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U.S.S. ARKANSAS - 1944
B.-1 .L X
The seventeenth of September marked the thirty-second
birthday of the U. S. S. Arkansas. To relate the many and varied
duties of this ship during the past third of a century would be a
voluminous task. Her log is replete with salty and seasoned
stories of cruises, campaigns and invasions. The many pages
written into the history of the U. S. Navy by the Arkansas are in-
numerable. The long list of officers and men who tread her
decks is legion. This pictorial review is compiled has a keepsake
for all those officers and men who have served aboard this, the
oldest battleship of the Fleet, during the recent invasion of
Normandy, the bombardment of Cherbourg, and the invasion
of Southern France. Their courage, friendliness, and response
to duty made possible this bright and recent chapter of the
U. S. S. Arkansas' history.
We sincerely trust all present members of the Ship's Com-
pany will gain, from perusing these pages, a renewal of that
spirit of comradeship enjoyed aboard the Arkansas. May this
edition keep alive long after your naval career has drawn to a
close, the happy days in the good ship Arkansas. '
All the illustrations in this book are reproduced from Official U. S. Navy Photographs released by the Bureau
of Public Relations, U. S. Navy, for use in this Pictorial Review
CAPTAIN F G RICHARDS
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Following is a list of the officers who have had the honor and great responsibility
of commanding Battleship number thirty-three. The dates are not exact, only
RoY C. SMITH . .
L. R. DESTEIGUER
RIDLEY MCLEAN .
FRANK LYON. .
AMoN BRONSON. .
IIAYNE ELLB. .
G. RICHARDS .
C.S FREEMAN. .
R. B. COFFEY . .
J.S.BARLEON . .
VV.lI PASHLEY . .
C.F.BRYANT . .
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COMMANDER G. M. BAUM, 1926-1927, during modernization.
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The first vessel of the United States Navy to
bear the name Arkansas was a steam-driven single
screw vessel of the vintage of 1863. The second
was a turreted monitor, commissioned in 19025 the
name of this ship was changed to Ozruk in 1909.
The present and third Arkansas was built by
the New York Shipbuilding Company, Camden,
N. It was christened as such on 14 January,
1911, by Miss Mary Mapon, daughter of the late
Representative Macon of Helena, Arkansas. The
commissioning took place at the Philadelphia
Navy Yard at 1420 on Tuesday, 17 September,
1912. Captain E. A. Anderson, Captain of the
Yard, at Philadelphia turned the ship over to her
Hrst commanding ofhcer, Captain Roy C. Smith.
At the time, she and her sister ship, the Wyoming,
were by far the most powerful battleships in the
Commissioned but a few months, the Arkansas
started to inscribe her name on the pages of his-
tory. In 1912 President Taft took passage in her
to inspect the Panama Canal. In 1913 her crew
established a coaling record at Naples, Italy, tak-
ing 687 tons of coal aboard in a single hour from
the collier U. S.S . Cyclops. That same year Turret
Four established a record for this type of gun that
has never been equalled. In 1914 during the
occupation at Vera Cruz a battalion was landed
from the ship with casualties of one man killed
and seven wounded. At the time she flew the flag
of Admiral Henry T. Mayo, Commander-in-
Chief, United States Fleet.
In January, 1917, the Arkansas furnished the
Guard of Honor for the funeral of Admiral
George Dewey. I
The Arkansas in World War I . In july 1918,
the Arkansas left the States for Scapa Flow in the
Orkney Islands. On the trip across the Naval Af-
fairs Committee of Congress were passengers
aboard. The Arkansas joined the Grand Fleet in
Firth of Forth on August 1, 1918, relieving the
Delaware. She reported to Rear Admiral Hugh
Rodman, Commander of the Sixth Battle Squad-
ron of the British Grand Fleet. Only three days
after her arrival, while on maneuvers with the
Fleet, an enemy submarine was sighted and fired
upon by the Arkansas. On 21 November, 1918,
she witnessed the surrender and dissolution of the
German High Seas Fleet under the terms of the
Armistice. In 1919 she acted as reference vessel
for the first trans-Atlantic flight, being made by
In April 1919 she received from the State of
Arkansas the handsome silver service which now
may be seen in the Captain's cabin.
She underwent modernization and was com-
pleted on 21 November, 1926. In 1927 she es-
corted the HMS Renown with the Duke of York
aboard, into Colon, Panama. In 1931 she
searched for and stood by the disabled submarine
In October of the same year she carried Presi-
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dent Hoover and party from Washington to
the Yorktown Sesquicentennial Celebration. In
1932 she was ordered to report to the West Coast
and join the United States Fleet. In 1934 she be-
came the flagship of the Training Squadron.. She
has now relinquished the fiag, but continues a
unit of the Atlantic Fleet, in Battleship Division
Five under the Command of Rear Admiral
Carleton F. Bryant, U.S.N., her former com-
manding oliicer. I
Many officers of the Navy have had their first
sea duty aboard the Arkansas. When World War
II broke' out, the Arkansas was assigned the
important duty of convoying men and supplies to
the war fronts of Europe. This exacting task was
performed without the loss of a single ship.. And
now after thirty-one years of active service, the
Arkansas inscribed the brightest pages of her his-
tory. As a unit of our first line defense she took
active part in the Invasion of Normandy, the Bom-
bardment of Cherbourg, and the Invasion of
Southern France. There is little necessityto ex-
patiate on her brilliant performances during these
engagements for such is the purpose of this pictorial
review. Let it be said that the latest chapter of
her history was the greatest. A
Her traditions and achievements are as glori-
ous as any ship among the navies of the world.
She continues Hin all respects ready" for duty.
The thirty-second anniversary finds the Arkansas
able and ready to execute the command "Carry-
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LT. W. L. HUNT LT. W. E. DARDEN LT. E. E. NIEBUHR
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Manes, Lt. H. A. VVilson, Lt. E. E. Heavey, Mach. F. Hale. iftfecond Row - Lt. S. Hatch, Lt. T. Fallon, Lt. Cdr. lN4.,I. Hurley, Lt. Cdr. YV. F. lXf1cLaren, Cdr. XV. S. Sargent.
Capt. F. G. Richards, Lt. Cdr. P. M. Boltz, Lt. Cdr. R. C. Parker, Lt. Cdr. R. F. Barry, Jr., Lt. O. VV. Fraser, Ch. Machxl. H. McElroy. A-Tlzird Row -- Lt. H. London. Lt. H. R. Brost.
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RMA Ens. G. I. Dumas, Ens. F. C. Dunham, Ens. H. M. Bodes, Lt. R. H. Gilman, Lt. A. Hodges, Lt. P. H. Cvlatfelter, Lt. R. YV. Craig, Lt. B. E. Bachinan, Lt. T. R.
Hopkins, Jr., Lt. A. M. Ferres, CPC V. C. Bush, Lt. E. E. Stephens. -kFQflh Row M Lt. P. Clancy, Ens. R. N. Nelson, Lt. G. D. Horn, Lt. E. D. jolly, Lt. Ljgl A. Bates,
Lt. C. Brafford, Lt. C. E. Smith, Lt. E. R. Sanford, Lt. R. C. Helm, Lt. S. L. Kahn, Lt. P. H. Conley, Ens. R. A. Jacobs, Ens. A. YV. Bornl'i'iend, lins. R. Bradshaw.
E. E. Mallick, Bos'n D. L. Donald, Ens. E. A. Guarino, Lt. A. E. Stangel. -1- Sixflz R0wfLt. XV. R. Pierce, Ens. A. D. Wfillbern, Ens. YV. R. Pricster, Ens. M. C. Contildes.
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Reese, C., Slfc, Pilgren, B. G., Slfe, Vampatella, B. P., Sl lie, Beverly, N. C., Slfe, Seheeter, S. B., Slfe, Poston, L. F., BlX12fe, Blower,
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L. R., Slfe, Akers, K. C., S2,f'e, hlartin, R. F., SI, ie, Smith, C. A., Sl, ie. if Fourth Row - Ens. E. A. Cvuarino, Houser, F. T., S2,f'c,
Pulitano, P., Slfic, Ebert, O. A., Slfe, Fishman, C., S2 'e, Bodtke, R. YV., SZJAC, johnson, C., S2,"c, Sehnell, F. J., Slfe, Fisher, H. C.,
Slfe, Imondi, C. F., S2,'e. -Af Fgfllz Row - Blouin, H. L., S2 Ve, Beeler, SJ., Sl, ie, lNfIiller, G. A., Slfe, Laws, C., S2,f'e, Boatner, R. L., SZJIC,
Pujals, F. R., Slfe, Bassler, L. T., Slfe, Priee, LJ., S2, ie, Thomas, OJ., Slfe, O'Gara, H. V., Slfe, Flood, E. P., S2 ,.it'l A e, Fitz, R. H., S2,'C,
Pulaski, L. B., Slfe, Doyle, F.,, Slfe, Salaga, hi., Sl, ie, Smith, R. Slfe, Grifiith, T. L., CTC.
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"Turret Two will ire to portl' !! - the most familiar words passed during the invasion, and the most welcome to the men in the second
division. We were proud to be a main battery division and now that we had the chance to prove we were Utopsil, there just werenit enough
targets to go around. One intrepid soul printed, t'You name it boss and we'll hit it" on top ofthe turret for the benefit of the "Bridgew.
Both parts of this bargain were kept, and at HCease href' Turret Two had poured more steel into the Normandy Beach than any turret
aboard. We can,t forget how we blew the 'cbloomersn off our arch rivals - Turret One. ,
fFirst Row - Lee, A. B., GM3fc, Siepierski, E. J., GM3fc, Duffey, W. G., BM1fc, Mott, H. L., TClfc, Sandberg, A. W., Cox., Weil, C. J., Cox., Kiefer, A. E., Cox., Crites, C. 'W., Cox.,
Huffman,J. L., Cox., Davis, N. MJ-, GMZXC, Ruff, B. R., Cox. if Second row - Goldman, A., S2fc, Dunkinson, R. E., S2fc, Rigby, R. L., Slfc, Graham, R. L., SZXC, Rice, R. K., Slfc,
Lt. Cjgl, S. Pepelnjak, Wilson, P. L., Slfc, Francione, F. A., S2fC, Lyons, G., Slfc, Perrando, J., Slfc, Robbins, R. F., SZXC, Simmons, A. E., S2fc, Leary, P., Slfc. iv Third Row
-Ens. R. Bradshaw, Crevier, A. R., Slfc, Devall, R. E., Slfc, Bolduc, A., S2fc, Cochran, D. L., Slfc, Bomba, L.J., S2fc, Walls, R., SZXC, Devito, V. N., Slfc, Showers, M. S., S2fc,
Gasior, W. V., Slfc, Macheras, T.J., Slfc, Aldrich, D. N., S2fc, Schwartz, D., S2fc, Roberts, L. A., Slfc, Ellison, C. L., SZXC, Zielinski, A., Slfc, Smalling, A. T., CTC. if Fourlh Row
- Fortunata, L. P., Slfc, Obenheim, VV. J., Slfc, Baglivi, N. D., S2fc, Shipp, G. H., Slfc, Kreitzer, J., S2fc, McGarry, J., SZXC, Hughs, K., Slfc, Boice, H., S2,ffc, Andruczyk,
J. A., SZXC, Doyle, J., Slfc, Riley, A., Slfc, Lynch, S., S2fc, Thrift, I., Slfc, Baker, H. W., SZXC, Boklaga, W., S2fc, James, M. H., Slfc.
