The Atlantic Fleet battleships only later came to be known as the "Great White Fleet." There was no room for him, I guess at first, in one of the lifeboats so he was thrown a life ring/donut. He was, in fact, the most recent U.S. president to have had combat experience. Given to me by Mr. Kimberly Paymaster of ship." According to one of her former German crew, Johann Freiberger, this is what happened to the crew. To the boys of the President Lincoln. 500 W. 143 St. That same year the American Telegraphone Company manufactured a dictating machine, which they named Telegraphone. After final repairs and the organizing of her first American crew the ‘Lincoln’ had her sea trials off the Jersey coast on October 2, 1917 and headed for France on October 18, carrying the 149th, 150th and 151st Field Artillery, of the famous Rainbow Division. There is wheel-cut engraving on the lip with the volume of liquid it holds. UNITED STATES NAVY and COAST GUARD CASUALTIES . Minnie was a Jr. High School teacher. Eventually the case was cracked, although Burns remained reticent to discuss the precise role of the Telegraphone. Such information as I am able to give you may be substantiated by the records of the Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department, Washington, DC Your husband’s discharge papers I hope may have preserved. What he did for a living in the immediate years, I do not know. October 15, 1917: U. S. S. Cassin (destroyer), displacement 1,139 tons; torpedoed by German submarine U-105, off the coast of Ireland, 20 miles south of Mine Head; salvaged; 1 killed and 9 wounded.. November 5, 1917: U. S. S. Alcedo (converted yacht), gross 983 tons; torpedoed and sunk by enemy submarine (UC-type), 75 … The ship’s doctor aboard the West Gambo and the ship’s doctor on the USS Olympia were asked to assist the sick aboard the Aniwa. The Chief Commissary Steward would also oversee the cleaning and maintaining of the officers' quarters and steward department areas; and receiving, issuing, and inventorying stores. The day was beautiful and the billows far from angry, they were quite calm, which was something greatly in our favor. Clayton was returned back to the Receiving Ship at the New York Navy Yard on July 19, 1918, where he would remain until September 11, 1918. We worked hard to get away from the side, as we had a fear there might be a suction that would pull us down with the ship, but soon found it pushed us further away making us safe. The boats and rafts were all secured together for the night, so none could float off; emergency rations were broken out, consisting of hard chocolate, which crumbled from age when touched, hard-tack soaked with salt water, and soup powders with no hot water to cook it with, and half a cup of water. It is believed by the grandson of William McIntyre Jr. that he was a Quartermaster on board the USS President Lincoln. After we had been in the water a short time someone shouted: “Here comes a destroyer after us already,” and a cheer went up from everyone, the thought being that a destroyer had been playing about those parts and had caught the message for help. He was assigned to the USS Oklahoma on 6/7/17 then transferred to the USS Kearsarge on 6/29/17. She was armed with four 6-inch deck duns and her wartime ships complement was 430. And old prison and fortress stands in plain view from the harbor and is, they tell us, of considerable renown historically. Willy and Charlotte returned to Germany in 1932. Neuert immediately went down to the engine room to see whether it was possible to get any power, but came back with the report that the engine room was flooded and everyone had left their stations. It was on Friday morning, breakfast was over, and practically every man was either going to his respective duty or thinking of the way in which he would spend the time that forenoon. In 1923, Karl’s brother, Willy, came from Germany to New York, to work. The President Lincoln made five voyages from New York to France. November 25, 2019 ‘Lincoln’ started her return trip on March 4, with the Wilhelmina and Panaman, they arrived on March 16 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Dry Dock for repairs. The next day, the owner took them to the milk station where the farmers would bring their milk. At this point, the group had decided to split up in order to better help themselves. (copy of the letter not available). Address: Bengies, Baltimore County Maryland. Dear Mrs. Cusack, In some of these smaller stores it is well for you to keep your eyes open and a good guard on your pocket book, because their motto is not ONE