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Cdr. Benjamin Watkins Cloud, II, USN

Male 1889 - 1960  (71 years)


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  • Name Benjamin Watkins Cloud 
    Prefix Cdr. 
    Suffix II, USN 
    Born Jun 19, 1889  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census Jun 01, 1900  Atlantic City, Atlantic county, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census 1910  Wenonah, Gloucester county, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1930  Annapolis, Anne Arundel county, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Sep 12, 1960  Los Angeles county, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington county, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sec: 4, Site: 5576 LH
    Notes 
    • He was the commander of the first USS Tomahawk:
      "The first Tomahawk, to be so named by the Navy, was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1267) on 1 June 1943 by Marinship Corporation of Sausalito, California, launched on 10 October 1943, sponsored by Mrs. W. L, Kidneigh, and commissioned at Portland, Oregon, on 16 April 1944, Comdr. Benjamin Watkins Cloud in command."
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Tomahawk_%28AO-88%29
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      In May, 1942 he assumed command of a Army transport named the USS CHATEAU THIERRY (AP-31).  A U.S. citizen volunteer on that transport was famed sculptor Lawrence Tenney Stevens who crafted a plaque commemorating his time on the ship and the service it performed.  It was later cast in bronze and has a picture of Capt. Cloud, the ship and the inscription "Commemorating the voyage of Douglas Foreign Project 19 on the man of war U.S.S. CHATEAU THIERRY Departed Charleston South Carolina May 28, 1942 arriving Massaua Africa July 22, 1942 Dedicated to Captain Benjamin Watkins Cloud and his crew"
      The plaque is signed by Lawrence Tenney Stevens, Sculptor and is made by medalic art co. N.Y. (stamped) Bronze.
      The USS CHATEAU THIERRY was briefly commissioned into USN service for the express purpose of shuttling USAAF & Civilian personnel to Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland and also to East Africa in 1941-1942. These operations were approved by FDR to circumvent the neutrality act and aid Britain when they stood alone against the Axis prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1943 the transport was returned to Army service and converted to a Hospital ship.
      James Kepler Davis commanded the first expeditions & in 1942 he was succeeded by Captain Benjamin Watkins Cloud who led the Douglas Foreign Project 19 to East Africa. This mission was to set up an aircraft repair and replacement base for the British Army then fighting for it's life in Egypt prior to El Alamein.
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      Obituary:
      Services Due for Veteran of Two Wars
      Funeral services for Capt. Benjamin Cloud, USN Ret., a Pasadena resident for 13 years, will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Lamb Funeral Home in Pasadena.
      The 71-year-old Navy Veteran, who served on battleships in World War I and commanded an attack transport in World War II, died Monday in Arcadia.
      Captain Cloud, a member of the Pasadena Scottish Rite, is survived by his widow, Frances, 655 S. Madison Ave., Pasadena; one son, Alexander, New York; two daughters, Mary J. Burns, New York; and Joanne Stewart, Delaware, and two sisters, Launiz Ptetz, Georgia, and Elizabeth Cloud, New York.
      The New Jersey native was a member of the Christian Science Church in Pasadena, the High 12 Club, and the Heroes of '76.
      The Pasadena Star-News, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1960, p. 19
      The Pasadena Independent, Thursday, Sept. 15, 1960.
    Person ID I134954  mykindred
    Last Modified Feb 21, 2013 

    Father Howard Reed Cloud,   b. Jan 14, 1868, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Mother Lillie W. White,   b. Mar 1868, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.  
    Married Abt 1888 
    Family ID F44053  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Rosalie B. Benson,   b. Sep 1889, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1955, Wenonah, Gloucester county, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Married Abt 1909 
    • On 1930 census he is a boarder with the family of James T. Leatherbury, married at 19.
    Children 
     1. Alexander B. Cloud,   b. Nov 28, 1911, Gloucester county, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 04, 1992, Yarmouth Port, Barnstable county, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Mary J. Cloud,   b. Abt 1917, New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d.
     3. Joanne Cloud,   d.
    Family ID F61862  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Frances (__),   d.  
    Family ID F64699  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S4571] New Jersey Births & Christenings, 1660-1980.

    2. [S3961] 1900 US federal census, 1900 census, NJ, Atlantic, Atlantic City, ed 6, 2-B, 145, Virginia Ave.



  
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