Elsworth J. Bittmann held the rank of Utility Man and served on the SS Paul Hamilton, a liberty ship that was torpedoed by a German Submarine,on April 20, 1944 off of the Algerian coast enroute to Tunisa. It was carring High Explosive ordance and was blown up completely that there was little left. Your uncle was one of the 47 Merchant Crewman and there were also 29 Navy Armed Guard and 504 Army Air Force Personnel. No survivors. Hope this helps.