Don Isidro USAT

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Title

Don Isidro USAT

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Unit History

Don Isidro was under a time charter with the United States Army and was operating as a transport during the Japanese invasion of the Philippines. She was successful in running a blockade and under her captain Rafael J. Cisnero, Don Isidro became involved in the 19 February 1942 Japanese attack on Darwin. Though she was not in the harbour she was strafe bombed and remained off Bathurst Island, burning, with all lifeboats destroyed. The captain attempted to make land when she became grounded about three miles off Melville Island to which the survivors swam. Of the sixty-seven crew and sixteen soldiers aboard eleven of the crew and one soldier were killed or missing. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Warrnambool and taken to Darwin where they were treated at the hospital and later awaited orders at the 147 Field Artillery camp.

Parent Unit

De La Rama Steamship Company

Locations

Bathurst Island

Dates

Bathurst Island 19 February 1942

Nation

Philippines

Service

Merchant Navy

Branch

Transport

Files

Collection

Citation

“Don Isidro USAT,” Northern Territory Library, accessed October 23, 2019, http://www.ntlexhibit.nt.gov.au/items/show/1944.

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