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SS CANADA VICTORY
Posted by MARION GRIFFIN on March 6, 2017, 6:57 pm
SS Canada Victory was hit in cargo hold five by a KAMIKAZE airplane on April 27, 1945 and sunk in seven minutes. Two armed guards and one merchant marine were killed, and twelve crew members were wounded. My brother C/M Cecil Reid Griffin was one of the wounded. the USS Pakana ATF108, a fleet ocean tug, picked up the survivors. My brother, a cadet, was the fuse setter in the 5" gun crew on the stern of the ship. My ship, USS Drew APA162, was in the harbor at the same time. Neither of us knew the other was there. After graduating from the US Merchant Marine Academy in May, 1944, I went on active duty and was assigned to the USS Drew as an Engineering Officer. My brother will be 90 years old on March 10, 2017 and he has wondered for the last 72 years how he got off the ship as he was knocked out. Did someone carry him off? Hopefully some one in the armed guard in the 5" gun crew, a surviving shipmate or a crew member of the USS Pakana will read this post and clear up the mystery. Many thanks.