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USAT Cynthia Olson

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive 7 December 1942)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Laid down in 1918 as the Cargo ship SS Coquina for the United States Shipping Board (USSB) at Manitowoc Shipbuilding, Manitowoc, WI.
  • Launched, 30 November 1918
  • Completed, 1918 and delivered to the War Shipping Administration
  • Purchased in 1935 by Matson Line
  • Sold in 1940 to Oliver J. Olson & Co., renamed SS Cynthia Olson
  • Chartered by US Army Transportation Corps in August 1941
  • Final Disposition, sunk by gunfire, 7 December 1941, at 33.42N - 145.29W by Imperial Japanese Navy Submarine IJN I-26 with no survivors, USAT Cynthia Olson was the first US merchant ship lost in World War II with her entire crew
    Displacement 2,140 gross tons
    Length 251'
    Beam 44'
    Draft 23'
    Speed unknown
    Officers unknown
    Enlisted, unknown
    Troopship Passenger Capacity unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    One Triple expansion steam engine
    Single shaft, 1,250shp

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    Cynthia Olson 77k USAT Cynthia Olson moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo from US Naval Memorial collection

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