Saturday, March 29, 2008

Casualties

ROBOMBED LST TO FIGHT AGAIN -- THOUGH IT SEEMS TO BE AT THE BEST ONLY A JUMBLED MASS OF WRECKAGE FOLLOWING A HIT BY A ROBOMB IN A BRITISH PORT, THE LST 312 IS NOW B ACK IN THE U.S. FOR REPAIRS...AND A NEW BATTLE ASSIGNMENT. ALTHOUGH TEH 312 AND A SISTER SHIP SUSTAINED A DIRECT HIT BY A 2,000-POUND ROBOT MISSILE, THE GALLAN 312 CROSSED THE ATLANTIC UNDER ITS OWN POWER TO THE U.S. EAST COAST.RELEASED: JAN. 23, 1945
David-
You have excited me about your actions since our phone conversation. First, I'll try to answer some of your questions. I was a Lieutenant Commander at the end of my WW2 and Korea periods of active duty. No Navy service since March, 1953. I was first commissioned an Ensign in the U. S. Naval Reserve in Oct., 1942 and assigned in rank to officer training at Princeton University (location of the Naval training facility). I believe most or all of the officers assigned there were future assignees to the Navy's amphibious force, ships (LSTs) then under construction in east and west coast Navy shipyards.

Bill McRae was the officer (my roommate), who was killed by the buzz bomb strike of our vessel in July, 1944. He was from Chipley, FL. A Massachusets officer named John L. Battles, who served with us on the LST 312 was the other officer of our ship who was killed. I will re-locate your questions and finish answering them later.

David, you did a magnificent job locating the photo and desired data on General von Schlieben in so little time.


Also, that about the Lyric Theatre in Cheraw, which is now the Theatre on the Green. A statue of Dizzy Gillespie now stands on the green near that theatre. Did you know that?
More later. - Pat

READER - Refer to January posting and pictures for more USS LST-312
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