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Levesh, W GMZXC Stalney, W GM3fc if Tlzzrd Row LCSIIC S A S1 c Corrente H S2 C Lomskl
A T Slfc Salemx P T S2fc Maynard Sl C Gallogly J J SZXC Flnk C C S2 c Garr1do,J S2 c
Srnallfoot, E R S1 c Zu-:mba F S2 c Pav1ls A S2fc F1lk1ns H F Slfc Nuenswander, L J S1 c
Dunne E P S2 c Armando A K Slfc if Fourth Row Gevakos W S2fc Glbree E P S2 c Re1s
W C Slfc Bowman P E S2fc Lorenzo A N Slfc Roskoxaskl V Slfc, Bartlett D M S1 c Harmlton
J P Slfc Bowen, H A S2fc Smelser M E Slfc Davls M S S2fc Cantrell B S2 c Isaac, E S1 c
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Newmelster, L J BM2fc Tashlxtsky R S1 c Rxce J F S2fc Snodsrnlth F S2fc McKay C J S1 C
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This is the team that manned Turret IV in action off the coast of France.
At one point when we were firing salvo after salvo, one Gun Captain asked
his powdermen if they were getting tired. HBrotherN, was the reply, "You
just keep that plug swingingll' He did. That is the kind of teamwork that
makes a 4.0 Turret.
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Sl lc, KN'ilson, R. T., Sl, c, Pauley, H. E., S2,7c, Brassard, G., S2fc, Martinez, F. R., S2fc, Saulnier, L.,
Slfc. -A' Second Row - Cobb, G., CTC, Frechione, J., GM2fc, Kumisarek, J., GM2fc, Konicki, A.,
GM2, c, Lt. Gnaedinger, Ens. lNIacAllister, Hennessey, G. M., Cox., Lowery, T. A., BM2fc, Evans, L. D.
BlNIl.'c, Guinan, T.F ., Sl lc, Dodge, E. R., Cox., Litalien, A. J., Cox., ir Third Row -Brown, D. P., S2fc
Hamilton, H. NI., Sl, c, Rodabaugh, L. C., SZ, c, Schmueskle, T. F., S2fc, Sanderson, B., Slfc, Allen, S.F..
Slfc, Pozda, S. M., Slpc, Pelham, A. D., Sl, .fil c, Shaw, G. A., Slfc, Brasher, G. G., S2fc, Spicer, C. F., S2fc
Kirby, T. YV., Sl, c. -gr Fourih Row - Barrette, E. D., S2fc, Henry, W. R., Slfc, Colby, H. E., Slfc, Brobst
R. S., S2, c, Levasseur, C. L., S2,ic, Hale, P. E., Slfc, Fogarty, J. F., S2fc, Randazzo, S. J., Slfc, McCabe
H. J., Slfc, Maratea, G. A., Slfc, Cicchetti, L. F., S2,f'c.
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The above men represent the Fifth Division. At General Quarters they man Turret V, which has two twelve-inch guns.
A very popular division, all lines either ori inate or end ' f h h
pastime was to line up in our Division.
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Jenness, V. V., Slfc, Hibbard, M., Slfc, Pontillo, D. A., Slfc, Sienori, J. T., Slfc. -if Second Row- Lonergan, W., Cox., Ferrini, L., Cox., Essey, S., Cox., Esdorn, H. D., BMZXC,
Guenther, W. J., BMZXC, Guenther, R. H., BM2fc, Ens. H. Grimes, Lt. E. D. Jolly, Hughey, B., CTC, Sharp, D. A., TC1fc, Lance, A. D., GM2fc, Hoffner, H. W., GlvI2,fc,
Beem, E. C., GMZXC, Domanico, P., GM3fc, Hough, M. O., GM2fc. if Third Row - Bryson, D. T., SZXC, Koop, A. F., Slfc, Faison, F. I., S2fc, Gallant, A. A., S2fc, Welch, D.
S2fc, Campbell, W. B., Slfc, Knutson, R. L., Slfc, Brutti, A., S2fc, Moore, F. W., S2fc, Ott, M. W., Slfc, Shinkus, F. M., Slfc, Lajzo, J., S2fc, Hay, W. B., S2fc, Puskar, C.
Slfc, White, W. H., S2fc, Kuehlman, E. F., Slfc. if Fourth Row - Moreland, E. L., Slfc, Brown, G., SZXC, Kelly, W. C., S2fc, Sirco, A. A., Slfc, Lauricella, A. S., SZXC, Furtado
C. E., S2fc, Stanish, J. J., S2fc, Sapp, J. F., S2fc, Rose, J. G., S2fc, McMannus, J. R., S2fc, Kroll, F., S2fc, Roscup, W. M., S2fc, Bowmand, A. J., S2fc, Gray, D. L., Slfc, Hice, J. N.,
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Benjer, C. F., S2fc. if Seoond Row - VVonn, H., Slfc, Berish, N., S2fc, McVeigh, L. B., Slfc, Schwartzer, J., Slfc, Brzdzowski, R. A., S2fc, Lynch, T. M., Slfc, lX4organ, T., Sl, C,
Lagocki, S., S2fc, Lewentre, A., S2fc, Miller, G. R., Slfc, Moulaison, F., Slfc, Ferenc, E. S., Slfc, Cajewski, W. C., Slfc. -If Third Row - Sullivan, G. H., Slfc, Loudenslager,
V. D., Cox., Lod, L., GMZXC, Earickson, E. M., TClfc, Pinger, V. F., BM1fc, VV. O'Brien, CTC., Ens. E. L. Boatner, Lt. VV. P. Bernton, Smith, D. VV., Bhllfc, Cline, H., Bh42,j'c,
Baudier, J., GM2fc, Walters, D. C., BM2fc, Bujol, R. S., BM2fc. -if Fourth Row - Spreem, F. C., S2fc, Reagan, C. R., Slfc, Lowery, E. E., S2fc, Bueti, D. J., S1 ,.li c, Deal, C. P.,
S2fc, Johnson, R. S., Slfc, Mondike, R. L., Slfc, Strom, C. W., Slfc, Creenberg, N., S2fc, Horton, L. F., Slfc, Lott, C. E., S2fc, Macha, L., Slfc, Meyer, Slfc, Sutherland, C. F., Cox.
if Fgfth Row - Casteel, W., S2fc, York, H. J., Slfc, Bullard, W. D., SZXC, Cray, C. W., S2fc, Marada, L. A., Slfc, Bettano, C. R., Slfc, Spaulding, F.. A., S2,'c, Estepp, C. C., S2,'c
Miller, D. J., Slfc, Wawszkiewicz, S. F., Slfc, Parker, R. A., Slfc.
Yes, this is the Seventh Division. We're the gang you stumble over every night in the starboard aircastle. That's our home, beside our guns.
The Normandy coast on June 6, 1944 felt the punch of our battery First among the ARKANSAS offensive strength. The harrowing hours
off Cherbourg, however, was even more unsettling than they might have been, we had to sit that one out. We had a big time again August 15,
1944 and the defenses of Provence Coast were the worse for the occasion.
Who says there is no Turret Seven? Get the word, Mack.
f First Row - Kline, C. S., Slfc, Marino, A. T., S2fc, Brousseau, L. N., S2fc, Sears, W. C., Slfc, McCarthy, C., S2fc, Belcastro,J. J., S2fc, Burgess, H. INI., S2,fc, Testani, R. A., S2 c
Malloy, T. J., Slfc, Keating, E. J., Slfc, Eckert, R. W., Slfc, Haerer, S., S2fc, Harrison, J., S2fc, Lambert, R. A., Slfc, Morrison, H., Slfc, Morrison,J. F., Sljc, Russell,J. E.
S2,.fc, Walton, D. J., Slfc, Davitt, V., Slfc, Buttiglieri, C. A., S2fc, Mollenhour, P. D., Slfc, Lavigata, V., Slfc, Dudley, E. M., Slfc, Schilling, IV. R., S2,f'c, Macheska, P. INI.. Sl c
Garrett, R., Slfc, Schmidt, D. H., Slfc, Ludwigs, F. J., Slfc, Cardullo, P. S., S2fc, Wilkinson, T. J., Slfc, McElroy, R. L., S2fc, Myers, IV. J., S2fc, Wlhitney, L. P., S2 C, IYaller
W. R., Slfc, Heller, L., S2fc, Grove, G. N., S2fc, Calo, I., S2fc, Bureau, R. D., S2fc, Tanco, C. N., Slfc, Pontius,J. E., S2fc, Szkalany, E., Slfc, Lee, H., S2j"c,Janis, H. A., SI, C. -k Sir
ond Row - Fetsko, F., Slfc, Borroughs, L., S2fc, Lone, C., S2fc, Pyle, G. A., GM1fc, Brown, S. M., GM2fc, Farnsworth, L. E., GM1fc, Brown,J. I., GM2,f'c, Kania, P. S., GM2 c
Ens, F, C, Dunham, Jr., Lt. W. L. Hunt, Lt. T. Brafford, Ens. W. R. Tivener, CBM McGovern, Benoit, A. E., Cox., Gagnon, R. A., BMIXC, Bullard, C. R., BIXII, C, lXIancuso
S., Cox. if Thira' Row - Clark, E., S2fc, Taylor, W. W., Slfc, Rubin, E. A., Slfc, Hall, A.J., S2fc, Seipman, D. L., Slfc, Ousley, C. C., GM2fc, Hudson, R. E., Sljc, Jenigen, C. K.
Slfc, Brewer, S. D., Slfc, Gutch, J., Slfc, Costa, D., S2fc, Legault, W. L., Slfc, Grant, R. A., SZXC, Deshaies, L. D., S2fc, Depew, R. C., SZXC, Hatton, P. C., S1 ,,"i c, Sponsler, E. G.
