George Lemak

George S. Lemak

In Honor of George S Lemak

The Beautiful Standard Oil Tanker - SS Esso Washington

My father, George Lemak passed away this week on May 22nd, 2004. 
This was an appropriate Day for him to leave us as May 22nd is
recognized as Maritime Day, and George spent half his life at

George was an honorable man who served in The Armed Guard as a
Gunner's Mate,  aboard the SS Lot Whitcomb, The SS Jacob Thompson,
the SS Robert L. Vann, which was sunk by enemy action just outside the 
English Channel on March 1st 1945.  After 16 days of survivor leave 
George returned to duty on the SS John W Powell where he
served until he was honorably discharged. 

After the war George worked as an AB (Able Bodied Seaman)out of
the San Francisco SUP Union Hall, primarily for Standard Oil.  

During his career as a merchant seaman George married and raised
five children.  He is survived by Alice, his wife of 52 years,
his five children, and 13 grandchildren, all of whom miss him

If anyone out there has any information or stories about The Robert
L. Vann and her crew or any of the other Liberty Ships George
served on I'd greatly appreciate hearing from you.  

I'd also appreciate hearing from any of George's former shipmates
from Standard Oil.  For Standard Oil, George sailed on the Washington
Standard,The California Standard, The R.C. Stoner, and several
other ships I can't recall. 

Please feel fre to email me with any comments or questions.

My email address is

God Bless and keep all sailors and their loved ones

Best Regards,
Charlie Lemak

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