 16, 1944 and was on board as the steamer left Capetown, South Africa. With a cargo of 8620 tons of chrome ore, they were bound for Bahia, Brazil and then New York. On the 25th, around 2:30 p.m., German submarine U-862 spotted the ship in the South Atlantic and torpedoed it, causing the Robin Goodfellow to sink. Although a distress signal was picked up by the Priam, a British merchant ship, nothing was found of the ship or the men.

There were 41 Merchant Mariners and 27 U.S. Navy Armed Guards on board; none survived.

John C. Raikos' name is included on the Wall of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial.

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About the US NAVY ARMED GUARD
"The U.S. Navy Armed Guard was a service branch of the United States Navy that was responsible for defending U.S. and Allied merchant ships from attack by enemy aircraft, submarines and surface ships during World War II.
The men of the Armed Guard served as gunners, signal men and radio operators on cargo ships, tankers, troop ships and other merchant vessels..."
from:http://www.armed-guard.com/about-ag.html
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Gravesite Details BODY LOST AT SEA. Seaman Raikos was on the SS Robin Goodfellow when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-862

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  • Maintained by: Patricia O'Neal
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56249805
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for S1 John Costas Raikos (1925–25 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56249805, citing North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia ; Maintained by Patricia O'Neal (contributor 47113049) .