Re: M.S. Tosari
Posted by Ron Carlson on June 23, 2008, 2:42 pm, in reply to "M.S. Tosari"
I don't know how useful this will be for you, but a search of the Armed Guard website finds eight men who identified themselves as having served in the Tosari at one time or another during World War II. |
Atkins, Milton L (served in M/S Tosari 8/4/43-2/25/44)
Congrove, John (1944)
Finelly, John M (1942-1943)
Hofbauer, John Otto (1944-1945)
McKee, Howard O. (no dates given)
Miller, Robert W (10/20/44-6/6/45)
Sudol, Joseph J. (no dates given)
Watson, Kevin (no dates given)
Also, a search of Ancestry.com showed the following Armed Guard were aboard the Tosari when she arrived in New York City on July 10, 1943, having sailed from Cape Town, South Africa.
Auchincloss, Reginald L.
Baggetta, Joseph P.
Brennan, Francis J.M.
Breault, Lawrence R.
Carcia, James R.
Douglas, James E.
Beulais, Dena J.
One other Armed Guard I found who had served in the Tosari:
Wisniewski, Henry J.
I have no knowledge whether any of these men are still living, nor do I have contact information for any of them.
Tosari was a Dutch ship with Dutch crew, other than the U.S. Navy Armed Guard who served in her. She was built in 1919 and operated primarily between the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), at least during her peacetime service. Immediately following World War II she may have been used to transport troops, refugees and expatriates back to Europe. She was owned and operated by the Dutch shipping company Rotterdamsche Lloyd (see http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/lines/rotterdamL.htm.) She was scrapped in 1954.
A search of the website Convoyweb shows the Tosari in a number of convoys, particularly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, in 1942 and 1943; see http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/ports/index.html?search.php?vessel=TOSARI~armain
Photographs of the Tosari are available at
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Armed Guard website