+13 Fullam News Letter Summer 2000
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Northern Solomons - Bougainville - Bismarck Archipelago
Marianas - Western Caroline Islands - Iwo Jima - Okinawa

June 20, 2000
Summer, 2000

FULLAM Veterans:

Thanks to Mike Plessl, I am including the latest mailing list of 
our newsletter. According to my count, there are 125 names made-up 
of 101 shipmates, 14 widows, 7 sons or daughters, and 3 
Miscellaneous.  Please note that a lost shipmate was found - 
Franklin Martin, a former MM1/c on the ship - and he is on this 
list.  Sigmund Migden, and Ed Fletcher are endeavoring to locate 
other lost shipmates from the ship's roster published in the 
Ketchikan newspaper in October, 1945. Once again, please 
look this list over carefully and if you know of any shipmates and 
their addresses not on this list, please let me know so they can be 
included in future letters.

Since my spring newsletter, I am sorry to report the loss of two 
more shipmates. 
  Harold Kasparian passed away on March 13 and 
  Ed Langlois passed away on April 7. 
  Also, keep Walt Dudutis in your prayers as he is undergoing a 
serious bout with cancer; Walt can be reached by E-mail at 
(Bob Note: His daughter Cindy notified us Walt passed away July 4.)

Although short in numbers, those of us at our mini-reunion in Baton 
Rouge last April had a great-time once again just getting together 
and reminiscing our FULLAM days. It's always interesting to me how 
many memories some have of certain events and others have no 
recollection whatsoever and vice versa! Here were the attendees: 
Joanne and Paul Beyer           Don Hewson
Bill Ellerman                   Beverly and Garrett Lynch
Bill Enos		        Sigmund Migden
Ed Fletcher			Mike Plessl

The highlight of our reunion was spending a few hours aboard the 
USS KIDD and, thanks to Garrett, being able to visit areas where 
regular visitors do not have access. For example, we all sat around 
the wardroom table and took pictures - not an officer in sight! Also, 
we entered the pilot house which brought back many memories to Hewson 
and I of our days aboard ship. 
The employees and volunteers who work on the KIDD have done a 
fantastic job in restoring this ship to its appearance in 1945. 
If any of you are ever close to Baton Rouge, be sure and make every 
 effort to visit the KIDD as it is as close to returning to the 
FULLAM as any of us can ever realize.

On the next page I have included a recent article from our local 
paper about some "garden spots" we all remember. Maybe if the 
Mighty "F" was still around we could all get together and settle the 
problems down there we did it before and we can do it again!

Old bullets fuel a new conflict

U.S. shells were buried on Solomon Islands

The Associated Press

NGALIBIU, Solomon Islands-

The bullets were made for U.S. soldiers battling Japanese troops in 
the Jungles and mountains of the malaria-ridden island of 
Guadalcanal, a pivotal battlefield in World War II.

Once buried in ammunition dumps around the island, the shells have 
been dug up and pressed into service in a new conflict: the fighting 
between Isatabu militants who want to push migrant Malaitans off 
Guadalcanal, the South Pacific nations main island.

When the violence erupted last week the Malaitans quickly gained an 
edge, stealing machine guns and weaponry from an armory. So their 
foes, the Isatabus, retreated into the jungle and foraged for 
weapons left behind by American GIs.

Isatabu rebel leader Andrew Tee said his troops have no need to buy 
more ammunition from outside the Solomon Islands:  "We get our arms 
from the American rubbish, what they 'left'," said Tee, wearing a 
maroon beret and a thick green combat belt with a U.S. Army supply 
pouch and canteen hanging on it. 

The crisis, which began last week when Malaitans seized the capital, 
Honiara, prompted the resignation Wednesday of the prime minister, 
who has agreed to let a 12-member of government and opposition 
leaders negotiate peace with the warring islanders.

The Solomon Islands are rich in American war history. President John 
F Kennedy's PT-109 patrol boat sank there, and he sought refuge on 
one of the hundreds of islands in the archipelago. U.S. forces won a 
six month battle against the Japanese, the first major offensive in 
the Pacific. The victory began the Island-hopping campaign that 
brought Allied forces to Japan's doorstep.

The island group, slightly smaller than Maryland, is also the home 
of Iron Bottom Sound, the underwater graveyard of more than 40 U.S. 
and Japanese warships.

Remnants of the war can be seen at Isatabu roadblocks outside 
Honiara, where fighters proudly show off U.S. made shells strung 
together in bandoliers made from strips of rubber cut from the inner 

"Sure, they still fire. They're from the United States," one fighter 

The Isatabus say they have plenty of other American weapons, 
including rifles and machine guns, although they would not display 
U.S. ammunition dumps or other World War II vintage weapons. 

Most of the rebels at the roadblock carried homemade single-shot 
rifles with handcarved stocks and pipes fashioned into barrels.  

