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20th Engineers Co. E

Captain
Edward James Gillouly

1st Lieutenant
Charles Albert Schweissinger Jr.
Benton Louis Yost

2nd Lieutenant
Richard Warren
Richard Jarden

Mess Sergeant
Harry Alan Kelley

Sergeant 1/C
Gilbert H. Wiggins
Charles Benton Barnett
Magnus M. Moody

Supply Sergeant
George B. Okeson

ALABAMA

Corporal
William Anderson Cherry

Privates
Samuel Bruce White
Dewey L. Lester
H. T. Mills
Kurskie A. Morgan
Jackson W. Redd

ARKANSAS

Privates
James Lafayette Carter
Clay Stanley Ferrell
William E. Moore
Edward L. Anderson
W. F. Morton

CALIFORNIA

Corporal
J. W. Laughlin

Privates
Joseph D. Subica 
Hans Christian Jensen
Edwin Rolla Abbott 
Jesse Lee Freeman
Earl Murray Blair
Carl Solomon Plaskett
Ira Franklin Brown 
Armando Bustichi
James Joseph Murphy 
Robert Franklin Knowles 
Thomas Myles Lynch 
Harry Alden Keeler
Emil Laurie Johnson
Ernest Olaf Johnson
Wallace F. Fry
Earl Michael Deemer
John Alvin Wood
Harry Milton Weddle
Kiriakos Tramontanas
Theodore Domino Thibault 
Edwin H. Thayer 
Walter Rey Sturgeon
Adolph William Stahl 
Allan Edward Sorrell
Ray A. Smith
Marcus Leo Roberts
William Walter Risley
David Poe
Peter T. Hipsman
Frank J. Thomas
Emil W. Vandewalle
Arthur Vermeulen
Clyde G. Jenkins KIA 
Walter F. Malby
Antonio Santoria
Andrew A. Renfro
John Richard
Lewis C. Peraira
Manuel Enos Peraira
Henry N. Otto
Leslie L. Nichols
Joseph E. McDonald
Jules Minne
George D. Curtis
Peter Covitta
Harold H. Conover
Harold P. Adams
Frank T. Anderson

COLORADO

Privates
James A. King

FLORIDA

Privates
John Thomas Williams
Joseph H. Williams

GEORGIA

Privates
Boyd Emerson Hancock
R. A. Gray
A. W. Harris
R. L. Malone

HAWAII

Privates
Manuel Rames KIA

IDAHO

Privates
Otis Hartsell Nichols
Samuel Whitney Pincock 
Herman L. Widman
Harold Elmer Robinson 
Harcourt Languish Morphy 
Elmer Choules 
Ray A. Williams
Stephen Francis Burke

ILLINOIS

Corporal
Charles S. Vanlandingham

Privates
Harold G. MacFarland
Walter Wolfe
Frank A. Gerard
Ernest A. Swanson
Alva Bowman

 INDIANA

Privates
James T. Moss

IOWA

Corporal
Carl C. Smith

Privates
Lewis B. Rist
Carl Vinquist
Harry D. Long
Herschel W. Reich
Ralph A. Fletcher
Herbert F. Gustafson
Dale C. Hazelett
Charles H. Ineck
Harold S. Blewett

KANSAS

Privates
Vernon E. Babcock
Thomas A. Ashby
Emmert W. Black
Henry J. Seematter
Purl Hugh Marshall

KENTUCKY

Privates
William C. Probus
Francis Cecil Caldwell

LOUISIANA

Privates
Hugh Joseph Stodghill 
Tommie W. Cook MIA
George J. Sears
Fensky Conroe Terzia 
Leo Fensky Terzia
John A. Johnson
E. L. Lauvierre
Jame G. Mitchell
William M. Robin
H. J. Logan
W. P. LeBlance
Gus Deacon
Phil H. Carroll