PRICE TO ALL! A few days before the inspection an employee of the dining room reported to local health authorities that there was some suspicious disease among the Germans. Joseph’s mother Hubertina, had come to the United States alone at the age of 22 from Aachen in the German Rhineland in 1891. The loss of these officers was regrettable, as they could have escaped. One of the requirements on the ship is a drill that every man shall know his station, to report there in case of fire or accident and now everyone was hurrying to his respective station. Captain Witt; First Officer E. Knorr; Second Officer C. Manitius "The crew had been given a choice of going to Governor's Island for their first U.S. immigration papers, or going to Georgia to a camp. Seventeen-year old son George worked as a helper in a retail store. The ship docked in … Everything was calm and going pretty nice. After the sinking, Chief Cusack was assigned to duty aboard the USS Luella, which was a 354-foot refrigerated cargo ship acquired by the Navy for use during the war. Casting off, they began cruising among the life rafts inquiring for the captain, who, of course, no one had seen, also taking pictures of us. The shores of France quickly faded from view, and as soon as we were well out we changed our formation to a single column, with the President Lincoln and Antigone in the center, while the destroyers formed a protecting cordon around us, zigzagging back and forth. Science for a safer, more informed world. Ellis Street is in the Western Addition area of San Francisco. Besides, there were 2,000 canaries from the Hartz mountains. After getting sixteen life rafts in tow we started towards the rendezvous, taking turns at rowing, but owing to everyone being violently seasick our progress was very erratic and slow, taking us four hours to catch up with the others. And then I preferred to have someone else commanding it than a German Officer. At 4 a. m. they were located and all men taken aboard, after that we got under way, heading back for France. Suddenly there was a loud report, following it the ship seemed to raise. Sunk in 18 minutes. I will never forget the sprit of the boys that made up the crew on the USS Lincoln. We only heard about the sinking a few years ago from an aunt. About a year after the ‘Lincoln’ had been interned at the pier in Hoboken it was reported that there might have been cases of Asiatic cholera aboard the persons living on the ship. On 5 June 1917 as Leonard was a 21-year old man he listed his occupation as a painter for L. A. Coffman of Houston, Texas. Samuel at the time was working as a salesman selling washing machines. Enjoy the updated homepage featuring background images from Catalog records; Add your comments on digitized records, descriptions, and authority records; Find what you need with a more intuitive advanced search; Efficiently browse search results with better “Next Page” link placement The father Samuel Sr. was a lawyer by profession and was born in Connecticut in 1827. He deployed his force of Battleships and Cruisers in a classic battle line formation across the Surigao Strait. At the time William Donahue was single and lived in Oswego and worked as a clerk for Long & William in Alex Bay, New York. They then left, and I had the opportunity of learning that I much preferred the sight of the stern end of a German sub to the bow end even if I am to view it from a life raft. Never the less the Germans are not playing with us and when you talk with people, both Americans and French in France as I have done, you will come to the conclusion that we have a big job and everyone must put his shoulder to the wheel, otherwise the task will be a hard and long one. Abraham Lincoln was president. Signal Corps Photo No. It was a little hard to untie all the rafts from the ship but it was done calmly and without much excitement. It was large, cumbersome, expensive, and wound up not working and causing lawsuits from its purchasers. SHIP TORPEDOED MARSHALL HERALD 10 - JULY - 1918: Everett Spivey of West York was on board the USS President Lincoln torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine May 31. It reminded one more of a Sunday school picnic than a race with death, to see them racing one another and singing. After reaching the deck we could hardly walk from weakness and cold, bunt were directed to the engine room to thaw out. He was a Baker 1st Class and served first on the USS San Francisco, for a short time then being used as a minelayer. The radioman was then sending out an "S-O-S" message. As few of the lifeboats and rafts were secured