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Kram, Leonard

Male 1923 - 1942  (18 years)


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  • Name Kram, Leonard 
    Born 25 Oct 1923  Bronx County, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID AEBF2490D58D4900924985E7D5ED835CB4EB 
    Died 27 Feb 1942  At sea near, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, Bergen, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I15527  My Family Tree | All Descendents of Abraham and Sarah Dunsky (I6345)
    Last Modified 1 Dec 2018 

    Father Kram, Abraham B.,   b. 9 Dec 1890, New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1965, Miami Beach, Miami-Dade, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Freedman, Gertrude,   b. 4 Apr 1898, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1987  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 28 May 1920  Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F5738  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • US Navy WORLD WAR II
      Seaman Apprentice, Leonard Kram MIA/KIA
      Hometown: New York
      Service # 6361568
      Awards: Purple Heart,
      Master Frederick Marcus MIA/KIA

      Mission: Transport
      Ship: American steam tanker R.P. Resor
      Loss Date: 27-Feb-42
      Cargo: 105.025 barrels of Bunker C fuel oil
      Location: 39.47N, 73.26W - Grid CA 5211 20 miles east of New Jersey,
      Fate: Sunk by U-578 (Ernst-August Rehwinkel)
      Complement: 49 (47 dead and 2 survivors).

      At 06.36 hours on 27 Feb, 1942, the unescorted R.P. Resor (Master Frederick Marcus) was hit by one torpedo from U-578 about 20 miles east of Manasquan Inlet, New Jersey, while steaming blacked out on a zigzag course at 12.5 knots. The torpedo struck on the port side just forward of amidships and blew oil over the entire length of the ship and into the water. The oil ignited and flames rapidly spread 500 feet around the tanker as the eight officers, 33 crewmen and eight armed guards (the ship was armed with one 4in gun) tried to abandon ship. One boat with about 30 occupants was launched successfully but was soon engulfed in flames, other men perished as they tried to swim through the oil. One crewman and one armed guard were picked up by the picket boat USCGC CG-4344 and landed at the Manasquan US Coast Guard station.

      The burning tanker stayed afloat until the tug USS Sagamore (AT 20) attempted to salvage her. She capsized after the stern grounded in 122 feet of water and sank almost 48 hours after the torpedo hit about 31 miles east of Barnegat, New Jersey.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1968] New York City, Births, 1910-1965, ancestry.com.

    2. [S326] FindAGrave.com.

    3. [S81] NYC Grooms Index.