Samuel Leroy Cobb Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal; Ship named after him
Samuel Leroy Cobb, 43, was
posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and a ship was named
after him, the Samuel L. Cobb, which is still in service in the Pacific as a
transport tanker by the Navy.
Cobb served in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He was one of six men killed on April 16, 1942, when his steamer Alcoa Guide was sunk by the German submarine U-123.
USS Broome (DD-210) rescued 27 survivors of the sinking on April 19. The last survivor of the ship was not picked up until May 18.
In 1942, about 562 ships were sunk or damaged by Germany.
He was born on April 12, 1899, to Samuel and Annie Cobb in Huntsville, Alabama. He obtained his Seamen's Protection Certificate – carried by American seamen as proof of citizenship – in in New York on October 6, 1920.
His next of kin is listed in West New York, N.J. He is survived by his wife Florence Halpin Cobb, and a son, Raymond Bruce Cobb.
Raymond Cobb enlisted in the Air Force after receiving this news (lying about his age) and went on to serve a four-year tour as a gunner over the Rhineland to vindicate his father's death, over which he grieved for the rest of his life.
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