I am looking for information of a murder on the U.S.S. Pittsburgh in January or February 1918 , the Victims name and also the names of the Sailors involved who were Court Martialed and transfered to the U.S.S. Cyclops Brig. Thank you

I am looking for information of a murder on the U.S.S. Pittsburgh in January or February 1918, the victim's name and also the names of the Sailors involved who were Court martialed and transfered  to the U.S.S. Cyclops Brig.   Thank you

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  • Scott,

    I have been searching via the web, (found many stories of the murder, some variants which are quite disgusting and pretty much mock the victim via nothing other than speculaton or rumor )as well as the archives and a couple other sites, and was able to find 4 of the men that were c/m'ed and were sent upon the Cyclops to return to their trip to the US for trial. As we all know, the Cyclops disappeared and was never heard from again March 1918, as report after report of her being a month overdue were in newspapers across the country in April of that year, with multiple searches performed without sadly finding a single trace of her, or her crew.

    A couple of the sites i went upon claimed there were 5 men set to go to trial, another stated that the actual murderer, (with the other 4 being his accomplices, was actually put to death/executed right upon the Cyclops before setting sail per order of their LT Comm.The lack of a name of the fifth person due for a C/M in Jan/Feb of 1918, a lack of proper or allotted information could all and has been discussed over and over again over the years from all that I read, just has further inflamed the stories and speculation that the execution did occur. But, even if it did, which was the right of the military to perform actually in those days, be it murder, desertion or other, if there is documentation out there confirming all of this, the records are either locked away in a vault of the Navy's, not to be seen unless there is a need.or purpose, or any official statements and docs of the sailor's murder etc went down with the ship. Need to know. The Navy's most cardinal law.

    The victim's name I have not found anywhere, and maybe that is best,; if I ever did find the name, I would not speak or state it. He suffered enough of hell here on this earth. his soul and memory are deserved of peace.

    The names of 4 of them (there were 3 sailors, and 2 members of the USMC that were to go to trial) that I did find per the C/M records of 1918, USS Pittsburgh to be sent to Cyclops for trial in NH or other, are:


    Pvt Thornton W Hill - USMC   

    Pvt Walter D Stamey - USMC

    Water Tender - Moss T. Whiteside

    Water Tender - Walter O. Wilson

    All 4 have Find a Grave profiles.

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  • Scott,

    I have been searching via the web, (found many stories of the murder, some variants which are quite disgusting and pretty much mock the victim via nothing other than speculaton or rumor )as well as the archives and a couple other sites, and was able to find 4 of the men that were c/m'ed and were sent upon the Cyclops to return to their trip to the US for trial. As we all know, the Cyclops disappeared and was never heard from again March 1918, as report after report of her being a month overdue were in newspapers across the country in April of that year, with multiple searches performed without sadly finding a single trace of her, or her crew.

    A couple of the sites i went upon claimed there were 5 men set to go to trial, another stated that the actual murderer, (with the other 4 being his accomplices, was actually put to death/executed right upon the Cyclops before setting sail per order of their LT Comm.The lack of a name of the fifth person due for a C/M in Jan/Feb of 1918, a lack of proper or allotted information could all and has been discussed over and over again over the years from all that I read, just has further inflamed the stories and speculation that the execution did occur. But, even if it did, which was the right of the military to perform actually in those days, be it murder, desertion or other, if there is documentation out there confirming all of this, the records are either locked away in a vault of the Navy's, not to be seen unless there is a need.or purpose, or any official statements and docs of the sailor's murder etc went down with the ship. Need to know. The Navy's most cardinal law.

    The victim's name I have not found anywhere, and maybe that is best,; if I ever did find the name, I would not speak or state it. He suffered enough of hell here on this earth. his soul and memory are deserved of peace.

    The names of 4 of them (there were 3 sailors, and 2 members of the USMC that were to go to trial) that I did find per the C/M records of 1918, USS Pittsburgh to be sent to Cyclops for trial in NH or other, are:


    Pvt Thornton W Hill - USMC   

    Pvt Walter D Stamey - USMC

    Water Tender - Moss T. Whiteside

    Water Tender - Walter O. Wilson

    All 4 have Find a Grave profiles.

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