Charles Fred Deckert - USMM Charles F. Deckert was a fireman/watertender on the newly-built SS John Winthrop, an American merchant ship know as a Liberty ship. On the night of Sept. 21, 1942, the ship was in convoy ON-131, enroute from Glasgow to New York, when it began to straggle and was left behind. On the 24th the ship was spotted by German submarine U-619. The submarine fired five torpedoes, which broke the ship in two, and then surfaced and sank both parts with gunfire. There were 39 Merchant Mariners and 13 US Navy Armed Guards, none survived.