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Maurice Victor Corriveau

Death 2 Dec 1942
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: Mr. Corriveau was on SS Coamo was the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by U-604
Memorial ID 70441137 · View Source
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Service No: Z 292038
Medals and Awards: Mariners Medal, Gallant Ship Citation Bar, Merchant Marine Combat Bar, Atlantic War Zone Merchant Marine Bar

Address of Record: Manchester, NH

On Dec 1, 1942, Convoy MKF-3, comprised of 26 ships, was enroute from Gibraltar to New York. MAURICE VICTOR CORRIVEAU was a Utility on one of those ships, the SS Coamo, a steam-powered passenger ship that had been time chartered for troop transport by the US Army. As they approached the coast of Ireland, Coamo and another ship, Mariposa, were ordered to leave the convoy and continue to New York via a different route. On the 2nd, German submarine U-604 sighted Coamo and followed her for 10 hours before firing a single torpedo from a distance of about 800 meters. Coamo was hit under the bridge and began to sink immediately. U-604 log entry describes Coamo in detail and indicates that there were at least 3 life rafts of survivors. They were never seen again, probably owing to a gale that raked the area between Dec 3rd and the 6th, making survival in the north Atlantic all but impossible.

There were 133 Merchant Marines, 37 U.S. Navy Armed Guards and 16 British Army passengers on board; none survived. Of the many US flag merchant ships that were torpedoed and sunk, this was the largest merchant crew lost during World War II.


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  • Created by: Patricia O'Neal
  • Added: 26 May 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 70441137
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maurice Victor Corriveau (unknown–2 Dec 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 70441137, ; Maintained by Patricia O'Neal (contributor 47113049) Body lost at sea, who reports a Mr. Corriveau was on SS Coamo was the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by U-604.