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My dad served on USS South Dakota between 1942 - 1944. He passed away on 12-22-94. During his later years he was at times reduced to tears (he was not one to cry) when remembering the war. He still had pain to the day he died regarding the lost of his friend Leonard Colangelo. I have an original photo ( same photo as shown in ships crew list ) of Leonard Colangelo with a note in my dads handwriting on the back recording his passing at Saipan. My dads name is William Rossi, he was a plank owner of BB57 and very proud of that, and I placed a BB57 Hat in his coffin as he wished. Anyone with any memory of my dad I of course would be delighted to hear from you.

Wm. "ALAN" Rossi
wmalanross@hotmail.com

My name is Jack C. Boylston, Jr. & my beloved father was on the USS South Dakota during WWII. I wish he was still with us to enjoy what you have done to preserve the memories of those guys who served onboard this vessel. My father died of cancer on July 12, 1987 at the young age of 59. As I turned 59 this past summer I try rationalize why men like him who went through so much maybe didn't get to see what our times have allowed. I have photos he brought back, but the only name I recall of his on ship close buddies has the last name Bray. If anybody out there knew of my father or this other gentleman, please contact me.
boylsja1@msn.com
912-786-5655
I have found out more about the US South Dakota on this web site than I ever did from my brother, Donald Tackitt. He is very proud to have served in the Navy and on this wonderful ship, but he never talked much about the battles. My husband and I visited the WW11 National Memorial in New Orleans recently and saw one of the movies that Battleship X was in. It was the battle of Leyte. I am glad that I didn't know about the battles, because I would have been scared to death. I was just a child.
I thank every one involved in putting together this amazing history of the US South Dakota.
Idella Tackett Phifer
tinynbill@sbcglobal.net

I was wondering if you could add a mail call message regarding my great uncle. I am currently an ENS in the United States Navy and deployed. I was recently informed that my great uncle was on the USS South Dakota. His name was Henry Grosbach. He passed away on 2/8/1959. I was never able to meet him and he never spoke much about his service. As a sailor, I am very interested in Naval History. I also am curious about my family. His rate was MME 3/C and he worked in M Div. If anyone can provide any information on Henry "Hendy" Grosbach, it would be greatly appreciated. This email is the best way to reach me. Thank you so much for your help.

Very Respectfully,
ENS Andrea K. Buck
Disbursing/Sales Officer
USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44)

buckak@lsd44.navy.mil

I don't have any stories to share, as my grandfather passed away when I was 5, too young to ask him about his time in the Navy, too young to remember any stories he may have told. But through looking at his belongings and obtaining his records from the National Personnel Records Center I have discovered that he served on the USS South Dakota. HIs name was Alexander Wamboldt, Jr. and lived in Detroit, MI at the time. He reported aboard on August 12, 1943. He discontinued as crew messman on Jan 18, 1944. On Oct 15, 1945 was tranferred to Toledo OH for discharge. I am just so glad that this site exists and that I stumbled across it today! Thank You to those who created it and maintain it.

Of course, if anyone has memory of him or runs across his name or photo in their documents, be sure to send me an email!

Brandia Kutchek brandialou@hotmail.com

Hello:

I have just searched through this wonderful website and have alternately been brought to tears and back to incredible pride by the sacrifice and most successful record of these young men and their amazing ship. I never knew of the secrecy or of the security surrounding her very being...Battleship X, I never knew.

Our father, Ensign Ruie Byron Doolin, served proudly aboard the USS South Dakota. We were infused with his pride and love of service in the Navy, South Pacific, WW II. Although he was reluctant to talk very much about the details, we were particularly impressed by one very impactful event in our father's life on board this great ship.

We are especially interested in one of our father's shipmates who died and was buried at sea, according to your published information. We would love to know who, if anyone, survives him; or who, if anyone survives who knew him or our father. His name is John J. Fullenlove, 026-57-00, who died 19 Jun 44. After reading more, I now know this was a catasrophic hit on this ship and that there are those who remember it well.

