MM William A Wittenweiler, Jr.

Verona Residence: 17 Sunnyside Place

East Orange Youth Gives Life at Sea

The Maritime Commission has notified Mr. and Mrs. William A.
Wittenweiler Sr., 196 Springdale Avenue, East Orange, that their son
William Jr., 20, ordinary seaman, was lost at sea sometime between
last May when he shipped and this month when the family received
word. Rejected by the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard because
he was underweight, Wittenweiler joined the Merchant Marine last
May. He had worked on cruise ships in peace times.

Born and raised in Verona, Wittenweiler moved to East Orange six
years ago and was graduated from East Orange High School. An
ardent fisherman and hunter Wittenweiler was also active in the Boy
Scouts and was Assistant Scout Master of Troop 15 at Central Brick
Presbyterian Church, East Orange. He was past officer of Fidelity
Chapter of Demolay.

Besides his parents he leaves a sister Miss Elizabeth Syne
Wittenweiler of the home address. A memorial service will be held by
Demolay Sunday at 5 P.M. at the chapel of Munn Avenue
Presbyterian Church.
Newark Evening News
Thursday, October 22, 1942

Jersey Mariners Given Hero Awards

Two Essex County Marine Seamen were among 19 New Jersey residents who were awarded Mariner’s Medals posthumously for outstanding bravery last month, the U.S. Maritime Commission and War Shipping Administration announced today.

The Mariner’s Medal, awarded posthumously to A/S William A. Wittenweiler Jr. has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wittenweiler of 196 Springdale Avenue, East Orange. The Seaman was lost in the Carribbean in August, 1942, when he was 20 years old.

Wittenweiler was born in Verona, going to East Orange in 1937. He was graduated from East Orange High School before entering the Merchant Marine. Besides his parents, he left a sister, Mrs. David H. Syme of East Orange.
Newark Evening News
Tuesday, July 17, 1945

William A. Wittenweiler, Jr.
U.S. Merchant Marine
East Orange, NJ
Merchant Marine Organization


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