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Appreciation is herewith extended to MARGESON, RDM
lfc, for his doodlings in providing humorous relief and
cartoonic comment throughout this treatise, to BAILEY,
MM Zfc, for his poetic interpretations of salty sea stories
and seafaring sentiment, to WHITING, RdM Sfc, and
DAHLGREN, TM 3fc, for their photographic and dark
room developments, to Lt. CORNWALL and the
MOLD MAN" for their suggestions and support, to the
YEOMEN and MAIL CLERKS for their files and records,
to the CHAPLAIN for having his collar turned around,
and to MR. WICK, the printer, who helped immeasur-
ably in putting the material into printable condition.
Apologies are in order for its late appearance.
THE THORN AT SPECIAL SEA DETAIL STATIONS
COMMISSIONING OF THE JONATHAN THORN -
THE USS T HORN IN WORLD WAR II -
POEMS BY GEORGE BAILEY -
PLANK OWNERS -
HEN in years to come you .have your grandchildren
gathered around and are snowing them under with
salty sea stories-you may he required to produce some
suhstantiating evidence in proof of your claim that the USS
THORN won the war all hy herself. just in case this should
happen to you-here is your evidence.
This publication is in no sense an ojfcial document. It has
heen prepared and puhlished hy TH ORN personnel for
THORN personnel. When a group of men go through a war
together on a destroyer, performing every type of mission for
which destroyers are desi gned-and some for w.hich they are
not-they, the men, become more than professional partnersg
they hecome close personal friends. Likewise the ship hecomes
more than a place of residence and a means of transportationg
it takes on a definite personality.
I f this record helps you remember your many friends, your
pleasant experiences, and your excellent ship, then the time
and effort devoted in producing same will have heen well spent.
Personally, the THORN and her personnel will always
hold first place in my heart.
Commander U. S. Navy
9 january 1946.
Commissioning of the Ionathan Thorn
N FEBRUARY 28, 1943, the destroyer DD 647 was launched
at Kearney, New Jersey, and was named Jonathan Thorn in
honor of "his gallant conduct in the war with the Barbary
States from 1802-1805." Sponsor for the launching was Mrs. Beatrice Fox
Palmer, great grandniece of Lieutenant Thorn and presenting the commis-
sioning addresses were Admiral Edward Marquardt, USN, 52nd Comman-
dant of the Yard, and Charles E. Thorn, Esq., at the commissioning cere-
mony at the New York Navy Yard on April 1, 1943. After the ceremony
the Thorn family presented the commanding officer, Lieutenant Comman-
der Edward Brumby, a handsome silver punch bowl, tray and ladle for
That in brief is the summary of the background of the USS Thom.
Admiral Marquardt in his address to the ship's company added a short
explanation of the Navy Department's selection of the ship's name: "Lieu-
tenant jonathan Thorn, U. S. Navy, who bequeathed his name to your ship,
was one of the men who, in the early days of our country greatly helped
to establish the traditions of bravery, heroism and self-sacrifice, which are
so important in the Navy today. I know that you will put forth every effort
to fulfill those traditions-and wherever and whenever the USS Thorn sees
action, you will add glorious pages to the history of our Navy."
To expand the story of jonathan Thorn-it began in Schenectady, New
York, on January 8, 1779. Eldest of fifteen children of a family of military
men, Jonathan became a midshipman in the United States Navy in April,
1800, forty-five years before the Naval Academy was established, and this
began his naval career.
Before 1800 the rulers of the Barbary States QAlgiers, Morocco, Tripoli
and Tunisj had been extorting tribute from the American government for
several years for allowing its ships to travel in their waters. When not
satisfied, they would seize a merchantman and sell the crew into slavery.
Accordingly, in 1801 the United States sent its first armed opposition to
suppress these outrages, and the schooner Enterprise succeeded in routing
a Tripolitan corsair in the only action seen at that time.
jonathan Thorn participated in the second phase of the offensive and
there earned his reputation for courage and ability, serving aboard the
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frigate Iolm Adams, the USS Enterprise and the USS Congress from Janu-
ary 1802 until the end of the Tripolitan War in 1805. He took an active
part in small boat raiding parties on enemy ships and shores, in a successful
sortie with Lieutenant Decatur into the heavily guarded Tripoli Harbor to
set fire to the captured USS Philadelphia under the muzzle of innumerable
shore batteries, and was with Decatur in the historic boarding party fight
when Reuben James literally risked his neck to save Lieutenant Decatur.
For his action as commander of one of the gunboats during the bombard-
ment of the City of Tripoli in 1804 Jonathan Thorn received the following
Commendation from Captain Preble, USN, to the Secretary of the Navy:
"Captain Decatur speaks in the highest terms of Lieutenant Thorn and
Midshipman McDonough of Boat number four."
In February 1807 Thorn was appointed full lieutenant while acting
as the first commandant of the New York Navy Yard at the age of 27. To
command John jacob Astoris trading bark Tonquin, he was then granted a
two year furlough in 1810. Successfully sailing her around the Horn, Thorn
proceeded via the Hawaiian Islands to the mouth of the Columbia River
to land and establish his trader passengers at what they named Fort Astor,
Oregon. The Indians who boarded the Tonquin to trade their skins for the
ship's merchandise one day were incensed at what they deemed an insult to
their leader during the trading. Returning stealthily later, just before
Thorn, who had become suspicious, had planned to set sail, they mas-
sacred the crew of the Tonquin, including Jonathan Thorn, with the knives
for which they had traded their skins. Thorn, it was reported, killed or
wounded several Indians with his clasp knife before he was overcome by
force of numbers and felled by a war club from behind. The sole survivor
of the Tonguin, which had been saved when four of the crew had finally
reached the small arms locker and driven off the Indians, decoyed the In-
dians aboard the next day and then blew up the powder magazine, the ship
and most of the Indians.
Such was the premature end of a "talented, accomplished and cour-
ageous Naval officerf' As to his other qualities, Washington Irving, who
knew him from infancy, wrote of him to the last with a warm affection
saying that he could not speak of him but with esteem, for he remembered
him well in early life as a companion in pleasant scenes and joyous hours,
that when on shore among his friends, he was a frank, manly, sound-hearted
sailor, when on board ship he evidently assumed the hardness of deport-
ment and sternness of demeanor which many deem essential to the naval
The E555 fllfljlilfll in World War II
AVE YOU EVER spent a month
anchored at Yokosuka Naval Base,
japan, with liberty every third day,
does the mention of the Old Medina cause your
nostrils to twitch uncomfortably, do you fail
to agree with Life magazine that Ulithi is a
"Beautiful Island Paradise", do you know the
value of ten-cent fountain pens and cigarettes
in bargaining for Singapore glassware and
Rangoon diamonds, have you an aversion for
the Guinea "rot',g is your impression of the
Azores more than geographical, are you quite
convinced that there actually is no wind in the
eye of a typhoong does the name "Sticker" have
a canine connotation? If the answers are in the
affirmative your possession of this book is legal
and there is no reason to ask if you were ever
attached to the USS Thorn DD 647.
It all began this way. On April 1, 1943, what
two months before had been but oddly shaped
plates of steel, white lines on innumerable blue-
prints and a name on a schedule at the Federal
Shipyards, Kearny, New jersey, received a com-
mission pennant at Brooklyn Navy Yard and
was that day officially added to the list of de-
stroyers, United States Fleet. This unprece-
dented two months' building time was a pro-
duction record, and during the next three years
underway it was proved no sturdiness had been
sacrificed in setting the record. What returned
to Brooklyn Navy Yard on December 6, 1945,
on her return trip around the world after the
end of World War II was this same ship, proud
of her enviable war record and still manned by
half of her original crew in addition to the
long-time, capable replacements. A few dents
in the fenders- Qrecognized by "salts" as bul-
warks, coamings, gun shields and stanchionsj,
a slight wobble on the starboard propeller
shaft, and a Baker-designed insignia of a Japa-
nese destroyer and two planes painted on the
wings of the bridge are the visible evidences of
what transpired during the interlude and of
what will be expanded into many and varied
sea stories-the war history and record of the
USS Thorn and her crew.
This outline and yearbook has been printed
as a basis for these future tales-and proof
In steaming over one-quarter million miles,
the "mighty T" became familiar with a quan-
tity of water and did a thorough job of con-
vincing her crew that the geographers are scien-
tifically correct when they say the world is
round-and a long way around. The shake-
down cruise at Casco Bay, Maine, to familiar-
ize the crew with the ship fand inspectionsj
and to train for combat operation is a six weeks
that will not be forgotten-maneuvers, live
submarine runs, target practice, turn-to and no
rest. The crew and ship were well broken in
under the guidance of Captain Brumby and
the exec. Lieut. Schelling. A liberal midnight
"sousing" for both liberty party and boat crew
at Port Jefferson and liberty in New York were
the final preliminaries.
First, and most appreciated, assignment for
the Thorn was an all-too short tour of duty on
the New York-Norfolk-Casablanca "milk run."
