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John Richard Ress, Jr.

 
 
John Richard Ress, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 23, 2009
1. John Richard Ress, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  
This flag staff erected
in memory of
John Richard Ress, Jr.
Seaman 1st Class U.S.N.
July 24, 1925 – October 31, 1941
U.S.S. Reuben James
“How little, when we parted last,
we thought those pleasant times were fast.”
St. Peter’s Church – Chelsea
Dedicated June 14, 1942

 
Erected 1942.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is June 14, 1942.
 
Location. 40° 44.652′ N, 74° 0.113′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on West 20th Street east of Ninth Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 346 West 20th Street, New York NY 10011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Muffin House (within shouting distance of this marker); Chelsea Historic District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cushman Row (about 500 feet away); Gay Men's Health Crisis (about 600 feet away); 314 West 22nd Street
John Richard Ress, Jr. marker and flagpole image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, July 3, 2009
2. John Richard Ress, Jr. marker and flagpole
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(about 600 feet away); James N. Wells Mansion - 1835 (about 700 feet away); Clement Clarke Moore (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Regarding John Richard Ress, Jr.. On convoy duty, Seaman Ress' ship, the destroyer USS Reuben James, was sunk by a torpedo attack from German submarine U-552 near Iceland on 31 October 1941, before the U.S. had officially entered the war. Of a crew of seven officers and 136 enlisted men, only 44 enlisted men and no officers survived.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS Reuben James (DD-245). Wikipedia article (Submitted on February 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. The 1838 St. Peter's Episcopal Church -- West 20th Street. "Daytonian in Manhattan" entry. (Submitted on February 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
St. Peter's Church image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 23, 2009
3. St. Peter's Church
USS Reuben James (DD-245) image. Click for full size.
By from WW2today.com, unknown
4. USS Reuben James (DD-245)
New York Times, November 1, 1941 image. Click for full size.
From Www.rarenewspapers.com, unknown
5. New York Times, November 1, 1941
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 68 times since then and 16 times this year. Last updated on February 28, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 27, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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