I can be reached at sandraaust@kc.rr.comm. I look forward to hearing from someone who can guide us in this search for more information. For my part, this request is long overdue. Any information which you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,
Sandra Doolin Aust
Kansas City, Missouri
sandraaust@kc.rr.com

My name is Rich (Sliv) Silvers and I served on the South Dakota from 8/43 until 4/45 in the fire control division and had watch and general quarters in Sky 1, Mark 37 5" gun director with Lt. J.J. Murphy (whom I visited in California last October, before his death).

I am currently a docent (tour guide) on the battleship New Jersey which is a museum in Camden, N.J. across the river from Philadelphia. I would very much like to have some of my former shipmates visit me and take a tour of this ship - which is very much like our SODAK, except for the length (200 feet) and caliber of the 16" guns.

I am on the ship every Monday. Please eMail me at the below address and let me know when you will be in the Philadelphia area.

(Dr.) Richard Silvers FC 3/C

eyesrus75@aol.com

I just got home from work and drifted to this website. I was curious to see if there were any pix or info about my father and uncle, both served on the South Dakota. i believe in the beginning and certainly thru the santa cruz battles. My father Harrison Gray and uncle WIlliam Gray have since passed away a few years ago but I believe my father felt it was one of the most significant and enjoyable times of his life. I believe they both played on the baseball team as i remember as a child seeing pictures of them with the famous pitcher Bob Feller [who had joined the navy to fight in WWII] he was on the opposing ship/team and the games were played in hawaii. My father in his retirement had done quite a bit of research about 'X' toward the end of his life and he and his brother participated in reunions taken place on the sister ship USS Alabama docked in Mobile Bay...there is not a day that passes I don't think about and miss my father and have always been so proud of stories he would tell....on a side note I actually saw the original painting of the BB57 that appears on your website. I t was in a private collection in offices in Mobile Ala.........Lonesome Davey P@aol.com
I just found this page and just wanted to say that it is a great website. My grandfather, Richard M. Ivy served on the U.S.S. SOUTH DAKOTA. I have an old picture of the ship with his name on it. "Dick" passed away about 16 years ago. I was wondering if anyone would remember him. He was 1st division S/1/C. He was a great man and I am sure he made some really good friends back then. I was too young for his "war stories" so I would love to here some. If anyone knew him, contact me please. My name is Jeff Baker and we live in Denver, CO. My email is jgbaker19@yahoo.com or jcbaker19@msn.com. Thanks, Jeff

My name is Chris Barry. My father, Bill Barry, served on this ship under the name of Ernest Maynard. I think he was a Signalman. Bill joined the Navy at age 14 and used Ernest's birth certificate for enlistment. Bill was later wounded during a battle. The story I heard was a 500lb bomb hit and he was thrown from the bridge to the deck. Bill's identity was discovered during his convalescence. He was 17 then. He was offered discharge or reinlistment, so he signed up for 2 years in the 82nd Airborne. He met my mother at Fort Bragg. When his enlistment ended, he went to school at UNC and then went to UNC Medical School where he became a Family Physician.

Bill has suffered a stroke and is unable to communicate. I would love to hear from any shipmates who knew of Bill/Ernest. Please email me at chrisbarry9999@yahoo.com

My name is Mike Johnson, I had an Uncle Hubert Paul Chatelain who was the first man to die on the ship.He died in battle of the Santa Cruz Island and was buried at sea Oct 26 1942. He died a hero and had a ship named after him the USS Chatelain. The Chatelain was a submarine distroyer and captured the only German sub ever captured.My family is very proud. If anyone has any stories about my Uncle please email me.hairshaftman@yahoo.com
I want to thank everyone involved with the U.S.S. South Dakota site. After I posted a message in Mail Call asking anyone with information about my Uncle Richard Goforth (KIA June 19, 1944 U.S.S. South Dakota) I was contacted by Mr. Lonnie Roberts and Mr. Michael Osef. Thanks to these two wonderful Gentlemen my Uncle Dick is more than a name that older family members mentioned during family gatherings. Without this site and the hard work of it's staff I'm afraid this wouldn't have been possible. God Bless everyone that ever served on the U.S.S. South Dakota. May they live in our memories forever.
God Bless America, God Save The Republic.
David Schantz
Saint Joseph, Missouri
SCHANTZ627@aol.com

Hi all,

My name is Garold W Butler, I am the son in law of Raymond Andes, he served on BB57 in 1944 to late 1945, he was a Seaman 1st class, he passed away from cancer on March 18 ,1993, Raymond didn't talk much about the war days, but he was a good friend to a George Anderson from Ashland Nebraska and I used to evesdrop on their conversations when George came to visit, we have lost tract of George and his family, if any one knows of his kids their names were Raylene, Ronnie and Joan I think, the George Anderson from Maine is listed in the directory, he is not the one.

Thanks, Garold & Raylene Butler gb3617@sbcglobal.net

Hello, I would love to hear from anyone who might have any information about my cousin, Ben Louis Norden. I realise this is unlikely as he was 1st generation. I know very little of his military record, except that during WWI he was a surgeon aboard U.S.S.South Dakota. After armistice he served on the U.S.S. Aeolus, in the transport service between Virginia and France.
Many thanks
Jocelyn Norden
buntline-betty@ntlworld.com

Hi, my name is Debra Uptegraff and my father's name was Donald Lee Jackson and I think he served on this ship. His rank I think was CR Div s2/c. He was a under water d demolition. He was born 12/02/31 and died 06/24/1998. If anybody remembers him please e-mail me. divadriver@scrtc.com. Thank You

Hello, My name is Michele Malatinski. I am the daughter of John A. Malatinski who served on the USS South Dakota from 1943 to 1946. My father is still with us in Wheeling, WV. I would like for my father to hear from some of his navy buddies who served with him. My father is very proud to have served with some fine men aboard the ship. If anyone who knew of my dad and served with him during this time would please write to him, I will make sure that he gets your letters.

Sincerly,
Michele Malatinski
ALM33050@hotmail.com

My father, Charles Carpenter, served on the USS South Dakota. He passed away without ever talking about his service during WWII but I would love to hear from anyone who may remember him. He was from Moorhead, Minnesota.

Wanda Lincoln
wlincoln@bnkusa.com

My name is April Pearman and my grandfather was on the South Dakota. He passed away before I could ever ask him questions. My mother said he talked about it sometimes but would stop when he got upset. His name is Wayne "Kate" Wright. If anyone has any information on him I would love to hear about it. I have been searching for information on medals and such but it seems every where I look I cant find anything out. All I know or heard rather is that he was a seaman 1st class I think. He was from Illinois. I would love email from anyone that can help. I love this website too by the

way. It is great to see people that might have came in contact with my papa. Thank You.
April Pearman
Cobden, Illinois
applee2@digitalil.net

My fathers name is Cliff Martinez. His good friends and Family knew him as Marty Martinez. I'm Cliff Martinez Jr.. If anyone remembers my father, I would really apprieciate any memories you may have of him.

--- Cliff
steady001@earthlink.net

My Uncle (My Mothers Brother) Richard L. Goforth was Killed In Action while serving on the USS South Dakota on June 19, 1944. I never got the chance to meet him, I was born in 1950. I was wondering if I could find a crew member that can remember him. I'd like to learn as much about his time on the ship as possible.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.
David Schantz
Saint Joseph, Missouri
E-mail schantz627@aol.com

Hi, my name is Brandy Bradford and I'm looking for anyone who may have served with my Grandfather, Willie Ray Martin. He served on the ship from 1943 to 1945. He was a SE 1st class when he was discharged. He went by the name Demps, because he was a boxer and everyone said he fought like Jack Dempsy. If anyone out there knew hime please let me know. He is deceased now, and I would love to know what he did in the war, and who his friends were.

