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Those known to have sailed in

SS American Manufacture

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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Austin Cline SS American Manufacturer

My great grandfather was on the S.S.American Manufacturer from August 1944 - January 1945 from what I have been told. I am looking for information on the ship and what he would have been involved in or doing during the war. I remember stories he told and want to know more. I am looking for any information or how to research this myself. His serial number was 8192132.

Donna Rosenwinkel



Sea.1C Thomas Vincent "Murph" Murphy SS American Manufacturer

My father Thomas Vincent Murphy served on the SS American Manufacturer during 1943. After leaving India the ship pulled into Perth, Australia. Dad was on deck teaching the guys how to clean the smaller 20 mm guns. He said they would have to learn how to take the guns apart and put them back together again whilst blindfolded. As he was showing the men how to do this he saw a Japanese submarine trying to surface. Dad called out to the bridge "Submarine on the starboard quarter". The ship turned so the Japanese sub would be to the stern, and he quickly got into the big gun and fired one shell at the sub. The sub tried to surface and so he fired one more shell which sank what looked like a two-man Japanese sub.

The sinking of the sub was reported and credited to the SS American Manufacturer in the local newspapers. Following this incident Lieutenant Collins gave Dad a book to study on becoming a Gunner's Mate. When the ship got back to Brooklyn, Dad took the exam and was promoted to that position. His best friend from childhood, Paul (Zack) Zachular also served on this ship with him.

Mary Ellen Burke







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