together, we were all scattered over a pretty wide area, and some had drifted quite a distance away from the main body. On July 25, 1914 the Dampfschiffe (Steamship) President Lincoln under command of Kaptain Witt, left Germany on what would be her last trip under a German flag. She also said that he told her that while going through a passage to get off the ship, a large black sailor from the galley was kneeling and praying blocking the way. William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, was born in Niles, Ohio on January 29, 1843. Jesse Barett "Oley" Oldendorf (16 February 1887 - 27 April 1974) was an Admiral famous for defeating the Japanese southern force by crossing the "T" in the Battle of Surigao Strait. But no one really remembers the next to last man to leave the sinking USS President Lincoln on May 31, 1918. by Date and Ship/Base - May 1918: Ship's Cook Edward Daly, lost in sinking of USS President Lincoln, May 31, 1918 (US Naval Historical Center, click to enlarge) on to June 1918 or back to Contents List : 1. The gun crews only left their guns when ordered by the commanding officer just before the ship sank. The mug also has a mark on the bottom, which was in the mold when the mug was made. He had attracted some attention because of his persistent talk that he was pursued by Cossacks and Russian secret police. At sea the most dangerous spaces on a ship during war time was the engine room spaces. The USS Great Northern, which picked us up is almost like a palace. He then went to the Naval Hospital New York N.Y. on 10/1/17 for an unknown reason. Navy officer Edouard Izac’s remarkable odyssey began on May 31, 1918, when a German submarine torpedoed his ship, the USS President Lincoln, as it sailed near the coast of France. It was on October 12, 1918 that the West Gambo reached Archangel in Northern Russia with her load of flour. And a cup of java we're drinking, His grandson Howard Carter has in his possession a model of the President Lincoln that was his grandfather Harvey's. It was stated on the old yellow label that Mr. Kimberly was the Paymaster of the President Lincoln. Watertender Joseph Clayton would be aboard the Troy for the first and second voyages returning troops back home. From there, the story of Hoffmann picks up in 1916, when Karl married Anne Christine Schroeder. Mrs. Lawrence X. Cusack He was discharged following signing of the armistice. United States Mexican Border Service, 1916 to 1917; War Department. Cruiser Division 4 supported landings in the Marshalls, Palaus, Marianas, and Leyte. Out of their twenty-seven dollars they bought used clothing and shoes, as theirs were full of holes. This resulted in him being promoted as aide to Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. They called one boat along side and took a two-stripe officer on board and left. Address: 108 Birckhead St., Baltimore, MD. In closing I wish to state that the captain of that German submarine is a sane fighter and as he spoke good English I am assuming he must have a spark of warmth some place in his heart for the U.S.A. otherwise he would have shelled and killed every one of us. John (Johann) Freiberger was that German crewman and his grandson John Freiberger III, recounts what actually took place with the crew. The Hospital Corpsman aboard the Aniwa along with several of her crew he was treating fell ill with the flu. A little later they discovered the uniform of a higher officer and demanded him to step aboard taking him a prisoner. Birth Place: Baltimore, MD. On 8/10/17 he was promoted to Captain and was stationed at the Sub Base New London Conn. While under the command of Walter Remy on 30 May 1918 at about sundown, Remey gave the order to fire 3 torpedoes at the USS President Lincoln, a US Navy Troop ship. Roosevelt had been elected president for his first term in 1936. Although Lincoln was a weapons aficionado, perhaps his greatest contribution to the war effort was his use of the telegraph. In a letter to his parents, he writes: By this time, President Roosevelt was already in his second term. The family knew that he was a fireman aboard the transport USS President Lincoln that was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine. Von Steuben, June 18, 1918), Address: 404 S. Exeter St., Baltimore, Maryland. She commenced her maiden voyage on 6 January 1907 when she sailed from Hamburg for Boulogne, Southampton and New York. The Troy was the formerly named SS Minnesota, a 36,905-ton displacement passenger-cargo ship built in 1904 at New London, Connecticut, for the Great Northern Steamship Company. Again reported