George Henry Foster


George Henry Foster

Death 4 Apr 1943
At Sea
Burial Buried or Lost at Sea, Specifically: Atlantic Ocean
Memorial ID 58071814 View Source

George, who resided at 813 Adams Street, Wilmington, Delaware served as the Quartermaster, M.S. Sunoil, U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II.

The M.S. Sunoil was part of convoy HX-231 which was a group of 61 ships being guarded by the British Navy. They were en-route from Halifax, Nova Scotia to England. There was a crew of 69 on board which included "10" officers, "33" merchant mariners, and "26" navy armed guards.

The M.S. Sunoil, which due to engine trouble, was behind the rest of the convoy and was first hit by one torpedo fired by German submarine U-563. The armed guards were able to force the U-boat to submerge and they radioed a distress signal. The British HMS Vidette (D 48) soon was on the scene and prevented another immediate attack. The M.S. Sunoil continued on ....

Six hours later they were hit by a second torpedo fired by German Submarine U-530 which ended up sinking the ship. All "69" on board were lost.

George was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was posthumously awarded the Mariner's Medal and the Combat Bar with a Star.

Husband of Dorothy Foster.

This record is a "Cenotaph" in his memory.

George was one of 3 Delawareans who perished on the M.S. Sunoil.

The other two were:
Hunter Nickles Craddock of Claymont, Delaware
John Edward Dittman, Jr. of Clayton, Delaware.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )



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