Daily Event for May 18, 2011

During an air attack on May 18, 1945 the Liberty ship Cornelius Vanderbilt was hit by at least one bomb while off the island of Ie Shima, near Okinawa. There were 173 men onboard and the cargo of fuel and explosives could have exploded, but a disaster was avoided due to the effort of the crew put the fires out before they reached the holds. Sadly one man was killed in the attack. The ship survived the war and was sold to Italian owners in 1947. She sailed under two further names, Stella and Spuma, until she was scrapped in 1967.
© 2011 Michael W. Pocock

Roll of Honor
In memory of
Able Seaman William T. Stover
who lost his life in SS Cornelius Vanderbilt
"Lest we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom"

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