Between June 1943 and January 1944 the
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Thorn, working with Des Div 57, and an as-
sortment of DE's and Coast Guard cutters,
made four round trips without the loss of a
ship in any convoy, average convoy was sixty
Highlights of the Atlantic runs were the
first live depth charge attacks fdescribed in a
Liberty magazine articlej on June 28, 1943,
with no observed results, a quick view of Gi-
braltar from the harbor and two trips through
the Straits fwhere the convoys were turned
over to the dwarfed, but highly effective Brit-
ish PCSQ, swimming at the beach at Fedala,
liberty in Casablanca-the city of hrst shore
patrols, smells, wines, the Old Medina and no
Ricks-where cigarettes, pens, watches and
dungarees could purchase anything and the
hulk of the lean Bart exhibited sufficient evi-
dence of the effectiveness of the naval bom-
bardment during the original landings, "chan-
nel fever" in the fog delaying liberty in New
York, an all-night search for a sub that had
surfaced 50 yards from the USS Turner-re
sults negative, a visit with the USS Stockton
to Ponta del Gada ffeaturing the Eden Clubj
as the first American warships to visit the
Azores under the allied agreement with Por-
tugal fbest remembered for its supply-also
its watches and jewelryj, the news that the
USS Card's planes had stopped a wolf pack of
ten subs headed in our direction, liberty in
New York, escorting the West Point and Em-
press o f Scotland off the coast of Africa, eating
Christmas and New Year's Heckman hot-plate
turkey dinners at forty degree angles-a few
put too much "spirits" into the celebration and
consequently put in enough time to become
brig experts, the unfortunate loss of the USS
Turner off Sandy Hook at the end of the last
trip. The gun boss and later Executive Oflicer
J. P. Drake took charge of the motorwhaleboat
crew, Wells, Conte, Hackett, Beth, Jones and
Courtney, and succeeded in rescuing three sur-
vivors, later receiving commendation bars
fmore immediately a welcome warmup on re-
turn to the sickbayj, and, more liberty in New
Rumors of six months' duty in the Mediter-
ranean were squelched as soon as the Thorn
arrived in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on janu-
ary 4, 1945. Desron Nineteen was getting a
Pacific grey spray job. Pacific charts and the
arrival of a sleezy-fingered Texas paymaster,
Ens. Terrible Terrel Littleton, confirmed the
rumors and the crew closed its extensive file
of East Coast addresses until a more appro-
priate date. Fog prevented shore bombardment
practice for the four day stopover at Norfolk
before the Thorn headed through the ditch
fwith an unforgettable hangover in Panama
Cityis Cocoanut Grovej. En route Dr. Soak-It
Dean performed the Tl9o1'n's only major under-
way operation--and very successfully-an ap-
pendectomy while passing through Torpedo
Junction. Orders were received and followed
to proceed at best speed to Milne Bay, New
Guinea, and report to Com Seventh Fleet for
duty. The Galapagos and Bora Bora gave the
April 1943 USS T HURN March 1946
crew its first view of the ease and glamour of
the romantic Pacific Isles, while a detour from
Funafuti through Guadalcanal and Rendova
escorting a merchant oiler gave the Thorn an
exclusive look at the Solomons area before
reaching Milne Bay.
Hairlines receded and posteriers reddened
when the Thorn first crossed the line and the
many slimy, stinking and contemptible polly-
wogs had the mysteries of the deep well
pounded into them. Davy Jones Heckman with
the help of but a few old shellbacks succeeded
in proving their worth to Neptunus Rex Lieut.
Sotak and conducted the ceremonies with an
abundant supply of shelalies, grease, electric-
ity well applied, and barberish enthusiasm.
The Thorn arrived just in time to pick up
stores from the USS Dobbin fof the Tender
Memories famej and proceed to Cape Sudest
to load and escort the first reinforcements
QFirst Dismounted Cavalry Divisionj for the
Admiralties Island invasion. One hundred men
were debarked in boats sent out from the beach
after arrival at Los Negros Island on March 4
to assist the small reconnaissance party that had
landed first and the "mighty T" received its
introduction to the Pacific war. Three more
L . if
trips between Oro Bay and Seedler Harbor via
Vitiaz Straits were made until the beachhead
was definitely secured, including two shore
bombardments on Pityili Island flater con-
verted to the recreation centerj, ducking a
couple of stray shots from an Australian de-
stroyer, anti-sub patrol, fighter direction escort
duty and a suspenseful night when three Jap
cruisers with destroyers as escorts were re-
ported en route to oppose the landings. Eight
US destroyers were assigned to stop them, but
the japs failed to appear then as well as at any
other time. The only action seen by the Thom
was watching the Lightnings and Mitchells
strafe the beaches and a few intermittent Jap
bursts in return.
By the first of April it was evident from the
number of ships gathering in the area that an-
other invasion was imminent and on the 8th
the Thorn joined the Task Force training for
the invasion of Hollandia, acting as station
ship off the coast of New Guinea that night.
On the 10th, however, while conducting a prac-
tice torpedo attack exercise on the USS Reid
the Thorn "discovered" an uncharted reef off
Oro Bay and was forced to limp back to Hun-
ter's Point Navy Yard for repairs after two
weeks of rain and dry docking in Milne Bay,
disappointing only those who had doped it out
that repairs would be effected in Australia.
A four-hour fueling stopover at Funafuti,
escorting the Massachusetts from Pearl Har-
bor up to Port Angeles, Washington, for the
first view of the West Coast and a quick ex-
change of California addresses from assembled
black books occupied the cruise back to the
States. The month and a half in San Francisco
had many highlights-some more discreetly
omitted - leave, fire - fighting and gunnery
schools, two inspired ships' parties at the Pal-
ace Hotel, the after gangway in dry dock, Mar-
ket Street meandering, and a final "greenish"
trial speed run after leaving dry dock. In May
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The First Dischargees- Making A Buoy
Front row: Rebenstorf, Stennett, Smith, D. J., Oxley, Daniels, Starry, Oyler, Irise, Becraft.
Second row: Bowman, Lamberson, Anderley, Sanford, Roe, Morgan, Fleehearty, De Magistris, White, McCloskey
Third row: Watkins, McKenzie, Ames, Shook, McDonough, Marsden, Sczeney, Branson, Beth, Maryniak, Cruickshank
Fourth row: Lt. Cjgj Mooney, Stewart, Morris, Van Zandt, Perley, Bailey, Czak, Lempke, Kujawa, Lord, Mendall.
Back row: Duncan, Lund, Baker, Lusk, Skinner, Butler, Philips, Lt. Cjgj Tomfohrde.
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
Lt. Comdr. Schneider relieved Comdr. Brumby
as Commanding Officer and remained as the
"old man" for the rest of the war. Thirty new
men, "boots from Michigan and Pennsylvania,"
replaced our receiving station recruits and a
Dog Pound refugee was added-wobbily-
pinned at first, but soon seaworthy and dra-
matic as demonstrated when he washed down
the decks of the Jap battleship Nagato unas-
sisted, for which as the first and only source of
supply he was awarded the Royal Order of the
Bath. "Sticker," as the terrier was named by
vote of the ship's company, subsequently spent
more time AOL on two separate occasions
than any other crew member during the next
eighteen months in the Pacific. But because of
his good excuses based on an affinity for the
cocoanut trees he was never called up to find
out that a Captain's Mast is not just a nautical
substitute for a fireplug. An insatiable appetite
for chewing gum and hard candies completed
his repertoire. '
Bremerton-scene of two softball-for-beer
contests "on the Chiefs"-San Diego and shake-
down training with the USS Mississippi and
USS West Virginia and a short overnight at
San Pedro ffeaturing the Pike and Hotel Hil-
tonj were cased all too quickly as urgent orders
were received to escort the Mississippi with
the USS Claxton out to Pearl, leaving August
2. One of the most unique incidents of the war
occurred during the training period when the
Thorn survived a torpedo attack fired on her-
self. One of her own fish curved back for a
direct hit amidships with a reversal of designed
results, the torpedo sank and the Thorn merely
added another dent to her port side. The trip
to Pearl was uneventful except for an excel-
lent showing by the gunnery department in
perforating and knocking down target sleeves
and the "dawn exercises", it was more essen-
tially a recuperation cruise after two months
of exhaustive rehabilitation.
A speedy shore bombardment drill and the
presence of a large part of the fleet hinted at
what was to follow when orders were received
to escort the USS Maryland to join a Task
Group already en route for Guadalcanal. More
hairlines receded and several posteriors went
black and blue beyond the pink color scheme
as there were more shellbacks than before,
though not enough to prevent the new skipper
and his cronies from highjacking the leading
Royal cop, Lieut the-six-man-gang Omohundro
and the jolly Roger.
Dress rehearsal with the CVE unit up the
Slot proved that the crew was ready for what
was to follow and after three weeks of prepa-
ration at Tulagi the Task Force headed for
Palau and the invasion of Peleliu and Angaur
Islands. Little action was seen except by the
"airdales" of the CVE outfit covering the land-
ings and assaults, but the Thorn succeeded in
rescuing the crews of three crashed TBMs-
the same crew twice within a week. The second
time they claimed they belly-flopped intention-
ally to get some more of Chief Dyess' chow,
and the crew was more than relieved at having
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picked them up as it meant some more ice
cream from the carrier when they were taken
home. Only casualty for the Thorn during the
operation was a stray 40 mm hit on the "Hol-
lywood" deck from one of our own carriers
during a dawn alert general quarters, though
she was fortunate to leave when she did as the
ship which was ordered to replace the Thorn
was strafed the first night by three planes. Prize
remark of the operation was "Smiling John,s"
reply to the lookout who had excitedly reported
the first dead Jap the crew had seen floating in
the water-"Well, what did he say?"
Orders were received on the 29th to report
to Com Seventh Fleet at Manus, and the Thorn
got her second look at the Admiralties-her
first under the American flag, built into a
miniature Pearl Harbor and by then one of the
most important advance supply bases. Work-
ing with the fire support screen along with the
USS Welles-the only other ship from Desron
Nineteen present-the Thorn, after riding out
its first really rough weather and some rugged
Jap propaganda about sinking the American
fleet off the Philippines, entered Leyte Gulf on
the night of October 18, 1944, side-stepping
the mines which the fast sweeps had already
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cleared. Along with the USS Denver the Thorn
provided bombardment support at Abuyog be-
low the Dulag beachhead on D-Day, October
20-the first invasion of the Philippines. On
the 21st and 22nd the "mighty T" assisted in
splashing two Jap planes and watched many
other 'bogies" shot down in the vicinity by the
CAP and ships' gunfire while patrolling the
southern end of the Gulf. Dawn and dusk
alerts with live targets-such as P-call Charlie-
the "smoked-out transport area and too many
chattering voice circuits were overshadowed by
the naval battle of Surigao Straits early on the
morning of the 25th.