Thank you,
Brandy
Semper Fi Brandy

Hello, my name is Brandy Bradford and my Grandfather, Willie Ray Martin served on the USS South Dakota from 1943 to 1945. He is deceased and I would love to know if his name is on the crew member list. It would thrill my mother just to see his name on it. I would like to know if it is, before I buy it. Could you if anyway possible let me know. It should read as above, either Willie Martin or Willie Ray Martin. He returned home, and was discharged as a

SE 1st class. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Also, do you know where I can go on the net and talk to people who served on the ship at the time?

Thank You,
Brandy Bradford
Semper Fi Brandy@aol.com

HELP!, I'm not sure who will receive this, but I would like to find someone that knew my father, Emmett Joseph Sommers. He was from Louisville Kentucky and served around 1942 until after the Peace was signed. I will need to find out exact date. I think he was a shipfitter. He served with Joe Siggia and Joe Tipton (?). I will find out some more names. My mother is 84 and would love to hear from someone that knew my wonderful father!! I will write more later and I sure hope to hear from someone so that I can start to correspond on a regular basis. It would truly be a gift to connect with someone.

Mary Jean Sommers
mary.sommers@insightbb.com

7/24/05 I'm looking for information on Ensign Leon William (may have been known as "Bill") Canfield, who served on the South Dakota and waskilled in action Nov. 15, 1942 in the Solomon Islands. Ensign Canfield subsequently had a destroyer escort, the Canfield, named for him.Should anyone have any memories of Ensign Canfield, or even any knowledge on his typical duties, I would love to hear from you.
Regards,
Joseph Harley
harleyjr@earthlink.com

My father Jess Kaufman was a crewmember on the South Dakota in 1942, and was wounded in the Battle of Santa Cruz. I'm writing because he recently passed away August 28, 2004. He was very proud of his service in the Navyand read the newsletter as soon as it arrived. I thought you might want to post this in the newsletter.

Susan M. Kaufman
sk80@nyu.edu

Date: 06/22/2005
From: gramckr@sofnet.com
To: ussdakota@aol.com

Attached is a picture of your ship taking on board the survivors of the Porter, sunk at Santa Cruz. My dad was part of the crew of the Porter(DD356) and his records bear the stamp of the South Dakota after the sinking. He met my mom while on Survivors Leave. Thanks to you all for being there so I can be here now to tell the stories.

Nancy Haysler Brown
gramckr@sofnet.com

USS South Dakota Veteran
Date: 06/06/2005
From: mexikrout@juno.com

Hello-  My name is Rosalinda Hammerschmidt. My father served on the USS South Dakota. His name is Ygnacio Rodriguez or they called him Nash or James. He is looking for some friends who served with him. Please send a roster who might have served with him he was a gunners mate.

Love to all,
The Hammerschmidt family

Hi! I just found your website and am absolutely thrilled. My grandfather, Ernest Raffey, served aboard the USS South Dakota. I believe he was one of many sailors who manned the guns and shot down Japanese Kamikazes. I am currently a Naval Reservist myself and enjoy Naval History, especially history about the “Old Navy”. I will try to forward pictures and information about my grandfather soon as I do not see him listed with the other crewmembers. Your website is a fantastic tribute to those who served aboard Battleship X!

Marcella M. Hall
(DT3 Hall)

MarcellaHall@comcast.net

My grandpa served on the USS South Dakota in WWII and I am just curious if anyone remembers him...I would love to hear stories of what he was like and what it was like for him. He doesn't talk about it much today. His name is Ken Lemmon. Feel free to e-mail me! Keri329@comcast.net. Thanks!

