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20th Engineers Co. D

David Davis Hall

Shelby McCall Saunders
Cornelius L. Harrington
Milton Pittman

Cecil Robert Beal 
Harold Clifford Walcott

Oscar C. Munson 
Wayne S. Bell
Charles A. Firth
Chester H. Jones
Leon N. Lundell


Jesse H. Holland


Nathan B. Short KIA

Velvin R. Herndon 
Horace Cox
Grover C. Edington
Henry C. Peterson
Claud Bradley KIA 
Ellis M. Smith MIA


Orr Sheppard

William Douglas Pine
Clarence Thomas Neasham
James F. White
Walter A. White
Raymond C. Hogle
William J. Lee


Roy Muncaster KIA 


John E. Davis

(Washington D.C.)

Paul P. Kelly


Courtland S. Winn


Lee Earl Rigg
Joseph T. Nelson
Oscar Welo 
Zollie Waddell 
Cornelius Edwin Peterson
Basil Glen Bailey 
Edward Herbert Barker 
Edgar E. McCurdy
John C. Robinson KIA 


August Carlson
John Ray Phegley
Joseph Lindstrom


Grover J. Rademaker


Robert Dorsett


Harry J. Cole


Earl Farr

Lucius M. Perry
Albin H. Collins


Philip E. Wiegand KIA


Heyerman G. Corgan
Adolph B. Zimmerman
Charley L. Burns


John Guy Barger

Elmer Charles Tupper
Burt G. Marcy
Alfred Remark
George L. Lystrom
John J. Maloney
Oscar Heem
Willard A. Constans
Ivan O. Carter
Robert J. Moody
Theodore G. Tillman
Victor Nelson
George E. Borden
William H. Shook
Andrew C. Anderson
Andy Anderson
Olaf R. Aamodt
Frank T. Dolen
George A. Dolen
Albert E. Erickson
Herbert C. Rydell
Henry J. Rogers
Armand Schlirf 
Frank Drahota KIA
William L. Trageser KIA
Dale M. Fish MIA
John A. Eichhammer KIA
Fred K. Allen KIA
Gunder G. Austad KIA


Thomas S. Wasson KIA


John M. Shortell


James Everett Babbitt
Albert Clarence Tillman
Stanford W. Skelton 
Lawrence B. Watters
Edward T. Mahoney
John F. Mahoney
Leon Storse Richardson
Edward C. Green
Sidney Herbert Grigg
Walter Penbrook Damon
John J. Dolson
Elmer Luther Cowan KIA
Marcus B. Cook KIA
John B. Clark DOD-FR


William H. Heasty


Jesse B. Cranmar


Roswell Paul Blake
Joseph Douglas
Ruben Cohen MIA


Macy E. Evans


Peter Olson


Wilbur S. Nutt
Charles W. Rinehart
Stanley Roy Augspurger KIA    


Ed Cain
Grover Waterson Craft
Henry Curtwright
Leslie A. Dale


Shelby Lloyd Davies

Elvin O. Stephens
Werner E. Pfaender
Leland Walter Crump
George Hobart Perkins
Charles Merle Johnston
Clarence Edwin Johnston
Edgar Wheeler Hollinger
William Barnes Curtis
John Richard Chapman
Fred W. Burchtorf 
Carl M. Bennett
Perry Carper
Myron Nelson Hayes 
Austin Merriman Lockman
Warren Leslie Tison
Phillip Ernest Wetmore 
Stephen Melville Gurney 
Edward James Peterman 
Ray Otto Rennie 
Claude Gaines
Ruben Franklin Chindgren
Arlington Robert Morton 
Hugh Weaver Bean
Thomas Henry Jerzyk 
Arthur John Ream 
Lester Erwin Sanford 
Edgar J. Seeley
George Washington Shafer 
Otto Frank Miller 
Howard Bevel Merrell 
Clarence Arthur Nott
William Emery Stingley 
Clyde Austin Whitlock 
Walter T. Larson
John Bird
Dale H. Mummy
Frank L. Clark
Carl E. Nye
Shannon Oliver
Henry C. Murphy
Lester L. Smith
Robert L. Snodgrass
William O. Williams
Leonard D. Wolford
Elds M. Smith
Percy Arthur Stevens KIA
Riley F. Murray KIA
Joe R. Redfield KIA 
John A. Laakko KIA
William P. Morin KIA
Elmer A. Houston KIA  
Verner C. Branland KIA
Alexander J. Dunn MIA 
Henry G. Bates KIA
Fred T. Benefiel KIA
Joe R. Refield KIA
Sidney Walter Bernitt KIA
Archie D. Roberts DOD 
Edward Francis Parker DOA-FR
Walter Nagel DOD-FR 


Samuel L. Woolever
Clea Bargerstock KIA

Milton Jorell
Marvin Wayne Alcock 
Lawrence E. Brewster
Homer E. Greenwood
Thomas A. Llewelyn KIA