to the Receiving Ship New York, N.Y. 7/10/18 and finally assigned to the USS Sixaola 9/22/18. by president Woodrow Wilson. Among the 15 was a young steward named Karl Ernst Hoffmann. He never mentioned going to a “camp”, and to my knowledge, stayed in New York City. You are at liberty to use this letter to verify your claim and I hope you will have no difficulty in securing the pension to which I think you are justly entitled. When Watertender Clayton reported for duty aboard the West Gambo she was loading a cargo of flour at New York. “The fifteen German boys got employment at the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, but were unable to speak one word of English. U. S. Navy Ships Sunk or Damaged by Enemy Torpedo, Bombs, or Gunfire. We can only say such occurrences are likely to come in wartime and especially to those traversing the seas. In the mean time making ourselves as comfortable as would be possible under such conditions. Rood discouraged it, saying that it was still experimental. The steam having been turned loose was making a great noise and the Executive Officer who was giving orders from the bridge, with the aid of the megaphone was having hard work to make himself heard by different division commanders. On a recent trip she had practically gone this limit. Not a one of these were lost, which speaks well for the ones responsible for their safety. The gun crew stood by the guns but did not get site of the sub and when the water began to run over the sides of the ship they took of in some of the rafts. USS President Lincoln was a troop transport in the United States Navy during World War I. But Rood had asked how they might be used, and apparently gained some intelligence information, including the location of a troop ship, the USS President Lincoln, which was later torpedoed by the Germans. By the time Witt navigated his ship into New York on August 5th, Germany had declared war with France and England. Entered the Navy on 4/16/17 at the receiving ship at Norfolk, VA as a apprentice seaman. He was placed aboard the former German liner that was being repaired and refitted for service to carry troops to France, and Egbert was then a Seaman 2Class. He served in Congress from 1876 to 1890 and became a strong supporter of protective tariffs. Chief Cusack made at least one convoy trip aboard the Luella from New York-Nova Scotia-Brest, France, where she arrived on November 25, 1918. This division suffered a loss of seventeen men, all of who were co-workers with your husband. He was the son of J. J. and Mary J. Killman, of Ferris, Texas. Ultimately, the Signal Corps did have machines delivered, which didn't work. Back of this came the after section, a large platform with a railing around it on which a number of very grimy members of the crew were standing. Although the German submarine commander made no offers of assistance of any kind, yet otherwise his conduct for the ship’s company in the boats was all that could be expected. I know some of the survivors were injured internally and suffered hardships due to exposure while adrift in the lifeboats. The ship’s doctor pulled him around and he will have to explain to the Immigration authorities why he attempted suicide before they will let him join his relatives in this city. In 1914 the US Navy seized the station, suspecting that it was sending shipping information to German U-boats. After the sinking of the President Lincoln the rescued crew was broken up and assigned other duties. When Winkle hit the water the wake of the ship nearly took Winkle under and he began to struggle for his very life. In 1930 he was the navigator of the battleship New York (BB-34). Mary Elizabeth was born in New Hampshire in 1848. The sidewalks are narrow, there only being room for one or two to pass at a time. The ships sailed out of the outer harbor in a long line through the narrow channel surmounted on one side by high cliffs, and on the other a rolling country of green fields and hedges, with numbers of small stone houses scattered along its shores. Karl Ernst Hoffmann passed away on April 17, 1970 in Hempstead, NY. Age: 26 yrs 1 mo. Minnie would pass away in 1961. There they would live until Anne passed away on January 8, 1952 in Franklin Square. The Warrington picked up all the men from the boats, while the Smith, which had come up while she was doing this, searched for the rafts, which had drifted away. On the morning of May 31 (Saturday) at 8:58 o'clock, Lat 47° 45’ North-Longitude, 15° 24' West, the ‘Lincoln’ was torpedoed, hit three times, and sank in eighteen minutes, with guns firing at an