~Keri (Grandaughter of Ken Lemmon)

My father, Raymond Eugene Davis, served on the USS South Dakota in the South Pacific during WWII.  He was a spotter on the ship, but he never talked about his service much, or in any great detail. I am hoping that someone remembers my dad, and that you can fill me in as to what his life was like back then. He passed away in September, 2000. Ray Davisosugo1@webtv.net

I am trying to locate some of the men that my father served with on board Her between Sept 44 and Oct 45. My father was in the Band and he did some boxing, He was in "L"Division. His Name Is:
Richard O. Miller (Dick)
532 Airways Cir. Creve Coeur, Mo. 63141
(314)567-1328 Day Time

Here is a list of some of the men:
Jack Daugherty
Harland Collette
Eddie Middleton
Albert Maza
David Goldweitz
Ben Branden
Bob Brightman

If any knows ANY these people PLEASE have them call or write my father.

To those of that served on board HER with my father I THANK YOU ONE and ALL.

Rick
rider77@sbcglobal.net

My Father, Howard C Bennett, served on Battleship X from the date it was commissioned until the war ended. He has shared so many of his moments with us and we cherish each and everyone of them. We are very proud of him and all others that served. Dad is 85 now, has 1 daughter, 3 sons, 1 grand daughter, two grandsons and three great grandsons. Anyone that knew my dad, please let me know

Cheryl Bennett Ashcraft
Long Beach CA
charyla@aol.com

Does anyone remember my brother (now deceased) Who served in the South Dakota.
His name was Norman (Tink) Bickford. He was a Shipfitter 2nd.
Any info will be appreciated.

Dick Bickford aka misterzip99@aol.com

Hello, my name is Charles Tower III. I'm the grandson of William  Troy Tower who severed on the South Dakota toward the end of the war and recieved the purple heart from an injury from a kiwakazi. My grandfather died in Dec of 2001, and is buried in his home town of Prague Oklahoma .He was was given a full military funeral. My father and I would liike to know more about my grandfathers service if anyone can remember him he was a cook and I believe a gunner or gunners mate. I have been in contact with the memorial and have purchased some of the items from there but they can't tell you much. My phone number is 918-266-0292 and anyone knowing my grandfather or having any recollection of him feel free to contact me

Thank you
Charles Tower
tower918@earthlink.net

Hi, My name is Lisa Wood and I am trying to search for information on my husband's father, William Loyd Wood (middle name spelling is correct), who would of served on the South Dakota around 1943-1947. I don't have any other information on him other then one picture (a copy of a picture) of him in his "crackerjacks". Can you give me any assistance on how I can go about looking for any information. I don't know if they had cruise books or that sort of thing back then or not... or a place I can find other members of the crew from that time frame???

Anything you might be able to tell me will be greatly appreciated. (At this time I don't have a ssn# or a solid birthdate...)

Thank you very much,
Lisa
navydiver@cox.net

Hi

My Dad served on USS South Dakota From 1943 to 44.He passed away in 1994.I just found out about his naval service. telawson@earthlink.net

Tom Lawson

Hello my name is Amber Brewer. Iam looking for poeple that might have know my grandfather his name was Ellis Lawrence Brewer. If you knew him or might have any information about the rosters for the USS South Dakota. Or if you know any one that might have any information about it be helpfull. Thank you.

Amber Brewer
amberbrewer24@yahoo.com

George Conrad Olson
I just came across your site this evening. My father died when I was nine years old and looking through one of his photo albums I found a news paper article about my grandfather who served in the U.S.N. His name was George Conrad Olson all I know is that he was 22 years old and what this article has to say and a pic. Of him in the hospital. Thanks for your site. I would like any information if anyone knew my grandfather.
Thanks.
Melanie Olson
babgrl314@aol.com

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to ask if there are any remaining crew members who remember my father "QM3 James Robert Branning, Jr? He served as far as I know as part of the "Flag staff" on board close to the end of the war. If there are any members who have any recollections of him please contact me. He died in 2000 of cancer and I would really like to hear from someone who knew him back then. Thank you for your help, V/R, AMCS(AW/SW) John M. Branning, USN (Ret.)

The Branning's
http:/home.earthlink.net/~brancasa/
http://www.moveon.org/
brancasa@earthlink.net

Hello,

Any 1st Div. sailors in Northern. New England? Specifically, Nashua, NH. My name is Warren ("Big Jim") Quain, Seaman 1st Class, from Malden, Mass.

