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Georgia Historical Marker - S.S. Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge Attacked by U-123 - St. Simons Island, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member CM-14
N 31° 08.740 W 081° 22.382
17R E 464442 N 3445805
Quick Description: After midnight on April 8, 1942, the German submarine U-123 was in position off the St. Simons Island sea buoy. Minutes later it chased and torpedoed two tankers, the Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge, killing twenty-two crew members.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/18/2007 3:23:39 PM
Waymark Code: WM2133
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member mtn-man
Views: 98

Long Description:
After midnight on April 8, 1942, the German submarine U-123 was in position off the St. Simons
Island sea buoy. Minutes later it chased and torpedoed two tankers, the Oklahoma and Esso Baton
Rouge, killing twenty-two crew members. Survivors were brought here to the U.S. Coast Guard
Station for debriefing. Five of those killed were buried in Brunswick's Palmetto Cemetery as
"Unknown Seamen," but were positively identified in 1998. The ships were raised, towed to
Brunswick for emergency repairs and re-entered into service. Both ships were sunk in the Atlantic
Ocean before the end of World War II.

Erected by The Georgia Historical Society and
The Propeller Club of the United States - Port No. 91, Brunswick, Georgia.
Located at the Old Coast Guard Station at First Street and the beach on St.Simons Island.



Type of Marker: Other

Marker #: 2000.17 / 63-3

Date: November 11, 2000

Sponsor: The Georgia Historical Society and The Propeller Club of the United States - Port No. 91 Brunswick, GA

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