USS ANTHONY NEWSLETTER
Issue #32 - February 13, 2001
I wanted to get a newsletter out long before this, but I've had a terrible time
with allergies since about the end of October. A lot of things were put on
hold, namely, my life.
I hope all of you have sent in your reunion registrations. It sounds like a
really good time. I've been to Branson, and the shows are wonderful. If you
haven't sent your registration off, PLEASE do so as soon as possible.
In a way, it's just as well that a letter didn't go out sooner; as I have
something rather incredible to share with
A man named Alfred Jose contacted Bob Ross, who has been very active in getting
DESRON45 information on the Internet. Al had seen the Anthony reunion
information on the Internet and contacted Bob. He had been with the
13th Air Force, 307th Bomb Group, 424th Bomb Squadron as a flight
engineer and top turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator. The Anthony rescued the men
of their crew from the water after they bailed out of their severely damaged
aircraft. They were based at Munda and were returning from a bombing raid on
Truk. Your convoy was enroute to Emirau Island. They received a
Presidential Unit Citation for the bombing ofTruk. The men of the
Anthony have much of which to be proud. Al and his partner (Carol
Pierce) and the co-pilot of the plane, Harvey Woodward, are hoping to attend
the reunion. We'll be more than happy to welcome them. Their names and
23861 Lakeview Court
Auburn, CA 95602
Harvey D. Woodward
7218 S. Xenia Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
Another incredible incident occurred since the once above. Bob Ross, who
has been working very hard to get the DESRON45 history on the Internet,
copied me on an item; and I noticed an e-mail address for someone on the
Anthony which I didn't have. I wrote to him. He replied and gave me some
history pertaining to the DD515 Detail, which renovated the Anthony before
turning her over to the Germans. His name is Al Trudeau; and he very kindly
gave me permission to use it in the newsletter. His address is:
Alfred J. Trudeau
Warren, MI 48092-2367
The write-up is on a separate page.
Dan Nolan Ill, whose father Dan served on the Anthony and had attended some
reunions, has a web page at http:/ /www .chatlink. corn/~dnolan/ .
Scroll down to the section entitled USS Anthony DD-515 .Please sign his guest
book. He is also looking for any items people could share with him. If you
have anything, please write to him at 1228 E Crow Rd., Merlin, OR 97532.
I'm sorry to report that CapL Van Arsdall died in early October, right
around the time that the last letter went out. If you care to write to Mrs. Van
Arsdall, her name and address are: Mrs. Jean Van Arsdall, 20 Oakwood Drive,
Gulfport, MS 39501.
Also, Al Mather died on Sept. 14, 2000. Anyone wishing to contact his wife, her
name and address are: Mrs.Frances Mather, 20 Ash Drive, Gales Ferry, CT
There have been several changes and additions to the e-mail address list, so
I'm just going to include a new list rather than try to give you all of the information
in the letter. Please check what you already have against the new information,
which, hopefully, is correct.
Thank you to all of you who responded to Tom Adartis' request that you e-mail
his dad. Tom gave his parents a computer for Christmas and hoped that
many of you would e-mail his father so that when the computer was set up on
Christmas Day there would be mail awaiting him. What a great group!!
There's an address correction for George Andrys. The new one is:
5 5th St. NE,
East Grand Forks, MN 56721-2034.
If you remember, George was flooded out ofhis home about two years ago; and he
moved to Grand Forks, ND. He is now back in his old home town.
In October, Joe Sinscera fell and broke his hip. I spoke with him in December.
He had spent some time in a nursing home, but was home then and was
coming along. He had to learn to walk allover again. His address is:
322 W. Elizabeth Avenue,
Linden, NJ 07036-7209.
Ellie Houghton said that she is busy playing games on the computer, so Ken
is free to watch all the firefighter, police and war programs he wants. He's a real
Wallace Salisbury said that he hasn't attended any reunions lately due to poor
health. His e-mail address is on the attached sheet.
Sue Micciche e-mailed me around the holidays. She said that Carmen is doing
pretty well and had graduated from the wheelchair to crutches. They are hoping
to be able to attend the reunion.
SEE YOu IN BRANSON IN APRIL!
This is the Email attachment:
Subj: Re: USS ANTHONY
Date: 2/13/01 1 :33:3 AM EST
In a message dated 2/12/01 8:09:19 PM Eastem Standard lime, Cmgoerlich writes:
Bob Ross forwarded to me something you had sent him. I don't have
you on the mailing list nor my e-maillist.
My name is Charlotte Goerlich; and my husband, Bob, and I started
the newsletter in 1990 after the reunion in San Francisco. I have
continued with it since his death in 1992. A letter goes out about
three times a year, and one will be going out about the end of this
Would you please send me your mailing address, rate, and dates you
were on the Anthony? How did you find out about us? Bob Ross
never told me he had one of our men on the e-maillist which I
didn't have. I looked in the booklet, "The Mad Anthony", and
didn't see your name there.
Nice to hear from you.
To answer the questions in your e-mail quoted above:
My name is Alfred (AI) J. Trudeau. My home address is 28740 Milton,
Warren MI 48092-2367. Obviously, you have my e-mail address.
I served in what was called the USS Anthony DD515 Detail at the
Charleston SC Naval Shipyard from about mid-May 1957 to January
1958. We were a small crew of probably about 50-75 men assigned
to assist the shipyard in taking Anthony out of mothballs,
reoutfitting it, and getting it ready to hand over to the navy of
the Federal Republic of Germany as their first major warship
I and a few friends had joined the Naval Reserve after high school
hoping that we could beat the draft. It didn't work-they got us
anyway. The only advantage was that instead of having to serve our
active military obligation in the army, we got to serve it in the
I was just an SN (seaman, deck ape as we were known) assigned to
the deck force during the renovation - did a lot of watchstanding,
chipping, wire brushing, painting,and other dirty jobs, as did
everyone else assigned to the Anthony Detail. We did have some fun,
though. Toward the end of the yard work, we would take the ship
out for shakedown and sea trials. We would get underway about 5 or
6 in the moming and spend the day steaming up and down the Carolina
coast really putting the ship through her paces to see how well she
would hold up. We'd arrive back at the Navy Yard about 9 or 10 at
night, tired but having had a good workout at sea. On the later
runs, members of the German crew would come along with us to gain
familiarity with operating the ship.
On or about 17 January 1958 we had a formal commissioning and
change of command ceremony in which the German
captain and crew took owr the ship from us and renamed it
"Zerstreurer Einst" (or something like that) and designated it
"Z1" instead of 0D515. The German captain presented to each of us
crewmen a hatband with the ship's German name and designation on
it as a souwnir and token of appreciation for our efforts in making
the ship seaworthy again. Unfortunately, my hatband has disappeared
somewhere in the course of the past 43 years. Of course, my
association with the ship was nothing in comparison to that of
those who served during the heroic days ofWWli, but in reading the
history of the ship I still feel proud to haw had ewn that
insignificant association with it.
I stumbled on the Anthony web page while surfing the web one night
some months ago. I found references to various naval ships and,
just out of curiosity, I punched in USS Anthony 00515 to see
whether anything would come up, and sure enough, Bob Ross' website
came up. But I noticed a discrepancy, an obvious typographical
error, in the history and final disposition of Anthony as posted on
Bob's website, so I e-mailed him to tell him about it. He e-mailed
back asking whether I had any documentary proof of my assertion. I
did a little digging, and I found the correct information in a
reference in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,
which I forwarded to him. Bob checked it out, verified it, and
published it on his website. See below for a copy the information
as it now appears on his website. I copied and pasted it into this
e-mail so you can see it. Bob then asked me whether I would like
to receive further info on Anthony that he publishes from
time-to-time. I said I certainly would, and so I haw been reading
his updates ever since.
AI Trudeau, former SN,
USS Anthony DDS15 Detail,
Charleston SC Naval Shipyard 1957-58.
FROM BOB ROSS' WEBSITE
"She entered Nagasaki, Japan, 14 September and remained in Japanese
waters until 17 Nowmber 1945. Anthony returned to Charleston, S. C.,
and was placed out of commission in reserve 17 April 1946. She
remained in "mothballs" until 29 Apri11947 (NOTE: I believe
this date should be 29 Apri1 1957, not 1947.- AI Trudeau) when
she was transferred to Commandant, 6th Naval District for
modernization and repair preparatory to transfer to Germany. On 17
January 1948 the transfer was effected and she was renamed Z-1.
Anthony receiwd seven battle stars for her wartime exploits and
the Navy Unit Commendation for her service at Okinawa (1-19 April
and 19-24 June 1945).
Note- Possible conflict
In next to last para above, it lists January 17, 1948 as transfer
I received ernail from AI Trudeau, assigned to Repair/Refit crew
for Anthony in 1957-1958. Advised me disposition info was incorrect.
He sent info citing OANF Vol-1, Part A, Page 319.
CLICK HERE TO VISIT THIS SITE IS: Dictionary of American Naval
Fighting Ships URL IS: http://www.history.navy.miVdownload/Volurne%201%20Part%20A/v1pta35.pdf.
THIS brings up ACROBAT READER PDF FILE. If you want to read, it
took me 15 minutes to download.
I am attaching info from last para from this document. Both are
official Navy Versions. ??Which is correct?? This will give both
Quote: Preservation work began shortly after her (Anthony)
arrival in Charleston SC to ready the ship for inactivation.
Anthony was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 17 April 1946.
On 17 January 1958 the destroyer was loaned to the Federal Republic
of Germany. She was returned to the United States custody and
simultaneously struck from the Navy List on 15 Apri11972. The ship
was then sold to West Germany on 27 June 1972 for cannibalization
and scrapping. UnQuote.
U.S.S. ANTHONY DD515
FEBRUARY 1, 2001
*Larry Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org====================
* New Addresses since last list was mailed.
*Tom Adams: email@example.com
*Beebe Akers: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Andrys: LAGABB@aol.com
*Dave & Paula Audet: email@example.com
Joe and Peggy Brogna: PBrogna@aolo.com
Al and June Calarese: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken and Pat Carlson: email@example.com
*Phil Charles: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Paul Conway (Braine): email@example.com
Clair Cooper: CCooper392@aol.com
Gary DeVries: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Federico: email@example.com
Bob Gamble: DrGamble@aol.com
Charlotte Goerlich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken and Ellie Houghton: EGulIyhh@aol.com
* Al Jose: email@example.com
*Sally Johnson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob and Helen Kraft: Dutchbobl@aol.com
Bill Landry: landrywt@beIlsouth.net
*Clarence Landry: UserC721@cs.com
*Harold and Alina Learned: learned@Shentel.net
Ray Lemke: email@example.com
Sandy Lemke: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Carmen and Sue Micciche: email@example.com
*Joseph Morenzi, III: DPI957@aol,com
**Bob & Claire Nelson: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Dan Nolan III: email@example.com
Dick Nuber: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Roulston: SunriseQ@webtv.net
*Wallace Salisbury: email@example.com
*Cliff Seale: cliffainarseal.com
Roy Tolbert: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Alfred J. Trudeau: Avtrudeau@aol.com
Barney Vi1k: email@example.com
Bill and Marge Wenger: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Virginia Whitfield: email@example.com
Grace Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Jesse Wood: email@example.com
**Completely new address for a previous listing.
Feb 1, 2001