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Ralph Everett Porter Rank: Chief Mate Service: American Merchant Marine Ship US Tanker SS Saint Mihiel Place of Birth: South Ohio, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia Marital Status: Married Captain Porter was the son of Inglis and Rosetta (Pitman) Porter.  He lived in Medford, Maine, U.S. at time of death. He was married with four stepchildren. Captain Porter died at sea after his ship, the SS Saint Mihiel, with a capacity load of high octane gasoline was  in a collision at night with another tanker  the SS Nashbulk on passage from New York to Europe.   The SS Saint Mihiel  burst into flames, and the order to abandon ship was given. Twenty-three of the crew escaped and were later being picked up by a destroyer escort. Still afloat, but flaming, at daybreak, it was decided to try to salvage her. Together with a repair crew from two destroyers, Bruno Bernard Baretich, Second Mate on SS Saint Mihiel,  the senior surviving deck officer, and fourteen volunteer crew members, reboarded the ship.  Under his leadership the fires were brought under control, engines turned over, and by utilizing the after emergency steering gear, and stationing himself in the bow -- the bridge having been completely gutted -- the SS Saint Mihiel was successfully brought to New York. The still smouldering fires were then extinguished and the valuable cargo was salvaged and the vessel repaired.   Bruno Bernard Baretich, received the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished service under unusual demands and hazards. Date of Death: April 9, 1945 Age at Death: 43 Sources: http://www.usmm.org/heroes.html http://usmm.org/killed/pq.html http://www.dvrbs.com/monuments/pinehill/PineHillWW2-FrancisJSchwarz.htm  
Ralph Everett Porter