Albert Sidney Hucks


Charles A. Clark
Frank Pew
Fred M. Unger KIA


William Lloyd Shults
Batie C. Allen
Lambert M. Mocker MIA


William A. Terry

Henry J. Askew
James R. Wallace
Harris A. Carry
Harry P. West
Ernest Price
Henry F. Dean
John C. MacGregor
Kirby C. Fortenberry
Aloneo V. Cowans
Norman G. Crocker KIA
William A. Dinter KIA
Jennings B. Crow KIA


Howe D. Willis

Houston Vest
Robert M. Willis
John W. Holland
Charles F. Delp
William D. Hamner
Winston A. Hartsock KIA
Mathew Latham MIA


Walter Toy
Roderick D. MacDonald
William Thomas Elmore
Mark Fremont Chadwick
Henry E. Dresher
George Stevens Frisbie
Bertie Clyde Hanley 
Earl G. Hinkley
Clarence Carl Norgren
Perry P. Howard
Joseph Martin Zehnder 
George Sylvester McLean
Oswald Samuel Robertson
James B. Robinson
Adolph Lemka 
Lawrence J. Leshy
Charles McIntosh
George A. Stieblien
Sherman S. Stover
Edward Kilkelly
Lester G. Twohy
Harry J. Johnson
Hugh Blucher Stolp 
Henry Louis Schoonover
Benjamin G. Olmsted MIA 
Wesley W. Hyatt KIA
Rocco Calabrese KIA
Robert Frazier Warren KIA


Oscar L. Peterson
Edward Gerber
Leonard Carlson
George O. Nelson
Arthur Evanson
Alvin N. Collins KIA
James A. Schleiss KIA


Isich Franklin Glassley


Joseph D. Wells
Alfred Moe


Hans L. Christianson


Elias Munson
Hans Amdam


John Sloss KIA


My grandfather was a survivor also; his name is William Douglas Pine. He was one of the men quarantined because they had the mumps. He was shaving when the torpedo hit and didn't even have time to finish or even get the shaving cream off. He wrote about his experience and it was interesting to read.

March 5, 2009

My grandfather was on the Tuscania when she was sunk; William Douglas Pine was his name. He was in quarantine for having the measles or the mumps. He was also a member of the Oregon Agriculture College. He too wrote an account of what happened to him and I still have a copy. It is nice to have a bit of history first hand. Thanks for having the web site for viewing.

Margaret Robertson
July 9, 2008

Private Lee E. Rigg (20th Engineers Co D) 16th Co. is my Great Grandfather. I never got to meet him, he passed away July 14, 1963. Thank you for all the information on the SS Tuscania I can add it to our Family History.

May 21, 2009

My grandfather, John Guy Barger, was a survivor of the last voyage of the S.S. Tuscania. I remember that he was a member of the Tuscania Survivors Association. I read an account that he wrote of the sinking and how he landed on the coast of Ireland on top of an overturned lifeboat. From there he was transported to France where he served with U.S. troops in the trenches of WWI. He later in life was a state legislator in state of South Dakota.

Robert G. Fogarty
March 5, 2010

Victor, Montana is a very small town, other than my father (James Everett Babbitt), a young man by the name of Elmer Cowan was also on the Tuscania. Elmer Cowan was a Tuscania casualty, my father and mother knew him well. I have stopped by his grave marker in the Victor cemetery several times, my father & mother are buried there in Victor as well. It would be very interesting to meet the young lady whom authored the story of Elmer. I have a picture of Daddy and Elmer standing side by side in a group of young Victor men, taken in 1917. I also have another picture of both of them, in 1915, in their track uniforms of the Victor High School team. Also in this track team photo is Lawrence Watters, another Victor boy who survived the Tuscania sinking. After the war, Lawrence returned to Victor, married a lady named Lois, and raised 5 children, one of his daughters was my classmate.

Betty McGillen
Feb. 5, 2008

Albert C Tillman (20th Engineers, CO D) was on the Tuscania when it was hit and sank. I have a letter dated 3 Mar 1918 which he wrote to his sister detailing the events of 5 Feb 1918 and his escape and rescue by a British Patrol boat. His words eloquently convey the emotion as well as the perils he was fortunate to have lived through. He was my father's brother and my much loved uncle. He was always very humble and appreciative of the way he survived and was able to live a long and full life.

Lee Ann Stanton
July 31, 2009

My great uncle Wilber Nutt was aboard the Tuscania when it was sunk. I have a newspaper account that quotes from my great uncle's letter to his parents (my great grandparents) Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Nutt. It is quite a well written, harrowing account of his experience and survival. As the newspaper says, "It reads like a page from the adventures of Robinson Crusoe.."

It appears that there is a mistake regarding where Wilber S. Nutt he was from Spring Valley, Greene County, Ohio, not Oregon. I am attaching a copy of the article that appeared in the local paper that I mentioned to you in my last email. I have the original clipping but can't tell the name or date of the paper. The nearest large town to where the Nutt's lived was Dayton. Wilber's sister, Julia Nutt Blowers is still living and will be 90 this coming September. Her health is very good for her age. I will ask her the name of the newspaper when I send her a copy of the material I copied from your website.