Word was received early in the evening that
a Jap force would arrive sometime during the
night and the entire battle fleet was stationed
along both sides and at the upper end of the
Southern Straits most effectively to surprise
and annihilate this force, Admiral Halsey's
Third Fleet was to stop any threats from the
north or east. The progress of the Jap force,
consisting of two battleships, four cruisers and
a number of destroyers was plotted from re-
ports sent in by scout PT boats and destroyers
until direct contact was made and the attack
began on the single enemy column attempting
to sneak up the Straits and knock out the trans-
ports in the Gulf. During the battle the Thorn
screened the battleship line at the end of the
Straits and acted as cover for the eastern en-
trance to the Straits, watching the cruisers'
eight-inch "machine gun fire" and battleships'
heavies converge on flaming targets and hear-
ing the occasional whine and splash of a wild
Jap salvo. After being recalled from a torpedo
attack on the remnants of the Jap fleet retiring
down the Southern Straits, the Thorn joined
a cruiser formation and headed south to sink
the cripples. A Jap destroyer was sighted and
sunk Cher boilers exploding underwater as the
Thorn passed over the spotJ and five columns
of smoke-one from a sinking battleship whose.
Front row: "Spider" Webb, Nicely, Pokorny, Burmeister, Ragsdale, Conte, Watkins, Sisco, Lawn.
Second row: Prusack, Laczynski, Stalzer, Mainini, Richards, jones.
Third row: Wiacek, Swenson, Woodward, West, Simmons, Whiting, Cooper, Palermo, Hudak M., Childress, Lieut. Young.
Fourth row: Wells, Walker, Lapekes, Mogle, Maniglia, McDonald, Teeple, Latona, Goldrick, Provenzano, Para.
Back row: Nietch, Lampke, Seymour, Wesner, Riviello, Hudak, G., Simonds, Sears, Schaeffermeyer, Stephens, Neale, Gregory
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superstructure was awash-disappeared slowly
below the surface farther ahead. Survivors
dotted the oily water like a cargo load of float-
ing cocoanuts. Only a few were picked up for
questioning, the rest were left to "their own
ldevicesn in sight of land, and the forma-
tion steamed up the Gulf to rearm and refuel.
That night the Thorn with Des Div Xmy lay
to off Homonhon Island to cover the eastern
entrance to the Gulf against the Jap force
which had hit the CVES and escorts off Samar
in the morning and whose location was un-
known unt1l the next morning after they had
retired through San Bernadino S raits Tension
was relieved during the mid-watch when or-
ders came over to rendezvous, in the event of
making a torpedo attack at the Top-of-the-
Mark where the drinks would be on the divi-
sion commander, but again a ap threat failed
Wardroom and messhall strat g1StS spent the
next week revising and analyzing the decisions
and results General opinion fortunately was
favorable for the US Admirals so no immediate
changes of staff and braid was effected And it
was generally agreed that if the aps had made
better use of their air power the results could
have been much more serious for us. It was the
biggest and accordingly the last great failure
of a Jap mission, the climax of Naval warfare
in the Pacific.
On the 29th-just before the first large-scale
advent of the Kamikazee Korps--the Thorn
was ordered to Ulithi, not yet realizing howl
unavoidably familiar she would become with
the Milwaukee of the Pacific, and Acme-the
brew that made MogMog famous. This Pacific
atoll was home, pub, grocery store and enter-
tainment center for the fast carrier forces and
supply units and consequently for the Thorn
for the next ten months. For the benefit of
those near and dear to the possessors of this
book fnear meaning within effective rolling
pin rangej Life reported very reliably the facts
on the isolation of the natives on one atoll-
providing there were any natives, as very few
were even seen despite the battery of well-
trained glasses whenever passing by their ru-
mored seclusion center. Palm trees, shells, co-
ral, lizards, bathing beauties fall sailorsj and
dead beer cans comprised the scenery-and
provided a picturesque background for an in-
formal Monte Carlo. Despite any shortages the
recreation was always much appreciated, and
the only objection-the scarcity of it.
The Thorn joined the fast carrier 'Iask Force
58 for its next operation-air strikes against
the Philippines from November 5 through the
2-4th A few intermittent air attacks, some low
level flying in rough seas which disturbed the
usual serenity of the Chief s quarters and 1n
stigated several requests for submarine pay,
lowed no time for the topside watches to get
hung on any hooks or the engineers to tend
the throttle with their feet It was a real thrill
to watch the three beetlebuglike task groups
of CVs CVLs BBs, cruisers and destroyers
maneuver together at high speeds and to watch
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the highly trained, efficient flight crews launch
and land three and four times a day with a
minimum of crash landings and dunkings. Best
story of the operation was passed out later back
at MogMog when one of the Hyboys described
an emergency landing by a CVL pilot on a
CV. Looking down at the huge expanse of the
flight deck, the pilot called in "which runway
are you using today?', and then proceeded to
crash into the landing barrier.
In December the Thorn joined the fast car-
rier logistic support group for the air strikes
on the Philippines and acted as screen, mail-
man, plane guard, mine sinker and endurance
escort for the "beans, bombs and bullets" sup-
pliers until the end of the war. Duty with the
Heet oilers, ammunition and supply ships con-
sisted mostly of steaming in large circles be-
hind the striking forces and fortunately never
being spotted by the japs, but there was always
plenty to do. The coordination and ability of
the units in replenishing, often under next to
impossible conditions, with negligible casual-
ties is a lasting credit to the stamina and train-
ing of all the men concerned and is one more
factor in understanding why the American
Navy so outclassed the Japanese.
On December 18 the Thorn rode through the
first typhoon the fleet hit, during which three
destroyers were lost. In the early morning the
"mighty T" received an emergency call to stand
by the Cape Esperance when she lost power
and experienced a gasoline fire in her hanger
deck. Fortunately the escort carrier was able
to regain control and the worst of the storm
abated soon after. Maximum wind velocity
reached 130 knots, and some of the ships were
able to keep afloat only by expeditiously shift-
ing the crew from one side of the ship to the
other. Maximum roll of 62 degrees was re-
ported by the Tloorniv helmsman when he came
down off the bulkhead, and Steele will always
be thankful for thepresence of a stanchion on
the boat deck to which he clung when he was
blown off the deck in a horizontal position. The
next day the Thorn joined the task unit search-
ing for survivors in the storm area with nega-
tive results except for spotting much floating
debris and one Jap snooper plane which beat
a hasty retreat as did the task unit. Upon re-
turning to Ulithi Cand sixty bags of mail on
Christmas dayj more proof of the danger of
the typhoon was evidenced by two DFS with
no masts and another destroyer without its for-
ward stack, anchored in the lagoon.
With the fast oiler support group the Thorn
transited the Luzon Straits into the South
China Sea on January 10, 1945, ffirst ship to
enter the sea since the beginning of the warj
to provide logistic support for the fast carrier
strikes on the Indo-China coast, Hong Kong and
Formosa. A midnight collision between two of
the oilers was fortunately successfully amended
and the two were referred to in the future as
the oilers with "the bloody nose and the tender
seat." Unexpectedly quiet-except for the car-
rier force around Formosa on the way back-
only action seen were two Jap patrol planes
shot down by the combat air patrol, the rescue
of one TBM crew and one lighter pilot -fmore
ice creamj and continuous rough seas. Return
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
to Ulithi's MogMog-well covered by then
with a prolific supply of goat-fodder as no re-
fund was offered on the beer cans-via the
Mindoro Straits and the familiar Leyte Gulf
was beautifully calm and scenic. A convoy of
reinforcement landing craft stretching from
one horizon to the other on its way to Lin-
guayan Gulf made a very impressive sight at
sunset one evening in the Sulu Sea.
During the occupation of Iwo Jima in Feb-
ruary the Thorn was again with the oilers and
made one trip into the objective, screening the
heavy fire support units on two nights, acting
as anti-sub patrol, watching the Hellcats and
Helldivers pound pinpoint targets over the
island, and taking a tug to assist the Bismark
Sea, which had been hit by a suicide plane but
which sank before the tug arrived.
A two-day "rest" floading supplies and a
quick repaint jobj at Ulithi's Feitabul fthe
newly established destroyer and tender recrea-
tion center in the southern anchoragej and off
for the Okinawa operation. Four-trips into
Kerama Retto during which an oiler accounted
for a Kamikazee with her bridge structure
C3000 yards asternj, watching several planes
shot down or dive into the sea when they missed
their targets, and two bogies passing almost
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overhead in the night convinced the crew of
the undesirability of picket duty above Oki-
nawa and made 74 out of 76 days underway at
sea seem like no strain.
On March 25 the USS Aylwiu and Thorn
dropped four patterns of depth charges on a
good sound contact and remained to search the
area for a day with the assistance of two planes,
but no results were observed. V-E day was
celebrated enthusiastically at Ulithi, and found
the Thorn ready to return with some full oilers
to the floating supply base "Camp jefferson."
On june 5th the fleet hit the eye of a second
typhoon. Despite the lack of wind in the cen-
ter the experience was not pleasant, especially
in View of the results of the previous one. The
USS Pittsburgh lost her bow, the USS Duluth
got a cauliflower nose and four CVES and loads
were banged up. Thanks to the skillful ship
handling of Captain Schneider, the cooperation
of all hands and expert construction, the Thorn
received only superficial damage and shaking
up, and escorted the damaged ships into Guam
-where Manczak, Notario, Oswalt and Little-
dike evaporated some of their corpulence on
the softball diamond and where recreation in-
cluded Red Cross workers and USO entertain-
ment. Three weeks of this rugged routine was
followed by a week swinging around the hook
at Saipan, and the Thorn rejoined the logistics
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support group for replenishing the fast carriers
striking the coast of Japan. Little opposition
was seen even by the units which went in and
bombarded coastal industries, as it was later
learned that the Japs were concentrating their
planes and equipment to save for the expected
invasion of Kyushu.
