Richard O'Reilly

Ancestry.com

  1. New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931
  2. 1930 United States Federal Census
  3. 1940 United States Federal Census

National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. website

  1. World War II Honoree - Richard Thomas O'Reilly

uboat.net

  1. Ships Hit by U-boarts: L. J. Drake - American Steam Tanker

usmm.org (U.S. Merchant Marine Website)

  1. Merchant Marine Casualties during World War II - name beginning with O

Find A Grave Website

  1. Richard Thomas O'Reilly - Merchant Marine
    Ordinary Seaman RICHARD T. O'REILLY was on aboard the American merchant ship L.J. Drake as it left Aruba, Netherlands West Indies, early in the morning of June 4, 1942. The tanker was delivering a consignment of 73,000 barrels of gasoline to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Late in the evening of the 5th, L.J. Drake was hit with three torpedoes fired by German submarine U-68. The tanker exploded in flames, leaving only bits and pieces of wreckage.

    There were 35 Merchant Mariners and 6 Naval Armed Guards aboard; none survived.