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Name: Albert George Melbourne Moulaison Rank: Oiler Service: American Merchant Marine Ship Army transport Jack Date of Birth: May 17, 1895 Place of Birth: Beaver River, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia Height: 5 feet, 8½ inches Complexion: Medium Hair Color: Black Eye Color: Brown Marital Status: Married (May 14, 1917) Religion: Roman Catholic Date of Death: May 27, 1942 (Lost at Sea) Age at Death: 47 The 79th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial George Melbourne Moulaison was the son of Arthur and Mary Moulaison of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Born in 1895, he served in WWI with 6th Company, Royal Canadian Garrison Artillery in St. Lucia. Prior to his enlistment he was employed at the Cotton Mill in Yarmouth, NS. He enlisted in Halifax on November 14, 1915 (Service Number 90543) and was discharged on demobilization on May 2, 1919 at St. John, New Brunswick. He was granted permission while in St Lucia service to marry Rachael De Brettes (1895-1937). In 1919 they were living in Yarmouth. They had four children Charles J. Moulaison (b. 1918 St Lucia -d. 1985), Albert George Moulaison (b. Yarmouth 1919 d. 1991), Grant Joseph Arthur Moulaison (b. Lynn Mass. 1921 d. 1980) and Theresa Moulaison (1928-1931). The family moved to Lynn Mass in 1920 and George was employed as a fireman. During World War II he served with the American Merchant Navy. The Army transport Jack was requisitioned by the US War Shipping Administration in 1941 and used by the US Army Transport Service. While en route from Ponce, Puerto Rico to New Orleans, the army transport ship was hit by a torpedo from U-558 about 100 miles south west of Port Salut, Haiti. There were 37 killed and 23 survivors. Just before 11:00 am May 27, 1942 the unescorted ship was hit by one torpedo on the starboard side between the foremast and #2 hold. The explosion opened a large hole in the hull, blew the hatch covers off, stopped the engines, and damaged the radio, the starboard lifeboat and a raft. The ship sank quickly within four minutes and the suction swamped the port lifeboat, which had been successfully launched. The badly damaged starboard boat was launched with two men. 14 survivors transferred into this boat from a raft. These survivors were picked up by USS Grunion (SS 216) on May 31 and landed at the submarine base in Coco Solo on June 3, after the submarine conducted a fruitless search for other survivors. Two armed guards and five crew members spent 32 days on a raft before being picked up. Five others on a makeshift raft were never seen again. Twenty Seven crew members, three armed guards and seven passengers of her complement of forty three crew members, nine armed guards, and eight passengers (US Army personnel) were lost, including the master. Sources:
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