Woodbury County

Everette E. Goodwin



Everette E. Goodwin Victim of Accident While at Sea

Sloan, Ia.,--Special: Everette Eugene Goodwin, seaman first class, has been reported killed in an accident at sea by the Navy department, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Goodwin of Sloan.

According to an Associated Press dispatch Monday night, Seaman Goodwin was one of 11 men who died as the result of the collision of an American freighter and an allied tanker in a heavy fog off the Massachusetts coast. Goodwin, a member of the navy gun crew of the freighter, was the only navy death. There were 14 missing and 35 survivors of the crash.

Both ships caught fire after the collision, but the flames were extinguished. The freighter proceeded to its destination. The tanker was towed into a nearby port.

His widow, Mrs. Marcella Goodwin, was advised that her husband had died in the naval hospital at Newport News, RI.

Seaman Goodwin, an armed guard on a merchant marine ship, saw action in several theaters of war. Although he had been in the service in 1940, and later received a medical discharge, he was called back in June, 1944.

He was born in Sloan in 1922 and was graduated from Sloan high school. The body is being returned to Sloan for burial.

Survivors besides his parents, include his widow, Marcella, formerly of Sioux City, and now employed in Gulfport, Miss.; two sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Hughes of California and Mrs. Irene Murphy, Woodland, Wash.; two brothers, Wayne Goodwin of Lawton, Ia., and Orville Goodwin, jr., fireman first class, who is home on a 35-day leave spending 19 months on the Aleutians.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, April 17, 1945 (photo included)