December 17, 2006 |
Honorably discharged U.S. Merchant Marine veterans of World War II who live in Pennsylvania have until Dec. 31 to apply for a one-time $500 cash bonus. Nearly 900 applications have been approved so far, according to Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, the state's adjutant general. Those eligible must have served on active duty, including training, in the Merchant Marine between Dec. 7, 1941, and Aug. 15, 1945; possess a DD Form 214 proving honorable service; and be a legal resident of Pennsylvania as of April 12. Applications (DMVA-MM-Form 1)
January 20, 1999 |
James L. Fulton Sr., 71, a retired Merchant Marine captain who in the 1980s commanded the Atlantic, then the largest supertanker in the Western Hemisphere, died of heart failure Saturday at Shore Memorial Hospital in Somers Point, N.J. Capt. Fulton lived in the Poconos and previously in Springfield for more than 30 years. He also maintained a home in Somers Point. He was born in Oxford, and raised there and in Philadelphia. He graduated from West Philadelphia High School and at age 17 joined the Merchant Marine, serving about 10 years.
May 22, 2008 |
Robert P. McKeever, 84, a tanker ship captain who spent most of his life at sea as a merchant marine, the owner of a maritime detective agency, and the head of a coal cogeneration firm, died May 14 of multiple systems atrophy, a neurological disease, at home in Center City. Mr. McKeever grew up poor in East Falls; his father was a vegetable huckster and his mother told fortunes by reading tea leaves from the step of their rowhouse. The youngest of four children, Mr. McKeever, like his brothers, went to sea and worked on a tanker after dropping out of the 10th grade.
September 22, 1995 |
Henry Bowdle Stewart, 74, a silver-haired Main Line executive who owned a cattle ranch in New Mexico and loved to hunt big game in Africa, died Sept. 18 at the Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene, Tex. "He was dynamic, funny and colorful," said his son, Henry J. "He was like a big truck moving across the desert, kicking up a huge dust cloud behind him. " At his home in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Stewart "used to watch squirrels and deer and woodchucks," his son said. "He was absolutely crazy about animals.
November 1, 1989 |
It's about time that merchant seaman who "shipped out" during World War II were given recognition for their services and sacrifice. Please understand that they are not asking for a parade, a monument or pity. But they do ask you to remember, in your own way, the thousands of merchant sailors who were killed, listed missing after sinkings or were injured for life. Many others were captured. Merchant seaman were often seen, for example, as "draft dodgers" who sought to avoid "real combat.
March 6, 1998 |
Sean Bradley walked into Esbjornson Gym with a 21-point scoring average and walked out thankful he did not have to play against B.J. Johnson and Brian Bouchard every day. The Rowan duo held Bradley to six points last night, helping the Profs to a 70-49 victory over the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Atlantic Region men's basketball tournament. The third-seeded Profs (20-7), who got 27 points from Rob Scott, will play a second-round game at first-seeded College of New Jersey tomorrow at 7 p.m. It is the third meeting in 24 days between the teams, and CNJ beat Rowan in the New Jersey Athletic Conference final Saturday.
April 7, 2004 |
William H. Davenport, 81, a University of Pennsylvania professor who designed the Pacific section of the school's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology , died March 12 of leukemia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The peripatetic Mr. Davenport lived in Germantown, Society Hill, Manayunk and North East, Md., during the years he taught at Penn. Mr. Davenport was born and raised in Cucamonga, Calif., and in 1939 studied art and photography for a year at the Art Center School in Los Angeles before joining the U.S. merchant marine.
May 26, 2010 |
Lawrence Giglio, 83, of Delanco, a former maritime executive in Philadelphia who helped establish cross trade with Russia in the 1980s, died of pneumonia Friday, May 21, at Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly. After serving for 10 years in the Merchant Marine, Mr. Giglio fell naturally into the shipping business. The New England native settled in Riverside in 1955 and started working for Mathiasen Tanker Industries in Philadelphia, quickly rising to a senior executive position, his son Vincent said.
December 2, 2010 |
Erwin Hirsh, 85, of Willow Grove, president of a manufacturing firm involved in reopening trade with China in the early 1970s, died of complications from kidney cancer Friday, Nov. 26, at Abington Memorial Hospital. After China and the United States began establishing ties in the early 1970s, Mr. Hirsh was instrumental in implementing banking procedures between the countries, his son David said. In 1975, the State Department selected Mr. Hirsh's company, A. Hirsh Inc., to host a trade delegation from China.
March 24, 1995 |
William Orville Tinnin, who held a series of government supervisory jobs, died Monday. He was 67 and was a longtime resident of East Mount Airy. Tinnin - called Orville by family and friends - was born in Landenberg, Pa., and raised in Wilmington, Del. He moved to North Philadelphia about 1946. He later lived for about 20 years, in East Mount Airy. Since 1987, he has lived in Egg Harbor, N.J., said his wife of 40 years, the former Elizabeth Brogden. Tinnin joined the Merchant Marine as an able-bodied seaman when he was 17, and traveled to more than 30 countries over 10 years, said his wife.