Slfc, Churchill, E. J., SZXC, Cabe, H. W., S2fc, Myers, R. L., Slfc, Ponte, J., S2fc, Sykes, E., Slfc. -Af Fourth Row - Moniz, T. S., S2fc, Burton
B., Slfc, McMillian, R. E., S2fc, Neering, R. A., S2fc, Gibson, H. J., Slfc, Lane, J. I., SZXC, Gormley,J., Slfc, Knoll,J. F., Slfc, Luke, T., Slfc, Matthews, G. F., Slfc, Browne, E. C.
sift, Kaczmafeks, H, J., szfc, Mahler, N. F., sifc, Chapman, F., szfc, Puios, T., S1fc,Nink,L., sifc, Smith, N. E., szfc, Gaaziaia, M. w., s1fC,Bfa1ue.-d,K.J., SIZXC. ' i
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Proud of sharing with the secondary battery, the honor of being the first to
open fire on the Normandy beaches, and disappointed in not having a chance
to fire on the beaches in Southern France, we are made up of men from
every walk of life who came to do ajob, and we are credited as having done
Although we are just a handful in comparison to those who participated in
the invasions, we were partly responsible for the safety of our ship from hostile
if First Row - Sharpe, V. G., S1 ,if'i c, Gavin, S., Slfc, VVeiner, J., S2, c, Ortner, W. P., GM3fc, Freeman, T. L., BMZXC, Gill,J. P.,
GM2fc, lvlaggio, P., GlW3,fc, Konosky, P. P., Cox., Bell, H. H., S2 ,,il' C, Shoeck, W. F., S2fc, LaBonte, A. J., S2fc, Hall, W. J., S2fc. if Sec-
ond Row - Pace, NI. VV., Cox., Sandage, L., GM3fc, Vannote,J. R., BM2,f'c, Curtis, W., BMIXC, Ens. G. C. Talley, Lt. M. M.
Peacock, Lt. R. E. Mottern, Ens. R. N. Nelson, Stone, K. J., GM2IflC, Dewald, B. L., GM2fc, Maynard, C. W., Cox., Bengier, S. E.,
GM3fc. -k Third Row - Graziani, C. L., SZXC, Crider, S. E., Slfc, Farry, F. J., S2fc,Jasley, E. C., S2fc, Galitzky, B., S2fc, Martorelli,
D. F., SZXC, Fried, F. E., Sl,f"c, Shaffer, C. VV., Slfc, Drinkwater, L. F., S2y"c, Fulmer, F. D., S2fc, Parker, C. A., SZXC, Perkinson, R. E.,
SZXC, Smith, A. L., S2f'c, O'Brine, XV., S2y'c, Quinn, F. M., S2,f'c, Roe, E. T., S2,fc, Santelmo, A. M., S2fc, Haney, W. J., SZXC.
-lr Fourth Row -Halkyard, F. E., S2 ,." c, Tishlias, H., S2 ,,'f lc, Maxson, R. C., S2,f'c, Marker, F.. V. H., SZXC, Fly, H. T., S2fc, Frick,
H. F.,, SZXC, Fetterman, P. S., S2,f'c, Graves, XV. T., S1,f'c, Calhoun, D., S2f'c, Grochowski, E. W., SZXC, Colich, R. R., S2fc, Gaul, S.,
Slfc, Patterson, A. M., Slfc, Goulet, H. A., Slfc, Brinkley, L.,S Zfc, Derr, H. A., S2,fc. -A' Fyfth Row - Wellman, E. W., S2fc, Parker,
H. B., SZXC, Kripper, G., S2,fc, Hubbard, R. J., S2f'c, McMakin, C. WV., S2fc, Betz, A. E., Slfc, Etheridge, E., S2fc, Bryant, E. T.,
SZXC, Rolf, W. H., S2,f"c, English, E. H., S2 ,fil c, VVells,J.C.,S1 ,.f" c, Potyraj, C. A., S2fc, Haley, A. J., S2fc, Kirk, L., S2fc, Vendetti,
A. A., SZXC, Reddy, L. W., Slfc. if Sixth Row - Kaprka, YV., Slfc, Hall, M. D., S2,f'c, Danielson, F.. H., S2fc, Lilly, E. B., S2fc, Bevis,
C. E., SZXC, Kohler, M. F., S2fc, Ducharme, W. A., S2fc, Turgeon, L., SZIXXC, Rogers, B. V., S2fc, Davis, R. O., SZXC, Tyburski, J., S2fC,
Peterson, G., S2fc, Shuck, J. C., SZXC, Caltabiano, J., S2,fc, Calaudra, F. M., SZXC. -k Seventh Row - Canopolo, A., S2fc, Candalena,
J. M., S2fc, Kemp, K. A., S2,fc, Patton,J. M., S2,'lc, Conine, H. L., S2fc, Chestnut, H. B., S2fc, Pero, R. C., S2fc, Cottrell, C. W., SZXC,
Pena, F. A., S2fc, Davis, H. J., S2fc, Waeger, E. J., S2,"c, Fowler, C. E., S2fc, Cooper, G. M., S2fc, Basch, H. F., S2fc, Rocco, A., S2fc,
Brown, R., S2fc, Calabrese, H., S2f'c, Van Horn, L. M., S2fc.
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The 130 men of 8B Division spent the summer of 1944 off the French Beachheads protecting the ARKY from the Luftwaffe
by manning the 40 MXM Battery. There they learned to love two songs - "I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down"
and 'fOh, What a Beautiful Morning." In the steadfast performance of duty amidst dodging enemy shells and bombs, as
well as the blasts of the turrets, they gave supporting fire to the A.A. barrage that downed two enemy planes near at hand.
Those results were far superior to that of the main and secondary batteries whose men claim a sea gull and two barrage
if First Row - GriHin, P. T., BM1fc, Wilson, B. F., GM1fc, Hartje, H. L., BM1fc, Rowell, H., GM1fc, Gardner, E. K., GM3fc, Steiger-
wald, C. C., GMlfc, Dahl, E. W., GM3fc, Hensley, VV. H., GM3fc, Wright, H. A., Cox, Haroutunian, H., BM1fc. -A' Second Row -
Klitzner, M., S2fc, Earp, T.J., S2fc, Owens,J., S2fc, Martinelli, C. A., GM3fc, Oak, L. N., GMZXC, Kszywiecki, M.J., GM3fc, Lagonia,
M., GM3fc, Amato, S. M., S2fc, Arnold, R. lXI., S2fc, Raulerson, L., GM3fc, Gavula, P., Slfc, Still, H. A., GM2fc, Pettiecord, H. R.,
GM2fc, Pawlowski, J., Cox. -k Third Row - Ens. R. A. Jacobs, Lt. F.. F.. Heavey, Lt. S. L. Kahn, Lt. W. W. De Venter, Lt. P. H.
Conley, CGM S. J. Pope. if Fourth Row -4Marti, H. P., Slfc, Mitchell, lxl. A., S2fc, Berry, A. H., S2fc, Greene,J. L., S2fc, Karpus,
J. F., S2fc, Jagger, A., S2fc, Cardy, R. H., S2fc, Tutoky,J. E., S2fc, Starner, R. H., SZXC, Belk, S., SZXC, Latray, W. R., S2fc, Fredericks,
R. G., S2fc, Krause, J. R., S2fc McCaffrey, C S2fc, Stanley H. C , S2fc Ceresnak, F. F S2fc, XV lf V. L
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Holloway, C., S2fc, Plant, J. H., S2fc. -If Fyfth Row-Lowrie, S. K., Slfc, Behrens, B. O Slfc Odell C Slfc Clark E D. S2fc,
Tucker, H. W., SZXC, Young,J. M., Slfc, Miller, R. K., S2fc, Wlendolek, A. F., S2fc, Gardner, E. L., Slfc, Izzo, M. J., S2fc, Missera, J.,
S2fc, Schaefer, R. E., SZXC, Pickering, H. IV., S2fc, Balcerkiewicz, C. J., S2fc, Colgain, H. A., S2fc, Wilson, R. D., SZXC, Anderson, B.,
S2fc, Zykowski, F., Slfc. if Sixth Row - Rutkowski, R. S., S2fc, Lennartz, IVI., SZXC, Chrismon, S., S2fc, Kimble, G. W., S2fc,
Cobbler, L. E., SZXC, Martino, C. L., Slfc, Sheehan, P. IV., S2fc, Pollard, R. M., S2fc, Cartrette, C. H., SZXC, Stevens, C. C., S2fc,
Salvatore, J. A., S2fc, Cook, P. W., S2fc, Deluca, S., S2fc, Roberts, D. C., S2,f'c, Lauer, R. L., S2fc. -pf Seventh Row - Munchich, J.,
Slfc, Aurich, T. R., SZXC, Sellers, H. G., Slfc, King,J. L., S2fc, Giantonio, A.J., Slfc, Wlillard, IV. H., S2fe, Ruth, H. T., S2fc, Thomas,
V. B., SZXC, Sorensen, K. T., S2fc, Chitwood, IN. C., SZXC, McEnery,J. J., S2,f'c, Carr, V. G., S2fc, Free, L. E., S2fc, Peart, K. B., Slfc,
Snow, M. L., S2fc. -k Eighth Row - Newberry, L. J., SZXJC, Mulcahy, R. R., S2fc, Alfonso, J., S2fc, Clements, F.. R., S2fc, Seiders,
R. J., Slfc, Palmer, W. R., S2fc, Olander, W. S., S2fc, Wfinters L. C. S2f T 1 ll' A '
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S2fc, Gutermuth, W. J., S2fc, Delbonis, T., S2fc, IfValowick, W' S2fc Stutts R C Slfc if Ninth Row Dawson G V S2 G d-
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wyn, E. B., Slfc, Baker, D. W., Cox., Lewis, R. IN., S2fc, Sands, VV. P., Slfc, Zukowski, L. K., Slfc, Krapes, G. L., Slfc, Maistrelis, G.,
S2fc, LaBow, J. E., S2fc, Sorensen D IV S2fc Curry VV H S2 fc Swiger H A C B
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Ryden, W. D., Slfc, Patterson, B., S2fc, Klingel, R. J., S2fc, Schrieber, R. L., S2fc, Vance M P S2fc Cicone G D S2f
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Men in the division who are not in the picture:
Giordano, A., S2f'c, Wiknik, H. W., S2fc, Bruni, D. J., S2fc, Owens, VV., S2fc, Etchells, A. E., S2fc.
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Fleischner, R., Slfc, Seeders, E. D., SZXC, Lt. H. R. Brost, Mower, K. T., Cox.,
Pulaski, T. B., Slfc, Guice, M. H., S2fc, Miller, D. J., Slfc, Moulaison, F., Slfc,
ik Second Row - Caterina, E., S2fc, O'Gara, H. V., Slfc, Gaumond, R. L., S2fc,
Dudak, J. F., S2fc, Hutchinson, R., S2fc, Haver, H. J., S2fc, Brobst, R. S., S2fc,
Gray, G. W., S2fc, Fraley, W. W., S2fc. ik Third Row - Craft, E. J., S2fc, Gray,
J. C., SZXC, Ourado, G., S2fc.
Not in picture - Conti, A. V., SZXC, Kelson, G. T., S2fc.
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if Firsl Row - Shumate, G. L., PFC, Cavalier, J., PFC, McCallister, M. E., PFC, Clapp, T. YV.,Jr., Cpl, Straley, L., Cpl, Chandler,
H., PFC, Lapp, A. E., PFC, Phillips, E., Cpl. t Second Row - Smith, D., Pl. Sgt., Chittick, H., Gy.Sgt., Widestrom, C. B., Sgt.
Maj., 2nd Lt. C. A. Meyer, lst Lt. H. E. Fuller, Jr., lst Lt. L. T. Cahill, Nealon, D. J., Pl.Sgt., Fitzgerald, A., P.QSgt.j, Donnelly, J.,
Sgt., Zito,J. P., Sgt. -A' Third Row -- DiCostanza, VV. A., Cpl., Holt, A. G.,Jr., PFC, Tester, R. M., PFC, Browne, F. L., Cpl., Jankowiak,
C., PFC, O'Keefe, E., PFC, Marcum, WV. L., PFC, Kinsey, YV. V. P., PFC, Sprufero, A. P., PFC, Fambrought, P. E., Cpl, if Fourth
Row - Hammond, R. H., PFC, Platte, A. C., PFC, Chatham, R. A., PFC, Davis, E. C., PFC, O'Connor, I. J., PFC, Kuehinsky, VV. G.,
PFC, Moniodes, E., PFC, Capozzoli, E. A., PFC, Bachand, R. C., PFC, Howard, VV. F., Pvt. -A' Fyfth Row - Garmus, R. D., PFC, Dury,
C. H., Sgt., Brunetti, L. J., Sgt., Slater, L., PFC, Gosk, J., Cpl., O'Keefe, YV. F., Jr., Pvt., Brawley, "Jn HD", Cpl., Libby, R. B.,
PFC, Mansfield, G., III, PFC, Long,J., Cpl. f Sixflz Row - Miller, F. E., PFC, Nadrizny,J. A., Pvt.,
Venezia, F. J., Cpi., Boeeklio, G. E., PFC, Wfoodbury, A. v., Cpl., Deapo, J. R., PFC, Fofeheo, B. L., 3 4 Wfifff fliffw
Pvt., Brown, G., Pvt., Franko, H., Jr., PFC, Taylor, R. YV., Cpl., YValton, H. YV., PFC, Bennett,
H. J., PFC, Anneheim, F. H., Cpl., Koren, E. L., Sgt., Kavanaugh, YV. J., Sgt. -A' Sfventh Row- QL
Williams, R. J., PFC, Williams, D. L., PFC, Torpey, J. T., PFC, .A1'SCI'l3.Ulll, J. L., PFC, Dailey, D. w., QB'
PFC, Toomey, E. A., PFC, Rose, B. J., PFC, An-ey, 1. A., PFC, Redding, w. C., Jr., PFC, Cuchel, F., Sv
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The :CFU Division is Composed of:
1. Fire Controlmen, who are responsible for the repair and maintenance of
the equipment which controls the fire of the shipls guns. They participate
also in the operation of fire control equipment.
2. Gunners Mates, who are in charge of the magazines in which the ship's
ammunition is stowed.
3. Yeomen, who handle the clerical work of the Gunnery Office.
-A' Fin! Row - Sheinart, N. G., FCO2,!'c, Gresser, F. F., S2,fc, Supernovich, H., GM2,fc, Kennamer, C. C., FCO2fc, Steinhilper, C. F.,
FC2fc, Morrin, T. E., FC3f'c, Harris, R. W., FC3 f'ft" C, Drury, R. F., FC3, ,f'i c, Gaskill, E. P., GMZXC, Dawson, D. W., Slfc, Kunowski, S.,
FCOZXC, Wall, R. H., FC3fc. if Second Row QSea!edj - Klene, G. F., GMZXC, Kapelczak, E. F., CFC, Listar, S., CGM, Scott, C. C.,
CFC, Lt. L. T. Reeves, Lt. F. H. Gouge, Ens. S. P. Hills, Lt. H. London, Ens. B. Ahrens, Thurston, E. F., FC3fc. -k Third Row
CSeatedj - Keating, B. F., Slfc, Gill, R., Sl, "t' c, Villanova, S., FC3, c, Flynn, R. A., GM3,fc, Dybowski, C. A., FC2fc, Vanness, V.,
FC3fc, Ward, E., FC2f'c, Soltis, J., FC2,fc, Martiney, P., FC2 ,.lii c, lvlarcum, E., FCZXC. if Fourth Row-Deshotels, D., GM1fc,
Dillon, T. B., FC3fc, Easter, W. G., FC2f'c, Estabrook, H. P., S2,fc, Dabney, L. R, Slfc, Olson, M. V., FCOlfc, Yatsko, M. J., FCOIXC,
Tresselt, E. W., FC2,f'c, Brown, A. E., FCOZXC, Wilson, YV., GM3,f'c, LaRossa, A., GM2fc, Davidson, H. A., Slfc, Stoltenberg, R. V.,
FCOZXC, Stauffer, P. M., FCZXC, Leak, C. E., GM3,f'c, Wallace, R. T., FC2fc, Haw, N. S., YZXC, Young, B., Slfc, Dubuc, R. G.,
FCOZXC, Tipton, C. L., FC2fc, Drozdowsky, T. J., Slyc. 1 Fjth Row fS!andz'ngj - Morgan, E. R., Slfc, Talbott, L. E., FC3fc, Krolik,
E. G., FCO1fc, Vernot, E. T., SZXC, Larsen, C. A., FC2,f"c, Knowlton, S., GM2,fc, Owen, A. J., Slfc, VVilcox, P. M., FCOZXC, Lang,
F. A., FC2fc, Sojka, E. H., FC3fc, Bordeaux, V. H., FC3,ic, Jones, XV., FCO2,f'c, Fagan, R. F., Slfc, Cate, O. B., FCOlfc, Peugh,
D. W., FCIXC, Luchansky, P., FC3fc, Enders, R. C., Y3,fc. -A' Sixth Row Q.S'tandz'ngj - VVilson, B. J., GM3,fc, Herbert, N. H., FCO2,fc,
Medeck, P. C., FCOZXC, Rowbottom, H. J., FC3fc, Kozak, L. J., S2fc, Spidle, K. E., Slfc, Zimmer, B. J., FC3fc, Kibblier, P. J., S2fc,
Bottitta, L., Slfc, Koski, R., Slfc, Devoy, W. A., FC2,Xc, Logan, D. I., FCO2fc. if Seventh Row - Burnett, C. W., GM3fc, Hill, N. F.,
GM2fc, Parker, C. E., Slfc, Lanahan, A. J., GM3,fc, Turner, B. P., GM3,fc, VVright, L. R., FClfc, Winkler, F. VV., FCOZKC, Stewart,
T. E., FC2fc, Munno, W. R., FC3fc, LaBelle, H., FC2jc, Morenz, E. C., FC3,n'c, Kimmel, R. F.,, FCO2,fc.
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ARKANSAS AVIATION UNIT
The aviation unit of the c'Devil Shipn Arkansas is a group of men trained to
help keep "The Eyes and Ears of the Fleet" in good condition.
They are trained as pilots, machinist mates, radiomen, ordnance, and metal-
smiths, each with a specific bit to do.
Aside from the duties of aviation, they must also perform their regular
shipboard duties as expected from any sailor.
The pilots of this unit are also fighter pilots, having flown Spitfires over the
Normandy Coast, each flying twenty or more sorties spotting for the guns of
the HArkyl' as well as shooting up many targets on their own accord.
The enlisted men of the unit were responsible for the perfect condition of
their planes. A
We are proud to be a member of this unit and also to be serving aboard the
if First Row -Torrance, D. M., ARM3fc, Alexander, R., AM2fc, Hoehl, E. G., A
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Senior Aviatorl, Davenport, C., ARM1fc, Antonavage, A. A., jr., AMM1fc, Shawger, F. S., AMM2fc,
-k Second Row - Wilson, L. H., Slfc, Weber, W. F., ARM2fc, Kovach, J., Jr., AMNIZXC, Martin, F., Slfc,
Falcone, P., Slfc, Russell R. S., Slfc, Nicholls, R. M., AMM3fc, Imondi R. A. S
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UN" Division is that part of the ship's company which determines the ship's position while
under way and assists the Officer-of-the-Deck both at sea and in port. It is composed of
Quartermasters, Quartermaster Strikers, an Aerographers Mate, and a Yeoman Striker.
-nr First Row - Ferrucci, A., QlNfI3,'c, Hottee, NI. E., QhI3,'c, Sherrill, K. E., QlXI3 'c, Wlaldon, M. D. E., QMZXC, VVest, F. C., Aeroglfc
Lt. G. F. Campman, Abramson, VV., QM1,fc, Caffee, B. H., QlN12,ic, lNfICCoy, P. C., QM3fc, Lambert, C. M., Slfc, Stoddard,
E. L., QM3 ic. if .S'ev'on11' Row--4Hanak, P., Sl 'C, Loyd, L. E., QMS, C, Carden, Nl. J., S2 C, McCauley, R. M., S1,f'c,Agner, W. A., Jr.,
Slfc, Kelley, E. O., QM3 c, Conlon, F. X., QMBIC, Lord, T. C., QlN'I3,'c, Tennyson, A. Jr., QMBXC, Bartley, C. E., Slfc, Hill, V. P.,
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"Ln Division is composed of those men whose battle posts are at the ship's Lookouts Sta-
tions. Although modern inventions have tal-:en much of their responsibility, the "Eyes
of the Ship" are still important to any vessel at sea.
if First Row-Welch, G., Slfc, Law, E. T., Slfc, Anderson, R. M., Cox., McDonald,J. E., Cox., Lt. Cjgj E. R. Sanford, Solchenberger, J.,
Cox., Buck, E. O., Slfc, Doss,J. M., Slfc, Banicki, A. R., Slfc. -k Second Row - Lawrence, A.J., S2,"c, Berry, M. E., S2fc, Berry, A. M.,
Slfc, Lapine, F.. A., Slfc, Clickner, YV. E., Slfc, Stallings, R., S2,fc, Dugas, W. L., Slfc, Craig, L. J., Slfc, lX1ather, S. C., Slfc. -k
Third Row - Romaine, P., S2fc, Smith, F., Slfc, Smith, Wi. R., S2fc, Nardone, P. R., SZXC, Solt, E., Jr., S2fc, Quinn, G. E., Slfc,
Helman, E., Slfc, Lynch, J., S2fc.
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Madden, A., Ylfc, Nourse, G. H., RT1fc, Ramer, G. W., RT2fc, Sullivan, A. N., SMZXC, Endicott, H. M., YZXC. if Second Row - Vicchio, A. A., SMlfc, Biggs, D. S., CSM,
R. T., Dewey, CY, Ens. A. VV. Bornfriend, Lt. Cjgj A. Bates, Lt. S. S. Hatch, Lt. Cjgb G. E. Smith, Lt. R. A. Kennedy, Ens. C. A. Blazer, Ships Clerk D. R. Russell, Thompson, C. A.,
CRM. if Third Row - Leber, D. M., RM2fc, Moore, T. E., S2fc, Poole, B. H., Slfc, Ferreira,J.J., RM3fc, Roby, C. L., SM3fc, Labbe, A. P., Slfc, Bost, C.J., RM3,f"c, Lemmo
J. RM3fc, Cody, T. J., Ylfc, Camera, A. A., Slfc, Thomas, E., Slfc, Mohler, C. F., RMZXC, Lalak, F. L., RM3fc, O'Kane, L. F., S2fc, Stroup, G. E., S2fc, Langston, M. T.
Y3fc, Mullis, R. K., S2fc. -k Fourlh Row - Dunn, K., Slfc, Owen, J. D., Slfc, Lautsch, E. G., Slfc, Steinberg, H.J., Slfc, Musumeci, A., Y3fc, Glassman, A., Y3,f'c, Dorish,J., S1 ,,ft'l c,
Messersmith, W. A., Slfc, Crawford, E. J., RM3fc, Ogozalek, S. A., Slfc, Mazyk, S. C., Slfc, Duffy, R. H., S2fc, Sease, D. L., Slfc, Reschke, K. W., S2fc, hlorsch, R., S2,f'c, Lever,
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-Af First Row - Schwartz, B., Y2f'c, Plank, D. M., RMZXC, Searls, G. R., RTlfc, Millard, W. H., RM1fc, Morton, R. T., Ylfc, Schmatz, L. K., Ylfc, Overstreet, T., YZXC, VVitt, M.,
SM2fc, Allaire, R. L., SM2fc. -Af Second Row -- Sturtz, G. A., RMlfc, Merson, W., CY, Lt. Cjgj P. Clancy, Lt. S. S. Stephens, Lt. S. S. Hatch, Lt. Cjgj P. H. Glatfelter, Lt. Qjgj
A. M. Ferres, Ens.J. A. Melia, Fisher, L. J., CBM. -A' Third Row -Policastro, R. L., Slfc, Rogers, C., Slfc, Nowlin, S. E., SM3fc, Ruggieri, D., Y3fc, Crowell, T. C., SM3fc, Tyberg,
I. F., SM3f, Mack, R. G., RM3fc, McDonald, E. B., RM3fc, Merson, W., RM3fc, Richardson, H. E., RM3fc, Golba, J. V., RM3fc, Gerchrnan, J., Y3fc, Carter, R. E., RT3fc,
Marot, N. H., Y3fc, Vitale, J., S2,fc, Myers, E., Slfc, Naylon, D. J., RM3fc. -lr Fourth Row- Leatherman, E., RlVI3fc, Barker, L., S2fc, O'Neal, P. I., S2fc, lnce, L., S2fc,
Brooks, R. R., RM2fc,, Bunch, R. E., RM3fc, Doerfer, R. C., Slfc, Kuber,J. L., S2fc, Rogers, F. V., Slfc, Lonigan, B. V., S2fc, Heflelfinger, M. J., Slfc, Meek, F. B., RM3,fc, Lewis,
J. D., Y3fc, Schmidt, D. J., Slfc, Crowell, L. W., RM3fc, Blanton, B. B., SM3fc, Noll, R. L., Slfc.
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C S I G N A L
SIGNAL GANG - IT HAPPENED OFF FRANCE: Viccmo wore five life jackets + STEADY DASH Biggs dug a fox hole in the dog house -
SHHHH, that plane might hear you - LABBE, '4Cne trains, three tank, one spitfires and a trucksf' e- ALLAIRE gained ten pounds eating
K rations, PINKY lost ten - 'CTurrets four, five and six will Fire again W where did the CHIEF go?" W- WITT, ftWho sh'tole my watermelon?,,
-alt wonlt be like this when I make CHIEF."-LOUIE, c'Tyberg looks same as Q0 years ago in front of Chinese laundryf'-MCROWELL, "Ah
reckon ah'll have'ta raise yo'allg ah'se got fo, acesf, - POLICASTRO, c'Let me up, he didn't give me a chancef' - VITALE, "Tomorrow D
Day, Tomorrow Sick Bay? - MR. GLATFELTER, c'Has anyone seen my helmet, life belt, jacket, 45, boots, etc..?', - BARTHOLOMEW BENNY
found a violet in Ireland - PARSON ROBY, "I wonder how toe nail polish got on my collar." - RoGERs, 'gAnyone know where I can get
some fish hooks and a reel for my leave?H
-1- First Row - VVitt, M., SMZXC, Sullivan, A. N., SM2fc, Vicchio, A. A., SMIXC, Hogan, F., SM1fc, Allaire, R. L., SMZXC, Tyberg, I. F., SM3fc, Nowlin, S. E., SM3fc, Dunn, K.,
Slfc. if Second Row - Blanton, B. B., SM3fc, Crowell, T. C., SM3fc, Ince, L., SM3fc, Roby, C. L., SM3fc, Schmidt, D.J., Slfc, Policastro,J. L., Slfc, Sease, D. L., Slfc, Lautsch,
E. G., Slfc, Steinberg, H. J., Slfc, Vitale, F., Slfc. -k Third Row - Messersmith, W. A., Slfc, Dorish, J., Slfc, Noll, R. L., Slfc, Rogers, G., Slfc, Labbe, A. P., Slfc, Heffelfinger,
M. J., Slfc, Lt. Cjgj A. Bates, Asst. Sig. Off., Lt. P. H. Glatfelter, Sig. Off., D. S. Biggs, CSM, Ogozalek, S. A., Slfc, Mazyk, S. C., Slfc, Plant, H., S2fc, Meyers, E.,S1fc.
Absent: Stonehouse, A. W., SM3fc.
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Contrary to all rules of good seamanship, HKU Division may rightfully be referred to as the 'fEye of the Ship."
The nights are never too dark, the storms never too violent, or the fog never becomes too thick for the electronic beam of RADAR to pierce.
Although we are one of the junior divisions of the Ship, we are striving to attain or even surpass our motto - 'CDO A Good Job? If we
prove a success at this, then we trust we will be as successful in gaining the esteem of the whole Ship.
-Af First Row-Schwartzer, L., Slfc, Chibnik, M., Slfc, Sullivan, L., RdM2fc, Farley, J., RdM2fc, Slater, C. H., RdM2fc, Wilson, R. A., RdM3fc, Cole, R. H., RdM3fc
Bygness, M. D., RdM3fc, Criss, R. W., RdM3fc, Morgan, G., Slfc, Scott, H. L., RdM3fc.-if Second Row - Woodard,J. G., RdMlfc, McConnell, R. C., FC1fc, lNatts, INT., RdB42,"c
Levangie, A. D., RdM1fc, Lt. E. W. Woody, Lt. B. E. Bachman, Lt. T. R. Hopkins, Lt. Cjgj A. Hodges, Lt. H. A. Wilson, Mays, L., RdM1fc, Hoopes, L. T., RdM1fc, Thornton
J. H., SpCAQ1fe, Olsen, B. J., RdMlfc. -Af Third Row - Munchick, J., Slfc, Alge, F. J., RdM3fc, Lerner, M., RdM3fc, Laffey, D.J., Slfc, Verricker, C.J., Slfc, Gard, R. NI., FCZXC
Lewis, K. J., RdM3fc, Moore, J. B., RdM3fc, Haugen, A. E., RdM3fc, Bonacum, W. J., Slfc, Ludwig, M. W., S1fc,Janecko, C. R., Slfc, Pigg,J. W7., Slfc, Easterly, C., Slfc, Lemon
C. L., Slfc, Jolin, L. A., Slfc, Peterson, W. H., RdM2fc, Finn, F. A., RdM3f'c. -k Fourth Row - Long, R. W., Slfc, May, B., Slfc, Perry, A. J., RdM3fc, Corning, D. A., RdlVI2fc
Latina, A. J., Slfc, Phillips, S. J., RdM2fc, Sneigowski, E. M., Slfc, Klein, L., Slfc, Kiman, P., S2fc, McNair, C. B., S2fc, Arrigotti, M. F., Slfc, Gill, C., RdM2fc, Harrington
L. T., Slfc, Courtright, H. C., S2fc, Ward, F. M., RdM3fc, Sutton, M., RdM2fc, Stidworthy, K. G., RdM2fc, VVooters, L., RdM2fc. n
Not in the picture -Taylor, C., RTlfc, Finley, A. R., RdM3fc, Lawrence, E. F., S2fc, Lewis, G. C., S2fc.
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-A' Firsl Row - Clanville, R. H., lX1lNfI3,f'fc, Prachniek, F. E., Flfc, Healey, C. J., Y3,f!c, Brooks, B.,
CMM, Duddles, R. VV., CMlN1, Lt. D. N. Osburn, Ens. A. D. VVilburn, VVildfoerster, V. H., Ch.
Mach., Steele, S. D., MM1,!'e, Comitto, C. J., lN1lX13,,'c, Kirby, B. F., N11-3,fc. iv Second Row - Vi
ning, K. J., Flfc, Snyder, T. S., lVIlVI2,f'e, Maclkiurray, B. YV., Flfc, Crouse, L., F3j'c, Kabala, E.
F2fc, Sloan, C. P., Flfe, Hegarty, T. C., F2,'e, Davenport, C. C., lXlM3fc, Scarapieco, A. M.
MMBXC, Holmes, S. VV., Flfe. f Tlzird Row-Donch, C. J., lX1oMM3fc, Jakowenko, M., Flfc,
Carnpanella, D. A., MM3,fe, Neill, D. D., lX4M2,7e, Poss, L. VV., lN1M2f'C, Rainey, A., lVIlN41fc,
Cude, E. J., MlNl3fe, Coffman, C. L., lNlM2,f'c, Haion, H. E., lXlM3,lc, Ogden, F., MMZXC
Schwartz, H., Y2,.ffc, Osterhoff, YV. F., lVIM3,'c. if Fozzrlh Row - Gordaz, O. S., MlN12fc, YVeiss,
R., MoMM2ffe, Kocel, T. A., IVIONINIZ 'c, Cranney, J., lNfIM3,'c, Luttig, W'. L., MM2 ,,'l ' 0, Collins
if T., MMZXC, Shepherd, R. L., lX4Ml, C, Laska,J., lVIM1,,7c, Gallant. O. J., lX4Ml,fc, Tygrett, H. T.
MMZXC, Compton, YV. D., lXfIMl,."c, Hardernan, P. L., lN4M2fe.
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iv First Row-Stanek,F. S.,Y2 c, Klemens, S.,MMl c, ReilJer,C. M., Ml-ljc, Richards, M.C.R.,
MM1.fc, Ch.lNfIach. V. H. XVilClfoerSter, Lt. D. N. Osburn, Ens. A. D. W7ilburn, Maynard,J. L.,
MMl,.f'c, Swanson, R. E., Nlhll c, lNli5o, J., lNloNIlXIl. c, Stewart, C. E., Mlvllfc. if Sfffond Row 4
Stevens, L. C., lNf1Ml c, Shelton, R. F., MM2 c, Shore, L. M., lN4N12,H'c,St. George, F., MM3flc,
Knouse, NI. E.,lN'lM2 c,Schrader, E. P., MM2, c, Lupardo,J., MM2,,fc, McHorse, M. M., MoMM2f'lc,
Dzuiba, J., MolNlM2 c. if Third Row M Freek, A., lN'IolN1lVI3,f'c, Neugebauer, P. C., Flfc,
Clifford, L. C., F2,lc, Kornacar, F., F2, c, McArthur, E. N., MM3,fc, hlayberry, J., MM2fc,
Holton, G. O., NINI2 c, DeRomanis, A. J., Fl, c. if Fourth Row e- Becker, R. H., MM2fc, Mor-
beck, D. A., NINIZ c, Noth, F. A., MM2 c, Conner,J. XV., NIM3, 'e, Poeth, R. S., lvIMS3,fc, Schultze,
J. F., Nil-3,'c, Hooker, N., F2 C, Cook, H. L., M1-3,'c, Vaceara, F. M., F2,fc.
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Helmuth, C., Flfc, Kozlowski, E. J., F2fc, Blust, C. L., F2fc, Wilburn, E. C., Flfc, Fry, C. W., F2fc, Selby, H. E., F2fc. -Af Second Row - Austin, M. L., Flfc, Lee,J. E., ChBmkr.,
Arnold, R. J., CWT, Whitson, E. H., CWT, F. Hale, Mach., Ens. T. M. Kiley, Ens. H. M. Bodes, Ens. W. Stribling, Ivey, V., CWT., Scaller, C. R., CWT, Mclnturff, O., CWT.,
Soltis, H., CWT. if Third Row - Rejhan, Z. P., Flfc, Magee, W. L., B3fc, Piatnick, E. R., WTZXC, McGuire, J., WT1fc, Gaines, F., MM1fc, Paynter, W., WT1fc, Scott,
J. A., ST1fc, Leo, D. H., WT1fc, Kent, O. S., WT1fc, Hansen, N. H., WTIXC, Morris, I. H., WT1fc, Marrs, C. R., WT1fc, Willons, T. W., WT1fc, Wood, A., WTlfc. -A' Fourth Row
- Perkins, H. L., Flfc, Shambo, V. B., WTZXC, Ramsey, E. C., WT2fc, Sugden, R. J., WT2fc, Martin, P. D., B3fc, Hulbirt, B. L., WTZXC, Terrell, I., Wt2fc, Haynes, H. J., VVTZXC,
Blankenship, W. B., M2fc, Fleming, H. J., WT2fc, Skaggs, H. C., WT2fc, Thomas, A., WTZXC, Rzepny,J. S., WT2fc, Contos, P., F2fc, Derino, C. F., Flfc, Lanni, V., Flfc, Loguidice,
T. L., FZXC. -A' Fyfth Row -Wagoner, L., Flfc, Dignozio, D. F., Flfc, Spiney, P., WT3fc, Smith, W. F., WTZXC, Drazenovich, M., B3fc, McDowell, P. M., Wt3fc, Price, W.,
WT3fc, Krieger, 1-l.L., WT3fc, Boyd, C., WT3fc, Murphy, W. P., WT3fc, Snyder, A., WT3fc, Amerlon, H. J., WT3fc, Campbell, H. W., Flfc, Schwartz, E. B., FZXC. t Sixih Row
- Cairiere, E. C., F2fc, Romano, I., F2fc, Colby, R. J., Flfc, Damon, H. O., Flfc, Coulter, L. E., F2fc, Myers, M. W., Flfc, Luck, B. W., WT3fc, Morrone, A. E., F2fc, Parsons, T. L.,
F2fc, Gee, H. F., Flfc, Crzancowski, H. J., F2fc, Brumm, F. A., F2fc, Kiley, J. F., F2fc, Demaso, E. T., Flfc, Mascara, A. J., Flfc.
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Flfc, Mensy, A. P., Fl ,.f'l c, Gillespie, P. F., ElVI3,fc, Davenport, H. F., Flfc, Freer, VV. F., Flfc. f
Second Row - White, O. L., Fife, Pike, C., ElN13,'c, Bigham, P. C., EM2,f"c, Savard, C. F., CEM,
H. M. Manes, Elect., Ens. H. P. Hatcher, Div. Off., Ens. H. L. Nevison, Movie and Barrage Balloon
Officer, E. Jarrel, Elect., R. H. Fisher, CElNI, E. Barclen, Flfc, Nance, F2,fc. -Af Third Row-
Wfright, J., ElN13,'c, Haemer, T. EM3, c, Nastale, C., EM3,Vc, Everman, A., EM2fc, Senter,
W. V., EM2,"c, W'isenbaker, C. R., ENI2, c, Bailey, D. E., EM2 ,rli c, Hammock, H. C., EM3fc,
Hunter, G. R., ElVI2,f'c, Simmons, VV. E., ElVI2,'c, Hirt, V. R., EM2,fc, Los, P., EM1fc, Dennison,
P., ElN4l,f'c, Kuhn, C. M., ElVI2,c, Ransone, H. NI., F2,"c. if Fourth Row-Johnson, K. D.,
EM3fc, Ponton, A. J., EM2,'fc, Armstrong, R. R., EM2,fc, Click, C. E., EM3fc, McShannock, D. F.,
EM2fc, Wfard, W. A., EM3,'c, Duscharme, R. F., EMZ,7c, VVing, G. R., EM3fc, Rainwater, H. A.,
EM3fc, Strickland, G., ElNl2,tc, Spencer, H. R., ElNfI3,fc, VVarrick, H. O., EM2fc, Henley, M.,
EM3fc, Erny, A. G., EM1,'c, Talton, H. H., EM1,fc. 11 Fyfth Row - Hammack, H. T., EM3fc,
Harris, J., EM3fc, Harrison, A., EM2,f'c, Turco, J. A., EMZXC, Mullins, K. A., EM3fc, Eichler, D.,
EM3fc, Martin, C. A., EM3fc, Seeley, R. V., EM1,'c, McCvilvery, L. N., EM2fc, Morgan, E.,
EM3fc, Ramsey, P. A., EM3f'c, Browning, E. V., EM3,'ic, Starkey, E..N., EM2fc, Sutter, H. E.,
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The "R" Division is the construction and repair unit of the ship, composed of carpenteris mates,
shipfitters, metalsmiths, pattern makers, painters, some boatswain's mates, a few yeomen and the
band, with the First Lieutenant and his assistants in charge.
At general quarters, we man repair parties for the purpose of damage control. If any repairing has
to be done, we do it. Our motto is uYou bust 'emg we fix 'em.',
During the bombardment of Normandy, while bombs dropped about and shells whizzed around, the
HHatch-Happyl' boys repaired broken water lines, vents, etc., and the "Horn Tootersw bolstered
the crew's morale with sweet tunes on the quarterdeck.
-1- First Row - Sopelak, E. F., S1,f'c, Martin, N. A., Slfc, Cochell, VV. S., Muslfc, Margolis, S., S2fc, Long, C. D., F2fc, Smith, R. R.,
S2fc, Helmling, R. H., S2f'c, lVIiller, T., Slfc, La lvlartina, J., SSMB3fc, Hingston, E. E., Slfc. -k Second Row - Monize, R. A., CSF,
Cook, W. H., CBM, McGovern, J. G., CBM, Forstner, S., CBM, Bo'sn. D. L. Donnald, Ch.Carp. L. C. Richey, Ens. E. E. Mallick, Ens.
W. R. Priester,Jr., Lt. R. H. Gilman, Lt. VV. E. Darden, Lt. G. D. Horn, Colter, L. H., CSF, Barnes, H. C., CSF, Vrabel, F., CMus.,
Ireland, R. D., CM, McClanahan, H. L. VV., CBM, Wright, C. L., BM2,fc, Ruymen, T. J., BM1fc, Whitney, F., BM2fc. 1- Third
Row - Welch, W. V., SSMLSXC, Vance, L., SSML3fc, Stafford,J. H., Slfc, Swick, A. S., Sifc, Fagan, L. J., Slfc, Kittredge, E. G., Slfc,
Lawson,J. B., Slfc, Goodwill, V., Slfc, Deramus,J. T., Slfc, Hoffman, E. R., Slfc, Miller, H. M., SZXC, Holcomb, R., CMZXC, Mathews,
J. W., SFZXC. 1 Fourth Row - Muilenburg, L. J., S2,fc, O'Brien, F. D., SK3fc, Christman, N. J., Slfc, Pigott, H. C., Mus2fc, Fuller,
T. L., SF2fc, Fields, E., Mus3fc, Matheney, VV. G., Flfc, Belshaw, W. D., Mus3fc, Leonard, M. P., SK3fc, Brown, E. F., Mus3fc,
Stancil, C. E., Slfc, Hirschberg, G., Mus1,f"c, Newville, W. H., Mus2fc, Kelly, B. C., Mus3fc, Prendergast, S. P., Mus3fc, Saltarelli, E. A.,
Mus2fc, Audette, E. N., Mus3,fc, Dersch, R., Mus2, fl' c, Kromelow, T., Mus3fc, Luckhurst, P., Mus3fc, Ryan, G. G., Mus3fc, Jordan,
S. G., Mus2fc, McLaughlin, E. H., Buglfc, Turoff, J., Mus2f'c, Patton, K., Mus2fc, Indseth, B. A., Muslfc, Menard, M. A., S2fc,
Riley, O. L., Slfc. f FU'th Row - Schuman, D. E., Sifc, Lendacky, F. B., Slfc, Landt, W. M., SF1fc, Morrill, W., Mus3fc, Laird,
R. T., Mus2fc, Brown, E. B., SF1fc, Napoli, A., Muslfc, Padgett, R., SF1fc, Caponero, J., Mus2fc, Gruber, C. A., SF1fc, Ginocchio,
L. R., Mus2fc, Reilly, T., Ptr3,fc, Lowe, M. S., Mus3fc, Lynn, VV., PM1fc, Rosen, C., Mus2fc, Porter, L. A., M3fc, Nelson, A. W.,
Mus3fc, Biedenbender, H. C., SF3,f'c, Lee, D. W., Mus3fc, Hutton,J.J., SF2fc, Lohmueller, C., Bgmstr 3fc. if Sixth Row - Heidkamp,
W. F., SF2fc, Hunter, R. H., Slfc, Musgrave, T. R., CM2,fc, Fay, R. S., SF3f'c, Brink, R. E., SF3fc, Lunger, B., Mlfc, Masciantonio
A, A., M2fc, Araneo, J. P., Mlfc, Young, M. G., Ptr2f'c, Rose, L. M., Ptr3fc. -A' Seventh Row - Roth, N. H., SF1fc, Pruett, J., SF3fc
Wilcox, L. M., Ptr2fc, Frye, E., CMZXC, Turk, J., Ptr2fc, Zimmerman, W. T., SF3fc, Elkins, L., CM3fc, Bolen, G. L., PMlfc
Oyen, M. J., SF2fc, Kittrell, E. A., CMI ,,ftfi c, Thomas, L. P., SF1fc, Stringham, S. M., Ptrlfc. if Ezlghlh Row -Johnson, A. E., SF1fc
Weaver, F. L., FZXC, Dool, W. S., SFUC, Yourell, VV. J., SF2fc, Shelton, B. E., S2fc, Torrance, H. E., SF1fc, Crammer, J. E., lVI3,f'c
Sazamg, E,J,, SF2fc, Wallenborn, R.J., S2,ffc, Cotter, R.J., Flfc, Schwartz, L., S2,fc, Prado, L. S., 3 c Bonnesen G. D., Cox., Goduto
P. M., S2fc, Mangram, H. E., CY, Boyd, F., Sl, ft'i c, Reed, C. R., S2,t'c, Halsted, K. L., PtrS,fc, Rzl.2ikw1wgg,Hl?l,, EE,i ,, Jill Slate, J. H., M3,fc
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Pahl, H., SK2 ,.f' c, Bennett, M. K., CSK, Butler, D., CSK, VVelch, F. L., CSK, Lt. P. Charam, Lt. R. K. Wood CSCJ, Lt. O. YV.
