John Thomas Karschner

John Thomas Karschner

Centerville, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 2 Dec 1942 (aged 36)
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: Final resting place currently unknown.
Memorial ID 58529468 · View Source
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Son of Royal W. Karschner and Anna Bell Lewis Karschner.

Husband of Margaret E. Ort Karschner whom he married on August 25, 1930, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware.

John, who resided at 1301 Linden Street, Wilmington, Delaware served as a Fourth Cook on the S.S. Coamo, Merchant Marine during World War II.

He was "Lost At Sea" when the Coamo was torpedoed and sunk by German Submarine U-604 in the North Atlantic. He was awarded the Mariner's Medal.

He had served in the Merchant Marines for two months at the time of his death.

Service # Z-289159

None of the 186 people aboard the Coamo, including those who managed to get into life rafts, survived. This was the largest number of lives lost on any American merchant ship during World War II.

One other Delawarean was also lost on the S.S. Coamo: Utilityman Robert Sheridan Clough, Jr..

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 11 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 58529468
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Thomas Karschner (20 Jan 1906–2 Dec 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 58529468, ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) Body lost at sea, who reports a Final resting place currently unknown..