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William H. Gerth

Civilian Employee

Department of War

S.S. Caribou

Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: October 14, 1942
Memorialized at: S.S. Caribou Monument
                             Port aux Basques, NL, Canada
Awards: 

SS Caribou - St. Johns NL Canada - 1925


WILLIAM H. GERTH was born in Camden around 1890. He served in the United States Army during World War I, and was decorated for bravery. Upon his discharge, he took a position with the Western Electric Company of Syracuse NY, as an electrical engineer. Unmaried, he made his home in Camden with his brother, Paul E. Gerth, of 2009 Federal Street, a few doors away from Samuel "Buddy" Leyman's sandwich shop. 

William Gerth was among a group of electrical engineers who had volunteered their services to the American military for duty in Newfoundland. On October 13, 1942, he boarded the S.S. Caribou to journey from Nova Scotia to St. Johns, Newfoundland. The Caribou was torpedoed by the German submarine U-69 near Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. 137 of the passengers and crew were lost.

William H. Gerth was survived by his brother Paul and niece, Mrs. Pauline Schwoeri, of the Federal Street address. 


  2009 Federal Street

Camden Courier-Post * October 17, 1942
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Camden Courier-Post * October 17, 1942
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