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His ship was docked at a North African port [Bone, Algeria] delivering her cargo of war material--among which was 6, tons of high octane gasoline in barrels--when the port was attacked by seventeen enemy bombing planes.

Two anti-personnel bombs struck the dock close to the port quarter of the ship, and fragments of these bombs pierced two holds containing the gasoline.

Immediately fires were started between decks, and terrific explosions sprayed burning fuel over half the ship. The crew fought the fires for forty-five minutes, but, in spite of their heroic efforts, the flames were soon rising two hundred feet into the air.

Only when the fire was obviously beyond control with the limited means at hand, and it was apparent that to stay longer aboard would result in possible sacrifice of his crew, did Captain Adams reluctantly order abandon ship.

Shortly thereafter, fire boats and shore fire-fighting equipment arrived, and he, with a small party of volunteers from his crew, re-boarded the flaming ship in an attempt to control the fire with foamite. Although their lives were at stake every moment, he and his gallant men fought the fire for six hours eventually saving their ship and half of its vital cargo.

His indomitable determination to save his ship and its cargo, and his courageous and efficient leadership, were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Merchant Marine. A torpedo struck the stern of his ship demolishing the rudder and propeller, blowing the steering engine through the top of the after house, and wrecking the crew's quarters.

He formed a rescue party which, while the ship was sinking, went aft into the wreckage of the crew's quarters below the main deck and carried out five injured men trapped in the wreckage.

His extraordinary courage and disregard of his own safety in thus rescuing members of his crew will be an enduring inspiration to seamen of the United States Merchant Marine everywhere.

His ship was traveling in a convoy which, due to extremely heavy seas and winds of gale force, had become scattered [Convoy ON].

Near midnight a torpedo struck and the ship sank rapidly. Alm, with about forty of his shipmates, managed to clear the ship in a lifeboat, but the seas were too great for the heavily-laden boat which swamped and capsized.

A number of the men who were thrown into the icy waters managed to cling to the overturned hull, but during the night the seas washed the exhausted men off, one by one, until only he and four others remained.

The seas continued to build up, and first one and then another of Alm's four companions was washed off, but, by feats of courage and strength, he hauled them back onto the upturned boat. At dawn a rescue corvette appeared and, with great difficulty, was maneuvered alongside.

Lines were thrown to the overturned boat and the carpenter secured them around the shoulders of each man in succession until all were hauled to the deck of the rescue ship. Another line was thrown to Alm, but his efforts in rescuing the others seemed to have exhausted his strength and he fell into the sea between the lifeboat and the corvette.

Although crushed several times against the side of the corvette by the heaving lifeboat, he managed, by supreme effort, to secure a line around himself and was hauled unconscious to the ship's deck.

His magnificent courage and disregard of his own safety in saving the lives of his shipmates constitute a degree of heroism which will be an enduring inspiration to seamen of the United States Merchant Marine everywhere. The vessel in which he was serving in was bombed by enemy planes and again a ship in which he served in was bombed and sunk.

During an enemy air attack on a Sicilian port [Avola, Sicily] his third wartime vessel, loaded with ammunition, T. The ship was split in two--ammunition exploded in the holds--and the water around the ship was a surface of burning gasoline.


The Gunnery Officer was wounded on the lower deck amidship which was enveloped by flames, but with utter disregard for his own safety, Second Officer Alther went to his assistance and in so doing gave his life. In unhesitatingly risking, and subsequently giving, his life in an heroic attempt to rescue a wounded fellow officer he maintained and enhanced the finest traditions of the United States Merchant Marine.

His ship, SS Samuel Parker, supporting our landing on the Sicily beachhead, was unloading high explosives and aviation gasoline when a wave of enemy planes strafed the ship with incendiary and explosive bullets.

Several of these hit into open hatches setting fire to the cargo.

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Storkersen] unhesitatingly descended into one hold with fire hose and extinguished the fires in the ammunition, and then, stopping only long enough to strap on foamite shoulder tanks, descended into the other hold and extinguished the gasoline fires.

His heroism in the face of almost certain death was in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Merchant Marine.


Who's Who in the Maritime Industry. The ship upon which he served was without defense armament, except for two 30 caliber machine guns, mounted without protective shielding, on the bridge [PQ]. During six days of continuous attack, Andrews manned one of these guns, and aided in successfully standing off numerous dive-bombing attacks.

On one occasion, while picking up survivors from another vessel, two enemy bombers attacked within a hundred feet of his ship. Andrews' position was sprayed with machine gun bullets--his life jacket was nearly torn off by the enemy's fire--but he continued to pour bullets into the nose of the nearest dive-bomber, causing it to lift from its dive and over-shoot with a string of four bombs.

Homeward-bound his ship was mined and sunk [QP]. On this occasion, Andrews, with complete disregard for his own safety, exhibited exceptional courage and skill in moving injured men into the lifeboats.

His personal courage and devotion to duty will be an enduring inspiration to seamen of the United States Merchant Marine everywhere. In the course of an inspection of the suction lines in the forepeak tank, an Engineer Officer had been overcome by gases.

Ordinary Seaman Andrews and the Boatswain, carrying lifelines, voluntarily went down into the deep tank to rescue him. In order to reach the unconscious man, the rescuers were forced to successively enter two tanks through manholes only sufficiently large to admit the passage of their bodies.

Due to the physical difficulty of the rescue, both Andrews and the Boatswain lost consciousness before the rescue was finally accomplished by other means quickly brought to the scene.CHOKEHOLD: Pro Wrestling's Real Mayhem Outside the Ring [Jim Wilson, Weldon T.

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