David M. Luthy

David M. Luthy

Birth
Herbert, Madison County, Idaho, USA
Death 3 Feb 1943 (aged 28)
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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Memorial ID 84546490 · View Source
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US ARMY AIR FORCES WORLD WAR II
Passenger Private, David M. Luthy MIA/KIA
Hometown: Washington
Ship: USAT Dorchester
Service # 39184805
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).

Private Luthy appears Tablets of the Missing East Coast Memorial New York City lost February 3 1943. He also has a cenotaph memorial Rexburg Cemetery Rexburg
Madison County Idaho, his body was never recovered.

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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: ShaneO
  • Added: 5 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 84546490
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for David M. Luthy (17 Feb 1914–3 Feb 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 84546490, citing East Coast Memorial, Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .