1940-1949 Torpedomen Part 2

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Page 2 — San Bernardino Sun 5 November 1941 — California Digital

https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SBS19411105.1.2

U.S. War Deaths in Atlantic Rise to 122

Frederick Arthur Bishop, torpedoman third class, Bayonne, N. J.

Charles Beacon Cox, chief torpedoman, Fort Worth, Texas.

William Alloysious Flynn, torpedoman second class, Philadelphia.

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'SAN BERNARDINO DAILY SUN, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1941 Tokyo Press Gives 'Last Chance Peace Plan . : .

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Chief Torpedoman Robert David Pickard

May 5, 1944, 2225(H): Anchored Exmouth Gulf. Doctor arrived aboard to examine Chief Torpedoman Robert David Pickard. Recommended that he be transferred to base for treatment.

Chief Pickard in charge of the after torpedo room on prior patrols and Chief of the Boat on this run was confined to his bunk with a high fever from an unknown ailment and the doctor wanted him moved ashore to the medical dispensary at the nearby base. Because of sea and wind conditions, the move was delayed until alongside the oil barge where the transfer to a small boat would be easier and safer.

http://www.jmlavelle.com/gunnel/patrol5.htm

U.S.S. Gunnel SS- 253 Fifth War Patrol

May 3, 1944 - July 4, 1944

On arrival Freemantle from the Fourth War Patrol, GUNNEL moored alongside the submarine tender USS Pelias and a relief crew reported aboard to conduct a two week refit while the regular crew were sent ashore for Rest and Recuperation at local R&R facilities. The crew were billeted at a vacation style hotel on the beach in North Freemantle, the officers in a facility on the outskirts of Perth, and skipper McCain accommodated at “Lucknow” a cottage reserved for submarine commanding officers recuperating after war patrol. All facilities, operated exclusively for the American submariners by Australian contractors, provided sumptious meals and a generous supply of refreshments including the world famous Swan beer. Best of all, there was no reveille, no mandatory routine – everyone was free to pursue own individual interests and leisure.

The first order of business after arrival ashore was “the great foot race” between Ensign “Buck Stevens” and Chief Podboy witnessed by throngs of Australian observers and American submarine crews. It was a close race won by Podboy, and finally settled old scores. For the next two weeks, all hands enjoyed the recreational facilities --- swimming, sightseeing tours of Freemantle and Perth and even hunting and fishing excursion beyond. But most popular were the parties and dances arranged by servicemen’s clubs and the American Red Cross. Many romances blossomed during this period just before GUNNEL sailed from Freemantle on the fifth war patrol....

....Statements from the Commanding Officer’s Report of Fifth War Patrol –with commentaries added.

May 3, 1944 1635(H): Underway in company with another submarine in accordance with CTG 71.1 Operation Order No. 51-44 dated 3 May 1944 for special reconnaisance in Sunda Strait and subsequent patrol in South China Sea.

Unknown to the crew, the GUNNEL was sailing under super-secret orders known only by the commanding officer. Earlier in the day, while alongside North Wharf at Freemantle, he had hurriedly returned aboard after being called to see V.Admiral Ralph Christie, Commander Submarines, Southwest Pacific. The admiral showed the CO an urgent ULTRA message from Fleet headquarters advising that a Japanese task force in the South China Sea was enroute Singapore for fueling and then expected to proceed south through Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra. Admiral Christie directed our skipper to get underway ASAP in company with the US submarine ANGLER and “by whatever means stop the Japanese warships from transiting the strait.” In response to McCain’s question if Gunnel could lay in wait just North of the strait and Angler to the South, the answer was an emphatic “no”. The shallow waters of the northern approaches were heavily mined except for a narrow channel the location of which was unknown to allied forces.

The two submarines were to proceed to Exmouth Gulf several hundred miles north of Freemantle and wait for further orders before going on to Sunda. McCain being the senior of the two skippers would be in tactical command during the operation.

May 5, 1944, 2225(H): Anchored Exmouth Gulf. Doctor arrived aboard to examine Chief Torpedoman Robert David Pickard. Recommended that he be transferred to base for treatment.

The anchorage was less than a mile offshore in 30 fathoms of water. An Australian Army encampment on the beach housed a small US naval detachment headed by Lieutenant Welford USN which provided fuel to transiting allied submarines in need of a “pit stop”.

Chief Pickard in charge of the after torpedo room on prior patrols and Chief of the Boat on this run was confined to his bunk with a high fever from an unknown ailment and the doctor wanted him moved ashore to the medical dispensary at the nearby base. Because of sea and wind conditions, the move was delayed until alongside the oil barge where the transfer to a small boat would be easier and safer.

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Francis Henry Dennis - Prisoner of War Record

http://wwii-pows.mooseroots.com/l/64477/Francis-Henry-Dennis

Held in Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) near Shinjuku, Japan

Francis Henry Dennis was a Torpedoman, Second Class in the Navy during World War II. Francis was captured by Imperial Japan while serving in the Philippine Islands, and was sent to Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku) near Shinjuku, Japan where 2,353 other American POWs were held. Francis' capture was first reported to the International Committee of the Red Cross on May 6, 1942, and the last report was made on September 26, 1945. Based on these two reports, Francis was imprisoned for at least 1,239 days (3 years and ~6 months), one of the longest durations of captivity recorded. Ultimately, Francis was returned to military control, liberated or repatriated.

Personal Details

Name Francis Henry Dennis

Race White

State of Residence California

Service Details Torpedoman, Second Class Rating of Torpedoman, Second Class

Rank Torpedoman, Second Class

Military Branch Navy ]Arm or Service United States Navy

Serial Number 3757188

Capture Details

Theater of War Southwest Pacific

Capture Country Philippine Islands

Detaining Power Imperial Japan

Internment Camp Tokyo POW Camp (Shinjuku)

First Report May 6, 1942

Last Report September 26, 1945

Days in Captivity 1,239

Status Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated

Source of Report Individual has been reported through sources considered official

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Pasqual Mignon, Torpedoman

Pasqual Mignon, a torpedoman, shot down the first Japanese plane downed in the attack, the first kill of WWII.

https://maritime.org/doc/subsinpacific.htm

U.S. PACIFIC SUBMARINES IN WORLD WAR II", by William P. Gruner is a summary of the U.S. submarine war in the Pacific. It was written by William P. "Bud" Gruner Jr., class of 1935 in the US Naval Academy who eventually commanded USS SKATE during WW II.

Richard Pekelney Webmaster

Patrol and Other Highlights

Moments of excitement, elation, boredom, fright and outright terror occurred during submarine war patrols. A very few of the memorable events that occurred are listed below. The name of the Commanding or responsible officer follows the name of the submarine.

TAUTOG (Duty. Officer, Barney Sieglaff) was moored at the Submarine Base, Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. Sieglaff directed the manning of a .50 cal. machine gun. Pasqual Mignon, a torpedoman, shot down the first Japanese plane downed in the attack, the first kill of WWII.

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New Hampshire Gave Their All WW II Rockingham County

http://russpickett.com/history/nhrock.htm 

Barton, Edward John Chief Torpedoman's Mate

Barton, Edward John - SS PH - Admiralty Islands

Chief Torpedoman's Mate

U.S.S. Triton

Navy

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Missing In Action Mar. 15, 1943

Manila American Cemetery Philippines

Online Memorial

" Yes " Cenotaph

Laderbush, George Robert Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

Laderbush, George Robert - PH - Balabac Strait

Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

U.S.S. Flier

Navy

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Missing In Action August 13, 1944

Manila American Cemetery Philippines

Online Memorial

" Yes "

Cenotaph

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New Hampshire Gave Their All WW II Rockingham County

http://russpickett.com/history/nhrock.htm 

Barton, Edward John Chief Torpedoman's Mate

Barton, Edward John - SS PH - Admiralty Islands

Chief Torpedoman's Mate

U.S.S. Triton

Navy

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Missing In Action Mar. 15, 1943

Manila American Cemetery Philippines

Online Memorial

" Yes " Cenotaph

Laderbush, George Robert Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

Laderbush, George Robert - PH - Balabac Strait

Torpedoman's Mate Second Class

U.S.S. Flier

Navy

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Missing In Action August 13, 1944

Manila American Cemetery Philippines

Online Memorial

" Yes "

Cenotaph

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New Hampshire World War II Casualties Buried Overseas: Surnames A-C

Sailors Rest Your Oars

May They Rest In Peace

http://nhgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-hampshire-world-war-ii-casualties.html

Edward J. Barton

Chief Torpedoman's Mate, U.S. Navy

Service # 2068261

United States Navy

Entered the Service from: New Hampshire

Died: 9-Oct-44

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery

Manila, Philippines

Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

Frederick R. Bockman

Torpedoman's Mate, Third Class, U.S. Navy

Service # 8067179

United States Naval Reserve

Entered the Service from: New Hampshire

Died: 6-Apr-45

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial

Honolulu, Hawaii

Awards: Purple Heart

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TM2 (SS) Marshall Satterwhite USN

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https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Satterwhite-1818

Marshall Satterwhite USN (1918 - 1943)

Born 2 Dec 1918 in Lovelady, Houston County, Texas

ANCESTORS ancestors

Son of Joseph Mitchell Satterwhite and Lizzie Josephine (Robertson) Satterwhite

Brother of Davie Guy Satterwhite [half], Joseph Clyde Satterwhite [half], Nannie Mae Satterwhite [half], Mary Arrena Satterwhite, Caesar Mitchell Satterwhite and Ella Satterwhite

Husband of Victoria Louise (Martineau) Gebhart — married 3 Jun 1943 in New Hampshiremap

Died 28 Sep 1943 in USS Cisco (SS290) (Submarine) sunk in Sulu Sea west of Mindanao

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Categories: Roll of Honor | Killed in Action, United States of America, World War II.

TM2 (SS) Marshall Satterwhite USN was Killed in Action during World War II.

Marshall Satterwhite USN is a Military Veteran.

Served in the United States Navy from 1940 to 1943 attaining Petty Officer Second Class.

Submarine Service WWII, KIA aboard USS Cisco SS-290.

Biography

TM2 Marshall Satterwhite, USN WWII b. 2 Dec 1918 d. 28 Sep 1943. Petty Officer Second Class Torpedoman. Marker placed in American Cemetery Manila, Philippines. USS Cisco (SS290) (Submarine) sunk in Sulu Sea west of Mindanao. His sub was attacked by Japanese aircraft and surface ships. Some of this information provided by: Rosemary Satterwhite Monferdini and her Daughter Carole Monferdini, contact with Carole’s Brother Gary Walton Monferdini has also been made: The receipt of this information was very gratifying; the parentage of TM2 Marshall Satterwhite USN, on eternal patrol aboard submarine USS Cisco WWII has been found. In 1940 census he was in USN, San Diego, CA. He m. 3 June 1943, Victoria Louise Martineau-Grenier (Her second marriage) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire while he was in Submarine School in New London, CT. May his sacrifice never be forgotten.

The USS Cisco was launched on 24 December 1942, sailed from Panama, 7 August 1943 for Brisbane, Australia, arriving 1 September to assume local patrol duties, until 18 September, when she docked at Darwin for repair of a leaking propeller shaft oil seal. She put out on her first war patrol 20 September, but never returned. Japanese records tell of sighting a submarine leaking oil (This oil leak made the Cisco unable to conceal itself from the enemy) on 28 September in an area where Cisco is known to have been the only submarine then operating. Japanese records state this submarine was sunk by bombs and depth charges. Cisco is thus presumed to have been lost in action 28 September 1943. The only survivor from the crew was Chief Radioman Howell B. Rice (USN ret.), who was taken sick in Darwin and sent ashore to the Navy hospital prior to Cisco's final voyage.

Japanese records state that the submarine was attacked by Type 97 "Kate" attack bombers of the 954 Naval Air Squadron and the riverboat Karatsu (originally the U.S. Navy gunboat USS Luzon (PR-7), captured by Japanese forces and put to work against her former owners.

THE PORTSMOUTH HERALD, PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 16, 1944, FRONT PAGE

MISSING IN ACTION Two Portsmouth men in submarine service have been listed as missing in action, according to navy department communiques received by their families yesterday.

Raymond Grenier was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Grenier of 10 Willey street, Rochester. He has two children, Shirley, 9, and Clifford, 6. Grenier and Mrs. Satterwhite were divorced last June. Her second husband, MARSHALL SATTERWHITE, 25, navy torpedoman, second class, was reported lost last Nov. 15, when the submarine Cisco was reported overdue and missing.

USN casualty record: SATTERWHITE, Marshall, TM2, 3600751, USN, from Texas, USS Cisco, location China Seas, missing, date of loss November 6, 1943 (pm) + SATTERWHITE, Marshall, TM2c, USN, Cisco SS-290, believed September 28, 1943 (nm) + SATTERWHITE, Marshall, Torpedoman's Mate Second Class, 3600751, USN, from Texas, 1946 (WW2), Manila American Cemetery (bm) + SATTERWHITE, Marshall, Torpedoman’s Mate 2c, USN. Wife, Mrs. Victoria Louise Satterwhite, 107 State St., Portsmouth, NH

Sources

Wikipedia and Satterwhite Family history, posted by D. Marshall Satterwhite.

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Jack Kenneth Nash

Sailor Rest Your Oar

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http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/nash-j-k.htm

On Eternal Patrol - Lost Submariners of World War II

Presentation WWII

WWII Boats

Jack Kenneth Nash

Purple Heart Prisoner of War Medal

Rank/Rate Chief Torpedoman's Mate

Service Number 368 11 89

Birth Date September 2, 1909

From Bozeman, Montana

Decorations Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal

Ship USS Canopus (AS-9)

Date of Death October 24, 1944

Location Aboard the Hellship Arisan Maru

Circumstances Died when Arisan Maru, transporting Allied Prisoners of War from the Philippines to Japan, was sunk by USS Shark (SS-314)

Remarks Jack was born in Livingston, Montana.

Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer.

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ANDERSON, VICTOR JOHN

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http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?132320

USS Flier (SS-250) (+1944)

about the loss

cause lost: mine

date lost: 13/08/1944 [dd/mm/yyyy]

casualties: † max.80rank: 594

ANDERSON, VICTOR JOHN , Torpedoman's Mate (no. 3117567),

USS Flier, †13/08/1944, [Family] Mother, Mrs. Ann Anderson, 2340 Cherry St., Box 442, Keego Harbor, Mich. [Location] Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss August 13, 1944, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

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Roger Eugene Eagan

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http://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=22664  

Service Details

NAME Roger Eugene Eagan

SERVICE # 6184070

STATE Colorado

CITY Denver

COUNTY Denver

BORN 09-26-1918

CASUALTY 04-03-1943

WAR World War II

SERVICE Navy

SPECIALTY Torpedoman's Mate Third Class

RANK Petty Officer Third Class

UNIT USS Pickerel (SS-177)

LOCATION Off Honshu, Japan

DETAILS Missing in action, Lost at sea, Probably sunk by depth charge attack

BURIAL Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii

AWARDS

Purple Heart

American Campaign Medal

World War II Victory Medal

Combat Action Ribbon

ADDITIONAL DETAILS - Roger was born in Longmont, Colorado.

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Wilson, James Hanger, TM2c

Sailor Rest Your Oar

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https://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=562517

Fallen

Service Details

Last Rank Torpedoman 2nd Class

Last Primary Designator/NEC TM-0000-Torpedoman's Mate

Last Rating/NEC Group Torpedoman's Mate

Primary Unit 1942-1943, TM-0000, USS Grayling (SS-209)

Service Years 1942 - 1943

TM-Torpedoman's Mate

Personal Details

Home State Colorado

Year of Birth 1922

This Military Service Page was created/owned by William Cooper (Bill), OS2 to remember Wilson, James Hanger, TM2c.

Home Town Denver

Last Address Not Specified

Casualty Date Sep 09, 1943

Cause Hostile, Died

Reason Lost At Sea-Unrecovered

Location South China Sea

Conflict USS Grayling (SS-209)

Location of Interment Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines Wall/Plot Coordinates

Courts of the Missing

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World War 2 - STATE SUMMARY OF U.S. NAVY, COAST GUARD and MARINE CORPS CASUALTIES, DIED and MISSING*

Sailors Rest Your Oars

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http://www.naval-history.net/WW2UScasStateColorado.htm

COLORADO in name order ABEYTA to ZIDAN

ROGERS, James Phillip, Torpedoman’s Mate 3c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Garland James Rogers, Route 1, Fort Lupton, Colo.

STROMSOE, Harold Arvid, Chief Torpedoman’s Mate, USN. Wife, Mrs. Yvonne Stromrose, 1800 Bellaire St., Denver, Colo.

UDICK, Raymond Vincent, Torpedoman’s Mate 1c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Frederick Udick, 625 Grand Ave., Las Animas, Colo.

WILSON, James Hanger, Torpedoman’s Mate 2c, USN. Mother, Mrs. Nell Hanger Wilson, 2401 So. University, Denver, Colo.

ZEA, Calvin Kenneth, Torpedoman’s Mate 3c, USNR. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Near Zea, 2432 King St., Denver, Colo.

ZEILER, Jerry Hollice, Jr., Torpedoman’s Mate 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry H. Zeiler, Sr., Del Norte, Colo.

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HAL H. DUPUY

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http://www.purplehearts.net/id7.html

Torpedoman 3rd Class Hal H. Dupuy served aboard the submarine USS Shark (SS-314). The Shark failed to return from her third war patrol. She was officially listed as missing in action on November 7. 1944.

The Shark 's last contact was made with the USS Seadragon on October 24th, when she stated she had made contact with a single freighter and was preparing to attack. A short time later the Japanese Hellship Arisan Maru, carrying 1800 American Prisoners of war, was sunk by a torpedo from an American submarine. No other submarine reported this attack, and it can only be assumed that the Shark made the attack on the Arisan Maru, and perished during or after the attack.

Dupuy was from Duncan, Oklahoma.

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Torpedoman’s Mates James Francis Peder Cahl and Joseph Lia

Midway

Torpedoman’s Mates James Francis Peder Cahl and Joseph Lia (the latter of whom, by one account, had not even been assigned to the little task force but had gotten permission to go on deck for fresh air and tagged along ) had gotten to the anchor gear at the nose of the boat when an officer on the deck called the group back. Cahl and Lia didn’t hear him. The other men were headed back toward the conning tower when a huge wave broke over the bow. Lia managed to maintain his grip on the cable safety railing. Cahl, who had only one hand free for that task — he’d been carrying a wrench in the other — and Seaman Clyde Gerber were swept overboard.

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http://www.ussmacaw.org/voyage/midway/

Midway, true to its name, sits about halfway between Asia and North America....

...In 1935 Pan American Airways moved in. Midway became a refueling stop, complete with a 45-room hotel on Sand Island, for Pan Am’s Flying Clipper service to Asia.

As war clouds loomed, construction of a naval air base began at Midway in March 1940. It was commissioned August 1, 1941. Japanese destroyers shelled Midway on December 7 while the bulk of their fleet was raining destruction on Pearl Harbor. Midway was a sideshow that day, but six months later the Japanese were back, and this time Midway was their primary objective.

Midway-Atoll

Midway, within a year or so before the battle. The view is from the east, with Eastern Island in the foreground, Sand Island in the background, the channel between them, and surf breaking on the encircling reef....

...Paul Burton had been to Midway three times in the thirteen months before the Macaw arrived there, in December 1942 and January and February 1943, all three times in the capacity of executive officer aboard the USS Tarpon (SS-175), a submarine under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Lincoln Wogan.

The first of those visits had not gone entirely smoothly. The Tarpon arrived there amid rain squalls and rough seas on the morning of December 10, 1942, at the end of an already disappointing war patrol, her fifth, and ran aground by the mouth of the entrance channel.

USS-Tarpon-(SS-175)

She did not run hard aground. She was able to back herself off with minor damage — nothing expected to delay her return to action.

Burton handled navigation duties aboard the Tarpon, but if he played any role in the December 10 grounding, Wogan, in an addendum he wrote to the fifth-patrol report, made no mention of it. The bigger setback of that patrol was a botched attack on a Japanese convoy. Burton was off duty when they encountered it, so it seems unlikely he bore any of the blame for their failure to inflict any confirmed damage on it.

Tarpon’s sixth patrol, from January 10 to Feb 25, 1943, was far more successful. By tonnage, it was the second-highest-scoring submarine patrol of the war to that point. For Burton, it was his last.

Thomas Lincoln Wogan

Burton and Wogan had much in common. Both were Naval Academy graduates — Wogan was class of 1930, Burton 1933 — both from the Philadelphia area, both married, both fathers, and both of their fathers had been career military officers, Wogan’s in the Navy, Burton’s in the Marines.

But apparently they had differences as well. Two weeks after the patrol ended — again at Midway — Wogan wrote to Rear Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, Jr., commander of the Pacific fleet’s submarine force, taxing Burton with “lack of judgment, indecision, inaccuracy, and an unfortunate personal manner which does not inspire confidence in either his superior officers or his subordinates” and recommending that his designation as qualified for command of submarines — and for service aboard them in any capacity — be revoked.

It was. Within another two weeks, on March 21, Burton was detached from the Tarpon and assigned to the command of the USS Macaw, then being fitted out at the shipyard of her builder, Moore Dry Dock Company, at the foot of Adeline Street in Oakland.

That was how Paul Burton came to the Macaw. As an officer of a submarine rescue vessel, he was still technically in the submarine force, but in all but that technical sense he’d been thrown out of it. Submarine rescue vessels have more in common with tugboats than with submarines. Despite the theoretical step up in the chain of command, from second in command of one vessel to command of another, his new assignment was in fact a humiliating demotion. He had been banished. At the end of his reply to his notice of revocation, he wrote:

After all is said and done I feel toward my submarine duty as the little lad must feel whose ice cream cone slips into the filth of the street on a hot summer day. Nothing was more cherished, and yet spoiled with such finality.
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The Macaw arrived at Midway without incident January 8, 1944, and was in the lagoon there about 0230 on the afternoon of January 16 when she received word that a submarine, USS Flier (SS-250), Lieut. Cmdr. John Daniel Crowley in command, had run aground about where the Tarpon had thirteen months before, by the entrance to the harbor channel. Within about fifteen minutes, the Macaw was under way, Capt. Joseph A. Connolly, the commanding officer of the Naval Operating Base at Midway, on board, on the bridge alongside Burton. As she emerged from the channel, they found that the Flier had run aground backward, with her stern pinned to the coral reef about 100 yards east of the channel entrance and her bow pointing more or less south, out to sea.

It was standard procedure at Midway, foul weather or fair, for a harbor pilot to board an incoming submarine and guide the craft through the narrow entrance channel, which is lined with coral and subject to currents, including one that typically sweeps across the entrance from west to east. As the Flier approached that day, a harbor pilot started out toward her aboard a motor launch, but whoever was in charge of it apparently thought better of tempting fate amid the swells and turned back. A yard tug, YT188, then came out in its stead and, after trying and failing to get a message to the Flier by bullhorn, signaled by semaphore, “Follow me.”....

....It was a dangerous position to be in. On the Navy’s 0-to-7 State of Sea scale, on which 0 represents calm, conditions at Midway that day rated a 6. The seas were rolling in from the southwest. The Flier, about the length of a football field, pivoted on her perch on the coral near her stern and swung at her bow through an arc of about 50 degrees as the huge waves smashed into her and Crowley and his crew fought to keep her heading into them. If they failed — if she turned broadside to the surf — she could roll, entombing her crew.

The Macaw dropped anchor about 200 yards windward of the Flier and set about trying to get a messenger — a line with which to begin hauling successively bigger lines and ultimately a towing wire — to the submarine.

A motor launch (apparently the same one that had reconsidered the wisdom of delivering the harbor pilot) was pressed into service — Connolly summoned it — to tow the buoyed messenger toward the submarine and release it close enough to float it to the stricken craft. The Macaw managed to get the messenger to the launch by means of a line-throwing gun, but the launch lost steerageway amid the huge seas and almost capsized. Connolly called for YT188, the yard tug, to convey the line, but when she approached, or tried to, and he saw how badly the tug and various other smaller craft on hand were struggling amid the enormous swells, he decided using them any further would be courting disaster and retracted his order.....

...They drew in what remained of that chain, weighed the port anchor and proceeded back up the channel at 15 knots, the ship yawing badly amid heavy following seas. About 1612 the ship rose on one such swell and landed on the reef at the entrance to the channel, on the east side of it, about 75 yards west of the Flier. William A. Dunn, the gunnery officer, later recalled the ship bouncing three distinct times before settling. After the first bounce, Burton ordered full speed ahead, left full rudder, hoping to clear the reef. About two and a half minutes later, that strategy having failed, he ordered full speed astern. That failed too. The ship was stuck.

USS FLIER and USS MACAW JAN 1944

USS Flier and USS Macaw aground at Midway, January 1944. The current from the entrance channel is clearly visible beyond the Macaw....

On Saturday afternoon, as black clouds loomed in the southwest, the Flier was hauled free at last by the USS Clamp (ASR-33), a salvage and rescue vessel not unlike the Macaw but a little smaller, and the Gaylord, a privately owned derrick barge, inspected, deemed seaworthy and taken under tow by the USS Florikan, one of the Macaw’s sister ships, for Pearl Harbor.

The Macaw remained stuck. She would stay that way for four weeks, during which the Clamp made three attempts to free her. The weather, the coral or a combination of the two defeated every one. Hauling wires snagged on coral heads or carried away. Pumps failed. The McCann submarine rescue chamber — a ten-ton, roughly pear-shaped diving bell designed to be lowered over the hatch of a sunken submarine and brought back up with her crew — tore loose from its deck mount amid a gale shortly after midnight on January 25 and floated off toward Eastern Island, leaving a five-inch gash in the deck and flooding in the crew’s quarters....

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Raymond Russell Reilly

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http://www.hnn.navy.mil/Archives/010126/seabeemem_0126.htm

IN MEMORIAM

Photographs of the Nissan Island cemetery show far more graves than we have accounted for. Most of those listed below died in plane crashes over water or enemy territory and their bodies were never recovered. On the other hand, there are no listings of those who died of natural causes: malaria being a common predator of troops and natives alike. Interesting, there is also no mention of the inevitable results of some 20,000 men and an arsenal crammed onto a steamy island.

The Seabees saw their second airstrip christened in blood; even as they were completing it, a heavily damaged Liberator attempted a landing, but crashed and disintegrated.

The number of Japanese who died in the Green Islands is unknown. Many leapt over the cliffs to avoid being captured and their bodies were washed out to sea. Bob Conner saw remains along the beaches during his roamings.

Many of those buried on remote islands were transferred to Punchbowl cemetery in Hawaii after the war.

Raymond Russell Reilly USNR, torpedo man’s mate second class (MISSING)

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USS Shaw (DD-373)

http://www.burekfamily.com/content/other/Shaw/Walt%20Burek%201940.htm

Sailors manning the ship's forward quad torpedo tubes, at Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, on 8 July 1942.


The men are (from left to right):
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Hollinsworth;
Torpedoman 1st Class D.E. McInner;
Torpedoman 2nd Class D. Gaines; and
Torpedoman 3rd Class W.R. Higgen.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Howard Marion Bullard

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http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/bullard-h-m.htm 

On Eternal Patrol - Lost Submariners of World War II

Rank/Rate Torpedoman's Mate, Second Class

Service Number 610 27 79

Birth Date October 18,1920

From Manette, Washington

Submarine USS S-28 (SS-133)

Loss Date July 4, 1944

Location Off Hawaii

Circumstances Foundered during training

Remarks Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois.

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USS Hadley Memorial Website

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http://usshadey.net/kia/

Killed in Action

“When you go home, tell them of us and say For their tomorrow, we gave our today”

Shipmates killed in action on 11 May, 1945 (Exceptions as Noted)

Worley S. Markland

Torpedoman Second Class Burial at Sea

Service No. 640-41-15

New 07-01-17

Joseph Negri, torpedo man aboard USS Alywin

http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20161206/pearl-harbor-oral-history-by-local-veterans-who-survived-attack  

Joseph Negri, of Groton, was a torpedo man aboard USS Alywin, moored at Pearl Harbor.

“At 8 a.m., the coxswain came over the bo’s-wain pipe and said, ‘We’re being bombed by the Japs and that’s no bull.’ We went straight to the depth charges and disarmed them before we got blown up. (The shrapnel) was so heavy, it was like rain.”

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Torpedo Man's Mate Boston Is Honored in Pearl Harbor for Saving Ammunition With Group

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9F04E5DE123CEE3BBC4852DFB0668388659EDE&legacy=true

From Tender

By Telephone to THE NEW YORK TIMES. ();June 10, 1943, Section , Page 5, Column

PEARL HARBOR, June 9 -- While Bataan and Corregidor were fighting desperately during their last days a band of Navy torpedo-men from the submarine tender Canopus braved bombs and shell fire to transport the ship's torpedoes to a tunnel in Corregidor. One of their number, a 42-year-old former cowboy from Elizabeth, Col., told the story of these heroes here today.

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Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Surnames G

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http://www.interment.net/data/us/hi/oahu/honolulu-memorial-records-g.htm

GPS: 21.313701, -157.847564

2177 Puowaina Drive

Honolulu, HI 96813

Published: Jun 5, 2016

Names and records published here were acquired from the American Battle Monuments Commission on June 5, 2016.

Galli, Walter O., Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: New York, d. 7-Jan-1946

Gannon, Bernard A., Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
United States Naval Reserve, U.S. Navy, World War II, State: New York, d. 28-May-1945

Garrison, Robert L., Torpedoman's Mate Second Class
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Ohio, d. 14-Jan-1946

Giaimo, Anthony, Chief Torpedoman's Mate
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Illinois, d. 2-Jun-1945

Gipson, Veldean, Torpedoman's Mate Second Class
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Missouri, d. 4-Jan-1946

Graham, Merritt D., Chief Torpedoman's Mate
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Kentucky, d. 2-Aug-1943

Graham, Robert N., Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
United States Naval Reserve, U.S. Navy, World War II, State: New York, d. 6-Dec-1945

Greenhalgh, Joseph F., Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
United States Naval Reserve, U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Pennsylvania, d. 18-Jan-1946

Gregory, James L., Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Ohio, d. 17-Jan-1946

Grisham, Sidney E., Chief Torpedoman's Mate
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Texas, d. 9-Jan-1946

Gross, Mathias, Torpedoman's Mate Second Class
United States Naval Reserve, U.S. Navy, World War II, State: New Jersey, d. 5-May-1946

Gruber, Wilfred T., Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
United States Naval Reserve, U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Illinois, d. 21-Feb-1945

Guess, Hyram P., Chief Torpedoman's Mate
U.S. Navy, World War II, State: California, d. 4-Jan-1946

Gutterman, Bernard, Torpedoman's Mate Third Class
United States Naval Reserve, U.S. Navy, World War II, State: Ohio, d. 11-Apr-1945

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NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive
 

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http://www.navsource.org/archives/11/02047.htm

Pigeon (ASR 6)

Call sign (1924):

Nan - Item - King - Fox

ex-Minesweeper No. 47

Call sign (1919):

George - Boy - Dog - Vice

Sunk 4 May 1942

Lapwing Class Minesweeper:

Laid down 15 June 1918 by the Baltimore Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, Maryland

Launched 29 January 1919

Commissioned USS Pigeon (Minesweeper No. 47), 15 July 1919

Designated AM-47, 17 July 1920

Decommisisoned 25 April 1922 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Recommissioned 13 October 1923

Reclassified a Submarine Rescue Ship, ASR-6, 12 September 1929

Sunk 4 May 1942 by a Japanese dive bomber off Corregidor, Philippines.

Specifications:

Displacement 950 t.(lt) 1,009 t.(fl)

Length 187' 10"

Beam 35' 6"

Draft 9' 9"

Speed 14 kts.

Complement 72

Armament: One 11-pounder and two machine guns

World War II - Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts and two 20mm gun mounts
Propulsion: One 1,400shp Harlan and Hollingsworth, vertical triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.

