George Aridas

George Aridas

Death 13 Jun 1943
At Sea
Memorial Site* Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

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Son of Mrs. Puta Aridas who resided in Newark, New Jersey.

George served as an Seaman First Class, U.S.C.G.C. Escanaba (WPG-77), U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.

He resided in Essex County, New Jersey prior to the war.

The Escanaba was on escort duty from Narsarsuaq, Greenland to St. John's, Newfoundland.

During this escort flame and dense smoke were seen rising from the Escanaba, though no explosion was heard by the other ships in the convoy, and she sank within minutes taking 13 officers and 92 men.

Two men, Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Melvin A. Baldwin and Seaman 1st Class Raymond F. O'Malley, Jr. were rescued and they found the body of Executive Officer Lt. Robert Henry Prause, Jr.

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

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 648744

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Historical Note:

The U.S.C.G.C. Escanaba (WPG-77), on February 3, 1943, participated in the rescue of the survivors of the S.S. Dorchester, which had been torpedoed by a German submarine.

The rescue was marked by the Escanaba's historic first use of rescue swimmers clad in survival suits to aid survivors who were too weakened by shock or hypothermia in the icy water to pull themselves up cargo nets or sea ladders to the safety and warmth of rescuers' ships, or even to hold on to ropes cast to them from the rescue vessel.

By way of the lines the rescue swimmers tied around those who were having trouble helping themselves, many struggling survivors who, debilitated by the cold, would have otherwise been consigned to a watery grave were able to be hauled aboard the Escanaba by crewmen on deck.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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