- New Jersey, Births and Christenings Index, 1660-1931
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
National World War II Memorial, Wash., D.C. website
usmm.org (U.S. Merchant Marine Website)
Find A Grave Website
- 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.