Mr. Shodo, It was a pleasure having you aboard my flight today. LAX-DEN. You were a real joy to visit with! Thank you for sharing your story with me, and I’m really enjoying the history lesson as well. Come back anytime and fly SWA, I’ll save you a seat and have your scotch ready! XO Kim
My Father, A Survivor
My father, David O. Bell S2c, was a gunner on the St Lo when she suffered her final hit that sunk the ship. He passed away on Veterans Day 11/11/2002. How bitter sweet that he died on Veterans Day, but survived the Kamikaze hit that sunk the ship. He is survived by wife and five children and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was 17 which was too young to sign up. Somehow he made it on the ship and found himself in the middle of this great battle. He never spoke of it unless probed. Much I learned from his mother, my grandmother. My father was truly loved and appreciated by all who knew him. He worked for International Harvester in Canton, Illinois until he retired after open heart surgery in the 1980’s. He was a great cook, loved his garden, orchard and livestock. He fed us from all that was raised on 10 acres. He and mother were a handsome couple. Loved to dance and fish. We salute you Daddy.
Robert W Bruce
I am the nephew of Bob Bruce. He went down with the St Lo. If anyone recalls Bob I would love to hear from them.
Glenn W. Osborn
I am the second son of Glenn Osborn. He is still alive and doing well. All while I was growing up it was difficult for him to talk about the war. But it doesn’t bother him much now. He was a radio signal man on the St. Lo. He remembers the Lieutenant that helped him set the charges as the carrier was going down. I will try and get him to drop a message. He says that everyone on board remarked that it was bad luck to change a ships name while active. I guess they were all right.
Harold J. Larson, Jr.
My Gramps was Harold J. Larson, Jr. He passed away on Monday at 88 years old. He was a survivor of the kamikaze attack. He talked frequently and proudly of his service. In the years following the attack he advanced through the ranks to Lt. Commander. Throughout my life he taught me all about patriotism. It is those that serve who purchase the freedoms we so abundantly enjoy. He will be missed. God Bless all the sailors of the USS St. Lo.
Reunion and Memoriam
I am the middle daughter of Junior D. Anderson, who was a St. Lo survivor. He and my mother attended all the reunions while she was alive, and he still attended after we lost her 10 years ago until his Alzheimers, heart problems, and other health issues made impossible the last couple years. I, my sisters, and some of the grand-children have attended several. May 9, 2011 he succumbed to a heart attack and passed away. We would like information about this year’s reunion as soon as possible, as my sisters and I would like to attend as a tribute to him, but need to start planning ASAP to work around family responsibilities and travel logistics. Daddy maintained a membership with the association through this year, but we have received no info. Please contact us ASAP. The Navy, and these reunions were a big part of his life, and we’d like to rub shoulders with the remaining proud men from that battle at least this one more time. Thanks!
Neal Sellers Leach
Hello everyone, My father is Neal Sellers Leach and he was a survivor of the St. Lo (USS Midway). My father passed away in February 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. He never spoke of the war or the ship until he became ill. I was wondering if anyone remembers my father and has any stories. He was a welder-machinists. Thank you to everyone who served.
|Ensign Lawrence Rodham Collins
My wife’s Uncle Rod Larry Collins was an ensign aboard the St. Lo the morning of October 25th. I was going to take him to the 2006 reunion, but he passed away. I’m very proud of my Uncle. He was a patriot first and a loving family man. They don’t make them like the guys on the St. Lo anymore. Also, please read Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand about Louis Zamperini and his WWII story. God Bless our troops. If anyone knew Larry, please email me and tell me about him. Thank you Bill Carroll
I am the grandson in law of Joseph B. Gomez and I’m trying to find either other survivors or a reunion for them. As a vet myself I love seeing my old buddies when I can. By the way he lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife. I’m looking forward to hearing from someone. Thanks.
I’m a grandson of L.B.
Robert Patrick McCusker
I am Robert P. McCusker’s oldest daughter of 8 children he fathered. He was on the St. Lo when it went down. He would never talk about that day or time. I have a grandson wanting to know more about the St. Lo and the battle she was in for a school project. If anyone out there remembers my father or can help us please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org May God be with you ALL. Thank you. Diane and Tony
James R. Crenshaw S2c
My great grandfather died a few years back. If there is any one who knew him please tell me what he did. He was James R. Crenshaw S2c
|Emily Stokes Lewis
My grandfather survived the sinking of the St. Lo. I am so blessed to have heard his experience from his own mouth. He is still living, and still struggling with the wounds he received on that day. This website is unbelievable. To see the photos of the events I have grown up hearing about… There are no words. Thank you to all that have spent the time and effort into compiling this wealth of information. My Grandpa is Wesley Duane Roper, Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class, from Eureka/Payson Ut, and he is our family’s hero in so many ways.
Alfred Francis Creedon
My name is Jerry Creedon and I am trying to find someone who remembers my father Alfred Francis Creedon. He was on the San Lo when it sank. He was about 1 month shy of 22 years old. He survived it and later served on another air craft carrier. He died in 1981. He never talked about the war. I would really like to hear from someone who knew him then. Thank you to all the service men and women.
USS St. Lo
I now live in San Bruno, California 03/04/2011. I am 87 years young and would like to hear from someone that remembers me.
Stuart A Neale
My father was the bugalar on the St Lo when it was hit by the kamakazi. When he came home, I was very young-but as I grew up, it was obvious that the experience changed him. I am certain that it impacted everyone who was there that day. If anyone remembers him, please respond. My email is email@example.com. Thank you, and thank you for your service.
I attended a few reunions with my grandfather, Dan Yocum. My son Jarrett is a senior in high school now and recently signed up for the Navy. He went to Little Rock for MEPS and is leaving for Great Lakes, IL 10-25-11. My grandfather would be very proud! Please pray for us as we prepare for this new phase of life…Navy life.
|John J. Bochan
A uncle of my wife, Ray Graysneck, served on the St. Lo during WWII. Never spoke of his experience, and only reluctantly mentioned he’d served on the ship during the Battle of the Leyte Gulf. Years later, after reading up a bit on the battle, I asked him where he was on the ship when the kamikaze hit. ‘Right where I was sitting,’ he said. He was an ammunition passer on a gun mount (40 m.m.??) crew. He was blown into the water, and if memory serves me correctly, said he was in the water several days. Spent a year recouping in a VA hospital. He sounds like so many of those who served, and in doing so, did their duty for their country, came home, and went about life, neither bragging or complaining about what they saw, heard or did. Ray’s gone now, but worked for years for the Michigan Department of Forestry. His son John served honorably in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. I also am a Vietnam veteran (4th Infantry Division, 1968, II Corps), but stand in awe of those who carried our flag in WWII. Even now, when I think of Ray, I hear the stirring and haunting melody, of Richard Rodger’s Victory at Sea, and in my mind’s eye, see the crashing waves and angry foam known by all who go to sea. Thank You Ray for what you did, and thanks to all who served.
My husband Glenn Jamison is a St Lo survivor. He would like to know if their are any survivors still living in Stanislaus County, CA
Dear Mr. Heasty, Happy late Sept. birthday and may youhave many more! Thank you for your World War II combat Navay service! You are a patriotic hero of the “Greatest Generation!” A sailors blessing to you of: “Fair winds and following seas” as you sail through life! Sincerely, Raleigh Plesko President Squadrons & Shipmates of the FDR-Midway, Inc.
USS MIdway – St. Lo
Dear original USS Midway and St. Lo shipmates, As President of Squadrons & Shipmates of the FDR-Midway I wish to compliment your organization on your web site and newsletter. Our organization honors the men who served on the FIRST USS MIDWAY and the ST. LO! We recognize your history and sacrifices! We invite your organization to co-operate with ours in hosting reunions with separate business meetings. Perhaps co-operating on reunions will aid both organizations in obtaining the best prices for hotel rooms and venues! It isno accident that our organization’s reunions begin on October 25th! We do this to honor and commemorate the men of the First USS Midway later named St. Lo! Our organization does not seek to try to absorb the St. Lo Association, but rather to respect and aid each other as separate co-operating organizations. We invite any co-operation. Fair winds and following seas to all Midway and St. Lo sailors especially those standing Eternal Watch. Sincerely, Raleigh Plesko, President Squadrons & Shipmates of the FDR-Midway, Inc. E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
|Gayle Heasty Craig
St Lo Wildcat Pilot
My Dad is Dale Heasty, 90 years old and living in KS where he was born and raised. He flew his Wildcat off of the crippled St Lo as instructed and was not aware that it had actually sunk for several hours afterwards. He and the many others who fought and died in that battle are the greatest of heros. We should never forget that people like my Dad are the reason we live in freedom in the best country in the world. His 91st birthday is in late Sept and it would be so great to give him birthday wishes from others with a legacy of the St Lo!
Earl E. ( Irish ) Shaw
My dear brother passed away several years ago. He served on the St. Lo and survived with some burns. He was only seventeen when his ship went down. God Bless all that served. They were all brave young men.
The father of a childhood friend was a crew member: Edward Novak. My 10 year old son is fascinated with WWII right now and we would like to see a crew list if there is one available. Ed was a Pharmacist mate and a survivor.
My grandfather was one of the few that survived. He told me he was blown overboard when the Japanese aircraft struck the St. Lo. We have service item in common. I made it through the USS Enterprise fire in 1969, so I have a feeling of what grandpa saw and felt.
Trying to find info on this year’s reunion for my grandfather.
|James M. Heath Jr
My father, James M. Heath Sr.
So many great messages. My Father went down with the ship that faithful day. I was 4 years old when he died. I have had the honor of visiting the CVE ST LO monument in the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego. It was so uplifting to experience it! Pray for the men who died on the ST LO, and may God bless their families. James M. Heath Jr
Ashley R. Cherry
Ashley was my uncle and I was very proud of him. If anyone remembers him please e-mail me a note. He is passed away now and is buried in Arlington. His brother, my dad also served in WW11 Army Air Corp. Let us not forget that they served.
I liked your site.
|WILLIAM JOHN RIGNEY JR.
GOD BLESS TAFFY 3!
As a retired Navy chief petty officer with 24 years service and having seen a bit of combat myself, I want you to know that I stand at attention in awe of the men of CVE-63 and the rest of the magnificent TAFFY 3! You are the men who set the bar for us. Something we can aspire to but will never reach. GOD bless you and thank you. Men like you represent the absolute finest the naval service ever produced. Attention on deck! ADC BILL RIGNEY SENDS. BT
Hello, My father Walter Harold MacDonald, was on the St. Lo when it was sunk. I was wondering is there are any records of ship crew names/rank etc. Thanks
|Leonard Loy Jr.
My Father Fellow Shipmate
My Father was Leonard W. Loy and he was a member of this ship. He survived the battle and shared many stories with me. He lost his battle with cancer in March 1996. If anyone knew him please share stories with me as I would love to hear them. You can email me at email@example.com. I also have many pictures of ship mates and the ship itself.
Theodore Francis Arnoldy
My Uncle, Theodore Francis Arnoldy S1/c St Lo had just had a cup of coffee and went up to go on deck when kamikaze hit. He had gone to boot camp in Great Lakes in May 1944 & lost his life 10-25-44. I have letters from a few of his friends, Arnold Alme, Franklin C Snider, and George W. Adams. Does anyone have any memory of him, he was often called Pop, was a member of the Holy Name Society on board ship. He was from Monroe City, Missouri. Does anyone have a current list of survivors or even previous lists? Thanks, Dorothy
Photo & Documents Request
As the daughter of Dale V. Orgill (MM3 I think), I’m preparing a scrapbook for Dad’s birthday of the ship and that fateful day. I’m trying to find any photos and any documents that any of you may have. As he is getting older (almost 84), he speaks often of the battle and and how he survived when so many of his shipmates did not. I would be grateful for any help anyone can provide!
In regard to shipmate Calvin C. Sullivan S1c I am his nephew. My mother’s only full brother was Calvin and I have original western union telegrams informing the family of his loss. I was told the family took the loss quite hard, but grandpa was proud of his son for serving during a time of terrible war with the Japanese. Mom never got over the loss and despised the Japanese people. It is a horrible thing to happen and this situation was repeated with families so many times over that it is astonishingly overwhelming. My prayers and heart go out for the loss of sailors about this ship and their families.
Leut. C. E. Collett
Hello I am C.E Collett’s son. I am not sure what information you are looking for but I can certainly fill you in on what I know – both regarding his involvement with the events of the sinking of the St Lo and his activities.
I enjoyed the time I spent on board, but not the last day.
|Ruth Holzinger Stokes
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|Sherry Simms Ferguson
I would like to pay tribute to my father, Carrell “Tex” Simms, who died last month at the age of 89. He grew up a farm boy in Texas and enlisted in the Navy soon after the Pearl Harbor attack. An aviation machinist mate on the St. Lo, he turned down an invitation to breakfast just before the kamikaze struck and destroyed most of the ship, including the galley where he would have been, had he not already eaten. He received serious rope burns during his escape from the flaming carrier, burns which didn’t fully heal for months. He gave the extra life jacket he managed to grab to a shipmate floating beside him in the Leyte Gulf, who told him he saved his life. (Amazingly, Dad had never learned how to swim). He was later awarded the Purple Heart, but true to his humble character, he refused the medal, saying there were other men who were worse off than he. Tex lived a long and happy life with his wife of 63 years, and they attended several St. Lo reunions. He also leaves four children and five much adored grandchildren. We shall always miss his quiet presence, for he was our hero.
My dad, Edward Leon Lorren, now deceased, talked about AV Clark and had me looking for him about 25 years ago. He remembered him because dad had hit an officer and landed in the brig on bread and water. AV Clark slipped him sandwiches and dad never forgot it. He always wanted to meet him again to say thank you for this gesture.
Would like to aknowledge that my father Robert Holland was on the USS St Lo. He survived and is still living in Taneyville, MO.
Paul H. Corder
My one brother was a crew member from 43 to the end. His Name was Paul H. Corder. He was part of the 5′ gun crew on the fantail. He told me that the jap plane came in from the ships stern like he was going to land aboard, then drove down and crash into the flight. Said he was in the water about two hours before being rescued. My brother passed away then in 1997.
Crewmember Earl O. Jones
This entry is in great honor of crew member Earl O. Jones (my Uncle Earl). He was wonderful man and a great hero for my brother and myself. Our mother passed away when we were 2 & 3 years old. Uncle Earl took us in, as he had four kids of his on to feed and clothe. He became a Chef at four Country Clubs between Alabama & Georgia. There was six of us children and Uncle Earl was allowed to bring home the extra food on Sundays after buffet. Which meant… all of us hungry little children would be blessed prime rib, t-bones, shrimp, stuffed lobster and finger sandwiches o’plenty. He made sure we all had everything we needed to look decent for school, from head to toe. He took us everywhere in that old wood grain station wagon. He always made sure we all got to…see many places and have lots of fun. We lived in Alabama and he took us to Panama City Beach, Florida at one stage every Sunday to stay until Monday. We would take off to Florida right after that Sunday buffet. Then we pack the leftovers and took them with us for the trip. He took us to Mexico and everyone was so polite and took such good care of us. We went all over California and of course we visited the ship yard in San Diego. He was so very proud to be there. He drove down those streets with wide open eyes looking at the ships. It meant so much to him to see that ship yard. Uncle Earl passed away several years ago. He meant the world to me. About three years before he passed, I had taken pen in hand and poured out my heart in appreciation & gratitude…which flowed so easily. I’m so thankful for the gut feeling that had me do that. He had just as much appreciation & gratitude towards me and he told me how much it meant to him. He was a very calm, silent, & simple man. He never wanted anything or needed anything. It was all for us, his family. That was all he needed and that was enough for him. What a wonderful example of a man. God bless all of the men of the St. Lo & their families. Peace…Diane Jones
|Daniel P. Bell
Seaman 2nd class Thomas Westheider, a 17 year old cook’s helper on that fateful day is my uncle. He is still alive and kicking at the age of 83 and would love to hear from any surviving ship mates. Please use the above email address.
How many battles
How many battles was the USS St. Lo in?
My name is Charles Olah, the nephew of Alex Olah. He was a crew member on the ST LO when she went down. He never made it back. MIA/KIA. God bless all the sailors on the ST LO
|Marvin Glenn Tabor
Raising the St Lo
My father is Marvin O. Tabor, one of the survivors. He passed away 10 years ago. I was in the Philippines last year and heard, and read that President Arroyo would like the St Lo raised out of the Gulf and destroyed. Are there any plans you are aware of to raise the St Lo?
I’m Chief Cole’s great grandson & I’m looking forward to the Orange county 2009. I can’t come to all of it but I’m hoping to get down for a few days. I just became a member of a POW/MIA motorcycle club & riding with the vets has hit home for me & we need to keep the St. LO men’s memory going strong. firstname.lastname@example.org
My dad, Bill Fields, survived the sinking of the St. Lo and is living in Southern California, now age 83. He hopes to attend the 2009 reunion in Orange County. The reunions are one of the highlights of his life!
Good afternoon. My uncle is Duane Roper, a survivor of the USS St Lo. Does anyone remember him?
|YNCS John Lewis, USN (ret)
AMM2c Robert P. Taylor, VC-65
email@example.comI have found a marker dedicated to Petty Officer Taylor in my hometown of Palmyra, Missouri. I’ve also obtained a copy of the letter written to his parents stating he was ‘missing in action’ as a result of the battle on 25 Oct 44. I would like to hear from any of Petty Officer Taylor’s shipmates that remember him or who could tell me a little more about the circumstance of his passing. I am hoping to write an article in honor of him for the 65th anniversary of the battle. Looking forward to hearing from you all … Very respectfully, John Lewis YNCS(SW/AW) US Navy (retired)
After reading ‘Last of the Tin Can Sailors’, I developed an entirely new appreciation for all that the St Lo crew has done for our country, and for those abroad whose freedom was at risk.
05/28/2009My uncle, Albert V. Clark, was on the St. Lo when it sunk. He doesn’t talk much about it though.
William D. Corwin S1c
Memorial Day 5/25/2009 – Uncle Bill, today I held a private memorial service for you in my heart. I am so proud of you. You survived the battle on USS St. Lo (formerly Midway) to marry your sweetheart, raise 8 children, love 29 grandchildren and 10 Great Grandchildren. God took you home one year ago, yesterday. I pray that you are reunited with Lana, Timmy, Grandma…I love you and miss you!
Frank R. Skotzke S1c
My great-uncle was Frank R. Skotzke S1c, someone that was MIA. I was wondering if anyone could tell me any stories about him. Thank You
Clifford A. Collins
I wanted to say thank you for preserving the memory of the men who lived and those who died on the St. Lo. My uncle, Clifford Collins was among the survivors. Sadly, he passed away several years ago of cancer. It is good to know his name is remembered. My family sends our thanks to all of those who served with Uncle Cliff.
Clarence Daining, Private on the USSStLo
Does anyone remember my grandpa, Clarence Daining? He was in a locked room when one of the torpedo’s hit. He thought he was going to die. And the missile went straight through the wall of his room leaving an opening just large enough for him to crawl out. He burnt up his hands. He also saved some people from drowning. These are the stories I’ve heard. He also served with Henry Fonda. I guess Henry paid him & a buddy to wash his wool uniform and my grampa and his friend accidentally shrunk it. My grampa passed away recently and if anyone remembers him, I’m sure our family would love to hear stories. My grampa was a true hero to me. Please email me, I’d love to hear from you.
Lawrence R. Collins Ens.
My wifes Uncle Rod (Lawrence R. Collins) was on board the St. Lo that fateful day. He was a great man, one of the last of the Greatest Generation. He was like a 2nd Dad to me after my own father passed away in 1962. Rod passed away a few years back. He knew about the site and was going to attend one of the reunions, but his wife Clara got sick. He’ll be forever missed. We love you Uncle Rod. If anyone knew Rod, please email me. I would love to hear from you. Thank you. Bill Carroll
|Charles D. Greene
I am doing some research to help my sons grandfather in law with getting VA benefits. I am a former Marine and do not understand Naval Rank from WWII could some of you old salts tell me what the Rank AerM2C stands for. You can contect me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the info. It would be much appreciated. God Bless all of you who served on the St.LO Thanks Chuck Greene Former Marine RVN 66-67
|Eugene P Leonard Jr
Finished with Engines
Survivor Eugene P. Leonard F2c, was my father. He has passed now, and never saw the site. If anyone knew him please contact me. He never spoke of the day, his sister told me the story. Bless you all gentlemen, your valor and selflessness humble us all.
Just researching some WWII naval battles and came apon your site.
|Roger and Lucy Golmen
Brenton H. Sole
February 10, 2009 marked the passing of our Uncle, Brenton H. Sole, a CVE63 survivor. He talked often of his harrowing experience on the St. Lo. He was blown off the ship and hung on to a piece of the lower deck while awaiting rescue from the water. We loved and respected him for his service to country and devotion to his family.He will be dearly missed.
Edmund V.Welch (Mike)
My father ‘Mike’ Welch from Boston, Mass was on the USS Loy. He passed away in 1966.We were young and we do not have any stories or info. We did find his book signed at Ports. Anyone who remembers him, would love to hear from you
I was just looking at your site and noticed that US Army captain Artemus J. Schell is on your KIA list. I was intrigued as to what an Army captain was doing on the St. Lo. However, he does not have a War Department Casualty Listing or anything on the ABMC site. I also can’t find him on the 1930 census. Is his name spelled correctly? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
|Billie Sue Lind
Farris R. Lind
Hello, Farris went down with the St Lo, was wondering if any survivors knew him.
I would like to thank all of you for your Heroic work and God Bless each and every one of you. My uncle C.C. Sullivan was killed in action on the ship when it went down. I hope someone remembers him. Thank you, Ron Bailey.
|Mary Short Hobbs
Milliage L. Short, CPO
Did anyone know Aviation Chief Ordnanceman Milliage L. Short who died on the St Lo?
Clarence R. Atkinson
Hello, Having just discovered your site I thought I would inform you that my father Clarence Ray Atkinson a St. Lo survivor passed away September 5,2005 just in case any of his old mates remembered him. Odd enough My discovery of this site was on December 7 2008, Pearl Harbor Day. God Bless You All. Sincerely John Atkinson
Elmer Austin was a surviving member of the St. Lo who passed away a few years ago. Would like anyone who has any stories/memories of Elmer Austin on the St. Lo to e-mail them to me. Thanks and God Bless all the survivors.
Just stumbled on this site and have been reading these stories. Thanks everyone for sharing them.
My late father Philip Niessen served in the Navy during the War and was a Classification Specialist, SP (c) 3/c, stationed at Bremerton, WA in 1944 and 1945. During that time he kept a diary of his interviews (without names) and conducted interviews of the USS St. Lo survivors as they returned to the States. The notes on the St. Lo interviews are very brief but I thought that they might be of some interest to your group. St. M 1/c – St. Lo (CVE-63) survivor – I asked him what position he had on the 20mm. “I used to be a loader but when the suicide plane dove on us the gunner abandoned ship. The gunnery officer told me to take over. When the plane hit I got hit with shrapnel and knocked out.” He showed me his scars – many of the men are quite proud of their scars. “Somebody pulled me out of the fire or I wouldn’t be here.” He showed me the burns which stood out white against the black background.——–January 1945: Every time the door next to my booth slammed the interviewee, a QM 3/c, jumped a foot off his chair. This happened about 10 times. He was in a sweat of nervousness by the time the interview was over. He was a St. Lo (CVE) survivor.
My Grandfather (George F. Allen) was on the ship when Pearl Harbor was bombed. My Uncle has the day of order sheet. He passed away Oct. 12th, 1978. My Grandfather passed when I was 6 years old. I do have good memory of him, but what I think gave me the opportunity to get to know who he really was all of the memorabilia from WWII. My Grandmother saved everything she could, his letters, foreign money, pictures, etc. She kept everything locked in a safe and put away but would bring it out from time to time to review the history. I am proud to say that my Grandfather was a true American hero. His influence helped pave the way for my Father and Two Uncles, who decided to go into the Navy to follow in his footsteps. My Father served in the Vietnam war, My Uncles served in Desert Storm. In 2001,My Grandmother retired from General Motors. She was away visiting my Uncle when her apartment complex caught on fire. It burned to the ground. Many people were without their home and belongings. But, the most important item was my Grandfather’s memorabilia. It’s a really sad case. Everything she worked for her whole life was lost in a instance and everything that she had to remember my grandfather by, was gone.
My Great Grandfather
My great grandfather Elmer R. Austin, was a survivor on the ship The USS.ST Lo. Which was the first ship ever sank by kamikaze aircrafts. If it was not for my Pap Austin My family and I would not be here. Thank you Pap for everything.’ I miss you! R.I.P Love your great grandson Seth Yonker
email@example.comMy dad was on the St. Lo when it was sunk. He was Frank Nelson. He passed away in January of 1998. If anyone remembers him please let me know.
We will be attending the reunion this year in memory of uncle John Welch. I’m just checking out the itinerary. Kathy and Bill Ward and Meghan.
Grandaughter of Chief George Cole…wondering where and if there is a reunion this year, 2008. Thanks
My Father Pete Palma, Los Angeles, CA, served on this ship. He told us about the aircraft carrier that was sunk. He himself did not know it was sunk tell his Navy buddies retold the story when they meet up later. All I know is that he was transferred from the St. Lo before it sailed off into battle a week or so before it was sunk. I never knew the name of the ship. I recently received his honorable discharge certificate with the service record on the back side. He passed away in 1999. He never stopped talking about how good the Navy was to him. I recently obtained the service medals he earned and will be presenting them to my mother. She never knew he had any medals.
|Cindy Goheen Rousseau
Leo Carl Goheen S1c
10/03/2008My father Carl, was an Asbestos Joe and used to recount the stories of pilots who thanked him for pulling them from their plane. This asbestos suit is probably what saved his life when he was thrown into the air during the explosion. Carl and his wife Helene enjoyed attending several reunions in the past and regretted having to stop going. Carl is currently living with dementia and resides at the Veteran’s Home in Mt. Vernon, MO. Carl can no longer recant his stories, but his children and grandchildren will never forget the sacrifices he and others have made.
Lt. Charles Elmer Collett
Anyone having any information or photos they can share with me about Lt Collett would be greatly appreciated. He is the grandfather of my son. Thank you.
I meet Johnny and eat lunch with him daily. He is original plank owner and was at the 5 inch gun when ship was sunk. He was Coxswain and was rescued by destroyer. He WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM FELLOW SHIPMATES. Johnny lives in Visalia, CA.
I would like to get in touch with anyone who remembers my father who served on the St. Lo at the time it sank. He died 4 years ago.
USS St Lo
firstname.lastname@example.orgI am a survivor of the St Lo and plank owner.
John R. Gore Lt.(jg)
I am the son of John R. Gore Lt.(jg), TBM Avenger pilot. At the moment, I am planning on being at the USS Lo reunion this year and will be bringing my mother, Phyllis Houghton, who was John Gore’s wife until he passed away in 1980. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him, and particularly if you will be at the reunion. This will be the first time my Mom has gone to the reunion and it would be great if she was able to meet those who knew him.
|Jonathan B. Gore
John R. Gore Lt.(jg)
My Grandfather was a pilot aboard the St. Lo. I never really knew him because he died when I was only 3 or so. If anybody knew Lt (jg) John Robert Gore I would love to hear some stuff about him. I only know that he was a pilot who flew a TBM Avenger off the St. Lo. If you knew him please help me to know him better!
Edward R Allworden
My father-in-law, Edward R Allworden, was on the St. Lo. He passed away before our children were born. Does anyone have any information about him in his younger years? If so, my husband and children would love to hear about their father/grandfather. Thank you! Janet
ORLYLORTON@COMCAST.NETMy father served on the St. Lo as radar man 3cl. He does not have internet access so I down load for him. He loves the site.
Pride of Father
My father, AUGUSTIN V. SALINAS, who unfortunately perished more than 10 years ago, was on the USS St. Lo. Never really talked about until later in life. He said he was way below with several brave sailors, when this happen. He explained that he was the only one in possession of a flashlight and did the best to escape, which he remembers that for no reason he guided everyone further below. A call of God, when they looked up to where (they) had decided not to go, they observed a huge blast that destroyed the entire area. By the time they arrived on (deck) there were no lifeboats left and they were forced to jump into the ocean. They were rescued after an extended period. He said that a story lingered that a Kamikaze had struck the ship, and the pilot who had survived the crash was shot by the ship’s captain. Can anyone verify this? I intend to attend one of your reunions. Thank you for the continual recognition of these great men and women who served and now serve our country.
Ship-Mate USS ST LO
I was on the St Lo at the time it sunk. I knew Farley, and was a good friend at that time. Last time I saw him he was in sick bay on the USS DENNIS . 6-26-08 new e-mail address!
I was on the St Lo at the time it sunk. I knew Farley and was a good friend of his. Last time I seen him he was in sick bay in the USS Dennis.
|Samuel Bailey, Jr.
My great-uncle Calvin Sullivan died on this ship in the battle over in the Philippines.
Alex S. Olah
My uncle Alex perished on the USS St. Lo on October 25, 1944. He was only 21 years old. I just want to say thank you to him and all those who perished with him for making the ultimate sacrifice for this blessed country. I love you Uncle Alex! Hug my dad for me!
Jack L. Shepler
My great uncle, Jack, was aboard the St. Lo when it was sunk. I was wondering if anyone remembers him or even has some photos of him.
Thanks for this great website and a very special thanks to all veterans for our freedom. I am seeking information on my Uncle, Dalton Gargis CMM on the USS Midway/St lo killed in action 10/25/1944. Thanks
|Rev. Gregory Stauffer
William D. Corwin S1c
William D. Corwin S1c passed away at the age of 83 on May 24th. It will be my honor to perform his funeral service tomorrow (May 28th). I respect and honor his service to his country. May God bless his 8 children and 29 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. In Christ Pastor Gregory Stauffer, Rolling Meadows Church of God, Waynesburg PA.
I’m trying to find what ship a cousin was on when the ship he served on was sunk by a kamikaze attack in the pacific in World War 2. His parents could never discuss it, his body was never recovered, and all the people who knew about it at the time it happened are dead. His name was Fred Giles and he was from Pennsylvania. Anyone have any ideas how I can get more information about this? Thanks. Judy
|Marie J. Messina
Samuel S. Messina
Samuel S. Messina was my brother. He was a hero to me and many of his nieces and nephews and his grandson, William.
Alton R. Hughes
My father Alton R. Hughes AOM2c was a survivor of the sinking of the St. Lo. My brother and I grew up with stories of helping wounded shipmates topside from below decks, going over the side, swimming through burning oil, and treading water for hours while waiting to be picked up by a tin can…these men were truly The Greatest Generation.
|MICHAEL J AMAECHI
AM LOOKING FOR MY BROTHER
THANK YOU FOR THE CONNECTION MY DAD JOHN E. MABIA
email@example.comMy father Alton R. Hughes AOM2c was a survivor of the sinking of the St. Lo. My brother and I grew up with stories of helping wounded shipmates topside from below decks, going over the side, swimming through burning oil, and treading water for hours while waiting to be picked up by a tin can…these men were truly The Greatest Generation.
My father was on the St.Lo that day in 1944. He passed away in 2004. We all miss him YN1 J.G. Hagar (Jack)
|Glenda Gibson Schill
Father William R. Gibson
My father served on the St. Lo and shared stories of the experience with my brother and me. Dad passed away 6 years ago. I still get a lump in my throat when I see his name listed among the crew survivors on the St. Lo website. Those who were involved in the conflict truly exemplify The Greatest Generation in my opinion.
|Robert E. White
My Dad, John Robert White, was a proud member of the St Lo. He was there the day it was sunk in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and it was years before he would talk about it. When he did start talking you could tell by his voice how proud he was. My Dad passed away last year, 01 April 2007, but up until his death he was attending your reunions when possible. Somehow, someway I think it brought a peace to him that he had not had since Oct 25, 1944. Since his death I now have his favorite picture of the St Lo, which he purchased at one of the reunions. It hangs in my office along with the actual pictures of that day in October. I would appreciate any information you have pertaining to my Dad. The web site is great. Keep up the good work.
USS KITKUN BAY
Just wanted to say that I was a seaman 2/c aboard the USS KITKUN BAY (CVE-71) and watched the ST. LO blow up in the battle off Samar. It was an experience that is always on my mind.
George Howard Cole
I would like to e-mail Jeanne Turnbeaugh about Chief Cole. Please e-mail me if you would like to. He would be my father-in-law had he lived. Thanks Don Trapp
Hi: My neighbor is the sister of Edmound Lewandowski, Seaman 1st class on board the St. Lo when she was sunk. He was lost with the ship. His sister was 7 years old at the time of his death & has little or no info of his time on board. I hope someone can give me any info so I can pass it on to his sister. Thank you for any help you can give me. Joe
John Ritch Richardson SM1C
To let everyone know. My dad, John A. Richardson SM1c [passed away on February 11, 2008.]
My Father Mark Capalia
JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS SITE AGAIN. MY FATHER WOULD THANK YOU AS WELL. MY DAD Mark Capalia IS MY TRUE HERO FOR FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR 2. MAY GOD BLESS THE FAMILIES AND MEMBERS ON MY FATHER’S SHIP THAT FOUGHT WITH MY DAD ON THAT SAME SHIP. MY DAD WILL BE MISSED. HE IS A TRUE HERO. Love, Mark’s Daughter.
Info on Lt. Collett
Cedric –Lieutenant Collett was the Air Intelligence Officer on Midway/St. Lo. I have some more info (including at least one photo which I could scan) that I would be happy to share with you. If you’ll sen me an EMail at michael.mckenna@1957.USNA.com, I’ll pass along what I have.Best regards,– Mike
I was recently directed to this site by my cousin, whom I have never met. I knew that my uncle died from a kamikaze attack in WWII, but very little else since that was before I was born (George Howard Cole). As a history teacher, I have told my students to get family histories before it’s too late, and I never thought I would learn the story. I got chills when I saw the photo of the St. Lo burning from that attack.
Reunion and History of the Survivors
I want to tell everyone how much I have enjoyed the four reunions I have attended so far, especially this last one in San Antonio. It was so good to have another year with my dad attending something that always has been so important to him, and to learn about it more (he never really mentioned the war or the Navy, except when we found out about the Purple Heart, saying that he didn’t feel he deserved it, because all he did was
Johnny A. Moyer
I am looking for any information, stories, pictures, and friends of my grandfather. He served on the USS St. Lo during the Battle off Samar and was one of the survivors. He never spoke of his experiences and unfortunately we never asked any questions. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I was recently in San Diego and went aboard the Midway CVB and you have always talked about the museum of the CVE-63, but no one seems to know anything about it. What is the story? Bob M
Lt. Charles Elmer Collett
My father, Charles Elmer Collett, served on the St. Lo. I’d like to know what his job was on the ship, and what he did after the ship was sunk.
My father-in-law is Gerald Huestis (USN Ret). I was finding out how to order copies of Divine Wind DVD and would like to know how to find copies of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors DVD. Thankyou for the service to your country and the sacrifices you and your shipmates made for those of us.
Jack Bagwell was my father. He died in 1976. I just found this site and hope to learn more about him and his experiences. Bentz Bagwell Atlanta GA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Norberto is my grandfather. He is listed as the chief cook and was a casualty of 10/1944. If anyone remembers him or has any stories or pics to share, our family would greatly appreciate it.
How many people were killed and wounded by the kamikaze attack on St. Lo and the fleet tug AT-12 Sonoma (Reclassified ATO-12 Sonoma)?
I’m Mark Capalia’s Daughter
I AM VERY GLAD TO KNOW THIS WEBSITE IS HERE. I KNOW MY DAD WOULD BE VERY HAPPY TO AND WOULD THANK YOU FROM HIS HEART, BUT IS NOT SINCE HE PASSED AWAY JAN.12, 2007. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR 11. I JUST WISH I KNEW WERE MY DAD’S PLAQUE WENT. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
MM1c Frank Keiderling
I never got to meet my grandfather…he died right before I was born, but he was a survivor of CVE-63. If anyone knew him or can feed me ANY info about him, it would mean more to me than you could ever imagine. I know some about my grandfather, but not enough. I know he became a CW-2 in the US Army and served in the Korean Conflict after his time in the Navy. This is a man I am very proud of, and have done everything in my Air Force career to honor what he and his shipmates accomplished and went through. To all of you…I salute you.
|Dara A. Lehans
Capt J.A. Lehans
My father Capt. Joseph A. Lehans USNR passed away on Feb.19, 2007 in Ocala, Fla. He was the radar officer LTJG on board the St. Lo on that fateful day. My brother Thomas and I always remember dad telling us of the final moments of the St. Lo and those memories are etched in our minds forever. All the details..all the details and emotions attached. Dad never forgot those who gave their all. He was proud to have served aboard her. After the war dad continued to serve in the Reserves and progressed through the ranks to become captain before he retired. He was employed at Bell Laboratories and worked on guided missile systems. He is survived by his daughter (myself), my brother Thomas S. Lehans, his loving wife of 65 years Audrey A. Lehans and 4 grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Now he is with his shipmates. He will never be forgotten as with all of the crew of the St Lo. They will never be forgotten for giving up their lives so our freedoms could be secure.
Henry William (Hank) Hanson
email@example.comMy father Hank passed away in 1967 when I had just turned six years old. I never got to hear about his experiences in the war or anywhere else for that matter. I attended the Portland, Oregon reunion several years ago, have been receiving the newsletter, and been a member since then. Great job to everyone involved, your efforts are making a difference. I would also highly recommend the DVD that Mr. McKenna speaks about in an earlier guestbook entry. Well done! Anyone who knew my father Hank Hanson, please feel free to drop me an e-mail anytime! I’d love to hear from you. Respectfully, Bill Hanson Canby, Oregon firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hi, everyone! Just got the good news that my dad, Junior D. Anderson, is hoping to make it again this year, and I believe it will be him, me, Jeanette (Jenny), and my sister Wendy Blackburn and her little girl, April. We enjoy learning more about World War II and about the St. Lo. My dad never talked about it much. San Antonio is such a beautiful spot, especially along the River Walk, it will be good to see it again.
Lawrence Rodham Collins
Hello to all St. Lo crewmembers and their families. My wife Pat’s uncle Rod (Ensign Lawrence Rodham Collins) was aboard the St. Lo on that fateful day in October 1945. Unfortunately, Uncle Rod passed away about 14 months ago. I had over the years made him aware of all the information about the St. Lo via the internet, including the official site. At one point we were going to plan on attending 2004 reunion, but due to his bride Clara’s health issues, he had to hold off. Clara succumbed to Alzheimer’s about a year or so before Rod’s passing. At no time did Uncle Rod consider putting Clara into a nursing home. He took care of her himself at home. He moved from Bloomfield, New Jersey to Talmadge, Ohio to be closer to his son Jack in case he needed assistance. He was as dedicated to his wife and family as he was to his country, his ship, and his crewmates. He truly was a charter member of the Greatest Generation.
Hope to see all of you in San Antonio. Will be there with son and daughter in law.
George H. Cole
I am the graddaughter of the late George H. Cole KIA October 1944. I have been attending the reunions for several years and am anxious every year to go. As I have learn about my grandfather through his shipmates, as my mom and aunt were little girls when they lost their daddy. I encourge any family members of men who served on the USS St. Lo to come and join us at the reunions. The men of the USS St. Lo we thank you for your service during World War II.
My Grandfather, John Rollo was one of the survivors. He passed away a couple years ago from cancer. He was a great man.
Sirs, My Dad, James E. Carawan (deceased), was very proud to have served on the St. Lo and always told the amazing stories of the service and sacrifice of his comrades. We went with him to the reunion in Charleston, SC and he was overwhelmed by the memories and the event. Thanks for keeping the story of the St. Lo out there for people to comprehend the wonderful job all the sailors did for this country and thanks for giving my Father the chance to participate in that part of the whole story of WWII. Keep up the good work and God Bless you all. Sincerely, Steve Carawan
Ernest Swafford is my grandfather. If you have any information or pictures you could send me I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You, Teressa Robison
GEORGE ALFRED DUHAMEL JR. CM1c
GEORGE WAS MY GRANDFATHER, HE PASSED AWAY IN 1998. HE WAS A GREAT MAN! I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT HIM AND I GOOGLED HIS NAME AND THIS IS THE FRIST SITE I SAW. WE WERE VERY CLOSE AND HE USED TO TELL ME STORIES ABOUT THE SHIPS HE WORKED ON. I ALWAYS THOUGHT IT WAS THE MOST AMAZING THING. I AM SO PROUD THAT HE SERVED THIS COUNTRY AND SO GREATFUL THAT HE WAS RESCUED SO I HAD THE CHANCE TO KNOW THIS AMAZING, BRILLIANT MAN. TO SEE HIM IN THAT PICTURE AND TO SEE HIS NAME MADE ME REALIZE THAT HE WASN’T FORGOTTEN ABOUT, WHICH MEANS THE WORLD TO ME. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT HIS MEMORY IS NEVER LOST! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AND ANYONE THAT WAS INVOLVED& THANK YOU ALL! MS. KRISTEN DUHAMEL.
Edward R Allworden
He was my Great Uncle. He never talked about his service as far as I know. He passed away on 2 Jan 1992 after a long battle with heart disease.
Billy H. Wilbanks
My dad is a survivor of the St Lo. He is now 80 years old and going strong. For many years he did not talk about his experience on the St. Lo. It must have been a horrifying experience for a young man. He is very proud of his World War II service, and I think of him as a hero. Thank you to all our service men and women who have served or are serving our country.
Orville G. Neal Passed Away 2/12/07
Grandpa Orv passed away February 12, 2007. He was 81 years old. He will be missed. He was an honorable man who taught me so much about the happiness found in pursuing a simple life. I will never forget him and the contribution he made to my life. We must never forget the sacrifice the brave men and women of our armed forces make for us every day.
I WILL MISS YOU GRANDPA. THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. YOU ARE THE TRUE HEROES.
|Michael P. Cooney
Research for possible book about the St. Lo
I would like to hear from any former shipmates of my grandfather Alvin Sharp F2C he served on the St Lo. I would like to gather all information about the air battle that took place after the Battle off Samar that led to the sinking of the St Lo. Thank You Mike Cooney
John B Baucom was my uncle.
Wilbur H. Flint
My dad, Wilbur H. Flint, served on the St. Lo. As kids, we always knew the main story, and of his wounds and survival, but not until the year before he passed away, while in failing health, did he open up with this story. Dad was below deck when the ship was hit and made it topside, burned from the waist down. One of his buddies, a gunner’s mate, was badly wounded and dad immediately ran to help him. His buddy (I’m sorry, I don’t remember his name), told him, No Wilb, I’m gone – you save yourself. And Dad left him, knowing he couldn’t do anything for him. So 52 years later, with tears streaming down his face, we heard the rest of the story, which he had kept painfully to himself all those years. May God bless all of these brave sailors!
My Uncle Clifford M. Romaine
I did not know my uncle very well, but always was very proud of him. He was a hero to our family.
|Bradley K. Clark
William D. Corwin
10/27/2006My uncle, thank you for wearing the uniform when our nation needed it the most.
John E South / My Hero
On Apr 13th 2005 my brother in law John South passed away. On the 23rd a beautiful memorial was done for this very brave man who served on the St Lo. To all the young men who served on the St Lo with John and stood up to our enemy and let us remain free Thank You!! John was my hero and I was always proud of him and for what he stood for. He is very much missed today and always. Thanks to all who have served this wonderful countryand Thanks to those who carry on may God bless you all!!
|David L Casciani
Louis Casciani Jr.
My dad and Mother just returned from visiting Lou Pagan in San Bruno Calif. The visit was full of information on the battle at Leyte Gulf. My father never spoke of his experience, but Lou Pagan had a good history of the event. Every American should reflect on the past and what our fathers have endured.God Bless America!
|Carey A Lawler
Orville E Lawler CGM
Orville E. Lawler was my uncle, my Dad’s youngest brother.
Louis Pagan SF3c
My Uncle Lou Pagan served on this ship when it was sunk. I love my Uncle, and I am grateful for his survival, as I am grateful for all of those who have died for our freedom.
Anthony Ancona was my Uncle and GodFather. Even though he died when I was a baby, I grew up knowing about him. I’m proud to be related to him, and charish the memories of his personality. And thank him and all theose who served with him for the freedom I knew growing up.
My Grandpa, Robert, survivor of the USS St. Lo, just turned 81.
James V. Smith BM1c/Stephanie McKeon
My name is Stephanie McKeon and I am the grand-daughter of J.V. Smith who is a CVE-63 Survivor. His time on the St. Lo was very important to him and has been recounted in many stories over the years to family and friends. J.V. has attended several reunions, but has not gone to the past 2 or 3 because of distance. He was born and still lives in North Carolina. This year (May 10), J.V. will celebrate his 90th birthday. I am writing to see if by any chance you are able to get in contact with other survivors to see if anyone remembers J.V. and if they would not mind writing a letter to his family about their experience on the St. Lo. I know this may be a long shot, but if there is anything you might be able to do to help, it would be greatly appreciated by J.V. and his family. If you feel like you can help, please let me know and I will be glad to provide an address. Thank you for your consideration, Stephanie McKeon (email@example.com)
Thank you for the awesome website. the pictures are amazing. Thanks Dad.
Thanks for the couragous front that repelled the enemy.
Plank Owner List
Thanks to all for the great web sight. I have been trying to find out if anyone has a list of the Plank Owners for the USS Midway/St. Lo. I would like to know if my Uncle, CMM Dalton Gargis was one of the original crew. Thanks.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all you folks
I think what you are doing is great!!
Patrick J. Andrews
Very nice site! Well put together.V/RCDR. Steve Andrews, USN (Third Son of USS St. Lo SK2 Patrick J. Andrews)
William F. Suerstedt AerM2c
Hello to all.
firstname.lastname@example.orgMy brother B.L. Doc Holt passed away Sept 22, 2005 at Ft. Lauderdale FL. He was an AMM2/c aboard the St. Lo. He was from Ft. Madison, Iowa, but had spent his last 50 years in FL working for a couple of different airlines. I would like to hear from any of his friends who may remember him. I am sure he belonged to the Association. He was my brother, best friend, and was always my hero as are all of you WW 2 guys.
|Brent D. Gargus
Do You Know?
Are you in any relation to Veltman Pryor Gargus or Gervis Gargus born Mayfield Kentucky?
Divine Wind DVDs Available
email@example.com(Repeat announcement) Jack McKenna, the grandson of St. Lo Commanding Officer Captain Francis J. McKenna, has completed his 30-minute video documentary on the history of the USS St. Lo, its involvement in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and its subsequent sinking by kamikaze attack. The video, entitled Divine Wind: The Sinking of the St. Lo, includes interviews with the men from the ship and their families as well as historical analysis by noted author Jim Hornfischer. The documentary, interwoven with official U.S. Navy stills, Pacific theater footage, and paintings by John Downs, tells the story of one ship’s struggle to survive during the largest naval battle ever fought. It was premiered at the 2005 St. Lo / VC-65 reunion in Bloomingdale, Illinois and was featured on Rhode Island PBS as a part of its Veteran’s Day programming. The documentary is available for purchase on DVD for $20 plus $2 shipping and handling. Multiple DVDs can be purchased for $20 each plus $2 S&H for the first and $1 S&H for each additional DVD. Payment should be by personal check or money order payable to: Mike McKenna, 11 Humboldt Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. All profits from the sale of the DVDs are being donated to the USS St. Lo/VC-65 Association. Questions? Contact Mike McKenna at Michael.McKenna@1957.USNA.COM or (401) 274-2629.
Thank You Deeply
Thank you so much to all the crew and to those who died risking their lives for the many other victims. My grandfather Kjartan O. Armann was part of the crew and told me stories of the USS St. Lo. Thank you so much for everything! Sincerely- Jennifer Armann
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON GREAT UNCLE WHO DIED ON THE USS ST. LO NAME WAS EUGENE K. HORN WAS IN SICK BAY WHEN PLANE HIT. THANK YOU ANNA
William V.W.F. Muehe
Greetings – Just a second follow-up to see if anyone can recall working with Bill Muehe and may have some information on his last day(s) on the St. Lo.
George H. Cole
George Howard was my mom’s younger brother. They were very close all his life and although I do not remember him, I know that she would want to remember him with loving regard. Thank you for keeping the memory of these men alive. Sincerely,Jean
Robert H. Taylor
My dad served on the St. Lo and is 80 years old as of June. He never talked about his time on the ship except I know he was wounded and ended up on an island after the ship went down. I am very proud of his service for our country. Thank you for the website which helps me to understand some of the trauma that he and all the rest of the men went through.
|Barbara Hiserote Williams
Thank You is not Enough
Our lives are what they are today because of your bravery and self sacrifice to keep our country free. May God richly bless each of you. Thank you is not enough. I pray our country stays strong in times of war now like it did then.
Kenneth T. Johnson
I am delighted to find your website. At this time of year, I always think of the St. Lo. That is because my father, Kenneth T. Johnson, told the story of the sinking of the ship after every Christmas dinner. It was part of our tradition. As the years went by, the details in the story grew. He talked about needing to jump off the high side of the ship because jumping off the low side would mean being pulled under as the ship sank. This story became a metaphor for us in making difficult choices. Dad died on December 13, 2001. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew him. Thanks to all who served our country especially in this terrible battle.
|James M. Heath, Jr.
James M. Heath Stm1c
Dad, May you be at peace, all these years……
Divine Wind DVDs Available
Jack McKenna, the grandson of St. Lo Commanding Officer Captain Francis J. McKenna, has completed his 30-minute video documentary on the history of the USS St. Lo, its involvement in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, and its subsequent sinking by kamikaze attack. The video, entitled Divine Wind: The Sinking of the St. Lo,includes interviews with the men from the ship and their families as well as historical analysis by noted author Jim Hornfischer. The documentary, interwoven with official U.S. Navy stills, Pacific theater footage, and paintings by John Downs, tells the story of one ship’s struggle to survive during the largest naval battle ever fought. It was premiered at the 2005 St. Lo/VC-65 reunion in Bloomingdale, Illinois and was featured on Rhode Island PBS as a part of its Veteran’s Day programming. The documentary is available for purchase on DVD for $20 plus $2 shipping and handling. Multiple DVDs can be purchased for $20 each plus $2 S&H for the first and $1 S&H for each additional DVD. Payment should be by personal check or money order payable to Mike McKenna. 11 Humboldt Avenue, Providence, RI 02906. All profits from the sale of the DVDs are being donated to the USS St. Lo/VC-65 Association. Questions? Contact Mike McKenna at Michael.McKenna@1957.USNA.COM or (401) 274-2629.
George H. Cole, ACMM, VC-65
I am a very proud granddaughter of the late George H. Cole who was also killed in action October 1944. This Veteran’s Day I again remember his courage and sacrifice, as well as all those of Taffy 3. As my husband, Air Force Lt. Colonel (Select) Alan K. Beaty, prepares to deploy to Afganistan I’m thankful there are men and women who did and still do understand the price of freedom. Thank you Grandfather Cole for caring enough to put yourself in harms way for so many years. Watch over my pilot like you did your CV-65 pilots. Love, Liz
A special Thanks to all the members of the USS St. Lo Association for a great reunion. My wife and I were in the Chicago area on business the weekend of the 22nd. We stopped by the Indian Lakes Resort and visited with the USS St. Lo people. I had a picture of my Uncle, Dalton Gargis, CMM on the ship. He was killed in action 10/25/44. I didn’t find anyone who knew him, but I met a lot of the survivors and enjoyed their stories. A special thanks to these men for our freedom. We were unable to stay for the rest of the reunion, but I know that had a great time. Thanks to all and remember all the Veterans especially on the upcoming Veteran’s Day this November 11, 2005. Ben.
10/31/20052 Willow Walk Ct. Crawfordsville, IN 47933
|David D. Wilson
Donald D. Wilson
My father is still doing well. We are proud of all of you.
Great job! We really enjoyed all the work that has been done on this web site. Can’t wait to see everyone in Chicago! Marjorie & Jeanette (Jenny) Freund
Jules Verne Chamberlin
Damn fine job guys……Thanks’
Ray Hiserote is my dad and served on the St. Lo to her end. He never spoke of the incident to myself or my siblings for 53 years, until my future wife was looking at silverware in a bridal magazine. He inquired into what she was looking at, when she responded he commented that the Navy had some beautiful silverware, gold crest and silver, but it had gone down with the ship. The silence afterwards was thick and heavy. My wife, not knowing that I had no idea what he was talking about, asked him what ship was he talking about…and his story on the St. Lo that October morning in 1944 was told to me for the first time. He later told my sister that he thought he should have died that day, but since he didn’t, everyday since has been a gift. He is now in his eighties caring for his ailing wife of over fifty years. I am humbled and proud of the character of men that fought and died for what we take for granted today, carrying the price extracted from the living as well as those taken in battle. Thank you…and I hope that mine as well as subsequent generations remember and learn from history.
Arthur Duane Murray
Duane is a long-lost cousin and in trying to locate relatives, I found out he served and was injured and honored in the sinking of the St. Lo. Before this, I had heard of the Midway, but not the St. Lo which made me want to know more and I found this site, among others. God Bless all who served on the St. Lo and anywhere else or on anything else and gave or risked their lives protecting us and ours/theirs then and now and at any time in the future. I know we are sometimes lax in expressing our appreciation but no one but a fool would not appreciate it.
My Dad ~ Allen Hagen
My dad is a St. Lo survivor. We only recently became aware of this website. He will be 80 years old Oct. 5th and we are having a surprise party for him. If anyone remembers him, we would greatly appreciate any correspondence. He is doing well, still works full time in a factory! Thank you to all who served and thank you to the families who have posted such moving messages. God Bless all of you ~
|Connie Pullum Davis
What a wonderful tribute! My father, James Pullum, is gone now, but he told my sisters and myself of surviving the St. Lo when it sank. He spoke of holding onto a piece of lumber and others holding on as well. I am so proud of my Dad and the legacy he has left with me. I honor all WWII participants who fought for freedom.
|Kenneth E. Place
Thanks to my Grandpa, and thanks to all the St. Lo shipmates for their timeless sacrifice.
FARLEY P TIERNEY
RECEIVED THE NEWSLETTER TODAY AND AS USUAL IT WAS GREAT. FARLEY WAS 18 YEARS OLD WHEN THE ST LO WAS SUNK. HE NEVER SAID MUCH ABOUT BEING WOUNDED AND NOW IT,S TOO LATE. HAVING GROWN UP IN THOSE YEARS I THINK IT WAS THE GREATEST GENERATION.
Robert C. Estle was my uncle. He died when the ship was attacked.
Donald B. Grosser
Hello, The website is fabulous!! My dad was a machinist mate on the St. Lo. He passed away in Dec. 1984 from lung problems, I suspect were from his life in the Navy. He is buried at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN. PROBLEM: The cemetery decided (I don’t know if this was a national or local decision) during this time (Dec. 1984) that instead of the traditional upright white marble grave markers that a flat, ground level marker would be used. I have tried to find out information on how this decision was made and if it will be ever be possible to change these grave markers to the traditional upright markers, but I have had no luck. I would appreciate any help in this matter. I would also appreciate any information concerning my dad. He also went by the name of Goose. I would love to share this information with my brothers and their families. Thanks to all of the Vets for you sacrifice! Ginny Grosser 320-286-2491 (Home) 320-286-4100 ext 1203 (work) 24 voice mail.
|Nina Mack Castles Parker
Mack A. Faulkenberry
I am the niece and namesake of Mack A. Faulkenberry who perished with the St. Lo on October 25, 1944. I have just discovered your website and would like to attend the next reunion.
BID A FAREWELLTOA FAMILY FRIENDS FATHER YESTERDAY
I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT YESTERDAY APRIL 23, 2005 I ATTENDED THE MEMORIAL FOR JOHN SOUTH WHO PASSED AWAY RECENTLY. I WAS SO TOUCHED BY THE BEAUTIFUL SERVICE AND THE STORIES TOLD THERE OF THE HEROISM AND COURAGE THAT ALL THOSE YOUNG MEN FACED ON THAT FATEFUL DAY OCTOBER 25TH, 1944. YOU MEN MAKE US PROUD. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNSELFISH SERVICE. JOHN SOUTH WAS A WONDERFUL MAN AND FRIEND AND WILL BE MISSED. HE IS NOW WITH OUR LORD.
My Uncle Orval Hoevet
End of a Fighting Ship
Hello,I am writing on behalf of my grandfather Thomas Petrillo who was a gunner aboard the USS St. Lo. He has asked me to try and find The End of a Fighting Ship by Richard C. Moore that were once offered. I have been unable to locate any place to purchase any copies and was wondering if anyone might know of where to get one or if they perhaps had an extra copy to purchase? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Megan
We Remember January 2005 Correction
Most of you should have received the January 2005 issue of We Remember by this time. I’m sorry for the delay, but it was the first time that the newsletter was mailed at the bulk rate. I was informed that it could take at least two weeks for delivery to some areas, but there was a substantial at the bulk rate.I also have a correction to make for this issue. In this issue on page 8, paragraph four, it states, Only the USS Butler DE-339 and USS Roberts DE-413 were spared any loss of life. The sentence should read, Only the USS John C. Butler DE-339 and USS Raymond DE-341 were spared any loss of life. The USS Samuel B. Roberts actually sustained 96 casualties during the battle. I apologize for the error and any misunderstanding that it may have caused.
Hi AJ, JoAnn, Art and everyone! We received this month’s newsletter in the mail yesterday and I wanted to say that you guys did another great job on it! There was so much to look at and so many great pictures. It was obvious how much time you guys put into it and I wanted to say thank you for all your hard work! This past Saturday, me and Emily celebrated our 19th birthday, yay! I miss you guys, and hope all is well!
|Beverly A. Malone (Barber)
Milton M Barber was my Uncle. He died on the Oct 25, 5 hours after being rescued from the St. Lo. and was one of 5 that were buried at sea the next morning.
St. Lo Website Comment
FROM: JoAnn SosaRE: E-Mail received at my firstname.lastname@example.org address and I’m just now placing this on the website. I just uncovered this while going through Dad’s things. Sorry for the delay. Subj: St. Lo Web Site CommentDate: 5/24/2004 2:28:05 PM Central Daylight TimeFrom: Frank_Jasek@baylor.eduTo: email@example.comHello. I am seeking info of Charles Hays Mallory landing Signal Officer reported missing in action Oct. 25, 1944 when the St. Lo sunk. Frank Jasek
Hello; would you happen to have additional information on crewmembers of the St. Lo? You have a Joe B. Young listed as a survivor and I have a suspicion he is a Great Uncle of mine. Thanks for any help, Glen Carreras
|Sharon Ann Toom Thompson
Father, Earl Marion Toom
firstname.lastname@example.orgEarl Toom was known to me as Dad. His experience he talked very little about. He was a seaman lst class that worked in the laundry room of the ship. He was only 19 years old when he went into the Navy (drafted). My mother, Jean Kane Toom, was pregnant with me when my dad left to serve our country. My only recollections of anything he talked about the Battleof the Midway, (Leyte Gulf) was being in the water for 18 hours and all the dead bodies that were floating around him. He (Earl) was rescued and spent 3 years in Sun Valley, Idaho, suffering from battle-fatigue. He died, a born-again Christian, at the age of 50 years old of a massive heart attack. His friend from the service was a tailor from New York or New Jersey, named Benny Grimaldi. My paternal and maternal grandmothers both said he came home from this terrible experience a changed boy. No longer carefree and easygoing, he NEVER would go swimming or to Family Reunions centered around any body of water; a young boy into a man in an 18 hour span of time! I feel we missed that part of him my grandmothers only hinted at. When he died he was a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Bettendorf, Iowa, under Pastor, Walter (Bud) Grindstaff.
You have a great site. My Dad, MMS3 Sigmund Sobczak (Scotty) served on the USS St. Lo. I grew up on his Navy stories and joined up also. I was also on a carrier the USS AMERICA. If Anyone remebers my dad I sure would like to hear from you. Thanks to everyone who served aboard th USS ST.LO.
|Andrew H. Hines, Jr.
James W. Armstrong
60 years ago, my wife (formerly Ann Groover of Jacksonville, Florida) was engaged to James W. Armstrong who served on the USS St. Lo and was killed, apparently during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. I noticed Armstrong’s name of those lost from the carrier. Other than a notice of his death, she never received any information on how or where, etc. Approaching sunset, this is a circle we’d like to close. Can anyone give the particulars of the loss of James W. Armstrong, ARM2c? Thanks for your help. Andrew H. Hines, Jr. email@example.com
|Franklyn Jeff Conley
Web site–Well Done !!!
I served on a John C. Butler and actually witnessed that tremendous explosion that resulted in loss of the St. Lo and many of its crew members. My battle station was the first loader on the number 2 – 5 inch. My duty station aboard ship was one of the signalman had communicated quite frequently with the St. Lo. I had volunteered to be our ships designated swimmer and was privileged to assist quite a few of the survivors get to the cargo net. There were two survivors— Bob Jaeger and Gil Frank — were some distance from our ship. Their life jackets had been torn and their running ability was limited and desperately needed help. Fortunately I located them and successfully assisted them individually to safety. Many years later, they would express their appreciation at your reunion in Charleston where the Butler will also having its get-together. One of your crew members that we brought aboard was so seriously wounded that he did not survive and he was given a full military burial at sea. A shipmate of mine (Frank Rose) and I were asked to prepare him for burial. I read with great interest the history of your gallant vessel. I was privileged to be your guest speaker at your reunion in Springfield Mo. Jill Downs!! I acknowledge your e-mail letter to me June 15 2004, and salute you and your association for the marvelous web site. Truly remarkable God bless — Jeff Conley John C. Butler GE 339
Edward L. Lorren Sc1
In Loving Memory of My Dad who passed away July, 2003. He loved talking about the Navy and all his memories. He was able to go to several reunions and loved it. He wanted to go to more, but was in poor health the last few years. He thought alot of the crew he served with. Thank you for this site and keep up the good work.
|Guy M. Gibson
Brother was a Member
My father is Jim Feuhrer – and I have never been prouder to call him my pop. He has been the most wonderful father a child could ever hope to have. He never talked much of the war until we were grown – it was then that he began to tell of his experiences. He lost many good buddies the day of the sinking – and on top of that was put in charge of burial detail on the ship that finally recovered the survivors. It was an extraordinarily difficult task after such a trauma. He came home with many lingering injuries and illnesses – but that did not stop him form working hard to support his family. Never in my years did I ever hear him complain – he just took care of and loved us. He and his shipmates are from a generation of men that have much to teach us all of loyalty, courage, and grace. I am so honored to be a child of one of these men who paid the price for my freedoms today. My dad is still alive and I cherish him dearly. God bless and keep all of you.
|Daniel P. Bell
Thomas Westheider S2c
My uncle was a 17 year old Seaman when the St.Lo. went down. He is interested in contacting anyone who remembers him.
News reports have come out recently about a WW2 American Ship being salvaged for its scrap metal . One of the news item said it could be the St. Lo CVE-63. It is located in 12 fathoms of water (72 ft) and only about a km from the shore of McArthur, Leyte (formerly Abuyog, Leyte). It has been designated both a tourist spot and fish sanctuary till the Mayor nullified the resolution recently and permitted a salvage crew to tear it apart. Historical wrecks need a special permit from the office of the President to salvage. I am trying to help the local people preserve that wreck and would like to seek the group’s assistance to help me identify the wreck. Can any of the survivors tell me if the St. Lo sank near the land (as in a kilometer or half a mile)? I plan to go down with my gps next week to mark the area where it went down and also try to photograph it. Will update through this e-mail again. Yvette Leeyvettelee@pacific.net.ph
firstname.lastname@example.orgThank you to all of the members who fought on this day 60 years ago. I have had the pleasure of meeting Forrest Collins who has a hanger across from the high school where I teach. As fine an example of the Greatest Generation as anyone would ever want to meet.
Met Jim Feuhrer
Last night my wife and I were at the Outback Steakhouse in Clairemont (S.D.) watching the Red Sox-St Louis game and enjoying each other’s company. I noticed this diminutive, white haired man sitting by himself quietly eating a simple dinner. He had a baseball cap with the name of the ship USS St Lo, CVE 63 on it. I asked him his name and he told me Jim Feuhrer. For the next 30 minutes, he captivated me with the history of your ship. The pride he had was remarkable for a man of 84 years. He remembered names, events, and the emotions of a man who had just recently come back from war. What a remarkable, wonderful man. He told me of the loss of his wife and the loss of his shipmates in these later years. We said our goodbyes and he left. When I returned to the bar, a number of people asked about him. When I told his story, we thanked the Lord that there were and still are men like this who sacrificed so much and ask for so little in return. As a US Marine, I think of only Marines having esprit, camaraderie, and a strong bond towards each other. Mr. Jim Feuhrer is a living symbol that the Navy has just as a much elan as her sister service. Good luck veterans and God Bless!
|Jack R. Meza
Son of Survivor John C. Meza
My father just passed. He was 80 years old and he had a great life. He was a proud American, proud to fight on the USS St. Lo. If you knew my father could you e-mail me? I have pictures of my dad and 4 other men in uniform at a pub having fun.
Junior E. Reigle, Survivor
I have been researching my father’s military career (he is now deceased) and have discovered he was sunk on the USS St Lo, receiving a Purple Heart from injuries he sustained in the sinking. I have just learned that my father was a painter, supervisor in the Paint Shop, and I’m just curious to know if anyone remembers him….. Junior Edward Reigle. He may have gone by JR or Jimmy……Thank You.
|Leonard W. Loy JR
In memory of your fellow shipmate and my father LE
I REMEMBER HIM TELLING ME ABOUT ALL THE BATTLES YOU GUYS WERE IN AND ABOUT THE FUN TIMES YOU GUYS HAD. HE ALWAYS TOLD ME ABOUT THE DAYS THAT LEAD UP TO 25OCT44 AND EVERYTIME HE TOLD ME ABOUT WHAT HAPPEN HE WOULD ALWAYS START CRYING AND TELL ME THAT HE LOST A LOT OF GOOD FRIENDS. HE TOLD ME HOW THE PLANES JUST SLAMMED INTO THE DECK AND JUST STARTED TO RIP IT APART AND HOW THE AMMO WAS JUST RIPPING IT APART FROM THE INSIDE OUT. HE ALWAYS TOLD ME THE HORROR OF LISTENING TO HIS FRIENDS SCREAMING TO GET THEM OUT AND THEN JUST HAVING TO JUMP SHIP TO SURVIVE. BUT HE SURVIVED A PLANE HITTING HIS CARRIER. HE COULD NOT SURVIVE CANCER AND OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO HIM AND LOST HIS FIGHT WITH IT ON MARCH 3 1996. HE ALWAYS TOLD ME NEVER TO STOP FIGHTING AND I NEVER HAVE. I’M STILL INTERESTED IN COMING TO THE REUNIONS IN HONOR OF HIM BECAUSE HE MEANT A LOT TO ME. I HAVE BEEN TO TWO OR THREE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER WITH HIM AND MY MOM AND SISTER. IF ANYONE KNEW MY DAD LEONARD W. LOY, WRITE TO ME AND JUST TELL ME ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES YOU GUYS ALL HAD.
MY UNCLE JACK PALMER
UNCLE JACK. ALTHOUGH WE NEVER MET I HAVE 8 MM CLIPS OF YOU PLAYING BALL WITH MY DAD PRIOR TO THE WAR. I HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT YOU A LOT THE PAST 10 OR 12 YEARS AND THEN I WAS IN SAN DIAGO LAST MO. AND STUMBLED UPON THE MONUMENT AT THE WATERS EDGE. I ALWAYS KNEW HOW MUCH I LOVED AND MISSED YOU, BUT IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT I FULLY REALIZED JUST WHAT YOU DID FOR ME AND THE REST OF THE FREE WORLD. WITH PATTI I HOPE TO GO TO A REUNION REAL SOON TO MEET WITH YOUR SHIP MATES.
This site means so much to my father. The pictures and stories are wonderful! His recounting of the battle was brought to clearity in this web site. He has referred to it a lot. He is well and in Ft. Worth, TX. He sends Thanks along with mine BCP 09-06-20004
To My Father
This is to my father…Ken James. Dad I have never said to you that I’m very proud of you in every aspect of your life. You have faced more turmoil, both in living and dying than I hope never to face in mine. To you I would say that you are the man I only hope to be. I’m so proud of you and what you have accomplished. You are what our family gained its strength from. You are the person that taught me right from wrong.
|Debra Eller / Joan Corwin Clark
Uncle and brother
08/28/2004God Bless all who served to protect us and Thank you God for watching over our brother and uncle. We are proud of all of you.
|Kathleen Workman 08/22/04
Brother Earl E. Shaw USS St. Lo
My brother Earl was also known as Irish, he was a seaman first class. He was only seventeen when he joined the Navy in Mobile, AL. HE DIED IN 1979. He would never talked about his experience on the St. Lo. I know he never forgot what happened. He just never shared it with his family. I’ll never forget my brother; I need to know what he could not share with us. Does anybody remember Irish? Sincerely, Kathleen
|Debra Van Treeck
William H. Morford
My father was a server of the St. Lo. He told me some stories about his life on the St.Lo and the Battle of Leyte Bay and how he was in the water until he was picked up. But there were times talking about the battle gave him nightmares up to the day he passed away (1/04/04). I do want to thank all the men of that battle they are all really heroes! And if any serverd out there from the St. Lo know my dad please write me. address W3202 Cty Rd, Montello WI 53949 or E-Mail
My father -Donald E. Rodarmel
My dad was a survivor on the St. Lo, Donald E. Rodarmel. I never knew him, but I respect him and the others who were on that ship, God bless them.
Kjartan O. Armann
My grandfather was apart of the same group of men that died. He has told me many stories of each and everyone of the men. I hope that all who have lost a love one knows that the Armann family’s heart goes out to you. I thank God every morning that I still have my grandfather to share his adventures with me. Though I may be the youngest of five grandchildren, my grandfather still talks of all the men he once knew that touched his life. I have a deeper respect for all those involved in the Navy program. In my grandfather’s house there stands a picture with the bombing of their ship. Each time he walks by it he says I’ll be seein you mates. I just wanted those out there to know they are not alone. My grandfather and I are both blessed to have those men who risked their lives for us all. Thank you- Jennifer Rose
Orville G. Neal
What a wonderful website and tribute to the USS St. Lo. My grandfather, Orv Neal, is a survivor and a regular attendant at the annual reunions up until a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, he is very ill and needs all your prayers and best wishes. Thank you to all those who fought for our freedom. Greg
My father Elmer Austin passed away in May of 2002 and he was very proud of the time he spent in the Navy and each and every man that he had the pleasure to serve with. Thank you. Carol Yonker (daughter of Elmer R. Austin)
|Richard R. Van Iderstein
Lt Cmd Richard H. Van Iderstein
Son of Lt. Cmdr. Richard H. Van Iderstein (Captain USNR Retired) who passed away in 1967.Going through a photograph album and did a name search. Pleasantly surprised to see this website. Have many of the duplicate pictures. The stories I heard from my dad came back. Appreciate the effort taken to set up this website. I can now show my dad’s grandchildren (whom he never saw) a touch of the past and what their grandfather and his shipmates contributed and sacrificed for our country.
Son of Survivor Jack Mulroy
Hello all! I’m one of five children of supply officer/survivor John M. Jack Mulroy. He told his incredible battle story to us many times when I was growing up. Now I’m telling it back to him: I’ve read to him some passages from Hornfischer’s terrific book, especially passages that mention heroic shipmates he’s admired such as John Getas, Tex Waldrup, and McKenna. Though he has been ill since the 2001 reunion, I can’t rule out taking him for a brief visit to the 2004 reunion in San Diego.Yours truly, Joseph Mulroy
Ward G Anderson
I am enquiring the status of Ward G. Anderson. My father, Ray Heinonen of Minneapolis, MN, corresponded with him during the war. Ray is curious whether or not Ward is living. Regards, R. John Heinonen
|Elizabeth Nickless Joyce
Hi Uncle Ted!
07/02/2004Thinking of you so much this July 4th! Love and kisses! ~Your niece, SuMaBets.
Clarence H. Peterson
My uncle was Clarence Peterson who serviced on/with the St. Lo — he was a gunner with air squadron CV-65. One of his friends saw him jump overboard as the St. Lo was attacked. Does anyone with the survivors association remember him? Would love to hear some stories to add to information for the family. The Last Stand of the Tin Can Soldiers is a well written and well documented tribute to their sacrifice. Thank you to the author.
Joe F Daily
Thank you for your hard work,and dedication on this website.Joe F. Daily was my was my uncle. My Dad spoke often him. I have grownup knowing he gave his life so we could be free. Bud Z. Daily was my father. He has passed now I wished he could of seen your website. If any can remember Joe F. Daily please contact me. THANK YOU………OUR MEN GAVE ALL, AND WILL ALWAYS BE Jean Shahan
William V.W.F. Muehe
My Uncle, William Muehe was lost to his family on 25-Oct-44. Are there any surviving sailors who knew him and how he died? All we have is his Purple Heart. He was a EM3c (Electricians Mate).
Ovid J. (Jack) Poudrier
Though he passed away several years ago, my Dad always spoke with pride about his service and his fellow sailors aboard the USS St Lo. He spent several hours in the water after the attack. After the war, he and my mother had five children (three girls and two boys). Two of my sister were lost to kidney disease. It’s great to see this tribute to the ship and its crew. Anybody out there remember my dad? Please let me know if you do. We’re collecting stories.
|Sarah Bramel Losekamp
USS St. Lo
My father Adlia K. Bramel is a survivor. He is now 79 years old and has attended many of the ships reunions. I have attended one and my sister (Viola Bramel) and brother (Michael Bramel) have attended quite a few with my dad and my mother when she was living.Sarah Bramel Losekamp
Robert J. Armstrong CM3c
06/10/2004I am the son of Robert J. Armstrong CM3c a survivor of the sinking of the USS St Lo. My father passed away in February of 1986. He was proud to have served his country and with the brave men who made that great sacrifice against the Japanese at Samar on 25 Oct 1944. Thank you for letting me remember my father in this very special way.
Roy G Westwood
It was a comfort to see my dad’s name on the survivor list. To look at the pictures and know everyone was remembered. When the ship went down he tread water for 72 hrs before he was rescued. He had collapsed lungs. After the military he went on to be a car painter in the SF Bay area where his two girls Karen and Linda also grew up. In 1983, March 23rd my dad died from lung disease. Had he survived today he would boast 2 children (we know of) 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. I, Linda his youngest daughter, am 52 years old. I live in Torrance CA. My sister and his oldest daughter 56, lives in Grants Pass Oregon. We still cry for our father and miss him very much. We were proud of him. Wish he knew the technology we have today and wish we could meet someone who remembers him. Roy G Westwood. AKA Wes, Sam
Roy G Westwood
06/05/2004It’s so wonderful to know that my Dad has been remembered for something in this life. It was so important to him to be there. He was only 15 years old when he joined the Navy and not much older when the St. Lo went down. He didn’t have too many possessions left when he died in 1983, but he managed to hang on to his Navy pictures of the ship, and some of his buddies & their girlfriends having fun together. The photo album is falling apart now, but it has his writing in it and some notes about those times that my sister and I have treasured. Finding this sight has brought us some warm feelings & some tears, too. Thank you for putting this site together! It’s like giving his life some validation. Many people haven’t even heard of the St. Lo. Sincerely, One survivors Daughter!
I’m Ray Thomas’ older son. After the War, Dad didn’t last long in civilian life. He bought a Piper Cub and taught himself to fly and spent time flitting around east Texas. He grew tired of boring civilian life and joined the Army as a staff sergeant and was sent to Japan as part of the occupation force. The Army, in its wisdom, took advantage of Dad’s experience as a Naval air crewman and being a civilian pilot and assigned him to a coastal anti-aircraft battery. He jumped to the Air Force and crewed C-46s during the Chinese revolution and the Korean War. He retired from the USAF in 1966. He passed away a traffic accident in 1985 at the age of 60, too young. I didn’t learn of his experiences in the military until after he died. His fellow airmen flocked to his funeral and spent hours filling me in. He led a colorful and life. When he retired, he refused to attend his retirement parade. We stayed in the orderly room. When his squadron commander came in and presented Dad with an Air Force Commendation Medal and a retirement certificate, Dad dropped them in a trash can and we left. He said if the CO really thought he deserved a medal, he would have given it to him before he retired. My Mom retrieved them before she left. Dad had a funny habit of never, ever getting into water over an inch deep. He wouldn’t take a bath, only showers, even when we lived in Japan. He loved to fish, but if he couldn’t launch his boat without getting in the water, he’d go home. I never understood why he was like that until I read the book, The Men of the Gambier Bay. Then I understood. I had the surprise of my life when Mr. Billie Marsh called me at home a few years ago. What an honor! If Mr. Marsh reads this, my address is 8000 S Douglas Blvd, Guthrie, OK. 73044 and my phone number is 405-323-0777. The men of the St. Lo and the other ships were incredible brave that day. I have a hard time understanding how these men did what they did. I’m proud beyond words of my Father and the men with whom he served.
Milton M. Barber F2c
Hi, Just started going through the new sight. Looks great and easy to find information…Thanks! Milton M. Barber F2c was my uncle. He had 2 brothers, Paul, and Donald. All are deceased. At the time of war, my uncle Donald was too young and my father, Paul had a bad eye. Milton, being the middle son, was the one to go. He only received one leave home before going out to sea, and we have some photos that were taken at that time. To know more about him and his crew, means so much to me, and I thank you all who have done such a wonderful job in keeping the memories of all of these great heroes alive. Thank you again! Bev (Barber) Malone Mena, AR
|Lawrance C. Burgoyne
Oct. 25, 1944
I will never forget Oct. 25, 1944
Glen A. Roberts
I really enjoyed looking around this website. It’s interesting to me to know what my Grandpa experienced and lived through. I also enjoy going to the reunions every year with my Grandma Roberts, Mom, and Sister. Each year I learn more and become better friends with some great people. My Grandpa is Glen A. Roberts. When I was little, I heard how he was one of the survivors on his ship while he was in the Navy. My Grandma told me how he used to make ice cream for the sailors on the ship, after he passed away 6 years ago (when I was 12). I was too young to understand the sacrifice that he and the other many men went through. I am honored to meet the men that knew my Grandpa and who could tell me stories about what a great man he was. I miss him very much.
|Philip Di Benedetto
John Potempa is my uncle. He was a catapult operator. He’s living and doing well in North Carolina
|James D. Hornfischer
THE LAST STAND OF THE TIN CAN SAILORS.
The redesign of the web site is a triumph, a beautiful tribute to the gallantry of the sailors and aviators who helped turn the tide of history’s greatest sea battle. I’ll see you all in October in San Diego, where I will be hounding all Taffy # veterans to autograph my own copy of THE LAST STAND OF THE TIN CAN SAILORS. (I appreciate the very kind mention on the new site.) Jim www.tincansailorsbook.com
Dalton Gargis CMM
Thanks for this great website and a very special thanks to all veterans for our freedom. I am seeking information on my Uncle, Dalton Gargis CMM on the USS Midway/St Lo killed in action 10/25/1944. Thanks, Ben Gargus at email@example.com
James H. Walker
I am the granddaughter of James H. Walker a survivor of the St. Lo. My aunt Captain Carol Walker sent me the link to this website. I have found it to be very interesting, as I do not know much about my grandfather’s time in the military. Thank you so much.
To the crew of the St. Lo. On this Memorial Day, I want to express my sincere gratitude to you fellas for the sacrifices you made so long ago so that we may be free. To the survivors, I’m glad you made it home, especially to Isaac Freeman whose beautiful granddaughter Lyndsay Hayes is now my wife.
My father, Jack wells, was a crew member of the St. Lo. He served proudly and recounted stories of the sinking for my siblings and I. Unfortunately he passed several years ago. On this Memorial Day this site has helped me pay homage to my father as a great man and a patriot – I am deeply grateful. I would appreciate any remembrances that would relate to my father and his time in the Navy. Thank you. Chip Wells
|CAPT Carol Walker
AJ and Company, Congratulations on an outstanding new website. Your timing its premier with the dedication of the WWII Memorial on the Mall in Washington did not go unnoticed! What a wonderful and easily accessible repository for every generation to enjoy. Your dedication is greatly appreciated. Carol Walker and Ron Hunter
|Ms. Johnnie L. Netherland
Albert V. Clark
Albert V. Clark, who served on the St. Lo, is my uncle. He is very important to me. I especially appreciate the sacrifice of the men who fought so that I can be free today.
|Michael S. Dial
Gordon W. Dial Jr.
Thanks for the connection – my Dad was Gordon W. Dial Jr. I grew up with stories of the loss of St. Lo and the trials of the sailors following. My Dad passed away about 10 years ago and this site will allow me to pass on those stories to my son and grandkids…Fair Seas, Michael S. Dial, CDR, USN (ret)