Paul Edward Hartlieb United States Merchant Marines WWII
|NAME||Paul Edward Hartlieb|
|CITY|| Delphos (St. Johns High School)
||March 7, 1942|
|SERVICE|| U.S. Merchant Marines
|SPECIALTY|| Second Engineer
|RANK|| Merchant Seaman
|UNIT||Merchant Ship Steel Age|
|DETAILS||Missing in action or lost at sea|
The Merchant Marine is a civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Navy, but not a uniformed service, except in times of war when, in accordance with the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, mariners are considered military personnel. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law granting veteran status to merchant mariners who served in war. Prior to such legislation, they did not receive veteran's benefits.
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American Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Federal Shipbuilding Co, Kearny NJ|
|Owner||Isthmian SS Co, New York|
|Date of attack||7 Mar 1942||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Sunk by U-129 (Asmus Nicolai Clausen)|
|Position||6° 45'N, 53° 15'W - Grid EO 6625|
|Complement||35 (34 dead and 1 survivor).|
|Route||Calcutta (18 Jan) - Table Bay - Trinidad - New Orleans|
|History||Completed in February 1920|
|Notes on event||
At 03.20 hours on 7 March 1942 the unescorted and unarmed Steel Age (Master Ralph Jones) was hit on the starboard side by two G7a torpedoes from U-129 about 130 miles northeast of Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana. The first torpedo hit amidships and the second between the #4 and #5 hatches, causing the ship to sink by the bow within two minutes. Eight officers and 25 crew members were lost. The sole survivor, an able seaman, jumped on a nearby life raft and was picked up by the U-boat after 20 minutes. He was landed at Lorient on 5 April and taken to the POW camp Marlag und Milag Nord near Bremen.