Since he died aboard a merchant ship, my assumption is that he was part of a U.S. Navy Armed Guard crew. However, there are some things I'm a bit unclear on. I notice his name did not appear on the list of USNAG casualties on this site. Also, would USNAG even be used on foreign-flagged ships?
The only training location mentioned in a form filled out by his father for the Delaware archives is Newport, not the three sites mentioned as USNAG training centers. The form is interesting but a bit of a mess. It states he was "Assigned originally to Company 357 Barrack C" at Newport, but then it says he was "Transferred to: Company 357 S.S. El Almirante" on April 20, 1943 (even though the ship sailed two days earlier). Would that "Company 357" make any sense in the context of training or USNAG crew designations? (https://cdm16397.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15323coll6/id/18489)
I know the best bet would be to request his records, but with so many names my budget is limited (and with the pandemic, it will be a long time). Thanks for your help.