Norway Honors Sailors Fallen During World Wars I and II.

On May 8, at the Memorial to the Norwegian Sailors Fallen during World Wars I and II located, since 1926, in the coastal town of Stavern, four new memorial plaques were unveiled to honor foreign sailors killed on Norwegian ships during the second world  conflagration. One of them was the Cuban JOSÉ LINO ORAMAS, born in 1909 in the city of Matanzas, who joined the Norwegian Merchant Navy on a date undetermined. He worked as a galley boy aboard the Norwegian freighter "Bonneville". In March 1943, when the ship was sailing in a convoy from New York to Liverpool, England, it was torpedoed by a German submarine and sunk on March 9th. Lino Oramas was counted among the more than fifty victims of that sinking. The Committee responsible for the preservation of this national monument invited the diplomatic representations of the 18 countries that suffered human losses on Norwegian ships to witness the solemn remembrance ceremony for all sailors killed in both wars, and the unveiling of the bronze plaques with the names of each one of their citizens who died at sea.

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