Seagoing Cowboys In Memorium

Because of my recent move and responsibilities, I’ve been unable to keep up with mention of the passing of seagoing cowboys with whom I’ve had contact or have learned about through others. And the notices are coming more frequently now as the living cowboys reach their late 80s and 90s. I’ve decided that I will try to do an “In Memorium” post on fifth Fridays now. This will not be an inclusive list, as there are many that I do not hear about. My apologies to the families of those I’ve overlooked for whatever reason. I’m doing my best to try to stay on top of things. I could say so much more about some of these cowboys, but their stories will have to come in my regular posts.

Alvin L. Bontrager, d. April 6, 2015. SS Bucknell Victory, February 15, 1946, to Poland.

Harry D. Brown, d. April 23, 2015. SS Henry Dearborn, February 1, 1947, to Albania, docking in Bari, Italy.

Albert L. “Al” Fath, d. June 27, 2015. SS Frederic C. Howe, November 15, 1946, to Yugoslavia, docking in Trieste, Italy.

Kenneth Garver, d. April 11, 2015. SS Plymouth Victory, March 29, 1946, to Poland; SS Cedar Rapids Victory, May 17, 1946, to Czechoslovakia, docking in Germany.

Clarence S. Heller, Jr., d. November 22, 2014. SS Queens Victory, December 15, 1946, to Greece.

Paul L. “Bill” Henning, Sr., d. April 18, 2014. SS Park Victory, October 26, 1945, to Yugoslavia, docking in Trieste, Italy.

James H. Mason, d. May 27, 2015. SS Joshua Hendy, August 12, 1946, to Czechoslovakia, docking in Germany.

Vernon D. Smoker, d. June 29, 2015. SS Alceé Fortier, January 29, 1946, to Yugoslavia, docking in Trieste, Italy.

Conrad Snavely, d. July 19, 2015. SS Queens Victory, June 9, 1946, to Czechoslovakia, docking in Germany.

Robert N. Stewart, d. June 21, 2015. SS Rockland Victory, June 15, 1946, to Poland.

Novalis “Nick” Toews, d. June 10, 2015. SS Henry Dearborn, March 18, 1946, to Czechoslovakia, docking in Germany; SS Frederic C. Howe, May 16, 1946, to Poland.

Norman Arthur Vaniman, d. July 10, 2015. SS DePauw Victory, December 10, 1946, to Greece.

Mirl Wesley Whitaker, d. June 10, 2015. SS Joshua Hendy, March 12, 1946, to Poland; SS Pierre Victory, May 15, 1946, to Poland; SS Jefferson City Victory, July 8, 1946, to Greece.

Alvin Zook, d. April 10, 2015. SS Mount Whitney, July 29, 1946, to Poland.

Rest in peace, dear seagoing cowboy friends.

 

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