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Pvt Arthur E Peters, Jr

Pvt Arthur E Peters, Jr

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death 3 Feb 1943 (aged 21–22)
At Sea
Burial Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
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Memorial ID 75527971 · View Source
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Arthur served as a Private, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Sullivan County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on June 30, 1942 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted as being employed in the manufacture of textiles and also as Single, without dependents.

Arthur was declared "Missing In Action" while on board the USAT Dorchester which was sunk by a torpedo from German U-boat U-223 during World War II.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

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US Army WORLD WAR II
Passenger Private Arthur E. Peters Jr. MIA/KIA
Hometown: Sullivan County, New Hampshire
Ship: USAT Dorchester
Service # 31110194
Awards: Purple Heart, American Campaign Medal, European - African Campaign Medal
Captain: Captain Preston S. Krecker MIA/KIA

Mission: US Navy Convoy SG-19
Mission Date: 3-Feb-43
Location: off the coast of Greenland
Cause: Torpedo attack from U-223
Crew: On Board 902 · Saved 230 · Lost 672

3 Feb. 1943, about 100 miles from Narsarssuak Greenland on a cold, moonless, starless night... At 00:55 a torpedo hit Dorchester's starboard side, just forward of her beam. The power and lights went out immediately. The Dorchester, listing to starboard, was able to get out six blasts on the fog horn, and had started another six blasts, when the steam ran out. Many of the troops, ordered to sleep with their lifebelts on, didn't do so because of the heat trapped within the ship's hull from her boilers. They came up to the deck to find stark contrast.
According to survivor accounts, commanding officer Captain Preston S. Krecker assisted his men in abandoning ship, and went down with the ship in so doing.

Dorchester is best remembered today for the story of the Four Chaplains who went down with her. The four chaplains found a deck box full of lifebelts and together started assisting the men who were without into the belts and overboard. Soon the box was empty. The chaplains, one by one removed their own lifebelts and gave them to men who had none. The Chaplains locked arms, sang and prayed for the men as the Dorchester sank with them on board. All four perished with the ship. In 1948 the US Postal Service issued a stamp to commemorate the sinking.

The S.S. Dorchester was one of three identical ships built in 1926 for the Merchants and Miners Transportation Company. In February 1942, the S.S. Dorchester entered the war effort as the United States Army Transport (U.S.A.T.) Dorchester. The Dorchester's master, Capt. L B Kendrick, continued on during the first five voyages to Greenland in 1942. After the fifth voyage he retired and master Danielson came aboard for his first and last voyage. Captain Krecker was the commanding officer while Lt. Arpaia was the commander of the Naval Armed Guard. Also aboard were four Army Chaplains, Father John Washington (Catholic), Reverend Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed), Rabbi Alexander Goode (Jewish) and Rev. George Fox (Methodist).

Visit the virtual cemetery of USAT Dorchester Crew

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 26 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 75527971
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt Arthur E Peters, Jr (1921–3 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 75527971, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .