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Harry Holmes Bradway

Fireman/Watertender

SS M. F. Elliott

United States Merchant Marine

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: June 3, 1942
Buried: At Sea

HARRY HOLMES BRADWAY who signed on as a Fireman/Watertender aboard the Esso tanker SS M. F. Elliott out of Wilmington DE, perished when the ship was torpedoed and sunk, 150 miles northwest of Trinidad on June 3rd, 1942. The M.F. Elliot had been built in 1921 by the Moore & Scott Iron Works, of Oakland, California. The ship was torpedoed by the German submarine U-502, captained by Oberleutnant zur See Jürgen von Rosenstiel. On June 4, The destroyer USS Tarbell DD-142  sighted 10 survivors of the sinking of SS M. F. Elliott and brought them aboard. 

The U-502 was sunk in turn on July 5, 1942 in the Bay of Biscay west of La Rochelle, in position 46.10N, 06.40W, by depth charges from a British Wellington aircraft from Royal Air Force Squadron 172/H with all 52 all hands lost.

Harry H. Bradway was survived by his sister, Mrs. Mary Guenther who resided at 709 Lawrence Street, Camden.


       On October 26, 1942, a service flag was unfurled at the intersection of 9th and Linden Streets. A Gold Star pin was presented to Harry Bradway's sister, Mary Guenther. Many local dignitaries took part in the memorial service.

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