Chief Torpedoman John Vieira



Undergoing refloating operations after she ran aground during a typhoon at Tsingtao, China, September 1939. Short range battle targets are hung amidships.
Collection of Chief Torpedoman John Vieira, USN (Retired).
U.S. Navy photo NH 99696

New 06-29-17

USS HUDSON DD475 PHOTO ALBUM

http://bobrosssr.tripod.com/475photoalbum.html

#6-Torpedomen at work 1944
 

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TM1 Guy Phillip Harman

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https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56109960

Memorial

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Birth: Aug. 9, 1915

Death: Jul. 15, 1946, At Sea

US Navy WORLD WAR II

Torpedoman's Mate 1st Class, Guy P. Harman MIA/KIA

Hometown: Lancaster Pennsylvania

Ship: USS Bonefish (SS-223)

Service # 2796976

Awards: Purple Heart, Navy Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Combat Patrol Insignia
Captain: Commander Lawrence Lott Edge MIA/KIA

Mission: Daylight submerged patrol

Mission Date: 18-Jun-45

Location: Toyama Bay, Japan

Cause: Sunk by depth charge attack

Crew: of 85 MIA/KIA

Torpedoman's Mate Harman was lost with the crew of Bonefish approximately on June 18 1945 and was officially declared KIA Jul 15 & 16 1946. He appears Tablets of the Missing Honolulu Memorial Honolulu Hawaii, USA. He has a cenotaph marker at Buck Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Norman Park Colquitt County Georgia his body was never recovered.

In a rendezvous June 18 she requested and received permission to conduct a daylight submerged patrol of Toyama Wan, a bay farther up the Honsh? coast. The attack group was to depart the Sea of Japan via La Perouse Strait on the night of 24 June. Bonefish did not make the scheduled pre-transit rendezvous. Still, Tunny waited in vain off Hokkaid? for three days. On 30 July, Bonefish was presumed lost.

Japanese records reveal that the 5,488 ton cargo ship Konzan Maru was torpedoed and sunk in Toyama Wan on 19 June and that an ensuing severe counterattack by Japanese escorts, the Okinawa, CD-63, CD-75, CD-158 and CD-207, brought debris and a major oil slick to the water's surface. There can be little doubt that Bonefish was sunk in this action.

Visit the virtual cemetery of USS Bonefish Crew

Note: Entered the service from Ohio.

Burial:

Honolulu Memorial *

Honolulu

Honolulu County

Hawaii, USA

Plot: Courts of the Missing

*Cenotaph [?]

Maintained by: John Dowdy

Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC

Record added: Aug 06, 2010

Find A Grave Memorial# 56109960

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In Memory of U.S. Navy Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class James Lowell Hines

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http://vetaffairs.sd.gov/sdwwiimemorial/SubPages/profiles/Display.asp?P=833

Ree Heights, South Dakota

Hand County

June 9, 1918 --March 15, 1945

Lost off the coast of Nansei? Shoto, Japan, aboard the USS Kete

Fallen Sons and Daughters of South Dakota in WWII

James L. Hines was born four miles north of Ree Heights, on June 9, 1918, to Ernest and Clara Hines. He attended Ree Heights High School to receive his diploma. During high school he played football. He graduated in 1936?1937.

James L. Hines served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from March 18,1942, until March 15, 1945. James N. Hines was a Torpedoman's Mate 2nd Class. He was stationed on the USS Kete from the time it was built until it was lost at sea. The USS Kete was a submarine that played heavily in the offensive war patrol tactics. The USS Kete made successful attacks, sinking three enemy ships off the coast of Japan.

The USS Kete was lost off the coast of Nansei? Shoto, Japan. Working on a submarine is a very dangerous job. Escaping from a sinking submarine is virtually impossible. Only the bravest, most strong? willed men can work on these metal capsules. TM2C James L. Hines died during a submarine attack. He is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii. He was awarded the Purple Heart and a citation from the Vice Admiral of the Navy:

As Torpedoman’s Mate second class of the USS KETE James Lowell Hines materially contributed to the success of this vessel against the enemy. The Commander Submarine Force of the Pacific Fleet, forwards this commendation in recognition of his splendid performance of duty which was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.

Stephen Koeck and Kyle Nye, 11th Grade, Miller High School, Miller, South Dakota, respectfully submitted this entry on December 11, 2001. Information was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and by the Ree Heights Review, issue 9/7/45.

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Raoul K. La Certe

http://www.neverforgottenhonorflight.org/honor/NFHF.pdf


New 06-27-17

Philip Nicholas Ruth's POW Record

http://wwii-pows.mooseroots.com/l/67571/Philip-Nicholas-Ruth

Personal Details

Name Philip Nicholas Ruth

Race White

State of Residence Oregon

Service Details Chief Torpedoman

Rating of Chief Torpedoman

Rank Chief Torpedoman

Military Branch Navy

Arm or Service United States Navy

Serial Number 3929843

Capture Details

Theater of War Southwest Pacific

Capture Country Philippine Islands

Detaining Power Imperial Japan

Internment Camp Pine Tree Camp (Fukuoka #1)

First Report May 6, 1942

Last Report October 16, 1945

Days in Captivity 1,259

Status Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated

Source of Report Individual has been reported through sources considered official

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Samuel T. Elrod

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http://elrodfamilyhistory.com/?page_id=988 

Elrod Memorial’s

Torpedoman’s Mate, First Class, U.S. Navy in World War II

Service # 6295251

United States Naval Reserve

Entered the Service from: Kansas

Died: 29-Jul-45

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea

Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial Honolulu, Hawaii

Awards: Purple Heart

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Chief Torpedoman's Mate Ernest A. Duva

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http://www.bluebackbase.org/PDF/183%20October%202016.pdf

USS S44 (SS-155)

Class: S Class

Launched: 27 Oct 1923

Commissioned: 16 Feb 1925

Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding

Corp., Quincy, Massachusetts

Length: 225’ 3”

Beam: 20’ 8”

Lost on 7 October 1943

56 Men Lost

On 26 September 1943, S44 departed Attu on her fifth and final war patrol. One day out, while enroute to her operating area in the northern Kuril Islands, she was spotted and attacked by a Japanese patrol plane. Suffering no damage, she continued west. On the night of 7 October, she made radar contact with what she thought was a "small merchantman" and closed in for a surface attack. Several hundred yards from the target, her deck gun fired and was answered by a salvo.

The "small merchantman" in fact was the Shimushu-class escort Ishigaki. An emergency dive was ordered, but the submarine failed to submerge. She then took several hits in the control room, the forward battery room, and elsewhere.

Reluctantly, S44 was ordered abandoned. A pillow case was raised from the forward battery room hatch as a flag of surrender, but the Japanese shelling continued.

Only two men escaped the sinking ship. Chief Torpedoman's Mate Ernest A. Duva and Radioman Third Class William F. Whitemore were picked up by the enemy destroyer. They were taken first to Paramushiro, then to the Naval Interrogation Camp at ?funa. The men spent the last year of World War II working in the Ashio copper mines and survived to be repatriated by the Allies at the end of the war.