News of the atomic bomb and Russia's entry
into the Japanese war combined with the suc-
cess of the strikes against the coast were cli-
maxed with the premature news and final con-
firmation of the Japanese surrender on August
15 and substantiated the earlier claims of the
B-29 pilots on Guam that the war would be
over by September. Underway fueling units
were still necessary for replenishing the occu-
pation forces around the Tokyo area during the
time of the surrender negotiations, and it was
not until September 8th that the Thorn got her
first look at Tokyo Bay, filled with Allied ships
of war, returning to Sagami Wan for her first
night of anchorage in Japanese home waters.
On the 9th the logistics group proceeded up to
Yokosuka Naval Base and remained there until
the group was dissolved at the end of the
Fueling the Jap battleship Nagato, which'
the Navy was hoping to recondition enough to
steam back to the States for Navy Day, pro-
vided a sightseeing and souvenir stripping tar-
get for all hands, including "Sticker," Liberty
in Yokohama and Tokyo was impressive evi-
dence of the deadliness of the precision fire-
bombing of the B-29s. The Yokosuka to Tokyo
local was as crowded as the New York sub-
ways with as little respect shown, the main
difference was that the Japanese civilians were
all short enough to see over. Foraging through
the caves at the Jap Naval Base showed the
effectiveness of the Jap methods of digging
into bombproof shelters, caves burrowed into
the hills at every farm showed how completely
plans of resistance and self protection had been
premeditated. Poverty, destruction and infla-
tion were rampant and the only worthwhile
souvenirs were available through the Army and
Marine Corps scalpers service.
The people, frightened at first because of the
Japanese propaganda, were polite, though con-
fused and offered at least no visible trouble or
hostility. Americans, too, were confused, espe-
cially at such sights as seeing Japanese bowing
before the moat of the Emperor's Palace, rick-
shaws, and long lines waiting to see the movies
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enjoyed the sightseeing and left the people
pretty much alone, though children got their
share of candy and gum with their wide, ap-
pealing eyes. All the men were in uniform as
they had been unable to buy any other cloth
for over five years, women wore mostly ki-
monas and wooden sandals. There was a big
job ahead of the Japanese restoring two of
their largest cities and an even larger one ahead
for the Allied Military Council restoring the
proper values in the lives of a longtime mili-
tarized Shinto nation.
Every day brought a new source of "hot
dope" about orders back to the States. Two
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large task groups left near the end of October
to be home for Navy Day-the Thorn missed
by one ship, having left the States two weeks
later than the Buchanan. As it happened, no
one was sorry. Part of the crew had already
been transferred back to the States for dis-
charge with the first group leaving at sea un-
der the demobilization point system. New
changes on discharges and points were received
daily from the after fireroom's main feed pump.
Eventually another group left when credit was
allowed for overseas duty and just before the
long awaited orders actually arrived. The or-
ders, when finally confirmed and verified,
meant taking the long way around and a
month's delay in reaching home, but they also
meant an unforgettable experience for every
man aboard-a trip around the world with
stops at Wakayama, Singapore, Colombo and
Capetown-and the eventual destination-New
York. Desron Nineteen had by a stroke of good
fortune been handed the assignment of escort-
ing the USS California and USS Tennessee
around the Cape of Good Hope.
Proudly flying the homeward bound pen-
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her bow where she had been hit while at an-
chor on October 4 by a transport-steamed out
of Tokyo Bay on October 8. Arriving in Waka-
yama on the 9th to join the battleships, the
Thorn rode through a third typhoon, this time
at anchor and protected by land on three sides.
A brief view of the beach there confirmed the
thoroughness of japanese poverty and mis-
guidance, though the town itself had been
spared from any bombing and proved more
picturesque of a typical japanese landscape
with its low dwellings, upturned roofs, mats
on the floors and sandals lined up outside. Bar-
ter there, too, was the principal, though offi-
cially unrecognized, means of exchange because
of the degree of inflation.
Fifty - five passengers for discharge were
loaded aboard on the 14th and were much ap-
preciated in easing the watches to one in four
except for the engineers. Fourteen men had to
be left behind as they had not put in sufficient
"time" in the Pacific. On the 15th the group
formed and proceeded on the first leg home.
The cruise through the Bashi Channel down
the South China Seas was well timed to avoid
typhoons and was uneventful enough not to
interfere with the crew's concentrated deter-
mination to tan the hide. Sunbathing-not al-
lowed during wartime-lights and movies on
the fantail at night improved the environment
commensurately. A British destroyer met the
group on the 23rd and escorted it through the
swept channel up the Straits to Singapore Har-
bor, where the British Navy went all out to
entertain the group for the next three days.
It was strange to realize that the japs had
just been cleared out six weeks before and had
been strolling around in the same streets in
much the same manner. The natives had hidden
all their merchandise during the occupation
and had unearthed all sorts of silks and jewelry
preparatory to the Americans' arrival-in addi-
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Third row: Ens. Buckminster, Riebert, Ferrucci, Ross, Nelson, Krause, Rogers, Moskal, Belt, Newton, Murphy, Bozer.
Back row: Lieut. Omohundro, Chambers, Lobien, Scobee, Musial, Ryan, Nanninga, Reents, Sorge, Lacey, Orem, Giess, Hackett, Cunningham
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
tion to doubling their already inflated price
tags. The strange contrasts of East and West
were intensified by their proximity-the mod-
ern Cathay Hotel, the world famous Raffles,
the Victoria Theater, the British government
buildings in the middle of the natives' narrow
two-story shop-houses and the low open stores
with the watchmen sleeping on cots out in
front of the boarded doors at night. Rickshaws
and bicycles were the principal means of trans-
portation, and their lights flickered poetically
on the blackened streets at night as the runners
shuffled along. A huge two-block outdoor res-
taurant and the narrow, dirty street markets
showed there was sufficient food, though there
was a drastic shortage of the main staple, rice,
which the japanese had confiscated. The Great
World and the New World amusement parks
were perhaps the clearest examples of the con-
tradictions of the trading center of the Orient.
Chinese dramas with their colorful costumes
and pantomimes played next to movie houses
showing antiquated American and British
films, weed and fish restaurants and native
shops featured sing-song orchestras and vocal-
ists across from two large dance halls playing
American swing and "buzzing jitterbugsf'
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"tell" real gems which they possessed fandfor
manufacturedj in abundance from Alexand-
rites to Zircons. The British Navy, occupied
with the task of quieting the Javanese theatre
troubles, made a hit with the Americans in
their off hours with their noontime shot of
toddy, and likewise much appreciated the food
in our chowlines. Only feature of this fabulous
center which proved disappointing was the
absence of any knowledge of a "Singapore
sling." Three days were all too short for a
comprehensive visit, but the next four days
steaming were no more than enough to recover
for the stopover at Colombo, Ceylon. The same
destroyer escorted the group-with the Thorn
in the lead-up the Malacca Straits, from where
we proceeded independently below the Nicobar
Islands through the Bay of Bengal direct to
Colombo. Mist obscured the'Malay Peninsula
and Sumatra on the trip through the Straits,
but for the summer months the unexpectedly
cool weather was sufficient compensation.
Colombo, which the group reached on the
30th, was a more modernized Singapore and
was one of the main advance bases which the
English had kept throughout the war. It was
consequently well supplied and organized. The
harbor itself was crowded with ships of all
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Front row: Sullivan W., Lyons, Boornazian, Davis, Phillips, Truhon, Weir, Sullivan C., Hallar, Keays, Cavnar.
Second row: Swing, Lake, Hollander, Will, Scholle, Moyer, Peterson, Whalen, Powell, Monteverde.
Third row: Ens. Slattery, Ens. Williams, Lt. Cjgj Hubbard, Barnett, Meyer, Kracke, Bruning, Holm, Harrison, Vos, Margeson.
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April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
types including the colorful fishing fleets of the
natives and Britain's large troop and supply
transports. Boxing bouts against the British
and native Ceylonese champs the first night
proved that sixteen months at sea leaves one in
poor physical condition, "Bull" Notario and
trainer Ens. "Boscoe" Larkin, however, well
represented the Thorn. The Galle Face Hotel
facing on the ocean, The Grand Oriental with
a situation comparable to the clock under which
every one meets in New York's Biltmore Hotel,
and the Grand Hotel at Mt. Lavinia with its
placid bathing beach and scanty shorts for rent
soon became operational headquarters. Scouts
were sent to the WRENery and FANY dances,
returned with favorable reports and reinforce-
ments were quickly supplied. Taxi tours of
the city's sights were very popular-especially
with the drivers--and an all-day trip to Kandy
for part of the crew provided a colorful view
of the countryside, Buddha's Temple of the
Tooth, elephants, tea fields, and people. The
main trade of Colombo seemed to be in gems
and jewelry, though Holm will also vouch for
the quality of their stamps. As at Singapore it
was considered impolite to pay more than half
of the price asked for anything and it took half
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an hour's haggling before you were allowed to
buy anything. Paunchi Singho and his star sap-
phires will not be forgotten, and there are those
who felt as though they had bought instead of
rented certain of the night clubs before they
left. The people themselves-both natives and
British-proved very amicable and the invita-
tions and conversations helped to increase our
knowledge of conditions there. Clothes varied
from the latest British Bond Street styles to the
beautifully tinged transparent lace Sauris which
the native women wore over their robes. Ara-
bians, Indians, Ceylonese, Malayans, Europeans
all seemed just as much at home. Flower gar-
dens, soccer fields, ponds and parks were situ-
ated throughout the city and the white or
orange houses brightened the tropical atmo-
sphere. Ceylon is known by the British Far
Eastern forces as the "Garden of Edenn and so
it could be with its green foliage, fruit and
fertility. Again the time slipped by all too fast
and the four day stay was at an end. The usual
crowd of broken-hearted women appeared at
the docks as we left fit was only a coincidence
that a troop transport was pulling out at the
same timej and set a course for Capetown, the
last stop before New York.