I worked Turret 1 General Quarters.
Any response, please send e-mail to:

jmorrone2@comcast.net

Regards,
Warren "Big Jim" Quain

My name is Mike McDowell and my grandfather served aboard the USS South Dakota starting around 1944. He passed away when I was only 12 from cancer and he would never share any of his experiences with my father. I would like to get to know him better through people he served with. I do know he was about 5ft 7" 130# and was a boxer in his spare time. His highest rank was seaman 2 class and I believe he may have been a loader for the 16" guns. his full name was

William Elliott McDowell jr but went by Bill. If your organization could help this would be greatly appreciated
THANK YOU Michael William McDowell Jr
Firemoose4@aol.com

Donald M. Zerr

My dad, Donald Zerr, served aboard the USS South Dakota during WWII as a gunner's mate.
I would love to hear from anyone who may have known him.

Lynn Zerr Rutkowski
lartravels@comcast.net

I am Robert E. Anderson and I was part of the crew on the USS South Dakota, first generation. You may remember me as I sent you information many years ago. I have yet to attend a reunion due to mostly illness. I had colon cancer, but after a major operation I am back in good health again. I just had my 80th birthday, April 15th.

I was wondering if any of my remaining shipmates remember me? I served in Division 10 and worked with Arthur A. Neumiller, who has passed away, but if you can post this request, to see who is still out there and recalls any of this information I would appreciate it very much.

I do recall the disappointment by not having the signing of the Jap surrender aboard our ship, as we were Admiral Halsey's Flagship. It was no doubt due to the fact that our new President then was from Missouri. I really enjoy reading the USS South Dakota Newsletter
Sincerely,
Robert (Bob) Anderson (RT 1/C)

Email telpac@inreach.com

My father served aboard the South Dakota. He was so very proud of his lady. His name was Fredrick K. Beisner, Lockwood, Missouri. He was a boatswain mate. I am sad to say that dad passed away in November of 2003 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon, MO. Dad was 81 years young on passing. Mom says that she has some pictures of dad when in the Navy and also a couple of letters sent to his mother. Let me know where to send this information and pics as I would like to have my fathers love of the Navy and his tour on the Dakota passed on to other crewmembers and their famlies.

Nancy (Beisner) Wheeler
15901 Richmond
Belton, MO 64012

wthreewheels@aol.com

He had the nickname"Blackie." Does anyone remember being on board with him?

I would love to hear from you. I miss him so and he was so proud of his time in the service. Lots of stories were told and enjoyed. I was his little girl and he not only was my dad, but my best friend.

Hello,

I am looking for information on a Machinist that served aboard the USS South Dakota. His name is Robert Meade. He suppossedly worked for several days in chest deep water after the attack and died a few days later from pneumonia. Robert Meade was my soon to be son-in-law's uncle and his nephew is looking for anyone who knew him or has any records.
Thanks,
M. Harris   melsbiz@braddh.com

3/27/2004

To to men of the USS South Dakota- THANK YOU. My dad served with you during the last three years of WWII. Lately I have gone thru his belongings to fine an autograph book. Some of the men wrote small letters and thier name/address. If anyone has information of these men please contact me. The address is during 1940's.

1. Wilson H. Mason Logansport, Ky
2. Nelson F. Jogne 13430 Hazehridge Detroit, Michigan
3. Willard Mattheus S4 4624 Seatten Ave Detroit, Mich
4. Jack L. Matkes
5. Leon W. Richey 2901 Warsaw St Apt 28 Seattle 8 Washington
6. Basil A. Johnson 261 Massoit Ave Olawson Box 226 Michigan
7. A. J. Malinak
8. T. C. (I Believe Initials are correct) Roush
9. Eldon Ruttedge 1810 Young St Cincinnati Ohio

Please forward any information to me at PRMARKER@JUNO.COM  So I know your Email is connect with this request make the subject to read USS SOUTH DAKOTA REQUEST.

My name Phil Marker and am an US ARMY VET. Dad has historical books of the ship with on board photos and more.

Thank you for your help.

2/11/04         
Hi: I am proud to say that my uncle, Calvin Erickson served his time on the USS South Dakota during WWII. I was a little girl at the time but I have many memories of happenings during this time. He was very proud and still is to of been a part of the crew of the ship.

      Your web page is just what he is looking for. It is fantastic. It means a lot to those who served and was aboard this ship. He is thrilled that I found this site. He also served on the USS American Legion for a short time and the USS John Land.

Sincerely,
Sandy HeinrichHilltopBC

2/11/04

Cahty--I sent an email to the sodak web site to let youknow my father is very ill. He has been in and out of the hospital since Thanksgiving. He always asks me to check his emails and the website for info and letters from the crew and 2nd generation. Please pass this message on and we ask for everyone's thoughts and prayers. Vty, John J. Murphy, III
jjmurphy@lawoffices.sdcoxmail.com

2/10/04         
Hi, My father, Francis Thomas Murphy, I believe, Private First Class, was a radar man on the USSDakota during WWII. He was the only radar man to survive the torpedo attack. He fell three levels below. He left on medical leave, recovered, met my mother, and returned to duty. He was from Bayonne, NJ.

Does anyone remember him?
Respectfully,
Madeline Murphy (daughter)
MMurphy27

2/9/04         
This is a marvelous web site. We were wondering how many men from South Dakota served on the ship. The Paulson's

2/8/04
Greetings, I have thoroughly enjoyed the site. My fathers name was Francis (Frank) T. Murphy, he didn't speak much of his experience aboard the South Dakota, and he passed away in the fall of 1978, when I was 15. To make a long story short, all I know is that he was involved in radar and that he received a Heart due to a injury during a specific battle, which I am not sure. If any one has information regarding his stay on the ship I would love to hear about it. I regret that when this fine man was alive, he declined to share his experiences with his family, especially me his only son.

Regards,
Frank Murphy

Frankmurph@msn.com

2/7/04       
Dear Sir, I am unsure if you are aware that Peter J. Miscone of North Billerica, MA a South Dakota sailor passed away on Feb 6, 2004 after a long illness. His funeral is from the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, 66 Concord Rd., Billerica, MA 01821. Wake Sun 2-6, Funeral Mon 2/7 at 9AM, Burial in Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica, MA Thank you, Paul W. Matthews
ChiefMatty

1/22/04
I had a call tonight from a former crewman. He visited the Memorial a couple years ago and a Roster was sent to him.Today he found the BB57 site today, our newsletter and therefore called me. He was on BB57 for two months—Santa Cruz and Savo Island (Sky Control)—unfortunately, he was transferred to USS Washington. He would like to be placed on the newsletter list. He has never been to a reunion and has only talked to a couple BB57 Crewmembers since he left the ship.He is 80 years young.

Darrell R. Harting
85 Newcomb Dr.
Ventura, CA 93003
1-805-642-2158
DRH2154@aol.com

1/22/2004

                   I don't know a lot about my Dad's service aboard the USS S Dakota. He never talked about much about the war; never about battles. His name was John F. Gilbert, frequently called Jack or Gil, and he was from NYC.  His picture is on this website. In my recollection, he said that he was an Aviation Machinist's Mate. I don't know if that is accurate. I know that he went through the Panama Canal and across the Artic Circle with the ship. We have those handwritten certificates from crossing the Equator and the Artic Circle. He joined the Navy  in October of 1941 and was sent to Officer's Candidate School in, I think, Dearborn, Michigan. He talked about shore leave in Guam and coming home at the end of the war to San Dego. If there are any guys out there who knew my Dad, I'd love to hear from them. My dad died on Aug. 27, 1994. I have sent for his service record and should know more about his tour of duty after I get that. Thanks, Irene Gilbert TorresItorre551@hotmail.com

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