A spring snaps a pin that fixes the 61 mm bullets.

The guns are no match for the M16 machine guns wielded by the 
Malaitan rebels, who with about 500 fighters control the capital, a 
small strip of shops and modest A-frame houses on stilts sandwiched 
on one side by the South Pacific and a small mountain range on the 

One long road runs through Holniara, and the Malaitans have sealed it 
off with roadblocks on the east and west ends. Men in camouflage 
cargo pants, floppy Australian military sun hats and bandoleers of 
M-16 bullets stop the occasional car that dares to cross rebel lines. 

Many of the Malaitans came to Guadalcanal with U.S. troops, who used 
them to carry supplies. Thousands more followed and settled in 
squatter villages or bought land from the Isatabus. 

The Malaitans, who hold many of the best jobs in the capital, have a 
reputation for being more industrious than Isatabus, whom they say 
are lazy and waste good farm land. The Isatabus' complain that the 
Malaitans are arrogant and too aggressive, and should move back to 
their homeland. 

Isatabus have been Isatabus have been kicking the Malaitans off land 
in Guadalcanal, and about 20,000 were forced to return to Malaita in 
the last 18 months. Malaitans then took up arms against a government 
they said was ignoring their plight but with Prime Minister 
Bartholomew Ulufa'alu's resignation Wednesday, the crisis may be 
ending. The move was applauded by  Malaitan leader Andrew Nori, who 
predicted a smooth transition of power.

Nori said his forces will turn in their weapons if all parties agree 
to a peace deal and the complaints of evicted Malaitan are addressed.

But Tee, the Isatabu leader, was disappointed to hear Ulufa'alu had 
caved in and resigned. However, the fighter said his forces were 
ready to continue honoring a cease-fire, which ends Saturday.

I know this newsletter is shorter than usual but I wanted to include the mailing list and still keep it to two full pages; also, the above article was too good to pass up. If you have any memories for us to enjoy, please send them to me; when June 18-19 came along could not keep from remembering the "Marianas Turkey Shoot" and our part in it. Your old shipmate, Paul "P.T." Beyer +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


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June 20, 2000

USS FULLAM (DD474) Ship's Complement (06/20/00)

Gus Anderly (C)            21253 Yontz Road, Lot #1    Brookville, FL 33512
J W Armstrong	           5905 Navaho Trail	       Alexandria, LA 71301
Russell A Arnett (b)	   5617 Los Santos Drive       Long Beach, CA 90815
Russell Bacon	           63 Gale Street	       Malden, MA 02148
Richard Balzomati (0)	   Route 2, Box 290            Eureka Springs, AK 72632	  501-253-5339
Edward Banach (C)	   48 Hillcrest Drive	       Bernardston, MA 01337
Joseph Banach (C)	   23915 Gilford P1	       Valencia, CA 91354
John A Barton (S)	   8709 Elden Street	       La Mesa, CA 91942          619-469-6952
Mrs Edgar Berry (C)	   135 East 74th Street	       New York, NY 10021         212-861-9150
Paul T Beyer (C)	   11915 Grandview	       Overland Park, KS 66213	  913-451-4982
Mrs 5 W Blackman (C)	   5 Jessamine Place	       Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Stanley Blosk (F)	   8345 Lakemont Drive	       Jacksonville, FL 32216	  904-642-7129
Albert Bosbach (0)	   4 Robin Road	               Reading, MA 01867	  781-944-5317 
Peter Boychuck (0)         104 View Terrace	       East Haven, CT 06512
Franklin A Boyd (E)	   37582 Centerville Road      Centerville, PA 16404
Mrs Gideon M Boyd (Capt)   19561 Scotland Drive        Saratoga, CA 95070	  408-867-2465
Karl Brandt (b)	           328 Quettie Park Drive      Annville, PA 17003
Mrs Joseph Bratton (b)	   68 Lantern lone, Vnit #2    Dracut, MA 01826
Edmund F Bromirski	   209 Amboy Avenue, #J	       Metuchen, NJ 08840
Mrs Tom Bruce (C)	   2079 Mountain Avenue	       Scotch Plains, NJ 07076	  908-322-8530
Mrs Vernon Callender (0)   8620 Kelso Drive(D-405)     Baltimore, Mb 21221	  410-780-3653
Bruno Contamessa	   195 Norfeld Boulevard       Elmont, NY 11003	          516-352-6510
Donald E Cantlin (E)	   PO Box 877      	       Enfield, NH 03748-0877
James J Carey	           9803 52nd Place	       College Park, MD 20740
Louis Castaldo (0)	   215 Eucilid, Apt 213	       Long Beach, CA 90803	  310-438-7854
Joseph J Cherniak (0)	   30 Summit Street	       Southington, CT 06489
Jeremiah Ciancia (C)	   10 Glenwood Avenue	       Leonia, NJ 07605
Leo Collins (C)	1          3 Riding Club Road	       Troy, NY 12180
Lester Connors (C)	   28870 Snead Drive	       Sun City, CA 92586
Jules Crane	           1310 NE 46th Street	       Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334  800-523-4407
Ernest Croteau     	   2 Pollins Street	       Concord, NH 03301
John Crowther (C)	   21 Mt Vernon Drive	       Claymont, bE 19703-2461	  302-798-7140
Frank Curreri (0)	   1946 West 12th Street       Brooklyn, NY 11223	  718-373-7114
Phillip D'Alessandro (D)   2456 Victoria Drive	       Hermitage, PA 16146
Mort G Dagenkolb (C)	   1652 Wright Lone	       Virginia Beach, VA 23451	  804-428-6229
Joseph Daley	           427 Muzzy Hill Road	       Milan, NH 35088	          603-449-6708
James Darcy (C)	           123 Beverly Street	       Fall River, MA 02720	  508-672-1332
Eugene Bascani (b)	   1014 Moon Lane	       Connellsville, PA 15424
James Davy (C)	           4335 Tiffton	               Saginaw, MI 48603	  517-792-1308
William DeMorco (0)	   27 Hutchinson Street	       Revere, MA 02151	          781-289-1596
Vincent DePaulo (0)	   189 Brimbal Road	       Beverly, MA 01915	  978-927-8742
Joseph DeSisto	           366 Waverly Oaks Road       Waltham, MA 02452	  781-893-4865
Walter E Behn (E)	   44 Hudspeth Lone	       Pueblo, CO 81005
Roland Desmaris	           106 Pond Street	       Attleboro, MA 02703
Vincent R BiMaio	   240 Connecticut Avenue      West Haven, CT 06516
Walter Duclutis (0)	   70 Hooper Road	       Dedham, MA 02026	          781-329-9157
William L Ellermann (D)	   610219 SW, PO Box 645       Bothell, WA 98041
Clarence "Bill" W Enos (0  1405 South Main Street      Fort Scott, KS 66701	  316-768-0252-
Patrick F Ferguson (0)	   57 Rhoda Avenue	       Smithtown, NY 11787	  516-265-9149
Richard F Fernandez (C)	   6670 Royal Palms Blvd, #305 Margate, FL 33063	  954-974-7910
Ms Beth Finney(Watters)(C) PO Box 10750	               Ft Irwin, CA 92310
Guy Fiorentino (b)	   123 Miry Brook Road	       Hamilton Square, NJ 08690  609-587-6545
Edward Fletcher (E)	   1746 Sparta Circle	       Sebring, FL 33872
Herbert W Foedisch (0)	   10 Elizabeth Circle	       Greenbrae, CA 94904	  415-925-0243
Edmund J Friel (E)	   9 Honeysuckle Road	       Westford, MA 01886
Albert Garrison	           3665 East Auantia Road      Mims, FL 32754
John T Glencross (D)	   98 Little Neck Road	       Ipswich, MA 01938	  978-356-5298
Millard Gordon (0)	   214 Birch street	       Lady Lake, FL 32159
Donald F Hewson (C)	   1455 St Clair Road	       Englewood,FL 34223
Homer Iredale (S)	   619 N.W. 90th Street	       Vancouver, WA 98665
Mrs Walter P Jarosz	   133 Ft Shantok Road	       Uncosville, CT 06382
Charles Jerolaman (E)	   175 Claremont Road	       Bernardville, NJ 07924	  908-766-3141
Edward 5 Johnson (0)       HC 62, Box 5, Harvard Road  East Branch, NY 13756
Russell E Johnson (S)	   Box 13	                Woodhull, IL 61490	   309-334-2344
Stewart S Johnson (C)	   170 West Alvina Avenue	Milwaukee, WI 53207
Charles F Jones	           1845 Tarpon Lane, G?105	Vero Beach, FL 32960
Ms Gail Jones	           25 Laval Street (Apt 19)	Manchester, NH 03102
Lyman Jones	           2273 Bethel Road	        Liberty, MS 39645
Mrs Arawana Jordan	   1010 South 2nd Street	Arkansas City, KS 67005	   316-442-6767
Mrs Glenn Karcher	   RD 2, Apulia Road	        Jamesville, NY 13078
Archie Kellems (E)	   1941 Treseder Cr	        El Cajon, CA 92019	   ???-447-8562
Mrs Olivia A Kelly (Capt)  825 Bayshore Drive, #307	Pensacola, FL 32507
William H Kelly	           956 Calle Cortito	        Santa Barbara, CA 93109
S Price King (C)	   85 Donna Lane	        Hollister, CA 95023
Clarence Kritchen (E)	   102 Lookout Court	        York, PA	           717-767-9466
Frank Longlois	           2940 Oakley Court	        Bend, OR 97701
Mrs Mildred Langlois	   429 Kiely Boulevard	        Santa Clara, CA 95051	   408-243-7601
Harold B Lantis (C)	   107 Poplar Street, Apt #14	Redwood City, CA 94061
John LaSasso (C)	   501 Briarwood Circle	        Hollywood, FL 33024	   650-365-9787
Garrett C Lynch (D)	   1681 South Elaine Drive	Baton Rouge, LA 70815	   225-924-7654
Arnold Madsen (E)	   2 Foxboro Court	        Whiting, NJ 08759
Franklin Martin (E)	   102 Emerson Circle	        Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Mrs William McCabe	   10309 Ist Avenue South	Bloomington, MN 55420
Harry Middlebrooks (E)	   7402 Mulberry Road	        Hanover, MD 21076	   410-766-1479
Sigmund Migden (E)	   Ventnor S267	                Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Mrs William Modrell (C)	   3053 37th Street SW	        Seattle, WA 98126
Andrew "Mo" Molitoris (C)  137 Drake Lane	        Ledgewood, NJ
Mark S Moore, CWO USCS	   7497 South Tongass Highway	Ketchikon, AK 99901
Corral Mull (E)	           105 South Wilson Street	Flat River, MO 63601
Ralph E New (b)	           PO Box 93	                Moro, AR 72368
W Lawrence Newton (0)	   Aptdo, Correos 2239	La Palmas, SPAIN E-35080
Max O'Bara (0)	           99 Beaumont Avenue	        Chicopee, MA 01013	   413-592-4304
Thomas Pam (C)	           2320 8th Avenue South	Great Falls, MT 59405	   406-761-4932
Mr Tom Peltin, Editor TCS  PO Box 100	                Somerset, MA 02726
Mike Plessl (C)	           37 Old Forms Road	        Poughkeepsie, NY 12603	   845-462-2684
Mrs Edna Purdy	           35 Rubble Street	        Midland Park, NJ 07432	   201-445-5648
Wayne G Robideau (D)	   4793 North Seeger Street	Coss City, MI 48726
Phil Ricci (0)	           PO Box 1214	                Lake Ponasoffkee, FL 33538
Joseph Roberts	           PO BOX 129	                Chugiak, AL 99657
Robert Ross (USS Hudson)   60 Oakland Street	        Melrose, MA 02176          781-662-7237
Ms Joanne Sovitkas	   PO box 175	                Glen, NY 03838
Earl R Schwass	           421 Belleview Avenue, 28	Newport, RI 02840	   401-846-8497
Dennis Scott	           383 Wintergreen Drive	Brentwood, CA 94513	   510-634-6410
Glendon S Shockley (E)	   2800 Beechwood Lane	        Maryland Heights, MO 63043 314-739-5250
James Slife (C)	           14617 14th Avenue SE	        Mill Creek, WA 98012
Mrs Albert W Smith	   919 Osprey Drive, Suntree	Melbourne, FL 32940
W J Smith	           3823 Foxcroft Road	        Charlotte, NC 28211
Charles Square	           1051 Broadway, Apt #301	Millbrae, CA 94030	   415-697-8330
Edwin M Summers (C)	   1067 Ridge Park Drive	Concord, CA 94518
Wallace Thorpe	           3223 Meadowlark Drive	Lewiston, Ib 83501
Paul J Trella (E)	   2426 NE 14th Street, Lot 84	Ocala, FL 32670
William 8 Viglione (C)	   24934 Marine	                East Pointe, MI 48021
Wayne W Watkins	           5805 Friars Road, 2302	San Diego, CA 92110	   619-293-7516
Willis Webber (0)	   PO Box 1778	                Mainville, MA 02762
Ernest Weeks (E)	   83 King Avenue	        Weymouth. MA 02188
William L Weir	           3527 South 57th Ct	        Cicero, IL 60650	   708-652-9130
Fred A Weishelpl (E)	   1521 West 6th Street	        Oshkosh, WI 54901
Benny Wentland (0)	   6247 Medford	                Kalamazoo, M1 49009
Emmet White	           3 Paul Road, Chelsea East	Newcastle, bE 19720
Philip Whitney (0)	   6 Beverly Avenue	        Marblehead, MA 01945	   781-631-1841
John R Wier (0)	           522 Barbara Avenue	        Solana Beach, CA 92075	   619-755-2381
Chester A Williams (0)	   1113 Drake Avenue	        Panama City, FL 32401	   904-763-5649
Thomas 0 Wilson (0)	   4165 East 44th Street	Tulsa, OK 74135
Max Yergin (b)	           232 Janice Street	        Lodi, OH 44254	           330-948-2455
Louis Zorko	           21610 Crystal Avenue	        Euclid, OH 44123	   216-731-3740

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