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Roeterink, Johan Bernard

Date of birth:
February 18th, 1894 (Winterswijk, the Netherlands)
Nationality:
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)

Biography

Johan Bernard Roeterink was born on February 18th, 1894, as the son to Gerrit Jan Roeterink and Geertruida Stoltenborg. He married Margaretha Elisabeth ter Borg on November 22nd, 1918. The couple had four children.

Johan Bernard Roeterink was master in the Merchant Navy. He was torrpedoed in the English Channel on December 7th, 1939 by U 47 under the command of Günther Prien, when sailing with the Tajandoen of NV Stoomvaart Maatschappij Nederland (SMN). On August 24th, 1942 he once again was torpedoed, this time with Moena (SMN). Moena was torpedoed in the Atlantic Ocean, 100 miles of the Island Barbados, by U 162 under command of Jürgen Wattenberg.
On September 6th, 1945, Captain Roeterink was the first Captain with a ship from SMN to return to the Netherlands, the Tarakan.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitein (Captain)
Unit:
Gezagvoerder Koopvaardij
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1947
Reason:
"As commanding officer in the Dutch Merchant Navy, for over two years he has courageously and with policy commanded his ship, constantly in in chance of grave danger by enemy war efforts."
Royal Decree No. 7, dated September 18th, 1947.
Kruis van Verdienste (KV)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitein (Captain)
Unit:
Gezagvoerder Koopvaardij
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1956
Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)
Awarded with the clasps “Oorlogsdienst Koopvaardij 1940-1945”, “Middellandse Zee 1940-1945” and “Oost-Azië – Zuid-Pacific 1942-1945”.
Nr. 27014.

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