New 06-25-17

Read Pitman Torpedoman's Mate, Second Class

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http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/pitman-r.htm 

On Eternal Patrol - Lost Submariners of World War II

Purple Heart

Rank/Rate Torpedoman's Mate, Second Class

Service Number 201 68 41

Birth Date December 14, 1920

From Bath, Maine

Decorations Purple Heart

Submarine USS Cisco (SS-290)

Loss Date September 28, 1943

Location In the Sulu Sea west of Mindanao, Philippine Islands
Circumstances Probably sunk by air and surface attack

Remarks Read was born in Dover, New Hampshire.

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Arisan Maru [+1944]

http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?57991

HAUSAM, ALFRED WILLIAM, Torpedoman's Mate (no. 3418348)

Arisan Maru, †24/10/1944, [Family] Wife, Mrs. Mary Bernice Hausam, 6709 Palm Ave., Riverside, Calif (Died as POW). [Casualty] Died as POW, October 24, 1944, declared dead October 24, 1944. [Location] Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss October 24, 1944, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

NASH, JACK KENNETH , Chief Torpedoman's Mate (no. 3681189)

Arisan Maru, †24/10/1944, [Family] Wife, Mrs. Laura Maude Nash, 438 E. Mendenhall, Boseman, Mont (Died as POW). [Casualty] Missing died in POW ship Arisan Maru, October 24, 1944, declared dead October 24, 1944. [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss October 24, 1944, Memorial: Manila

NORGREN, OSCAR WILLIAM , Chief Torpedoman's Mate (no. 5072188)

Arisan Maru, †24/10/1944, [Family] Wife, Mrs. Dolores Norgren, 12 Libertad, Lugatog, Malabon, Rizal, PI (Died as POW). [Casualty] Died as POW, October 24, 1944, declared dead October 24, 1944. [Location] Philippine Islands, missing, date of loss October 24, 1944, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

RIDGWAY, WILLIAM HAROLD, Torpedoman's Mate (no. 2742643)

Arisan Maru, †24/10/1944, [Family] Wife, Mrs. W. H. Ridgway, 320 Salinas St., Salinas, Calif (Died as POW). [Casualty] Died as POW, October 24, 1944, declared dead October 24, 1944. [Location] Central/South Pacific Theater, missing, date of loss October 24, 1944, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

New 06-24-17

New York World War II Honor List

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http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/wwii/wwii_HonorList/HonorList_R.htm

US Army & US Army Air Force - Dead And Missing
US Navy, US Marine Corps And US Coast Guard - Dead, Missing, POW And Wounded
Last Names Beginning With 'R'

Ransear, James William

Torpedoman's Mate 3rd Class

Naval Reserve

Wounded in Action

Page 152

County Onondaga

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Charles Ransear, Parents; Rt. 1; Liverpool

Roche, Thomas E.

Torpedoman's Mate 2nd class

Navy

Dead

Page 60

County Nassau

Mr. & Mrs. Edward Roche, Parents; 700 Jericho Turnpike; New Hyde Park

Roehm, Raymond Charles

Torpedoman's Mate 3rd Class

Naval Reserve

Wounded in Action

Page 155

County Bronx

Mr. Charles Roehm, Father; 2512 Tratman Ave.; Bronx

Rolfe, Richard H.

Torpedoman's Mate 3rd class

Navy

Dead

Page 60

County Onondaga

Mrs. Leona Guckert, Mother; 811 State Fair Blvd.; Solvay

Ruitberg, Arthur John

Torpedoman's Mate 3rd Class

Navy

Dead

Page 61

County Suffolk

Mr. Oscar Edward Ruitberg, Father; 2d St. and 3d Ave.; East Northport

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Torpedoman John Mikolasik

TRUE SEA STORIES

http://ussjpkennedyjr.org/wilkes441/441luck7.html

MORE ON "GYRO"

After we got back into Seattle for repairs in Dec 1944, the local paper ran a story on "gyro". In part, it read: "Torpedo gang adopts young lady. Who ever heard of a young girl shipping out on a Navy destroyer? Well, you couldn't get Gyro away from her "tin can". You would be up against a rugged ship's complement if you tried. When first sighted, Gyro was a small splashing object in New Guinea waters, but recently taken from the Japs. Eager hands brought her aboard and dried her off. Immediately, she was adopted by the torpedo gang... Torpedoman John Mikolasik, Detroit and Anthony Vinci, NYC, leading spirits of same, christened her Gyro--for the gyroscope in the steering apparatus of a torpedo. The boys are certain she belonged to Japanese before she "left home'' to join the U.S. Navy.

She shows her own fighting spirit, when the ship is in port. Gyro stands for no intrusion of her domain. She drives visiting dogs back down the gangplank and, when left aboard when "her boy friends" are ashore, she barks and bares her teeth at all boarders not officers or crew members of her ship. Although Gyro had many predecessors as mascots of her destroyer--- dogs, a monkey, a rooster, a parrot and 2 cats--there will be no other pet, while she is aboard."

There are several photos of her with some crew members, her alone on the bridge,etc.
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THE REAL GYRO (COMPASS-THAT IS)

As the gyrocompass technician and EM 1/c, when the Captain said "Heading 073", I knew, as did all hands, he had full confidence in the gyrocompass on the ship. The "gyro" is a true directional indicator used on all Navy and most merchant ships. The CO, XO, OOD, gunnery people, CIC, Navigator, among others, depended on the compass repeaters and related equipment to show accurately the true and correct heading of the ship. It was one of the most useful navigational aids, as it provided a TRUE NORTH reading, regardless of any rolling, pitching or yawing of the ship. It was also entirely unaffected by any of the disturbances, which commonly affect the magnetic compass.

The "gyro" was installed below deck, in a protected inside compartment and its reading was relayed around the ship to operate ancillary equipment, such as, steering and bearing recorders, course recorder (DRT), gun stabilizers and plot, radar and sonar equipment. A similar "gyro" was used to stabilize the equipment in the vertical plane.

The "gyro" is truly a remarkable instrument, as it is controlled in such a way that its spin axis is made to seek and maintain alignment with the geographic meridian (N-S line). This is done by combining the characteristics of inertia and precession, the earth's rotation and gravity. The result is a "space-stable'' element. Our "gyro" was so well built, it could and did operate continuously for a year, with little maintenance. In the entire system, the ancillary equipment required the most work. Every one had great confidence in its accuracy and reliability.