MASSACHUSETTS

Privates
Samuel W. Eager
Dexter L. Bullard

MICHIGAN

Privates
Leon J. Kilgore
Walter Moczarski
Frederick S. Roach
Richard F. McGrath
Richard L. Thomas
Swante Merrill
Clifton Dolph
John Fyvie Jr.
Charles C. Stoddard

MINNESOTA

Corporal
Sigvald Norman

Privates
John Carstain Johnson KIA
Albert L. Nauman
Simon J. Huffer
Fred S. McKnight
Wilfred M. Kilkelly
Nelson Floura
Frank Gaboury
Goodwin D. Robbins
Carl E. Thunberg
Edward M. Davis
Charles E. Dillon
George E. Lowe

MISSISSIPPI

Privates
W. L. Lancaster

MISSOURI

Privates
Oscar Axon
Gordon S. Daily
John D. Kerr
Churchill B. Kowens
Hurley Sears

MONTANA

Privates
Charles Gordon Bennett
Stewart J. Cairncross 
Floyd Winn 
O. Wethern
Goalman White
Amie Van Den Driessche
Jack J. Byrne KIA
Peter Dethmann KIA
John Edwards KIA
George L. St. Clair
James Joseph Tucker 
Alexander D. Davidson
Ole Edvin Olson
John D. Morrow
Clifford McKinley Fletcher
Peter John Lavelle
Van William Gladden
Joseph D. Basye
Warren Arthur Blackman
Fredric F. Metcalf
Romeo Garrison

NEBRASKA

Privates
Patrick M. McGowan

NEVADA

Privates
Raymond H. Eager

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Privates
Philip M. Hodgkins
Joseph J. Tondeau

NEW JERSEY

Privates
Samuel J. Pittinger

NEW YORK

Privates
Howard Charles Money
John J. Summers
Orville Moore
J. J. Kelly
T. W. Love
Floyd W. Longyear
J. Parkin

NORTH CAROLINA

Privates
James W. Logan

NORTH DAKOTA

Privates
Oscar N. Peterson

OHIO

Privates
Frank S. Broz

OKLAHOMA

Privates
Willis Charles LeRoy 
Boon Milburn Hammers
Melvin E. Hagans
Hamby Cheek
Landie Columbus McDaniel
Walter Albert McClain
Clyde Bruce Niblack

OREGON

Privates
Carl Victor Jacobson 
Joseph Wright 
Fred Elwin Snyder
Charles Hendricks
Arthur Leroy Bragg

PENNSYLVANIA

Corporal
Thomas Bruce Young

Privates
Emil Peter Thomas
Everett Levasseur Hamilton
Howard C. Harris
Cecil G. Metzgar

SOUTH DAKOTA

Privates
Charles J. McMillan

TENNESSEE

Privates
James R. Rains

TEXAS

Privates
Jesse Leo Keisler 
Jefferson Davis Jones 
Arthur Davis
Charles G. Morton
James Monroe Meredith
Edward Ellis
William C. Jones
A. McDaniel
Pope Kearby 
Roscoe Houston
Elmer Holden
Walter A. Homerly
Warren Delbridge
Dan Cohen

WASHINGTON

Corporal
Howard Eugene Bullock

PRIVATE 1/C
Leonard Hale Dudley

Privates
Cecil George Slack
William Wallace Hall
Charles Lewis Hall
Jesse Robert Kime
Charles Victor Hanson
Ralph Uphus
David W. Stinson
Fred W. Loken
Chris A. Olson
Joseph Carlton Knott
Laurence N. Riley
Edward B. Peterson
Albert Emery Shove

WISCONSIN

Corporal
Russell Joseph Brunette

Privates
Clovis John McGeehan
Archie G. Meredith
George Roscoe Rogers
Henry Golden
Lee J. Doyle