Fraser, CSCQ, E. Robinson, CPC, CCSTD C. E. Wfhite, CCSTD XV. C. Mangrum, CSK L. lXfIahler, CCSTD Lance. if Fourth Row
- Vaughan,J. C., SIC, Parks, H. J., SC2 c, Klemman, E. J., SI c, Holt, A. L., Bkr3t c, Minor, G. L., BkrI,f'c, Meadows, W., SKZXC,
Freeman, W. H., SKI 'c, Garland, T. L., SK3,'c, Heller, R. F., SK2,'c, Vaughan, F. A., SKI,'c. iv Fyfth Row - Delk, A. L., SC2fc,
Swartz, A., Slfc, Snyder, S. XV., SZ, c, Doerr, R.J., SC2 'c, Kosse, P., Bkr2 c, Gallo, A. M., SCI ,i'l c, Dumisinecz, V., SK2,f'c, Cotton, L. M.,
SK3,fc, Shonk, J., SK3,'c, Laletas, G. A., SC3,c. -A' Sixth Row - Keane, R. N., Slfc, Reep, R. L., SK2,Wc, Zolkak, C., SKZXC,
Palacko, P., SK3,'c, Eggs-rs,J. E., SK3, c, Borecki, E. J., SK2 ,..i 'c, Temple, H., SK2 e, Lippitt, C. G., SK3,f'c, Smith, H. D., SK2,f'c, McGil-
vray, SKIXC, Moss, I. L., SKI,fc, Brazzil, L., SKI, "Ii c. if Seventh Row P- Letourneau, A. A., Slfc, Hundley, F. B., S2fc, Gandy, L. J.,
S2fc, Blogg, G., SC3,f'ic, Keller, G. W., Bkr2 ,fflf c, YVable, K. J., SK2,f"c, Reale, F. L., SC2,f"c, Handrahan, H. R., BkrI,fc, Buttle, A. J., SKIXC,
Ruth E., SK2 ,.f'i c, Sherbak, M., SK2fc, Parks, F. L., SK3.'c, Gribbin, P., SK2, c.
if First Row-Dixon, W. J., Stfmfc, Johnson, W., Ck3fc, Preston, C. M., Ck3fc, Collins, E., St3fc, Beong, G., Ckfifc. sk Second Row
-Thompson, W. C., Stlfc, Ward, R., Cklfc, Lt. Wood, Lumbes, G., CSt., Calwell, W., St2fc, Coleman, H. J., St3fc. ir Third Row
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Derrick, L. L., StM2fc, Williams, D. A., StMIfc, Coson, T. R., StMIfc, Richardson, W., StMIfc. if Sixth Row - Hubbard, W. W.,
StM2fc, Rice, H, A., StM2fc, Richardson, W., StM2fc, Russell, H., StM2fc, Mallory, S. H., StMIfc, Brown, H., StlX4Ifc, Harris, C.,
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About mid-afternoon, Tuesday, September 17,
1912, a brand new battleship, the pride of the
Fleet, was commissioned amid much ceremony
and speech-making. Many Hne things were said
about her and many fine things were predicted of
her. Thirty-two years later, after a flawless ca-
reer, though still more or less unstained by the
rigors of war, and despite the pessimistic pre-
dictions of fcDoubting Thomasesn and arm-chair
strategists, the U .S.S. Arkansas entered active com-
bat and received her Baptism of Fire. After more
than a quarter of a century, the 'CArkie'9 made
those fine predictions come true.
It was early Spring, the eve of the greatest
invasion of all history and the Arkansas was an im-
portant part of that greatest Armada involved.
As one privileged to have been a part of that gal-
lant ship's crew, let me relate here a small part of
what I saw:
When we started into the channels leading
ultimately to the landing area, we were all keyed-
up to a high pitch, and then, when D-day had to
be postponed for a day because of unfavorable
seas and weather, we were left hanging high and
dry in an emotional pitch, having steeled ourselves
for what was to come. As the weather opened up
and, once more, we began to move toward the
landing area, gathering ships as we went, we be-
came accustomed to the electric tension in the air.
We were in a constant state of alertness those few
hours previous to H-hour, for we were passing
through heavily mined waters all the time.
As H-hour drew nearer, there was a marked
and every turn of the engines brought us nearer to,
we knew not what. Over in the east, there was
only the faintest hint of approaching dawn. At
last, what had appeared to have been an unusu-
ally high horizon, and toward which I had been
steadily training my binoculars, began to take on
definite shapes and outlines, and I realized that it
was not more water, but the coast of France -
When the sky finally began to get lighter, it
did so quickly. The old saying, "The hour is al-
ways darkest before dawn," is certainly true, and
I believe that particular hour is the darkest I
have ever witnessed.
During the blackest hours just prior to early
morning light, our bombers began to come over in
drovesg so that there was a steady hum of engines
overhead. Though we could not see them, the
sound was a comforting one. There were hun-
dreds of them. They had been bombing the
beachhead area heavily for twenty-four hours
prior to our arrival.
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periodically by tracer fire from the beach - Ger-
man AA fire, visible from quite a distance. Ig-
noring this and the heavy AA bursts that threw
flak among them, however, the bombers came on,
dropped their 'fsticksw and went back for more.
As the bombs hit the beach, the entire horizon
would come ablaze with light, like the bright red
sun coming up. Time after time the bombers hit,
mercilessly, steadily, unerringly, till it seemed
there was not a square inch they had missed.
All this was not confined to the beach alone,
for we witnessed dogfights in the air, not being
able to see the planes, but by watching the
straight, then arching, then sharply-falling lines of
horizontal tracer fire. Many times we witnessed a
plane- go down in a spectacular mass of flames,
then the subsequent blinding explosion as the fire-
ball struck the ground. One marine standing near
me, watching the bombers, work, said fervently,
"If anyone ever makes a crack about a 'dog-face,
again, heill have me to whip!" And that was
representative of all our feelings, particularly
after the troops began to hit the beach. During
those long, tiresome, sleepless vigils we were to
keep, when normally, grousing would have been
at its best, there was a marked absence of fatigue.
We had only to think of those heroes so few yards
away fighting the toughest kind of a battle, and
the gripe was killed at the outset.
By the time we had gotten within five thou-
sand yards of our firing position, the sky was
bright enough to see the beach clearly, and make
out the cathedral spires and larger buildings.
When we reached our firing position, the sky was
quite bright, though the sun had not yet made its
appearance. The high cliffs to our left loomed
ominously nearby, and to our right, the beach
head was still caught in shadow. We had not yet
had our HBaptism of Fire." However, it was soon
No sooner had we reached our anchorage
when a large well of foam appeared just off our
port quarter, about six hundred yards out, from
which arose a high column of water. Shell
splashes! We had begun to receive fire from the
beach. Judging from the size, the guns firing at
us must have been seventy-five millimetre can-
non. Shortly after the first splash appeared, the
report came up, 'fSplash off stern? I looked
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into a maze of concentric circles, with a small
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this war of Shickelgruberls.
Through my binoculars, I could see occasional
gun flashes from the crests of the cliffs, just aft the
port beam. As I trained the glasses over to the
area of one Hash, I saw a great cloud of dirty gray
smoke and Hame burst, which I later learned had
spelled the doom of that battery. We were to see
all of them blasted one by one out of existence.
Later, as we moved nearer to the beach, we could
see the twisted remains of the guns and the piles of
rubble that were the shattered pillboxes.
I happened to glance at the main batteries and
noted that they were training to port. I moved
the crews to the leeward side and shortly after
heard the word passed, mln one minute the main
battery will fire to port !'l A few seconds later, the
entire ship shuddered as the big guns thundered
their reply to the paperhanger's boast H. . . To-
morrow the world I" We were prepared for a
shock, having experienced main battery firing in
practice. However, we had neglected to take into
consideration the extra powder charge that ac-
companies service ammunition, and we were in-
deed literally raised off our feet.
Our target was a heavily fortified gun em-
placement. After the first spot, the word came
back from the spotting plane that the target was
destroyed, and so it was to continue throughout
our firing - mission accomplished. A small
coastal village, bristling with enemy ammunition
dumps, antiaircraft batteries, tanks and troops
was to feel the impact of our fire. An inland city
was to be fairly blasted out of existence for har-
boring enemy troops and supplies. Deadly ac-
curate was our fire, and devastating to Nazi troop
concentrations, tank columns, fortified houses,
and ammunition and fuel dumps which we were
called upon to destroy. So accurate, in fact, that
from our radio transmitter room, where the oper-
ators had been monitoring German broadcasts,
came word that a Nazi broadcaster had dubbed
us the HDevil Ship," and that the Luftwaffe were
out to wget usf, We were to later learn that they
were quite serious in their threat, for the repeated
air attacks made upon us were quite often the
cause of some hair-raising experiences. I
I shall never forget a little side show that was
performed before our admiring eyes by a plucky
little destroyer that had chosen a war all of her
own with an enemy observation post and gun em-
placement just at the crest of the cliffs off our
beam. The "Can" was incredibly close to the
beach, moving parallel with it like a scrappy little
dog, stalking back and forth, looking for a fight.
