From the pages of
The Morning Post
Camden, N.J. Saturday February 28, 1942


CAMDEN SEAFARER REFUSED TO QUIT

Crewman Aboard Anderson Scorned Idea,
Saying 'Must Have Oil''

    Despite the forebodings and warnings of his friends, Neil Jensen, 54, of Camden, one of the missing crew members of the torpedoed tanker W.D. Anderson, refused to quit his perilous occupation as a seaman.
       "The oil must be shipped for defense work and the tankers are shorthanded enough without me quitting," he said.
       Jensen's words were recalled yesterday by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Manfredini, of 306 Federal Street, with whom Jensen has made his home for the past 20 years. They received a postal card from Texas on February 19, in which Jensen stated he was on his way home.
       The seafarer would only laugh when people warned him that the fact that he couldn't swim was an added danger in these times. His answer was to point to his record of service with the U.S. Navy during the first World War, and the 10 years he worked on the Curtis yacht prior to his employment by the Atlantic Refining Company for tanker duty.
       So Jensen bid goodbye to his friends on Feb. 8, and boarded the W.D. Anderson, which was then bound for Texas. After all, he was a veteran of the Spanish War and World War I, and he was going to do his part to help his country win World War II.
      Another South Jersey resident, Robert Aquinaldo, of Wildwood, also is among the missing crew members.

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