Attacked by U-123After 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series|
|Placed By||The Georgia Historical Society and The Propeller Club of the United States--Port No. 91, Brunswick, Georgia|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 12:06am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17R E 464454 N 3445807|
|Decimal Degrees||31.14568333, -81.37290000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 31° 8.741', W 81° 22.374'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||31° 8' 44.46" N, 81° 22' 22.44" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 4201 1st St, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, US|
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