S.S. Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge

S.S. Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge (HMA5H)

Location: Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 Glynn County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 8.741', W 81° 22.374'

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Attacked by U-123

After midnight on April 8, 1942, the German submarine U-123 was in position off the St. Simons Island sea buoy. Minutes later it chased and torpedoed two tankers, the Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge, killing twenty-two crew members. Survivors were brought here to the U.S. Coast Guard Station for debriefing. Five of those killed were buried in Brunswick`s Palmetto Cemetery as "Unknown Seamen," but were positively identified in 1998. The ships were raised, towed to Brunswick for emergency repairs and reentered into service. Both ships were sunk in the Atlantic Ocean before the end of World War II.
HM NumberHMA5H
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number63-3
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society and The Propeller Club of the United States--Port No. 91, Brunswick, Georgia
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 464454 N 3445807
Decimal Degrees31.14568333, -81.37290000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 8.741', W 81° 22.374'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 8' 44.46" N, 81° 22' 22.44" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4201 1st St, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US
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