As "gyro" Technician, my job was to keep the "gyro" and related equipment working properly. However problems did occur. I recall one such incident in S/W Pac. It was about midnight and I was asleep, when I was awaken and the messenger told me the DRT wasn't working properly and the Captain wanted it fixed. The DRT was an important piece of equipment, which traced the exact course of the ship on a sheet of paper. This would allow the CO or Navigator to have the ship cross the same point in the sea, more than once.

I observed the "gyro" and it was working fine. I told the CO, it was fine and turned in again. No sooner had I gotten back to sleep and another call from the bridge. When I got to the "gyro" it was working fine. However this time, I decided to watch it closely to see if it malfunctioned. Sure enough it did. By this time the CO was very concerned and was hovering over me, down in the gyro room, as I was working. He wanted to know "When was it going to be fixed???" He asked this question several times. I finally said "It will only take me five or ten minutes to fix it." He said "Very good." Then I told him, I didn't know how long it would take me to find out what was wrong with it. It sort of slipped out and I figured I might be doing some extra duty for that remark. There was a long minute of silence and he said "Call me as soon as you get it fixed." He then left for the bridge, without saying anything more. It turned out to be a minor problem. I got it repaired soon and phoned the bridge to report the problem fixed. I always had a lot of respect for that skipper. I always felt the responsibility for the gyro compass and related equipment was as important as any job on the "W". I know each and every crew member felt the same. That is what made the Mighty "W" ---a great ship.

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Torpedoman Weldford West

PT-157 RESCUES JFK AND SURVIVORS OF PT-109

https://jfkplusfifty.wordpress.com/

Solomon Islands (JFK+50) Eleven survivors of the PT109, including skipper Lt. John F. Kennedy, were rescued 73 years ago today, August 7, 1943, by PT-157*.

The survivors were met first by Reginald Evans an Australian coast watcher who had been alerted by JFK’s message carved on a coconut and brought to him by local natives. Evans radioed this message to Lumberi at 9:20 a.m.

“Eleven survivors PT boat on Gross Is X Have sent food and letter advising senior come here without delay X Warn aviation of canoes crossing Ferguson”

Robert J. Donavan writes that Evans dispatched seven scouts by canoe to retrieve the “senior” member of the 109 crew from Olasana. Lt. Kennedy was hidden in the canoe and covered with dead palm fronds as the natives paddled out into Blackett Strait.

When they reached shore, JFK stuck his head out of the palm fronds and said to Evans “Hello, I’m Kennedy.” JFK suggested to Evans that he be permitted to pilot PT boats back to Olasana to pick up his crew.

When PT 157 arrived to pick Lt. Kennedy up, he was upset with the delay in the rescue operation and vented his unhappiness to Lt. W. F. Liebenow** who had greeted him with these words…

“Calm down, Jack, we have some warm food for you.”

JFK replied sarcastically…

“No thanks, I’ve just had a coconut.”

It was after midnight when JFK rejoined his crew on Olasana and shuttled them aboard PT 157.

*PT-157 was launched on Nov 4, 1942; assigned to the South Pacific. It was struck from the naval register on Nov 28, 1945.

**In late May 2013, a book signing was held by PT-157 skipper William ‘Bud’ Liebenow '; his torpedoman Weldford West along with the author of “First Up–Chronicles of the PT-157,” Bridgeman Carney. The event was at the Pages Book & Coffee Shop in Mount Airy, NC.

According to Lyn Riddle of the Greenville (SC) News, the “last surviving member of the PT boat crew that saved Kennedy,” Jack Gardo, died at the age of 87 in November 2013. Mr. Gardo had not known who JFK was at the time of the rescue. After the war, he was owner of Greenville Terrazo.

SOURCES

“Book Signing with members of the PT-157 crew,” Winston-Salem Journal, www.journalnow.com/

“Last surviving member of PT boat crew that saved JFK dies,” by Lyn Riddle, Greenville News, The State, November 27, 2013, www.thestate.com/

“PT 109: John F. Kennedy in WWII,” by Robert J. Donovan, McGraw-Hill Publishers, New York, 1961 and 2001.

“PT 157,” NavSource Online, Motor Torpedo Boat Photo Archive, www.navsource.org/

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Torpedoman Rooney

http://www.ussnicholas.org/fletcherclass.asp?r=44932&pid=44961


USS Nicholas DD-449

Increase the Battle tempo

April 1st to May 4th, 1943

April 22, 1943, steaming as before 233° True, in company with Whitney and Fletcher . Slept the morning and woke with a bad toothache. When we get near a ship with a dentist it is a repair vessel whose function is to repair ships, not sailors—at least that is the way it works. “Caries” don’t get the attention that engines and guns get. I had just been to a dental appointment the week before on Whitney.

Torpedoman Rooney came around as promised and gave me a session on torpedo propulsion. Fascinating. They go in seconds from ignition to full speed on steam-driven impulse turbines. How that was done was what interested me. Back on Omaha, Freddy Leroy Smith had put me offwith a smart-ass comment on the complexity of the subject.

We dogged the watch, so I got the 20 to 2400.

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USS Snook (SS-279) (+1945)

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http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?57992

BAGBY, ERVEN EUGENE JACK, Torpedoman's Mate Second Class (no. 6697579)

USS Snook, † 05/05/1945, [Family] Wife, Mrs. Vera Mae Bagby, 5140 Enright, St. Louis, Mo. [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss May 5, 1945, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

GUTHRIE, ANDREW T. Torpedoman's Mate (no. 2636939)

USS Snook, †05/05/1945, [Family] Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ludson Morell Guthrie, 111 Everett St., Burlington, NC. [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss May 5, 1945, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

JULIAN, HARRY FENNER , Torpedoman's Mate (no. 6433312)

USS Snook, † 05/05/1945, [Family] Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Smith Julian, R. F. D. Box 110. Deep River, Conn (Missing in action). [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss May 5, 1945, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

KELLOGG, WILLIAM ERNEST , Torpedoman's Mate (no. 3761181)

USS Snook, †05/05/1945, [Family] Wife, Mrs. Anne Marion Kellogg, 69 Lake Place, New Haven, Conn (Missing in action). [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss May 5, 1945, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

KRAMER, NORMAN THOMAS , Torpedoman's Mate (no. 5650906)

USS Snook, †05/05/1945, [Family] Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Thomas Kramer, 3432 Estrade St., Los Angeles, Calif. [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss May 5, 1945, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

PAGE, GLEN COLBERT , Torpedoman's Mate (no. 6601470)

USS Snook, † 05/05/1945, [Family] Wife, Mrs. Rhoda Faye Page, Woods Cross, Utah. [Location] China Seas, missing, date of loss May 5, 1945, Memorial: Manila American Cemetery

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USS Turner (DD-648) (+1944)

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