Lest We Forget

Name: John Paul McMillian, Jr. War: World War II

Rank: Wiper (B23) Branch: U. S. Coast Guard

Unit: SS Gulfpenn

Circumstance: The SS Gulfpenn went down 30 miles from the entrance to the Mississippi River, at coordinates 28 degrees 29 minutes North – 89 degrees 12 minutes West - 295 miles from DeRidder, on a bearing of 117 degrees. John Paul McMillian Jr. worked as a "wiper" in the engine room when the SS Gulfpenn (an oil tanker) was hit by the torpedo, fired by the German submarine 506. The ship sank by the stern in five minutes The Gulfpenn was an oil tanker bound for Philadelphia from Port Arthur.

Date born: August 05, 1917

Place born: Merryville, LA

Date died: May 13, 1942

How died: Killed in action

Place died: Gulf of Mexico

Place buried: Lost at sea

Home place: Paul McMillian Road

School(s): Merryville High School and Southwestern La. Institute (now USL) where his name is on a plaque

Affiliations: Calvary Baptist Church in Merryville

Interests: Hunting

Spouse: None

Children: None

Parents: John Paul McMillian & Cordelia McMillian

Siblings: Ray – William – Virgie Marze – Myra Cryar – Betty Cole

Comment: USCG members have “equivalent military active duty under P.L. 95-202”

Well-documented information provided by: His brother Ray McMillian

Date printed: October 24, 2002

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