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Michael Baccaro

Birth
Death 23 Sep 1942
At Sea
Burial Body lost at sea, Specifically: Mr. Baccaro was on the SS Esso Williamsburg when the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by German submarine U-211
Memorial ID 72215886 · View Source
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USMM
Service No: Z 217876
Significant Awards: MARINER’S MEDAL
GALLANT SHIP CITATION BAR
MERCHANT MARINE COMBAT BAR
ATLANTIC WAR ZONE MERCHANT MARINE BAR

Address of Record: Rochester, NY

MICHAEL BACCARO was an Oiler on the American tanker Esso Williamsburg. On Sept. 22, 1942, he was on board the unescorted ship as it made its way to Reykjavik (Iceland) with a cargo of fuel oil. About 500 miles south of Greenland, German sub U-211 spotted the tanker and fired two torpedoes; both missed. Contact was lost until early next day. A torpedo was then fired which hit amidships, causing an explosion and setting the ship afire. Another torpedo was fired, hitting amidships on the starboard side. The tanker broke in two and U-211 left. On Oct 3rd, German sub U-254 came across the drifting shell of the tanker, fired two torpedoes and sunk her. According to U-254 all but one life boat had been launched. A weak distress signal was received from one of the lifeboats but an extensive search failed to find any of the men or lifeboats.

There were 42 Merchant Mariners and 18 US Naval Armed Guards on board; none survived.


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  • Created by: Patricia O'Neal
  • Added: 29 Jun 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72215886
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael Baccaro (unknown–23 Sep 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72215886, ; Maintained by Patricia O'Neal (contributor 47113049) Body lost at sea, who reports a Mr. Baccaro was on the SS Esso Williamsburg when the ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic by German submarine U-211.