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The cruise down through the Indian Ocean
proved quite scenic as the route took the task
grou past Mauritius and Reunion Islands ris
ing high out of the ocean in the early morning
across the southern tip of Madagascar over to
the coast of Africa near Durbin following thc
current down along the coast and round th
tip of the continent The approach to Capetown
out of the fog on the morning of November 15
with Table Rock and Lion's Head in the back-
ground was the most beautiful view of the trip.
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of November 9. From there the Thorn cut y X1 XS
States than any place the ship's company had
been and were almost embarrassing with their
quantity of hospitable invitations. Del Monicos,
swimming at Sea Point, the Riebeek Castle,
district six, the cable car and view on top of
Table Rock, the raw brandy, the summer coun-
tryside, the roses in the city garden, and the
curio shops with the variety of skins, ivory
carvings, stinkwood, watches and diamonds
are but a few of the impressions retained.
Visiting hours were allowed, and the crew for
the first time was permitted to show off its
floating domicile. Fresh food such as lettuce,
tomatoes, fruits and vegetables and quantities
of milk were available for the first time since
the ship had left the States and the natives may
have gotten a slightly distorted impression of
the average American's diet. American movies,
music and cars were the prized interests of the
Capetown populace and nearly every one hoped
eventually to make the trip to the United States
for his vacation or to stay. One native's inten-
tions were so immediate that he stowed away
aboard one of the destroyers and had to be re-
turned when found behind one of the boilers.
Many friends were made during the short stay,
and all agreed that the people couldn't have
done more to make them feel at home.
Leaving early on the 19th, the task group
followed the great circle route past St. Helena
and Ascension Islands on the final lap home,
and though early "channel fever" made the last
few days drag, the bow was always pointed in
the right direction. Gorging on a chefs supreme
Thanksgiving dinner, unusually calm weather
all the way, a close call with the USS Lans-
downe, and a trial speed run at 35 knots past
Bermuda were the final antecedents to a month's
overhaul in Brooklyn Navy Yard for some and
civilian readjustment for the others. Enough
of the crew was retained aboard to steam the
Thorn to Charleston, where she was put into
the reserve status as part of the N avy's inactive
fleet on May 6.
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FINISH DH REEL' Duets. Brow oveta'
one of which her crew deserves to be proud
A Silver Star for the action in Leyte Gulfj
and a Bronze Star for the operations in the
South China Sea for the Captain upon the re
ceipt of which he commented that the crew
bars with seven stars on the Pacific ribbon, the
Philippines liberation ribbon with two stars
and the World War II Victory Medal are the
tangible rewards for the crew The most 1m-
portant one however, is the knowledge that all
contributed their best efforts in an exemplary
spirit despite the risks and discomforts, to
shorten the war and restore peace
Now-and in the future-we are all faced
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side another ship setting a record scraping and
painting the ship's bottom in a Ulithi drydock
in thirteen hours, lights along the beach at Oro
Bay and Los Negros Island while the States
were still blacked out, the bellow of "clear the
stack," getting routed out of the flag bags for
working and ammunition parties, the ten de-
gree port list and sudden scarcity of binoculars
when going alongside a hospital ship port side
to, a Jap plane sneaking out from land in a
fog and flying between the stacks at Leyte Gulf,
fifteen months of steaming without going along-
side a tender, joe pots and the serving of mid-
watch coffee with spoons, a tempermental
motor whaleboat, the thrill of seeing thirty bags
of mail come abroard after three weeks under-
way, fueling and provisioning at sea which soon
became as standard as steady steaming and
eventually the crew felt left out if not ordered
to transfer orders, freight, or personnel at least
once a day, the menace of floating mines of
which the Thorn destroyed six, more sunrises
than most of the crew will see the rest of their
lives these are a few of the highlights and
experiences of tin can duty aboard the
This brief summary shows that the Thorn
made an impressive record during the war and
with an even more difficult and demanding chal-
lenge-to take an active part in benefiting from
the opportunities offered us to understand the
problems of other nations and reach settlements
through peaceful and just means-To SEE THAT
WAR DOES NOT COME AGAIN.
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What's the matter? Are you hung on a hook?"
Pouring drinks on the ground is the easiest way to
Let's not invite any more Marines back to the ship
for chow, they make to damn much noise and get
us in wrong."
'That's no excuse, ya hafta show me."
'Let me present fclap, clap,
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To know him is to love him Qclap, clapj
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'Now here's the dope."
'Handle these lines fast, I only have one engine."
'Goodbye, good luck, be seeing you soon - Bang,
Be sure to leave enough slack in the lines on the
motor whaleboat so they won't part when the
tide goes out."
'We were trying out a new paint sprayer."
'Yes dear, no dear, right away, dear."
"Course and speed to station, combat.
Course and speed to station, combat.
"No strain, that's standard."
It would take a two-hand working party to get Flatty
into the whaleboat."
The Texas legislature is meeting now to decide on
making a separate peace."
"Does any one want anything at the ship's store?"
It's a real Alexandrite, ya just know."
'AI could eat that bowlful of prunesf'
Get the dictionary."
"This is a drill. This is a drill."
"This is Corky. Roger. OOt."
It gives me great pleasure tonight to welcome into
our ranks a new and deserving member whose
exploits will never be forgotten by us and only
hazily recalled by him-the new Thimble Belly
"If you don't eat all that's on your plate-no dessert."
Well, I tossed over Shirley today, so I guess she'll go
ahead and marry that Agar guy."
"Now the drinking party lay aft to Newcombe's
How much do you want for that kimono you had
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P G E M S by GEORGE BAILEY, MM lfc
The Poor Snipe
The Chief Engineer, in his casual way
Did write out a note, to concern who it may
The feed pump needs fixen'g was all he did say
If it isn't repaired, there'll be hell to pay.
The Chief P.O. then got up from his rack,
And sent for the 1st class, asleep in his sack,
That feed pump ain't pumping, so plan your attack,
And make yourself points, "ere the night becomes
The lst class then let out a horrible yell,
To the 2nd class P.O. these words he did tell,
Let's get that pump perking it's actions do smell
If I tell you again, you will really catch hell.
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The job was then passed to the 3rd class P.O.
To fix up the pump that was running too slow.
But he knew a way he would get it to go
So he brought forth his striker, the lowest of low.
The snipe then proceeded to work and to sweat,
And he fixed up the pump that had made the Chief
Saying "Now it will roll, of that you can bet."
"If I keep on the ball, I will make P.O. yet."
The report to the Chief Engineer was quite brief,
That pump is okay, it was signed by the Chief.
It will run on for years, that is now my belief, ,
If I'm wrong, I'll ship out, and go back on relief.
The Chief Engineer, with his chin carried high,
Thought, that Chief P.O. is a real savy guy,
He fixed up that pump without batting an eye
He can make a hard job look as easy as pie.
Are You a Shellback?
Oh! Once there was a sailor, at least he thought he
Day in, day out, he did the things that every sailor
He turned to when they piped it and washed and
scrubbed and brushed.
His bad deeds he served time for, his good deeds were
He seemed content and happy in just sailing right
Till one day something happened that snapped his
It seems his ship was headed to the land way far
And to reach their destination, cross the Equator they'd
have to go.
The night before they crossed it, they rushed him
from his sack.
They made him run, they beat his bottom, they darn
near broke his back.
They dressed him up and made him take a turn around
Before the sun went down that night they darn near
broke his neck.
He flopped into his sack again and was getting set to
When the messenger awakened him, he had the twelve
He stood his watch in the engine house and above the
noise and din
He dreamt of the next morning which would find him
He was just about relaxing when there was an awful
The "Shell Backs" came stampeding, crying "Poly-
wogs, get out!"
He blinked and flopped down to the deck, he hadn't
time to dress.
They painted him and beat his rump, he was an awful
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
He stood up on the foc'sle awaiting Davy jones.
His muscles ached, his flesh was raw, he had misery in
Then up came "Davy" looking fierce, he was a grue-
The sailor stood and blinked and gapedg he got an
Next came the call to quarters and then a minute's
He knew that pretty soon now would come the crucial
He stood before the judge whose stare was hard and
He felt like cussing everyone but he wasn'f quite that
They asked "Are you a sailor?', He said he tried to be.
but why he had to go through this was more than he
They asked, "Are you a Shellback?" His mind was
He finally answered "No, I guess I'm just a Polly-
They sent him to the barber and sat him in a chair.
No sooner was he seated he was flying through the air.
The chair was rigged with wires, a playful little whim,
As soon as he was seated the voltage shot through him.
They sent him to the doctor-the playful little scout.
The stuff the Doc fed him almost made his guts blow
The next stop was the dentist, a carefree little guy,
The fluid that he fed him brought the teardrops to
His hair was ruined, his feelings hurt, he wasn't worth
He swore if he was near the beach he'd take it on the
He wondered how long it would last, his heart was
filled with fear.
When suddenly a voice boomed out, "Hey you, over
Before he knew what happened he was thrown into a
Theyppulled him up, they pushed him down, how
could they be so cruel?
They dunked him and they dipped him, they pushed
and held him down.
He wiggled and he struggled, he was sure that he
They asked him "Are you a Shellback?" His mind was
in a haze.
He cried: "I'll be a Shellback the remainder of my
They dropped him down upon the deck, he was cold
and wet and dizzy,
He little thought the coming seconds would really
find him busy.
He landed on his hands and knees and started to
The barrage that landed on his rear end almost made
When he went through the garbage chute and finished,
a happy lad was he.
At last it was completed, this unhappy misery.
"You are O.K. Bud," they shouted, "to be a Shellback
you deservef '
He cried, "To hell with all this mess, I'm only a re-
"I'd like to cross the line once more, but I'm on my
return trip home.
"And once I hit that dear sweet soil, I never more
Here's to the civilian, he's one in a million
He doesn't know starboard from port
While he's back home drinking, we are out here
Of liquors and beers tall and short.
He doesn't know valves and he doesn't know throttles
His only thoughts concern beer in large bottles
He never has heard those 5 inch guns roar
He's never ever been 5 miles from the shore.
He doesn't know bow and he doesn't know stern
There's a lot about ships that he'd have to learn
There's a lot about his ways we'll have to learn, too
When we get discharged from our dear Navy blue.
When we return home to drive our own cars
And meet our old pals in our neighborhood bars
When we're greeted by families and children who
When we're rid of that endless, infernal "Turn to! !"
When a uniform of the day won't prevail- .
And there'll be no such things as 5 month old mail
There'll be no reveille, nor will there be muster
Our blues in moth balls will lose all their luster.
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
There'll be no more saluting and no water hours
When we're on our own we'll have every night
We'll have plenty of wine and women and song-
When we're back on the beach where we all belong.
No more dim out ship, no more drill G.Q.
But, especially no more of that darn "turning to"
Then the lights will all glow in the land of the free
And the searchlights will shine on ships miles at sea.
Happy Birthday Mighty T
When the war is over and we're free from hate and
We'll all be back among those things that we hold
near and dear.
lWhen we return to civil life, to loved ones kind and
We'll have some pleasant memories of days in Navy
Remember A11 those characters we shipped with through
And how we thrilled when we iirst cast our eyes on
Those Arabs looked so far away from anything we
But they held their own in bargaining just like a
Those nights we spent in South Sea isles with a breath-
The day we banged our bulkheads in while moored
beside the tender,
Those liberties in Panama, they really were the things
Those evening fantail sessions where we used to play
Remember all those arguments that no one ever won?
Those Shellback celebrations really were a lot of fun
That day we hit the coral reef and fouled up both
When they said "Head for Frisco," boy, that really
was good news!
That time we helped defeat the 'laps in Sugigao Strait
Recall our trips with Halsey and his Task Force 38.
We've done our share of convoy work, on that you'll
But we also helped contribute to that final victory.
So when the war is over and we're back where we were
just think about the pleasant times we had on board
And on her 2nd birthday, Mates, let's cheer her long
We want the whole wide world to know of the
"Mighty T" we're proud!
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Nafnef and Addresses
Commander Edward BRUMBY Apt. 114A, Palmer House, Larchmont Acres, Larchmont, N. Y
Comdr Robert A. SCHELLING
fComdr. Edward RYE
Comdr. James P. DRAKE
Melvin H. BRUNKHORST
Richard F. WOELFEL
Frank P. OMOHUNDRO
John W. SOTAK
Clyde J. ALLEN
John V. B. DEAN
Emmett L. HUBBARD
James F. MOONEY
Lt. Leonard S. SEDLER
Lt. Cjgj William P. PETERSON
Ens. George W. YOST
Lieut. Archibald MCCLURE
Lieut. William D. YOUNG
Lieut. Ernest S. CORNWALL, Jr.
Lt. Cjgj John H. TOMFOHRDE, Jr.
Lieut. Terrell W. LITTLETON
Lt. Cjgj William L. WEBB
Lt. Cjgj John E. SLATTERY
Lieut. Wayne M. JUSTICE
Warrant Mach. Guy A. HACKETT
Commander Frederick H. SCHNEIDER
Ens. Guy A. BUCKMINSTER, Jr.
Ens. John W. BURCHELL
Lt. Cjgj William C. WILLIAMS
Lt. Cjgj Byron H. MATTHEWS
Ens. Malcolm A. JONES
Ens. William R. LARKIN
Ens. Robert E. PATTERSON
Lt. Cjgj Douglas P. TORRE
Ens. Elwyn H. YEATER
Ens. Raymond O.. KLEIN
Lieut. George L. NEWCOMB, Jr.
Ens. Robert S. BRUCE
William J. HARRINGTON
Ens. Rinaldo MOGLIONI
Leslie C. SCHERLING
Charles A. CLINARD
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BAKER, Malvin Do CWT A17 East Otterman St., Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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BARNETI, James E., Ygc 4617 104th Street, 'Corona, Long Island, N. Y.
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BECRAFT, Malcolm M., WT3c 931 West View, Decatur, Illinois
542 Indiana Avenue, Aurora, Indiana CUNDIFF, George M., SZC
BELT, Melvin F., TM3C 2101 Wilson Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky
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BOATWRIGHT, John V., CWT 1413 Ridgeway Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
BOOKER, William J., S1c DANIELS, Charles A., S2c
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Lt. No. 1368 Anigua, Agana, Guam
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HAHN, James R., Slc
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HALLAR, Michael J., SoM2c
HARLIN, Everett L., S2c
HARRY, james H., WT3c
HEALY, Gerald P., Slc
3124 Linden Street, Flushing, Long Island, N.Y.
HECKMAN, Anthony A., CCS
1430 Fern Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
HOLLAND, Ernest C., CM3c
HOLLANDER, Milton, SoM3c
2958 West 1st Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
HORN, 'Charles R., S2c
HOWELL, Andrew J., Flc
'330 Montgomery Street, Savannah, Georgia
HOWLAND, Francis E., Cox.
P. O. Box No. 5, Geneva, Illinois
IRISE, Arthur W., MM2c
438 East 66th Street, New York, N. Y.
JAGGERS, Christian E., F1c
JOHNSON, Robert W., S2c
JONES, Hiram W. jr., BM2c
Grenlock, New jersey
JAVORSKI, Julius C., S2c
KEAYS, William L., SoM3c
316 S. Christian Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
KEEGAN, Joseph A., CBM
3108 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
KELLEY, Robert J., F2c
KENNEDY, William J., S2c
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KIGHT, julian G., LCWT
KOLSEN, Raymond R., S2c
KRAMER, Emanuel Cnj, S2c
KRAUSE, Robert H., GM1c
11 Colonial Avenue, Patterson, New jersey
KUJAWA, Edgar j., WT2c
117 South Beagle Street, Dunkirk, N. Y
KULIK, joseph, S2c
LAMICELLA, Emilio J., S2c
lCherry Street, New York, N. Y.
LAMPKE, Arthur R., Cox.
68 Ashley Street, Buffalo, N. Y.
LAPINSKI, john, EM1c
ll19 Cabot Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts
LAUDENSLAYER, Neil W. jr., QM3c
LAWN, john J., CM3c
219 West 20th Street, New York, N. Y.
LEE, james A., F2c
LEMPKE, Emil A., MM1c
?Fargo, South Dakota
LIBUTZKE, lCharles H., GM3c
LICEFI, Lawrence A., GM2c
l151 New Philadelphia Rd., Edgewood, Maryland
LOBELLO, Nunzio R., GM1c
2501 Hoffman Street, Bronx, N. Y.
LOBIEN, Chester, GM2c
202 North Street, Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania
LORD, Thomas H., MM1c
98 Rounds Street, New e
B dford, Massachusetts
LOTTINVILLE, Leo Ferdinand, MM1c
20 Summer Street, Biddleford, Maine
LOWE, Glen V., S2c
LOWE, Leo R., TM5c
LUND, Clyde E., WT1c
LUSK, Raymond R., M2c
LYONS, Michael V., RdM2c
1121 Morrison Avenue, Bronx 59, N. Y.
MABRY, Ervin Cnj, Slc
U.S.S. Pittsburgh CCL72j
MAININI, john Cnj, Slc
5620 Columbia, St. Louis, Missouri
MALMGREN, Otto Cnj , CMM
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MANC , jo .,
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MANIGLIA, Phillip J., Slc
3222 West Flourney Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
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710 Summer Avenue, Newark, New Jersey
MARCHANT, John A., Slc
MARGESON, Wilbur J., RdM1c
124 Queen Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio
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USN TadCen, Camp Elliot, San Diego, Calif.
MARLEY, John W., S2c
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MARSDEN, Herbert L., MMIC
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MAYLE, Calvin N., S2c
MCCLOSKEY, James J., MM3c
MCDONALD, John W., S2c
McDONOUGH, John J., MM2c
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MCDUEEIE, John T. Jr., S2c
MCINTOSH, Carl CnJ, S2c
McPARTLAND, John F., TM1c
MELNICK, Andrew Cnj, SM3c
MENDALL, Lewis R. Sr., MM2c
45 Codman Park, Rolbury, Massachusetts
MEYER, Francis J., SM3c
608 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, N. Y.
MIKNIS, Kasmir A., TM2c
599 Avenue "A," Battle Creek, Michigan
MONAHAN, Francis A., S2c
MONTEVERDE, Charles J., SoM2c
233 East 59th Street, New York, N. Y.
MOONEY, George E., MM3c
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MORGAN, John P., MM2c
520 Wales Avenue, Bronx, N. Y.
MORRIS, Walter A., WT1c
294 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
MOYER, Frank T., SoM2c
MUELLER, Milburne K., CMM
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RAIMO, Anthony N. Jr., S2c
RAINBOLT, Robert N., EM2c
RAUSCHER, James C., Slc
REBENSTORF, Reo G., MM1c
REENTS, Paul E., GM3c
REIBERT, John E., F+C3c
RENNER, Charles R., FIC
NANCE, Earl W., S2c 1605 Homewood Avenue Mishawaka Indiana
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
RHODES,QGeorge jr., StMlc D SMITH, Pat G., W'I'1c
General Delivery, Charlestown, Indiana , R.F.D. No. 2, Camilla, Georgia
RHODES, Robert S. Jr., MM2c - ,
lWilliamstown, Massachusetts SORGE, George S" TM5'
John H., SIC HafOld R.,
312 Washington Street, Stillwater, Oklahoma STALL, Anthony A., FC2c
RILEY, Warren Cnj, StM2c 2856 "E" Street, San Bernardeno, California
- RIVERS, Willie Cnj, StM1c STALZER, john F., Slc
Fred CHD, Slc Linden Stfeet, Ridgewood, New Jefsey
1148 High Street, Newark, New Jersey STARRY, Harold L, WTZC N
RQE, John R., BIC 122 John Street, Elmira, N. Y.
22 North Morley Street, Baltimore, Maryland STEWART John A Sze
SACH, h ., CY
Je n If u G STEWART, Wallace V., TM2c
SALERNO, Armlnlo J., Bkr3c The Dales, Oregon
36 Anderson Street, Raritan, New Jersey
SANFORD, Frank C., WT3c STEVENSON, Frank R. Jr., RM3c
2015 Railroad Street, Jackson, Michigan SULLIVAN, Charles M., RM3c
SAUKEL, Alnyaina H., FC3c Lmdenf New 5efeeY
SAVAGE, Edward C., Flc SULI-Ilflglgiacflffillifllfl Pg RCIMZC , 6 ld M h
SCHAEEERMEYER, Adrian W., sln SWENSON Kefriylynsltreet' prmg e ' asm 'Betts
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'SCHERf Arthur, V" SZC 25-B Lakewood Drive, Denville, New Jersey
A 252 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, N. Y.
. TAYLOR, Ralph L., Flc
SCHULTZ,IfV1"e me SZC TEDEsCo Nathan tny sin
SCOBEE, Lemuel C-a GMZC RED. No. 1, Milleville, New Jersey
'639 10th Street, N.E., Mason City, Iowa THERRIEN George L BIC
SCZESNY, Michael J., EM2c
810 McGilluary Place, Linden, New jersey THOMPSON, James CHD, SK2C
136 Kent Street, Brooklyn, New York
SHACHNER, Harold Cnj, SM1c .
523 North Drake Avenue, Chicago, Illinois TORREZQ Gilbert A-1 PC0243 . e
Box 608, Fontana, California
SHERMAN, jack W., WT1c
141 Park Place, Brooklyn, N. Y. TUCCL John CHD, 52C
SHEPPARD, Ralph C., CRT TUCKEK Howard CHD, S20
432 North Pearl Street, Bridgeton, New jersey VALLES, Rica,-do J., 52C
SHOEMAKER, Dennis L., RM3c VAN SITCKLE, William R., S2c
3817 Pleasant Place, Baltimore, Maryland VOELKER, Leo C., SKK
SHOOK, john W., MM3c 452 East Tenth Street, Wenona, Minnesota
'Carter Road, Newport, N. Y. WALKER, Clyde R., Plc
SIMPSON, Harold L., SC1C Barnes Street, Reidsville, South Carolina
244 A. Summer Avenue, Newark, New Jersey WATKINS, Durrell Elton, BMIC
SISCO, James H., Cox. 449 East 80th Street, New York, N. Y.
69 Marshall Street, Paterson, New jersey WEAVER, Curtis O., 1:C3C
SIEGERIED, Edwin E., EM3c Je111e0aTem1eeSee
slMoNDs, Robert L., SF2c WEAVER, Lyle Re MM3c
12 Glen Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey WEEKS, Henry J., S2c
SKYLES, Alva M., Cox. WEI55, .l0hI1 .I-a 52C
SLAGEL, James A., FC1c WELLS, Ernest CHD, CBM
SMITH, Fred W., Slc WILL, Ferdinand E., RdM3c
2534 Coleman, St. Louis, Missouri 2029 Potomac Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
SMITH, Houston K. jr., S1c WOLCSONA Stephan J' Sze
47 Youmans Avenue, Washington, New jersey WOOD, jack H., GM3c
SMITH John T Jr WTZC 208 Front Street, Oswego, N. Y.
4708 Hudson Boulevard, Union, New Jersey ZAUSS, john P., Slc
AIGNER, Robert H., Slc
ATTERBURY, Russell, Slc
BAILEY, john A., StM1c
BARNE'I'I', Paul F., QM2c
3651 Keokuk Street, St. Louis, Mo.
BARRETT, Stephen M., S1c
BARTOW, Robert E., S2c
BAUER, Richard Eg, QM3C Q
CROWELL, Raymond B., EM1c
318 Culbertson Ave., Greensburg Pennsylvania
CUNDIFF, George M., S2c
USS Okaloosa, APA 219 cfo FPO New York
CURLEE, David E., SM3c
CURRIER, Richard S., M3c
DALHGREN, john W., S1c
231 Stowe Street, Jamestown N Y
DANIELS Kra WT2c
x789 Woodbourne' Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania iiver,,Kentucky
BEHLING, Robert sl, TM2c
1215 Eleventh Avenue, Green Bay, Wisconsin
BELL, Glen V. C., CPhM I
BENNETT, joe B., PhM2c
BETH, Alvin H., MoMM1c
BLACK, Eli J., Slc
BODELL, Russell, Flc
DAVID, Julius, cox.
DELLEVIE, Ralph H. Jr., sic
Sekon-in-the-Palms, Pass a Grille Beach Florida
DRESKA, Paul, Slc 1
DU BOIS, Edwin F., WT2c
822 N. Campbell Avenue Chicago 22 Illinois
DUNCAN, Charles H., WT1c
f1006 Market Street, Sunbury Pennsylvania
BODEN, LO11iS F.',.CF'C A .Q .. ' Frank M., F26
224 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 1
I 1 DUTTER, W'll' L., F
BOORNAZIAN, Peter s. Jr., RdM2c.' I - , 1 lam 26
' 86-07 Northern Blvd., jackson Heights, N. Y. DYESS, Dan S., CCS
BCWMAN, John Sq MMSC t '308 Nickolson Road, Picayune Mississippi
134 High Street,Flemmington,'Pennsylvania EDWARDS, Bruce W., WT3c
BRANSON, Cad O., MMM P 614 Monroe Street, Flint Michigan
230 Oakwood Avenue, Muncie, Indiana ELLISON, james A., F2c
BRETON, Gerald A., S2c FANOVITCH, Ralph F., F2c
BUTLER, Dallas P., Flc FEATHERSTON, Billy R., SKD2c
1105 Irving Street, .Lock Haven, Pennsylvania 1514 McGregor Street, Wichita Falls Texas
CARNEY, Robert R., F2c FERRUCCI, john M., Slc
CALO, Gennaro, F2c
CARTER, James G., F2c
CAVALLE, James A., Mama
A ' 'A u
'6 Green Street, Milford Massachusetts
FLEEHEARTY, Herbert F., MM1c
IP. O. Box No. 547, Berkley California
FLORES, Ionney C., Ck2c
lRoute No. 2, Clarlcsb rg, Xvcst Virginia FORD Daniel I EMR
CASEY, James Tw FZC FRAHM, Homer J., Flc
Joseph CI., Carl E.,
CHILDRESS, Walter F., SIC in 'Route Noi 2, Pittsfield, Illinois
'New Canton, Vlfginlil Eugene I., FZC
Adflan R., , 'rerupus O.,
COURTNEY ames A. Cox. I Second Street, Cannelton Indiana
, J , ,
1 Rt., 3, Woodson Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee GOINS Berle G. Sic
CRABTREE, Robert J., S2c . Big Stone Gap, Virginia
CRANDALL, William Ray, WT2c GOLDRICK, Robert P., S2c
61 Glenwood Avenue, Pontiac, Michigan 4505 Carrolton Avenue, Indianapolis Indiana
CRISP, George J., Slc y GREGORY, Leo A., CSP
April 1943 USS T HORN March 1946
GREIVELL, Richard H., SM2c
3120 S. Delaware Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
GRIMES, Herbert F., SoM1c
96 Village Street, Reading, Massachusetts
HANDY, William, Flc H '
HARDAKER, Leonard Jr., CPhM Y
844 East 4th Street, South Boston, Massachusetts
HARRISON, Edwin P., sMzc ' 'I
512921 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri
HARKINS, John J., S2c
HAYES, Edward L., S2c
HEALY, John B., Slc
HEGARTY, John F., S2c
HILTON, Alvin L., Slc
HOLM, Hans C., QM1c
231 Walnut St., West Middlesex, Pennsylvania
HOWARD, Edgar B., GM3c g I
40-12 12th Street, Long Island City, N. Y.
HOWARD, William B., Flc I
547 West 157th Street, New York, N. Y.
HUERTAS, Arthur J., MM2c
HUDAK, George, Cox.
100 West 30th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey
HUDAK, Michael, Cox.
102 West 56th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey
HUDSON, William H., S2c .
JAMES, Claude E., FC2c
JOHNSON, George W., SoM3c
KEEL, Leon J., MoMM2c
KISER, Joseph W., sic
Route gil, Moorehead, Kentucky I
KRACKE, Helmut J.,lQM2c
81-26 169th Street, Jamaica, N. Y.
KRAMER, Emanuel, S2c J
LACEY, Hamer, Slc
154 School Street, Keen, New Hampshire
LACKEY, Melvin E., WT1c
LACZYNSKI, Steve, Slc
12303 McDougall, Detroit, Michigan
LAKE, Herbert W., Slc
1607 Hamblin Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan
LAMBERSON, Kenneth L., F1c
29 East Garden Street, Mt. Union, Pennsylvania
LAPEKES, Fred, Slc
Route No. 1, Wayland, Michigan
LATONA, Carl J., S2c
14345 E. Vernon Highway, Detroit, Michigan
LAUGHLIN, Robert W., Slc i A
LEWIS, Henry H. H., Slc
402 North 18th Street, Nashville, Tennessee
LITTEER, Harry Edward, RM2c
Groveland, N. Y.
LITTLEDIKE, Don M., RM3c
LONGO, William L., Slc
LOTTINVILLE, Leo F., MMIC
20 Summer Street, Biddleford, Maine
LOW, Russell D., SSMB2c
3405 Elmwood Street, Detroit, Michigan
LOWE, Leo R., TM3c
LUTZ, Ernest D., Slc '
Box No. 6, Youngwood, Pennsylvania
LYNCH, Michael J., Ylc
47 Monroe Street New Rochelle, N. Y.
MACHT, Charles, Slc
MARCHESE, Walter M., S2c
MANUEL, George W. Jr., S2c
MARTYN, Albert L., FSC
McCABE, Thomas W., TM1c
15 James Street, Worcester, Massachusetts
McCOY, Deane P., MoMM3c
MCDEVITT, Robert F., SF1c
R.F.D. No. 5, Beaver Brook Rd., Danbury, Conn
MCDONALD, Douglas G., Flc
MCDONOUGH, John J., MM2n
MCKENZIE, Coley, EM3c
853 Broad Street, Camden, S. C.
McKIBBEN, Wayne P., MM3c
Box No. 196, Malta, Ohio
McLANE, Paul F., RM2c
656 Herrick Street, Elmira, N. Y.
MEEKS, Kenneth F., S2c
MILTON, Marian A., Flc
MINIVCK, George A., EM3c
R.F.D. No. 1, Helena, Ohio
MOGLE, Darrell G., Slc
RD No. 2, Smickburg, Pennsylvania
MONAHAN, John A., sic I
MONIGOLD, Ray E., Flcn I
65 S. Louis Avenue, Freeport, Illinois
MOORE, James H., Slc A
1809 Natalie Street, East St. Louis, Illinois
MORELOCK, William D., S2c
MosKAL, Stanley J.L'TM3c
I f 133 Andrew Street, Bayonne, New Jersey
April 1943 UPS T HORN March 1946
MOXY!ERX', Chafleg Hn Byjf PRYZNIOIPIT, Michael J., RM3c
RAVASHIERE, Nicky, RMSC
MURPHY, John joseph, GMSC '
422913 Avenue, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
1200 Bellield Avenue, Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania RAWSON' James E0 FCEM:
NANNINGA, Fred C., TM3c RICHARDS' John H" 51C ,
825 NE, ,Oth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 312 Washington Street, Stillwater, Oklahoma
. . An S RITTER, Rolland R., RT2c ,
NELSONHFSQES, lownlc Tilden, Nebraska 1
NEv1Ns,. William H., sir R0B1N50NeAUdfY Aw BMZC E
G9 Kenneth F., Flc l
Leesburg, Vlfglma ROSS, Robert P., GMse l
NICELEY Clarence J, Slc 2510 Palmer Place, S.E., Washington, DL C.
519 W. Cherry Chase Dr., Glendale, California RUBIN, Louis, -I-M36 3
N1ETcH,Horo1d r.,r1e RUE, Robert R, MMM 5,
1336 Sheridan, Niles, Michigan 274 Tom Hunter Road, Fort Lee, New jersey
NISEWANER, Charles L., sze ' RUNNNG, Orville, lrlt ,
OR-EM Daniel P, Slc i452 West Michigan, Clarksville, Michigan I
105 Kenwood Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland RUSXS, Henry L, StM2C
O1-TO, Keith Mn F26 lRoute No. 1, Boxl3, Pineland, Texas
OYLER, Robert, FIC RYAN, Neilan, GM3c ,
' 912 Von Lunen Road, Johnstown, Pennsylvania Northwood, North Dakota
PALERMO, James, SIC SADCWSKI, Robert J., SIC
. 2632 Mt, Elliott, Detroit, Michigan 5342 Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
PAPICIAK, Joseph, RMSC SALLEY, Roger E., Slc '
57 Washington Place, Passaic, New Jersey SANDERS, Stanley C, I,-,C3C '
PARA, Jghn A., 31C Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania
12596 Moran, Detroit, Michigan
PARKER, Carl L., Slc
SANDERS, Warren, RM1c
SANTFORD, Frank C., WT3c
PARMENTER, Victor GU S25 '2015 Railroad Street, jackson, Michigan
PASSMORE, Romie, StM1c SAUKEL, Aloysius H., FC3c
'609 West Park Avenue, Savannah, Georgia SANTILLAN, Ben, S IC
PATSKOl31:Qkf0g,,j,flin, Pennsylvania SCHILLINGER, Robert E., MM2o
P. O. Box 53, Clyde, Pennsylvania
PE E h . .
T RSEN, mt ur R ' ff, Slc SCHOLLE, George F., RdM3e
PETOT, Morris E., Slc yGranville, Illinois
PHILIPP, Charles R., RT2c SCIACCA, Earl pn FC3c ,
PHILLIPS George E. Y2c SCOTT Gem
, ' ' , , , , ge R., Slc
3923 Popuar Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1521 East 13th Street, Okmulgee, Oklahoma
PHILLIPS, George G., Slc SCURRY W,11, J S,M,
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PHILI-IP? Vlfglg Ri-r , M, h, 1326 N. Campbell Street, Daytona Beach, Florida
oute o. , au aire, ic igan , '
POKORNY, Adrian J., SF3c SEARS'1llQf,'fn1'tQ,f,1Q Bnx 33 Gr, ,land Tenn,
Box 209, Grindstone, Pennsylvania ' ' , ' P ' L
POLLESKI, Cameron, SM3c SEUNE, Vlcfofe 31C , , ,
,POST Clarence S16 1329 West 107th Street, Chicago, Illinois
iRoute No. 2, Byron Center, Michigan SEYMOUR, 1955 .lf-i 5C3C
POTTS James D Sze 659 North Pearl Street, Columbus, Ohio
POTYRALA, zygroorr, CMM SHARP,Hef1fYJ-r 52C
82 Belleville, New Bedford, Massachusetts SHIEDER, Robert, RM3c
April 1943 U55 THORN March 1946
I SHOEMAKER, Dennis L., RM3c ' TSCHIRHART, Joseph V., TM5c
B817 Pleasant Place, Baltimore, Maryland 119921 Elkhart, Detroit Michigan
SIMMONS, Lewis C., Slc
Knapp Street, Allegan, Michigan
SIMONDS, Robert L., SF2c
VALENTINE, Leonard J., Slc
VAN SICKLE, William R., Slc
12 Glen Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey VAN ZANDT, Elmer, EM3C
SITPERLEY, John H., sir VOGT, Edward. S2C
SKINNER, George V., WT3c VOS, Lawrence W., RdM3c
Lucedale, Mississippi Route NO. 1, Sffeel, GICECIIVIIIC, Michigan
SKINNER, Richard L., sir WALKER, John H., S1c
St,-,vensviilei Michigan '116 Charlotee, Alpena, Michigan
sLoN1NA, Walter J., Fir WALKER, John A., S2c
17219 Moran, Detroit, Michigan
SMITH, William H., SSML2c
934 Wilbur Avenue, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
WALLINGFORD, Collis, RM3c
WALSH, Richard E., S2c
SMYTHE D .d H. Bk WARNER, Earl. L., SIC
, avi , r3c A 4 . . .
1617 Brookline Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 7 0 State Street' Adnan' Michigan
WATKINS Benjamin F., EIC
STALZER, John E., S2c ,R ' . -
1713 Linden Street, Ridgewood, N. Y. Cute NO' 3' Freemom' Michigan
, WEIR, Irving H., SM3c
STEELE, Oms B' -Ir" YQC Salisbury, Connecticut
Route No. 1, Pisgah, Alabama
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STENNETT, "A", w'r5r S JO '15 Sze
lRoute No. 1, Stringer, Mississippi WELLES, Herbert F., III, MM3c
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STEPHENS, Joseph D., SIC yn e treet ay roo onnecticut
'Silver Creek, Mississippi WESNER, Joseph B., RdM3c
STEPHENS, Roger M., RMK 631 Wood Street, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
, , WEST, Demetrius E. Jr., Elc
STEWART, William, EM2c
11320V2 Washington St., Grand Haven, Michigan
STONE, 10110 Jo MMR WHALEN, Michael J., RM3c
STUDIALE, Salvatore, Sze 3736 St. Louis Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri
SWAIN, Arthur W., szr WHITE' Norman, 51C
. WHITE, Willie R., St2c
SWING' Daniel B" PhM2C 62 South Street, Mt. Vernon, N. Y.
TEAL, Willis O., EM3c WHITINIG, Kenneth C., RdM3c
I-Oxley, Alabama 1107 Mackinaw, Durand, Michigan
TEEPLE, Angus O., Slc WIACEK, John S., Slc
'122 E. Portage St., Sault Ste Marie, Michigan 961 South Broad Street, Trenton, New Jersey
THOMSEN, Eiiei. L., TM3c WILKINSON, Roland E., S26
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THORNTON, Alva H., S2c WILLIAMS, John H., Bkr3c
3405 East Larned Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 367 Teaneck Road, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
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Mountain View, Missouri '525 South Front Street, Dowagiac, Michigan
TOLLIVER, John, StM2C WOOD, William E., Cox.
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1221 Chester Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee
TOMA George Flc
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260 McLean Street, Hyland Park, Michigan 2330 Carpenter, Hamtramck, Michigan
TOM-AS, .James M-r Y2C ZORFAS, Sumner, MM2c
TRUHON, Anthony J., RM3c ZWADZICH, Frank R., PhM1c i . i
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