William Watts Clendaniel
Merchant Marine. American
Roster information listed for William Watts Clendaniel
|Ship||Type||Rank / role||Attacked on||Boat|
|Delisle||Steam merchant||Master||19 Oct 1943||U-220|
When the steam merchant Delisle was sunk by a mine on 19 Oct 1943 Master William Watts Clendaniel was pinned down by one of the booms of the foremast, which had crashed onto the bridge. The master had a wooden leg and they were able to get him free by releasing the leg. He was taken to a hospital in St.Johns, where he recovered from a contracted pneumonia. He could not go home to Baltimore, because artificial limbs were in short supply, due to the war. But amazing as it may seem, a young boy found his wooden leg, which had floated in onto the beach.
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