unseen foe and the Stars and Stripes floating from the gaff. The submarine after circling us several times picked up one man from a raft, which had drifted a considerable distance away from the rest, taking him aboard. At 7:57 AM, two torpedoes from a German submarine struck us. I can say one thing: I looked death in the face because I didn't know if I would get out dead or alive. At the bottom of the chute was placed sharp knives in such a position that when prisoners were thrown down the chute they would bleed to death. They were married in New York and this marriage produced three sons, Charles Oliver (1909-1994), Glenn Herbert (1912-1994), and Samuel Lucius, Jr. (1914-2005). Lawrence John Xavier Cusack was born on August 30,1888 in the State of New York, to Catherine M. Brennan (1865-1938) and Dennis F. Cusack (1852-1890). After Chief Cusack had passed away in 1939 his wife Marie, had written a letter to Lt. Joseph P. Burke USN (Ret.) At about 9 a. m. a terrific explosion occurred on the port side of the ship about 120 feet from the bow and immediately afterwards another explosion occurred on the port side about 120 feet from the stem of the ship, these explosions being immediately identified as coming from torpedoes fired by a German submarine. While this work was under way and about half an hour after the ship sank, a large German submarine emerged and came among the boats and rafts, searching for the commanding officer and some of the senior officers whom they desired to take prisoner. Those lost from the 'Lincoln' on May 31, 1918. 353 and was an 18,084 gross ton ship. Having gone down the rope I reached the raft, it having but one other fellow upon it. Vice Admiral Oldendorf was promoted Admiral upon his retirement in September 1948. William Sr. was born about 1875 in New York State where his parents were also born. She also said that he told her that there was someone in the brig and that this person was pleading for someone to let him out. Rood also made a private sale to the German Navy. Two watertight doors large enough for a man to pass through were fitted on both sides of the conning tower for use of the gun crews. He enlisted as a private during the Civil War and distinguished himself in action earning the rank of major in 1865. The captain for our fine behavior and discipline certainly congratulated us. The strain of Chief Rogers being away from home in the navy may have been a contributing factor of the divorce between Samuel and Alice. We were saying to our selves “We will never go back to Blighty.” And now that it is over, gee, but we want to see Blighty. The following day August 13, 1945 with the Admiral still aboard a kamikaze attempted to crash into the stricken Pennsylvania but missed. The ship by this time was listing heavily to port, but gradually righted herself to an even keel, which made it appear as if there was a chance of her remaining afloat, so the captain "belayed" the order to "abandon ship." This is another example of the innate courage and bravery of the young manhood of America. Forward of the conning tower, on the main deck, was mounted a 5.9 inch naval gun, while aft, was a gun of smaller caliber, probably a 4.2. The U-boats surrounded the waters of Western Europe as the United States had begun shipping troops and supplies to France. On July 13, 1940 a white marble stone was delivered to the San Francisco National Cemetery from the Green Mountain Marble Corp. of West Rutland, Vermont, to be placed on the grave of Ensign Samuel Rogers. Crew of six hundred on board twenty-three lost. Cabin Passenger List for the SS President Lincoln of the Hamburg America Line, Departing 1 November 1912 from Hamburg to New York via Southampton and Boulogne-sur-Mer, Commanded by Captain Witt.Written in German and English. Admiral Jesse B Oldendorf passed on April 27, 1974 in Portsmouth, Virginia. They again hopped another train on its way to Binghamton, N.Y. World War 1 at Sea . On the whole, they treated us square, but we were mighty glad to see them make a final cruise around, and head for the horizon, disappearing for good. Some of these were sick and two acted on orders from the commanding officer with coolness, which was truly inspiring. This took all the heart out of us, believing that our last hour had come and having heard so much of what German sub-officers had done to English crews when caught in such a predicament. Among the highest casualty rates of the jobs in the engineering divisions of the ships were the Fireman/Watertender positions. Christian was curious as to what the real story was behind this simple item, which