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Sterling Franklin REED

Male 1906 - 1942  (35 years)


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  • Name Sterling Franklin REED 
    Born 11 Oct 1906  Lost Creek, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1910, 1920  Grant District, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1930  Centerville District, Tyler Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Also enumerated as a member of brother Harvey's household in Albemarle County, Virginia.
    Military (ENLISTED 4/20/1942) 
    Able Seaman, Merchant Marines (killed when ship David McKelvy torpedoed by German U-boat) 
    • Military news item, undated:

      "The files of the Merchant Marine Personnel Records and Welfare Section show Sterling Franklin Reed, born 11th of October, 1906, in Lost Creek, West Virginia, obtained Seaman's documents necessary for employment on merchant vessels of the United States on July 7, 1941.

      "He signed on the S.S. David McKelvy, operated by Tidewater Associated Oil Company, as able seaman on April 20th, 1942, at Baltimore, Md. This vessel was lost through enemy action on May 14th, 1942, and as a result of the casualty Mr. Reed was presumed lost and reported missing by the Commandant, R. H. Farinholt, Lt.U.S.C.G.R.(T).

      "Sterling Reed was the son of Clarence E. and Anna Garrison Reed, who operated a hotel in West Union for several years; his wife was Ethel Lenore Cumberledge Reed and resides in Clarksburg at this time. They had no children."

      http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/person/2055.html
      http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/1653.html
    Died 14 May 1942  Gulf of Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I79503  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 19 Jul 2018 

    Father Clarence Ewell REED,   b. 25 Jan 1876, Rockford (Lost Creek), Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1938, Clarksburg, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother Anna GARRISON,   b. 6 May 1879,   d. 4 Dec 1957, Parkersburg, Wood Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 20 Nov 1901  Clarksburg, Harrison Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F34015  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ethyl Lenora CUMBERLEDGE,   b. 10 Jun 1919, Shirley, Tyler Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1985  (Age 66 years) 
    Family ID F34017  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Oct 1906 - Lost Creek, Harrison Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    S.S. David McKelvy
    S.S. David McKelvy

    Documents
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    79503_REED_SterlingFranklin_MissingInAction_WestUnionHerald_28May1942.jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S2113] 1910 Census, Harrison County, WV.