AZORES' ISLANDS

Privates
M. J. Valladas

CANADA

Privates
Alexander H. Bush
J. C. Johnson

ENGLAND

Privates
William C. Hickling

SCOTLAND

Privates
Alexander McAlister KIA

My father, 1st Lieut. Charles Albert Schweissinger, 20th Engineers was aboard Tuscania, when he landed in the water he was too weak to crawl onto the raft because of sickness. This raft & an adjoining one stayed at sea all night because they knew how rocky the coast was & affected a safe landing at daylight. He spent 6 wks in Edinburgh because of the flue; I suspect it was H5N1 influenza. I too, have a long photo of the 20th standing in the snow in D.C. before they left for France & some newspaper clipping from the L.A. Times, but little else. My father told me he was saved on Friday the 13th, and that the loss of life was over 600 which obviously was incorrect. I have always been more interested in WW2; however after reading about the Great Influenza of 1918, WWI has sparked my interest. I’m sure many men were sick with h5n1 influenza when they left America or got sick on board. This was a senseless war & cost many lives, I compliment you on all the work you have put in on this sad story.
 
Alan Schweissinger
schweisr{at}yahoo.com
July 21, 2007


I am very happy to have access to historical information regarding the SS Tuscania incident. This website is an invaluable source in learning more about what Charles A. Schweissinger Jr, my grandfather, experienced on that night.

Rachel Schweissinger
u2rent{at}sbcglobal.net
July 12, 2007


My Grandfather, Charles Albert Schweissinger was aboard the Tuscania when it sank. He was adrift in a lifeboat and landed in Scotland where he was treated. My Father recently gave me the book "Crusade and Pilgrimage" and it provides some information on the Tuscania and the Gold Star Mothers group. Thanks for the wonderful website. I know "Papa" would be very proud to know that he and his crew are still remembered and honored this way.

Scott A. Schweissinger
alohascooter{at}yahoo.com
April 22, 2007


Lt. Benton Yost was my great-Grandfather. I have a steamer trunk that bears the inscription "Lt. Benton L Yost- 20th Engrs- stow in hold", so I was curious to find out more of the story. Now I'm really curious as to how the trunk was (if it was) salvaged from the wreck of the Tuscania.

Allan Gibbons
allangibbons{at}cox.net
Jan. 30, 2009


For many years I wished that I had asked my Dad more questions about his war experiences, especially on the Tuscania. Before the War my Dad, Harry A. Kelley, was a member of the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco. His leadership ability required of Army Sergeants, and his maritime background, were now proving essential for the survival of all those aboard his lifeboat. He was quickly recognized by his companions, and because of that, he was assigned to be in charge of their lifeboat. He told me that the surf at the Scottish Coast was fierce and he kept his boat off shore until he could see that there was a chance of bringing it in safely. He said that some boats got close to shore only to be tumbled in the waves. He told me that the memory of the sinking of the ship and the people he saw drowning would live with him forever, there was nothing he could do to help them.

I just found his soldier's diary. He had short statements in the little book about the sinking. He had high praise for the Scottish people that he met on the Isle of Islay.

Paulette Gooch
pauletteg{at}frontiernet.net
7 March 2005


My father, Boyd E. Hancock 20th engineers was a survivor. Was picked up by a lifeboat after having been dumped into the ocean. He drifted to shore on Islay and later went to England and then to France landing at LeHavre.

Charles I. Hancock
cmhancoc{at}rose.net
Dec. 12, 2009


I had heard the story of my Great, Grand Uncle floating in the ocean for hours, before he was rescued, I was pleased to find so much information in one great site. My Uncle was Otis Nichols from Viola ID. Thank you for all your work, preserving our important history for future generations.

Kathy Bliler
Jnkbliler{at}aol.com
July 19, 2002


My Grandfather, Leon J. Kilgore, was onboard the Tuscania when it was sunk. How I wish that I had taken the time when younger, to listen and learn from my Grandfather about this very historic voyage and his experiences on board. I am so very proud of my heroic Grandfather.

