The MS Northern Sun rescue of 3 seamen fro Tug Menominee. 31 Mar, 1942

Just returned from Wilmington, DE where the State of Delaware paid tribute to 3 Merchant Seamen who saved 3 other merchant seamen from the tug Menominee when she was shelled and sunk by the German U-Boat 754 about 9 miles off the coast of Virginia on 31 Mar. 1942.  Each rescurer received 11 awards/honors from every level of government in the state.  I know of no other event that encompassed this array of govenment officials at a single event.  The attendees included reps from the Governor, two US Senators, one US House of Rep, one State Senator, one State House of Reps. the Mayor of Wilmington, the  New Castle County Exec. Dir, the 2nd District Rep of New Castle County, the State of Delaware Department of the American Legion and R. C. Dupont Post #18 of the American Legion. The event covered three days  for these three seamen, Sam Price of Middle Town, DE, Julius Todd of Wilmington, DE and Aaron Varn of Ruskin, FL.  All three of these seamen started their career at the St. Petersburg Maritime Training Center, St.Petersburg, FL.  All started their career as Wipers, the lowest level of the Engine Room and rose to the highest rank, Chief Engineer before leaving the Service.  Also this rescue  took place on their first voyage on the MS Northern Sun.  I had a vested interest in this particular rescue of one seaman, the captain and chief engineer from the Tug Menominee.  The seaman they rescued was my older brother and I got to meet the man, Julius Todd, who pulled my brother from the wreckage and saved him from a watery grave as 15 of his brother seamen experienced.  Sad to say, my brother died aboard ship.  I was proud to have been a part of this historical event from WW II.

I am looking for any decendants from the seamen of the Tug Menominee and any other survivors of the MS Northern Sun who participated in this rescue so they may be recognized.

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