I met Wilber as a boy by the way and remember him well. He was quite a character, as they say. Thank you very much for your work in persevering this interesting history.

Kenneth Brown
Saturday, May 23, 2002

Elvin Stephens was a kind and gentle man who never had a bad word for anybody. The family was always grateful that he was assigned to the engineers as he would never have made a fighting front line soldier. He was dearly loved and greatly missed.

Lori Stephens
Jan. 1, 2008

Thank you so much for all the info on the Tuscania and the people aboard. I certainly have learned allot. Just never thought to ask him about the war, didn't seem to be interested until it was to late.!!! I have more info about my Uncle Elvin, my mother (Gracie) said he was ill with mumps or measles ( I don't know which). After the Tuscania was sunk, Elvin was thought to have been a casualty, as my Granddad had received Elvin's life insurance check but had not cashed it yet (15 miles to town by horse and buggy). Afterwards they got a letter from Uncle Elvin that stated that he was safe and that he went on to France and worked in the lumber mills. Elvin was married first to Myrtle (Lindley) Stephens.

Again Thanks.

Velma Hammer
Aug. 12, 2007

My step-granddad, Leland Crump, was a survivor of the Tuscania. He passed away in 1990, at the Vet's Home in Boise, ID at the tender age of 98-99. I am trying to find info or photos of him during that time but not having much luck. I found a couple of 'postcards' that possibly show him but not sure. I'm trying to get some of this info for my ailing dad, John. He has a sister that is also interested in any info. Hope you can help.

Mollie Rhea
Sept. 16, 2009

I am the Grand Daughter Of one of the survivors of the SS Tuscania George Perkins with the 6th Battalion Forestry Unit. I have a great deal of info and photo's that has been handed down to me from my Father Hamlin. P. Perkins the son of George Perkins the memories can continue to be passed down. What a great adventure and loss these men went through. It truly is a sit back and take a look at what our service men go through so we can have our freedom. God Bless them all.

Effie Perkins
April 9, 2008

My father's brother, John Richard Chapman, with the 20th Engineers, kept a diary after leaving Eugene, Oregon. He always told of grabbing in total darkness his coat off his bed as he headed to the lifeboat. Whether the diary was in a coat pocket, or he grabbed it separately, I do not know, but the diary got into the lifeboat with him. After his arrived in England, he purchased a small journal book-- blank pages except for the lines to write on. He copied over verbatim what he had written in the original diary that survived the sinking, and then kept up the 2nd diary until discharge. I now have the possession of both diaries. My uncle kept a very large ("full page") article from the Portland Oregonian newspaper once about a big reunion of the survivors, which was held in Portland. I have this long newspaper article that my uncle saved, as well. Also some picture postcards of the Tuscania, and photos taken of the 20th Engineers' work in France.

His story was about a lifeboat that was lowered into the water, the rope on one end "hung up," keeping that end of the lifeboat from entering the water. And someone called out, "CUT THE ROPE!" Other than telling of grabbing his coat in total darkness as he headed up toward the lifeboats, that "Cut the Rope" story is all he ever said orally about the sinking.

Lertis Harold Chapman
Sept. 20, 2007

I am a Grandniece to Percy A. Stevens. My Grandfather Milton Alonzo Stevens was Percy's older brother. I have live in Europe for quite sometime, and hope to communicate to others relatives of this Stevens family. Wish to share information and photos.

Mary Phillips
Nov. 16, 2004

My G-Grandfather Riley F. Murray died aboard the Tuscania. I have worked on researching my ancestry for over one year now. My G-Grandmother told me the story of Riley when I was about 7 years old. I never forgot it, but I did not know what ship he was on. I had just about given up when I found your website. Thank you for such a fitting tribute to our ancestors. It is very much appreciated.

Devora Reis
March 15, 2007

My Great Uncle was Norman G. Crocker. First Texas A&M Aggie to die in WWI due to the sinking of the Tuscania.

Ronald Crocker
June 16, 2007

Private John Sloss 6th Battalion 20th Engineers was re-interned in Lochwinnoch Cemetery on 26 May 1922 he was laid to rest beside his mother Marion died 11/3/1921 aged 71 yrs and his father Thomas died 4/2/1921 aged 69 yrs in section 7 lair 93. The inscription reads " Private John Sloss American Army drowned off Islay through sinking of the Tuscania 5 February 1922. Could you supply me with any information regarding John's army career or time in America or direct me to a source where I might obtain this information. If I can be of further assistance please contact me as my brother lives on Islay. Kind regards

Bill Davey
July 4, 2009

I am the Granddaughter of George Hobart Pekins.
Thank you
Marilyn Perkins-Morgan
Feb. 12, 2013





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