Each time the shore battery would open up, the
can would reply with everything she had, from
five-inch batteries to twenty millimetre machine
guns. Someone, watching the scrap, said he
would bet even the skipper was out on the bridge,
shooting with his forty-five, and it looked just like
that. The shore battery scored several near misses
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upon orders from the group commander, the can
was obliged to move out and let the larger ships
take care of the target. This the destroyer did
most reluctantly, it seemed, and even then she
continued to spot for the big guns, pointing out
the target with tracer fire.
During D-day, the antiaircraft gun crews
were spectators, little more. However, the first
night they well-earned their pay shooting at repre-
sentatives of the Luftwaffe. just at evening twi-
light, our alert was high-lighted by aJU-88 drop-
ping out of the sky, across our port bow. A few
seconds later, the ship was shaken by a near miss
just off the starboard beam, estimated to have
been a thousand-pound bomb. Gur guns and
those of ships around us were blazing and few of
the planes lived to return to tell any tales. It was
this night that we downed the two planes gener-
ally accredited to us.
One of the most awesome sights I believe I
witnessed during the operation was that of the
underwater mine fields near the beach being ex-
ploded. It looked like solid areas hundreds of
yards square were being cast up from the sea amid
a pall of smoke and flame, accompanied by hun-
dreds of sharp, staccato explosions. After the
mine fields had been set off, and the beachhead
area heavily bombarded by naval gunfire and
aerial bombing, a dense, heavy pall of dirty gray
smoke clung to the shoreline. It was under and
through this dirty-gray cloud that our first troops
hit the beaches. From then on, the multi-varied
assortment of landing craft moved past in a steady
stream. Off to seaward, the big transports and
supply ships, with their many barrage balloons,
or Hrubber cowsf' hovering above them, con-
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becoming emptied and sent back for more.
Invariably troops passing close aboard would
wave friendily and shout remarks like 'fGive 'em
helllw, ffSee you in Berlinln and "Save a few for
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and deserve the well-earned ovations paid them.
It was dusk of the ninth day that we experi-
enced one of the most harrowing experiences of
the entire operation, and here the officers and
crew unanimously averred, 'fThere are no atheists
in foxholes - or on battleships, either!" just as
the sky was growing dim, a spine-chilling sound,
difiicult to adequately describe, filled the air all
around us, terminating in a large splash just off
the starboard beam. It sounded like an ear-filling
whistle, sans the shrill whistle sound, or like a
gigantic rush of air. Unconsciously, we all hit the
deck and hugged it, bracing ourselves for the ex-
plosion. At last, a thousand years later, when it
did not come, we cautiously looked up and saw
thousands of tons of water settling back down.
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bombed. What an uncomfortable, uncertain feel-
ing that is! Hearing a diving plane come closer by
the second until its engine reaches an ear-splitting
intensity, and still not be able to see it, is not
recommended for relaxation. Such was the case
of Hour" dive bomber. He dropped his bomb,
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Each night we were regaled by displays of
tracer fire and AA bursts described best, I sup-
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Almost every night Jerry came over and dropped
flares all around us, many uncomfortably close.
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times feel the ship shudder as she sensed occasional
depth charges dropped by the destroyers.
Une impressive sight was a very large Tri-
color flying from a shell-blasted building in the
little coastal village whose name I may not yet
reveal. I wonder if I fully appreciate how those
Frenchmen, so long denied the right to fly their
beloved standard, feel upon once again seeing it
fly over their homeland. It was a very fitting
picture and a nice one to remember as we left the
scene of the invasion coast for other parts where
we could again strike at the enemy.
Qur wait for another opportunity was not 3
long one, for, soon after we left the Baie de la
Seine, we were called upon to assist in the bom-
bardment of the port of Cherbourg and thereby
assist in the capture of that city. The task was a
brief one, but not without excitement. Many
near misses struck quite near us, and we were re-
galed by demonstrations of smoke-laying by
plucky destroyers that moved uncomfortably near
the coastline. Two ships of our company were hit
and suffered personnel casualties. When we with-
drew, the harbor batteries had been silenced, and
we received a heartfelt message of congratulations
from the doughboys for another job well done,
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come true, and she will continue to do so until the
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sula many believed that her role had been played
in the European Theater and that she would
gracefully retire from the combat stage. Such a
suspicion was soon dispelled as she set out for the
Mediterranean area seeking new conquests and
Nazi objectives. It was mid-August. Again she
headed another armada-parade. The destination
was the coast of Southern France.
The show was a good one, following the pat-
tern of the Normandy invasion - moving up to
the coast in the night closely trailed by an im-
pressive armada of invasion ships and landing
craft from many Allied nations - watching our
roaring swarms of heavy and medium bombers
blast coastal defenses and enemy troop concen-
trations until our turn came to open fire.
This time, however, we fired before we were
fired upon, possibly because the coastal batteries
which were our targets were too stunned by the
shattering aerial bombardment to open up on us.
The Arky's first target was a large battery of case-
mated heavy guns, at short range. She plastered
it with a smashing barrage of twelve-inch shells
until it was neutralized. Next came the landing
beach. She drenched it with high explosive' from
her twelve and five-inch guns, frequently throwing
in a twelve-gun salvo from her main batteries to
pep things up ashore.
Our last designated target was a good-sized
coast town, an important harbor, and Nazi
headquarters area. Again our twelve-inch shells
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shattered buildings. Some Nazi prisoners we later
took aboard said the naval bombardment was the
worst experience they had ever undergone.
Following D-day the Arky stood by to act as
artillery for our troops ashore, but the Nazi
usuper-men' and their motley assortment of slave
soldiers from conquered countries either sur-
rendered or Hadvancedw backward so rapidly we
had no further opportunity to fire at them. Need-
less to say, the whole crew enjoyed this shoot.
Getting shelled doesn't seem so bad when one can
hand it back as we did on D-day. No enemy
shells came close this time. Once again the Arky
came through without a scratch. Although she
was in the ffhot spot" and expected plenty. At
night she retired from her close-range position and
consequently was not bothered as much by enemy
planes as she was at the Normandy beach. Gur
AA gunners got in a little target practice at the
few planes that did come over but they weren't
lucky enough to bag them.
The whole show was beautifully timed and
executed, clicking smoothly with perfect team-
work between the combining Army, Navy and
Air Forces of several nations. A couple of thrilling
sights - big squadrons of heavy Liberator bomb-
ers coming in at low level, dumping tons of ex-
plosive all over the beach within a few short
seconds - watching the French cruisers and
destroyers having a field day celebrating their big
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continuously. New twist to the Arkyas adventures
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COMMENTS OF OUR COMMAND
june 77, 7944. Commander Assault Force desires me to express to ships of fire support orce in
his Task Group his appreciation for and gratification with the assistance rendered by them ef-
fecting the beach landings. To the above I add a Well Done to all hands.
A ADMIRAL KIRK.
june 25, 7944. Though badly handicapped by poor spotting conditions ashore and serious threaten-
ing by efficient enemy batteries, you gave a fine performance of greatest value to the Army at a
crucial time. All ships did their full duty. Well done!
june 30, 7944. I send to you, all your oflicers and men my heartiest congratulations on the record
you have made in this theater. The accuracy and power of your gunfire support made a decisive
contribution to the initial assault and the advance inland. The bold and violent attack upon the
Oherbourg defenses was a fitting climax toyour visit to France. It has been an honor to command
such ships as yours, and in your future operations I can wish you no better luck than that will to
uphold the standards you have set in the Battle of Normandy.
August 6, 7944. My heartiest congratulations to you and your entire organization for your splendid
achievement to date and my best wishes for your continued success.
August 77, 7944. "Successful assigned initial phasesa' of operation have been made possible by
excellent performance of duty in actual operation by all concerned. Well Done! We must now
bend every effort to land follow-up troops and supplies with maximum rapidity and support ad-
vance of Army. The gunnery perfection of BatDivFive produced the heavy punch which assisted
materially in breaking the crust. The firing of your command refiects great credit upon the Naval
Service. To you and your command a Bon Voyage.
September 5, 7944. We are on our way home after a job well done. When you go on your well
earned leave relax and enjoy yourselves to the utmost but don't boast and donit broadcast any
information of a technical nature. While these invasions have given us plenty of action let no one
belittle the escorting of troop convoys by ships of BatDiv 5. The battle of the Atlantic has really
been a battle. You not only saw to it that the troops got safely across the Atlantic but you saw to
it that they were landed safely in enemy held territory. That is a record of which we all can be
justly proud. After our overhaul there will be more for us to do. The Germans are nearly out of
the picture. With the help of BatDiv 5 the Japs will be eliminated.
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il Newcastle, Me., and Washington, D. C., commanding, I ,
moved close in-shore today and pounded the daylights It IS a pleasure thereforefo pass on a typlcal and
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for a Counterattack on American Army units near days before the Americans took TF6VlCI:CS, she gave a
Carentan. 40 minute walloping to the town, lobbing over 62 of
' her high capacity, and nine of her armor piercing, 12-
Shore fire control parties of both the Army and inch shells. The plane spotter reported good results
Navy, far inland, furnished target designations by but complained that there was entirely too much flak
radio. The Arkansas, some 12 or more miles away, coming upon him from the northeast corner of the
arched overasteady, deliberately aimed series of salvos town. Next day the Arkansas got Trevieres for its
from its 12-inch uns. tar et a ain. There was 'reat activit in the town
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Admiral Carleton Bryant,of Bangor, Me., joined in the .
, n i I , are standing for such an enemy center.
action with her far-ranging six-inchers.
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the play-by-play designations of the Ere spotters. pilot how things were going
Air observers reported eminently satisfactory' re- After the Salvo, with an ,cup 700 right 400,, Spot
sults - hits all over the area, tanks and other vehicles from the lane the were blanketin the town In no
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what was C t' thank you. At the half-way point, rather after the 68th
1 The Texas also moved in with the Arkansas and the round, he reported the center of the town blotted out,
Bellona, but remained a disgruntled and indignant by- most of the buildings elsewhere, except in the north-
stander. The ostensible reason was to save our bi , east, flattened with a scant half dozen dama ed struc-
, 14-inch shells for targets farther inland. There is a tures still standing, the streets filled with rubble, the
hard suspicion aboard this flagship, however, that our headquarters building gone.
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dl b h d d the northeast. When she stopped there was very little
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4' Int has come to my attention, too, through sources c.GOOd Shooting, the departing pilot radioed. ,ch
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M sailors and marines over on the Arkansas are sore.
Here they have been ramming that old battleship of
theirs into every sort of fracas down and up these
coasts, blasting away for dear life these last eight days,
and what do they get back on the news broadcasts?
Nothing but how the Texas, of all ships, blew the forts
apart, knocked the flak towers down, stopped the
That's the sort of thing the ships of this bombard-
ment force - including HMS Glasgow and the French
cruisers Georges Lqrgues and M ontoalm - have been
doing along with a lot of other good ships big and small.
Anyway, the Arkansas as you can see has been right in
here with the Texas all along.
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