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Claude Irvin Sumner

Merchant Marine. American

Born  18 Jul 1917Camden, Carver County, MN
Died  27 Feb 2007(89)Decatur, Adams County, IN

Roster information listed for Claude Irvin Sumner

ShipTypeRank / roleAttacked onBoat
Cities Service EmpireSteam tankerFireman22 Feb 1942U-128 (1)

Personal information

Claude Irvin Sumner joined the Merchant Marine in New York City during July 1941. After Cities Service Empire was torpedoed he threw a wooden plank into the water and floated on it until he was rescued about 4-5 hours later. He eventually became an engineer and Ensign in the USNR, being honorably discharged on 23 July 1945.


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