Jerry L. Cook
jaylcook{at}nc.rr.com
February 19, 2010


Leon J. Kilgore is my maternal grandfather. His nickname was "long saw" because from what I hear he was the fastest at using it!

Cheryl Kingsley
kingsley.fam{at}juno.com
December 16, 2009


My Grandfather was aboard the SS Tuscania when it was torpedoed. His name was Leon J Kilgore. I believe he was part of the 20th Engineers. It was fascinating to read about the sinking of the ship.

Denise Johnson
denisejohnson2037{at}roadrunner.com
Dec. 5, 2009


I just found out that I am related to someone who died in the Tuscania tragedy. My uncle was John Carstain Johnson from Koochiching Co. Minnesota who was serving in the 6th Battalion 20th Engineer Co. E. A woman named Dianne Cameron entered his information on this site and I was wondering if there is any information on her such as an e-mail address where I might contact her. Thank you for this wonderful tribute!!

Allen Johnson Ruedy
gordonkids54{at}gmail.com
April 7, 2009


My Great Uncle was killed when the Tuscania sank. I have a photo from the Red Cross of a grave on the Isle of Islay, Scotland. I was told they did move some of the men and I wanted to know how I would find out if he was moved and to where? His name was John Carstain Johnson, he was the first soldier to be killed from Minnesota in WWI. I was told this by his sister, my grandmother. Would be interested in any info. Many Thanks.

Dianne Cameron
dcameron39{at}hotmail.com
November 17th, 2001


My grandfather, Charles Gordon Bennett was on the SS Tuscania and I was just checking out his site and also his memorial site at findagrave.com I was never told a lot about him since I was 23 months old when he passed away. It is nice to know a little about him now.

Julie Kettlewell
jabjak34{at}hotmail.com
Aug. 25, 2007


My cousin (first cousin once removed) Charles Gordon Bennett told me about his own experiences on the Tuscania. As I remember he mentioned having to splice a line on the last lifeboat to leave the Tuscania. He visited my family in Green Bay when returning to Niagara, Wisconsin, from a survivors' reunion in Milwaukee. Quite surprised and pleased to find your web site. Sincerely,

Robert L. Hall
robertleonardhall{at}sbcglobal.net
August 26th, 1999


My Grandfather, Thomas B. Young, was aboard when The Tuscania was torpedoed , he fortunately survived. You have an excellent web site.

Vernon W. Robinson
vernrobinson{at}wowway.com
April 26, 2007


This is an awesome site! I am the great-grand-daughter of Private Jesse Leo Keisler "survivor of the SS Tuscania". During genealogy research I found this site and without it would have never known my great grand father was aboard. He I suppose like many soldiers of war did not speak of this. Not sure who in my family (if any) new the history. Thanks so much for all the work on this site - it is a treasure! Would love any additional info that may be added in the future!

Brenda Keisler Gumbert
brenda{at}allgumbert.com
July 8, 2010


My uncle, Cecil George Slack, was on this ship and has left an account of the incident. He told of it many times. He was with the 20th Engineers.

Clara Slack Stringfellow
ClaraFay{at}aol.com
May 6th, 2000


My father's brother, Cecil Slack, was a survivor of the sinking of the Tuscania. I have visited your website. It is impressive.

Bettie Slack Killgore
BETTIELLEN{at}aol.com
January 11th 2001


My Grandfather and his brother were onboard the SS Tuscania when she sank. Both men survived. I have an old newspaper photo showing Company E, 6th Battalion 20th US Forestry Engineer's, dated Feb 5, 1918 Portland Oregon. Anyway, you have both my Grandfather (Charles L. Hall), and Grand Uncle (William Wallace Hall), listed in Company F, of the 20th Engineer's. They were in fact in Company E. Both were loggers in their early years. My Grandfather was a Clark County Commissioner in the 40's.

Bruce Jolly
TheJollyTrader{at}aol.com
December 12, 2002

 

 

 

 


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