PROFESSOR THADDEUS LOWE

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

Thaddeus S.C. Lowe Naval Ship

 

Hull #

Original Name

Type

MC #

Way #

Keel Laid

Launched

Delivered

Days on Ways

Days in Water

Total Days

Disposition

168 Thaddeus S C Lowe EC2-S-C1 1635 12 17-Mar-43 13-Apr-43 26-Apr-43 27 13 40 Damaged 1943, CTL, scrapped 1959

LaVern W. Johnston of Medford, Oregon, enlisted in the U.S. Navy January 20, 1942. Ships he served on included the SS JAMES B. STE- PHENS and the THADDEUS S.C. LOWE. A Liberty Ship, the STEPHENS, was torpedoed twice and sunk by the German Submarine U- 161) on March 8, 1943, about 150 miles northeast of Durban, South Africa, while LaVern was aboard. LaVern recalls abandoning ship and floating around in the oil and debris loosened by the blast. He says he really didn't think there was much of a chance he'd survive, however, rescue eftbrts were success- ful. The crew was taken to Portland, England, and the ship was reboarded by the crew on June 30, 1943. LaVern was discharged December 14, 1945. He can be reached at 928 W. Second Street, Medford, Oregon 97501.

(Brian Marcroft Collection)

INDEX PAGE

BEFORE THE WAR

CIVIL WAR YEARS

INVENTIONS AND INDUSTRY

NORRISTOWN PENNSYLVANIA YEARS

PASADENA CALIFORNIA YEARS

MOUNT LOWE RAILWAY

AFTER THE RAILWAY

LOWE FAMILY

BOOKS ABOUT LOWE

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

EVENTS AND REUNIONS

ARTIFACTS AND HISTORY

ENCYCLOPEDIA BIOGRAPHY

ACCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS

LINKS TO OTHER THADDEUS LOWE WEBSITES