Eli Erb Sheldon

Eli Erb Sheldon

Death 2 May 1942
Memorial Site* Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

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Eli, who resided in Wilmington, Delaware, served as a Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Cythera (PY-26), U.S. Navy during World War II.

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.

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

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

Service # 4052347

Husband of Margaret P. Crawford Sheldon.

Eli was 1 of 2 Delawareans lost on the Cythera. The other was:
Charles Donnan Holzmueller, Jr. of Milford, Delaware.

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  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 6 Oct 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59712376
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eli Erb Sheldon (unknown–2 May 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59712376, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .