St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
S.S. Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge
Attacked by U-123
Erected 2000 by The Georgia Historical Society and The Propeller Club of the United States--Port No. 91, Brunswick, Georgia. (Marker Number 63-3.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 31° 8.741′ N, 81° 22.374′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on First Street near Just east of Woods Ave, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. In the parking lot of the Old Coast Guard Station, Maritime Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 First Street, Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Demere Road (approx. half a mile away); Battle of Bloody Marsh (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Clash Of Cultures (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Saint Simons (approx. 1.1 miles away); Delegal's Fort (approx. 1.1 miles away); Old Spanish Garden (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Simons Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Couper's Point (approx. 1.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Simons Island.
Regarding S.S. Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge . German U-boat commander: Oklahoma was "a sitting duck" (by Bill Hendrick; The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, February 14, 1999)
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Glynn County War Memorial
Also see . . .
1. Esso Baton Rouge. Uboat. net
2. Oklahoma, excerpt from Uboat.net,. The torpedo struck the engine room and she quickly settled by the stern in 40 feet of water and the stern rested on the bottom after 45 minutes with the bow still visible over the water. Most of the eight officers and 29 men abandoned ship in three lifeboats, but the master and three men reboarded the vessel when they heard screams. They found one of the officers critically wounded, who subsequently died and they could not reach some of the 18 missing men apparently trapped below. The radio operator sent another distress message and then abandoned ship again.
In the meantime, the U-boat had torpedoed the Esso Baton Rouge at 08.44 hours, which caught fire and sank in shallow waters and then returned to finish off the Oklahoma with gunfire. Twelve rounds were fired and five hits scored on the bridge and bow after which the tanker caught fire. The survivors of both ships headed together for the Georgia coast. The next morning a US Coast Guard boat took them in tow and landed them at Brunswick.
3. American Merchant Marine at War,. (excerpt The Atlanta-Journal Constitution http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/) This is the story of the Georgians who solved the mystery of the SS Oklahoma and its unnamed dead.
Between January and May 1942, 82 American vessels hauling badly needed war supplies were sunk by German submarines, often close to the U.S. coast -- including six off Georgia and Florida.
4. Operations information for U-123. Kriegsmarine and U-Boat history. Unlike the Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge, the U-123 survived the war and was used by the French until 1959.
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