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Crescent City in Del Norte County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

S.S. Emidio

 
 
S.S. Emidio Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 2, 2012
1. S.S. Emidio Marker
Inscription.  Nearby are portions of the hull of the General Petroleum Corporation tanker S.S. Emidio, which on December 20, 1941 became the first casualty of the Imperial Japanese Navy's submarine force action on California's Pacific Coast. The ship was attacked some 200 miles north of San Francisco and five crewmen were killed. Abandoned, the vessel drifted north and broke up on the rocks off Crescent City. The bow drifted into the harbor, where it lay near this marker until salvaged in 1950.
 
Erected 1982 by State Department of Parks and Recreation and Eureka Chapter 101 E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 497.)
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmark, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists.
 
Location. 41° 45.035′ N, 124° 11.794′ W. Marker is in Crescent City, California, in Del Norte County. Memorial is at the intersection of Front Street and Stamps Way, on the left
S.S. Emidio Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 2, 2012
2. S.S. Emidio Marker
when traveling south on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crescent City CA 95531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Remembering Billy Boone (within shouting distance of this marker); Crescent City Tsunami, 1964 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dedication to Henry Sause, Jr. (approx. ¼ mile away); Battery Point Lighthouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brother Jonathan Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Metcalf Grove (approx. 3.6 miles away); Simpson-Reed Discovery Trail (approx. 6.2 miles away); Simpson-Reed Grove (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crescent City.
 
More about this marker. Markers and memorial are located in Beach Front Park.
 
Also see . . .  Military Museum. A detailed account of the attack on SS Emidio (Submitted on January 24, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon.) 
 
S.S. Emidio Marker image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 2, 2012
3. S.S. Emidio Marker
S.S. Emidio image. Click for full size.
By Militarymuseum.org
4. S.S. Emidio
First Pacific coast torpedoed ship. "General Patroleum Tanker Emidio," torpedoed by Japanese, Dec. 19, 1941 off Eureka coast, as it appeared after floating to Crescent City, Calif. on Dec. 20, 1944.
S.S. Emidio Hull section image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 2, 2012
5. S.S. Emidio Hull section
S.S. Emidio memorial plaque image. Click for full size.
By Douglass Halvorsen, September 2, 2012
6. S.S. Emidio memorial plaque
This memorial is dedicated to the following crewmen of the SS Emidio, who died in the attack by a Japanese Submarine on December 20, 1941

O.S. Stewart S. McGilliveray
O.S. Frederic W. Potts
3rd Assistant B. Winters
Fireman Kenneth K. Kimes
Messman R. W. Pennington

Placed by the St. George Reef Lighthouse Museum Project in cooperation with the Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II. Hull restoration done by volunteers of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 24, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on December 11, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 24, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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