From the pages of
The Morning Post
Camden, N.J. Saturday February 7, 1942

 

2 Brothers of Man Lost in 
Sinking also Serving on Tankers
 

       Nicholas Hetz, 23, of 690 Ferry Avenue, one of the missing crew members of the India Arrow, torpedoed tanker, was on the ship for only a week, his parents said last night.
       His father John Hetz, and his mother, Catherine, said he had served on two or three other ships and joined the India Arrow crew last week. He has two sisters, Agnes, 17, and Mrs. Mary Maloney, of 34 Dayton Avenue. Two brothers, John, of Baltimore, and Michael of Camden also are members of tanker crews.
       Mrs. Maloney said he told her in his last letter he was aboard the India Arrow and asked her to address his mail to 26 Broadway, New York City.                  

 

NICHOLAS HETZ was the fourth of six children born to John and Catherine Hetz, who emigrated from Russian Poland in 1908. Born in 1877, John Hetz was a tanner, and worked in Camden's then flourishing leather industry. The Hetz's first stop was in Delaware, daughter Mary born there in 1908, and son Michael in 1910. By 1914 the family was in New Jersey as son John was born, and Nicholas came along in 1918. Stephen Hetz was born in 1921, and Agnes was born in 1923. At the time of the 1930 census, the family was living at 690 Ferry Avenue, Michael was working as a clerk in a store, and Mary was employed in a cigar factory. John Hetz later worked for the Camden City highway department.

Nicholas Hetz was survived by his parents, brothers Michael and John, sisters Mary and Agnes, uncles Felix Hetz of Camden and Nicholas Hetz of Wilmington DE, and aunts Mrs. Mary Butnik of Baltimore MD and Mrs. Anna Starobrenski of Camden. His father passed away on December 2, 1948, Mrs. Hetz having preceded him in death.

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