|b: Jan 4, 1920 d: Oct 23. 2013|
USS LST 312 lost another one of her crew. Commander Waldo W. Sheid USN (Ret.) Underwater Demolitions Team 3, Captain of the USS Cronin and USS Brache, Assistant Attache to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Intelligence Officer for NATO.
Here's an email correspondence from Mr. Sheid received on 10/07/2011
Received your letter with interest and pleasure. Pat, having been aboard 312 from commissioning to decommissioning, was a true "plankowner" of the first water! David, your uncle Pat as one of the first people I met upon coming aboard for duty. It happened that I was so senior that the only job for me was the Executive Officer! A little unusual for someone on his first shipboard duty as a crew member. Pat was one of the first folks I was learning from. We served together from about September 1945 until I left the ship about April of 1946. He was not able to attend the last reunion of the 312 because of a medical problem. Our last reunion was in San Antonio, TX, sponsored by A.G. McDaniel and his wife Polly. The actual operator of the reunion was their daughter, Louann Grothues, who did all of the arrangements produced a beautiful 3-ring notebook of the reunion and all of the folks who came and also of the other still known crew members. I wonder if Pat got a copy of it, because there is a featured page or two in the book about him, as well as photos. While we were on board together, we went to many paces including Michigan City,IN where I joined the ship, New Orleans, Norfolk and later to Guantanamo Bay and Santiago de Cuba and also Trinidad and back to Norfolk, where I left the ship. I looked at and enjoyed your blog.
Waldo "Wally" Scheid