Category Archives: Updates

Film about the Sammy B and Battle off Samar in the works

From the Naval Historical Foundation:

We recently learned about a new film project being developed about the Battle off Samar. An independent group of filmmakers is working on a virtual recreation of this pivotal American victory in the Pacific during World War II – one of the great “upsets” in naval history. This ambitious project is currently in the research and development process, with a targeted shooting date of 2013.

Source: Naval Historical Foundation

Sammy B Texas Reunion December 2009

A brief account of the Fredericksburg, Texas, reunion in December 2009 from author John Wukovits:

I just returned from a five-day reunion of the survivors’ association of the USS Samuel B. Roberts in Fredericksburg, Texas. We enjoyed various presentations at the renowned Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War, including a dedication speech given by President George H. W. Bush and three panel discussions involving the five surviving crew members present (pictured above). The survivors, their families, and other guests enjoyed a heart-warming, emotional week.

Source:  http://www.johnwukovits.com/john_wukovits/Author_Diary/Entries/2009/12/13_A_Grand_Texas_Reunion.html

Membership Roster of Survivors (date uncertain)

Name

State

Rating on Ship

Jackson D. Bishop

Wisconsin

Electricians Mate Second Class

Anthony J. Blaszczyk

Connecticut

Chief Yeoman

Sam Blue

Florida

Seaman First Class

William Branham

Florida

Seaman First Class

George Bray

Alabama

Seaman Second Class

Robert R. Brennan

Pennsylvania

Radioman Third Class

Orban “Ray” Chambless

Oklahoma

Signalman First Class

James F. “Bud” Comet

Washington

Seaman First Class

Peter Cooley

Michigan

Sonarman Second Class

Oliver E. Coyle

South Carolina

Seaman First Class

Herbert E. Eskins

Illinois

Seaman First Class

Elbert Gentry

North Carolina

Quartermaster Third Class

Vincent N. Goodrich

Pennsylvania

Sonarman Third Class

Louis A. Gould

Virginia

Sonarman Third Class

James S. Graves

Alabama

Seaman First Class

James W. Griggs

California

Sonarman Third Class

Robert M. “Mel” Harden

Maryland

Seaman Second Class

John E. “Red” Harrington

Maryland

Boatswains Mate First Class

Adolph Herrera

Arizona

Seaman First Class

E. Glenn Huffman

Arkansas

Seaman First Class

William Katsur

Pennsylvania

Fireman First Class

Adred C. Lenoir

Alabama

Fireman Second Class

S.C. “Sam” McAdams, Jr.

Texas

Radarman Third Class

Harold R. McCarl

Pennsylvania

Radarman Third Class

J. Dudley Moylan

Minnesota

Ensign

James E. Myers

North Carolina

Seaman Second Class

Thomas V. O’Hara

California

Seaman First Class

Robert E. Olson

Maine

Boilermaker First Class

James E. Patterson

Georgia

Watertender Third Class

James M. Roberson

North Carolina

Seaman First Class

Everett “Bob” Roberts, Jr.

New Jersey

Lieutenant

Richard K. Rohde

Florida

Radioman Third Class

Albert Rosner

Maryland

Seaman First Class

Thomas J. Stevenson, Jr.

Pennsylvania

Lieutenant Junior Grade

Doyle E. Tase

Tennessee

Seaman First Class

Everett L. Tomlinson

Indiana

Seaman Second Class

Harold G. Weiners

New Jersey

Gunners Mate Third Class

Edward J. Wheaton

Ohio

Radio Technician Second Class

William H. “Bill” Wilson

Michigan

Seaman First Class

Donald Young

California

Seaman Second Class

Jack Yusen

Washington

Seaman First Class

Potential Shipmates

An attendee of one of the DE 413 reunions left a photocopies of these pictures at the reunion. There were three 11-by-17 inch pages, each with a multitude of photos; the quality’s not so great. Some images appear to be of the same individual. The subjects of the photographs, all of which likely were taken around the time the DE 413 was active, however, remain unidentified. Can you help identify these individuals? Please let the webmaster know!

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