Northern Solomons - Bougainville - Bismarck Archipelago
Marianas - Western Caroline Islands - two Jima - Okinawa
Sept 24, 2001
Considering the very, very tragic events of this past week, this is a difficult letter to write; however, I found two quotations from our local paper that I felt should be passed on. The first is from President Harry Truman and the second is from President George W. Bush; they seem most appropriate at this time: "America was not built on fear, America was built on courage, on imagination and on an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand."
"America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
I certainly believe these speak for all of us and our generation. I have recently been informed that we have a mini-reunion planned on Cape Cod this coming November 1-4 and all of you are invited. Mike Plessl sent a great invitation to all of our shipmates in the New England and Mid-Atlantic states plus myself. The location is the Mariner Motor Lodge, 573 Main St., West Yarmouth, MA. 02673: Phone 1-800-445-4050. Their rates for us are $59 per night for pool-side rooms and $54 for non poolside rooms; add 9.7% occupancy tax. If you decide to attend, please advise Bill DeMarco at 1-781-289-1596 or his e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At first I had no thought of coming because Joanne could not come but my good wife said I should go by myself. Consequently, I have my plane reservations via Providence, car rental reservation and room reservations so I'm rarin' to go!
I'II bring all the copies of the FULLAM'S logs too so sure hope to see many of you there.
Speaking of the ship's logs, I ordered and received copies of them
for the period of July 1, 1945, through February 28, 1946. For one
thing they record the dates of when you left the ship for separation or
on leave whether from Adak, Ominato Bay, Kodiak or Bremerton. Like
most of you I'm sure you have forgotten the dates of when the ship
departed or arrived at various ports after leaving Okinawa in 1945;
here they are:
Dep. Okinawa 7/1/45 Arr. Guam 7/5/45 " Guam 7/5/45 " Entiwetok 7/8/45 " Entiwetok 8/11/45 " Adak 8/19/45 " Adak 8/31/45 " Ominato Bay 9/12/45 " Ominato Bay 9/20/45 " Adak 9/25/45 " Adak 10/2/45 " Kodiak 10/5/45 " Kodiak 10/22/45 " Ketchikan 10/24/45 " Ketchikan 11/1/45 " Kodiak 11/4/45 " Kodiak 11/9/45 " Bremerton 11/15/45 " Bremerton 3/12/46 " San Diego 3/16/46
There is one thing that surprised me and that is how little there is recorded concerning the day the war ended. The day was August 15, 1945, and we were about half way between Entiwetok in the Marshall Islands and Adak in the Aleutian Islands as noted from the above schedule.
Below is a copy of the log entry for the 0866-1200 watch and check the entry for 1105 - that's it!
8 to 12: Steaming as before. Mustered crew on stations, no absentees.
As I recall, we were escorting several small escort carriers (baby flattops) and when this message came through some of their planes in the air started doing all kinds of loops, rolls, and other aerobatics. Did we fire any of the ship's guns in celebration? If we did, I sure have forgotten.
Garrett Lynch identified the two unknown shipmates in the picture from Max Yergin I included in my last letter. They are Nagle, FC2/c, on Max's right and McNichol, FC2/c, on Max's left.
I received a letter a while back from Wayne Watkins from which I will
quote the following:
He's right but if I recall, didn't he have a nickname of "Hbboken" as that was his hometown?
I located another log entry from September 14, 1945, that should bring back some memories to a few of you: I recognize several names we have or have had on our reunion roster. We were anchored in Ominato Bay, Honshu, Japan, at the time:
12 to 16: Anchored as before.
For our Photo Gallery in this issue we have Les Connors to thank as he submitted the two photos; these were taken in October or November, 1944, in one of San Francisco's most exclusive night club, The Green Hammer. In the upper photo I recognize Red Blanke, Don Hewson, Gus Anderly, and Les Connors; am wondering if the fifth from the left is Kays and not Keys; perhaps his son can set us straight.
In the lower photo I can certainly recognize John Glencross, John Waters, Don Hewson, Louie Dion, Nick Angotti, Les Connors, Roland Desmaris and Gus Anderly. Les's only remark was, "I wonder whatever happened to Betty?"
In closing, I surely pray that when I write my next letter those responsible for the
September 11 attack on our country will be brought to justice - dead or alive,
Photo #1 Top: Left to right
Front: Harry - Howie
Rear:- Red, Don, Gus, Me??Les conners, Keys, ??, ??, ??,
Photo #2 Bottom: left to right |
Standing: Glen, Water, ??, Don, ?? Dion, Mic, Betty, ?? Seated: None known.
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