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Socony Vacuum WWII Shipping Casualties #726136
Thu Mar 07 2019 09:37 AM
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I accidentally stumbled across this page when researching the Vaclite brand of the Vacuum Oil Company. I’ve never seen a list like it and thought some of the history buffs might find some interest in it.

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Re: Socony Vacuum WWII Shipping Casualties [Re: RedHat] #726143
Thu Mar 07 2019 12:13 PM
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Thanks, that's interesting. That's a lot of ships for one company. Wonder what the total for all non military ships would be.

Re: Socony Vacuum WWII Shipping Casualties [Re: RedHat] #726162
Thu Mar 07 2019 06:52 PM
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That is amazing that so many ships were sunk/damaged from ONE company. I understand the tactic, but never would’ve guessed it was that high. Like Morgan said, I wonder what the total non-military count is.

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Re: Socony Vacuum WWII Shipping Casualties [Re: RedHat] #726165
Thu Mar 07 2019 07:02 PM
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I have issues of Socony-Vacuum News from the war years......they report on every one of these losses. As I'm sure you can guess from the size of this list, the number of dead from these ships lost or severely damaged was quite high as well.
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Re: Socony Vacuum WWII Shipping Casualties [Re: RedHat] #726183
Thu Mar 07 2019 09:54 PM
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Glad you guys find it interesting, had to have been a hell of a time to just be doing your job. Sadly, once the US joined the war, it was open season on civilian crafts that could be aiding the war effort. Hearing the stories from my grandmother of seeing u-boats off the coast of NJ and having to keep all lights off after dark for fear of being targeted (they lived on the beach) was always eerie. I’m pretty sure she was able to see the smoke rising up from ships torpedoed only a few miles off shore.


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Re: Socony Vacuum WWII Shipping Casualties [Re: RedHat] #726432
Mon Mar 11 2019 08:57 AM
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This is fascinating. As a WWII buff, this isn't something you would think about, but it really reinforces just how many civilian ships and personnel also sacrificed for the war effort.


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