is a direct link to the ship, and the events, which took place so long ago. The Civil War . At about 11:30 p.m. a light was sighted, which revived our spirits. The story of the fifteen who were allowed to leave the ship is told in this way from the elder Freiberger. So this fact dates his service to at least 1898. At 9:25 AM she was beneath the waves. I had $40 in the post office, so wasn't as bad off as some. At the time he was a medium built man with blue eyes and brown hair, and was single. Her former name was retained and she underwent extensive repairs by US Navy ship fitters and conversion into a troopship at the Robin's Dry Dock and Repair Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. USS President Lincoln was commissioned as a Navy troop transport 25 July 1917 at Brooklyn, New York with Captain Yates Sterling, Jr., in command. By April of 1930, Karl and Anne, and 13-year old son Karl Jr. were living in a rented apartment located on East 84th Street in New York, where Karl Sr. was making a living as a baker and Anne worked as a laundress. President Lincoln, in company convoy, was steaming on the return trip to America from France. On June 18, 1917, just a little over two-months after America declared war on Germany, 33-year old Arthur Stanley Egbert walked into the Navy Recruiting Office on Staten Island, NY and enlisted into the United States Naval Reserve Force. 9, and was a master at applying fancy ceiling plaster decorations, even decorating a cathedral ceiling in New York City. After his rescue he was again sent back to the Receiving Ship at New York and then assigned to the USS Carrillo, a 5012 gross ton passenger-cargo steamer, built in Belfast, Ireland, in 1911. Soon after the end of the First World War, the surviving crew members of USS President Lincoln formed an association that, among other things, tried to perpetuate the ship's memory by erecting memorial plaques listing the men killed when she was sunk. As we raced through the night and we hoped for a fight, Bill Cox shared this information about his grandfather who was a crewman aboard the President Lincoln when she sank. Some of this rescue story found its way to the local Trenton, NJ newspaper the Trenton Evening Times. A pre-war post card of the Hamburg-Amerika Line Steam Ship President Lincoln. 13981 “A Lieutenant of the Photographic Division, Signal Corps taking notes of the diaster as related by Sam Rogers, Chief Master-At-Arms USN, who with the Captain were the last to leave the sinking President Lincoln.”. At that time Watertender Joseph Clayton was transferred to the USS Troy. When World War I broke out across Europe in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the United States would remain neutral, and many Americans supported this On 12 September 1918 Captain Stirling became the Chief of Staff 3rd Naval District until 7 April 1919 when he was assigned to the USS Connecticut and was still in service as of 1 January 1920. The Clayton family home was located on Pond Run Road at the beginning of 1920. He never returned to Germany, even for a visit. At a point during Winkle’s slumber the big hippo gave forth a big sneeze and this startled Winkle so much that it caused him to fall off the rail from where he had been perched and went over the side of the ship. Naval Historical Center Photograph. The proposal to send the USS Abraham Lincoln and its associated escort ships and Air Force bombers to the region originated with U.S. Central … Eldest son Walter had left the family and was on his own at the time the 1920 Federal Census was taken in January. June 20: During a daylong battle, Seach ran across an open clearing, gained cover, and cleaned out nests of Chinese snipers. Citation Reads: When the USS President Lincoln was attacked and sunk by the German submarine U-90, on 21 May 1918, Lt. Izac was captured and held as a prisoner on board the U-90 until the return of the submarine to Germany, when he was confined in the prison camp. His family has several postcards showing troops on a ship and a ship in a harbor in France, and a program and a picture from a reunion of President Lincoln crew that took place in the 1930's. When America declared war in April of 1917, Lawrence Cusack did not wait around until he would have been drafted, but a month and a half after the declaration of war, Cusack enlisted into the United States Navy at the Naval Recruiting Station in New York City. At the time he was 22 years old and of tall stature and slender build with blue eyes and blonde hair. Birth Place: Baltimore, Md. 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