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I am the daughter of someone who proudly served aboard the USS Sigsbee DD 502 during WWII. His name was Joseph E. Richards. He was a Gunners Mate 3rd Class. He passed away on November 9, 2014 at the age of 89. Until the day he died, he could remember everything during the time he served and loved to share stories with anyone who wanted to listen. He had a baseball cap with the ship's name and class, so people would ask questions, and he loved answering. He was so proud of his service, as were we. I came across this website a few years back and printed off history and pictures that I found of the ship. He treasured the information I was able to find. 
Thanks so much for all the effort you have put into bringing this to life. I know first-hand what a treasure it is to those who served and their families.
Jeanne Richards 


Dear Sir, 
My name is John Berosky. I'm a LT (jg) in the Navy serving on a Patrol Coastal ship.
My Granddad, another John Berosky, served on the USS McKee during the war. He was a pointer in MT52 and was in 1st Division. Unfortunately, he passed away some time ago, but we still have found memories of "Papa" (as his grandkids called him).
I want to thank you for creating the website dedicated to all of the ships of DESRON 25. Although Papa was not on DD 502, your tribute to all of the Tin Cans of the squadron helped me connect to a time and place that I enjoy reading so much about.
Once again, I appreciate your hard work and wish you all the luck in your future endeavors in preserving the memory of the World War II Generation. 
Thank You,
John Berosky, Jr. 

In a message dated 8/29/2010 9:33:42 A.M. US Mountain Standard Time, writes: Msg. forwarded to me by Billy Roberts........ NOTE;

Billy and I have tried to locate the family of Nicholas Jim Boutos through the years. The following contact added  new information concerning the time the Sigsbee picked up a downed airman who unfortunately lost his life even after parachuting from his plane. Type of plane and the his pilots name we now know of because the pilots family in doing research on their lost loved one found our Sigsbee web sites.

Dear Mr Roberts,

We have been searching for information on our uncle, Lt(jg) Paul Mullen, pilot of an SB2 Divebomber who went missing in action during the Battle of the Mariana Islands on 16 July, 1944.  

We recently came across the USS Sigsbee site with the assistance of Mr Dennis Blocker, historian for the National Landing Craft Infantry Association.  Mr Blocker was able to locate Paul Mullen's pilot 's log from the USS Yorktown listing a 'Nicholas Jim Boutos' as Radioman/Gunner and passenger in our uncle's aircraft.

The USS Sigsbee 'Action Report Series' details the rescue attempt of Mr Boutos on 16 July, 1944 and subsequent burial at sea.  His cause of death was listed as 'drowning'.  The USS Schroeder and Dickerson participated in the search for the missing pilot, which would have been our uncle, Paul Mullen.

The Department of Defense notified our family (in 1944) that our uncle had been 'kia' and that only his passenger's lifejacket had been recovered and it was 'contained bullet holes' which is contrary to the reports from the USS Sigsbee of Mr Boutos' death by drowning. Any persons or information you could provide on the actual cause of death would be greatly appreciated in helping us solve this 66 year old mystery.

The battle accounts from the Action Reports have allowed us a brief historical glimpse into our beloved uncle's final day and for this we are forever indebted.

 Thank you.....Greg Mullen (USN 1965 - 1968) Minneapolis, MN



John, Billy, and SIGSBEE Shipmates and Family  

May 7, 2010

Yesterday it was my honor to relieve CDR Mike McCartney as the Commanding Officer of USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93). I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself and to thank you all for your critical role in keeping our Naval Heritage alive in the hearts of our Sailors. I grew up in a Navy family; my father is a retired Captain, and my maternal grandfather served in the Navy in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in World War II and also retired as a Captain. Navy heritage is strong in my family!

I have enjoyed reading some of the letters and e-mails that you have sent to CDR McCartney and I am excited to carry on the relationship that he helped build between our ships. To that end, we will continue to honor the SIGSBEE each April and to make video available on the Internet and DVD as we are able.

 Next week we get underway to do some important missile testing with one of our newest sister ships, the USS DEWEY (DDG 105). In early June, we will deploy to the western Pacific for about 4 and a half months. It is exciting that we will likely sail some of the same waters that SIGSBEE did during her distinguished service throughout the war! We will be sure to take a moment to remember and reconnect when that happens.

 Thank you each again for your important service to our country and for being such a meaningful part of the life of our ship.

 Very Respectfully,


 CDR Scott Erb, Commanding Officer USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93)

Subject: Jack
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 15:06:51 -0400


John , I may have told you , I was on the Sigsbee from Jan,43 until ,June 14,1943.I did not see the war from the Sigsbee. I was on troop ship USS Gen. John Pope until the end of war. There were many good men on the Sigsbee I did not know. They were a group of fine people. I do not remember Billy Roberts. Five months was such a short time. After war I went to UNC Chapel Hill and completed my Masters in Education  Taught school in Lincolnton NC for 35 years. Have had heart attack, both hip joints replaced and other health problems. Retired from teaching in 1983 because of health problems. My wife died about two years ago and I live alone with children near by. If i did not have children I would be in assisted living. I want to stay in my home as long as I can. I have enjoyed the work you and Billy did on the Sigsbee web site. There is no such web site for the other ships I served on. You men did such a good service for the people who served on The Sigsbee.
  I make mistakes on the computer. Not as alert as 10 years ago. I ventured into Facebook about three week ago and hit the wrong key giving facebook all the Email addresses on my computer . The computer helps me pass time. I go to sleep if I read very long. I have fallen asleep at the computer a few times. As an athelete you must be in good health. Hope you stay well and can keep up the good work.

Jack Hoyle

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:32 AM
I have received a letter and a DVD from M. A. McCartney, commanding officer of the
USS Chung-Hoon.  On April 14 they had a ceremony to honor the 23 who died that day in 1945 on the Sigsbee.
If your family has not received a letter and a DVD let me know and I will send the one I have to you.  It is very special.  I was not on the Sigsbee when the kamikaze hit but from June 1945 to June 1946 I served with those who were and heard the accounts of the battle.  The ceremony brought tears to my eyes.

Lloyd Casey


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Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 3:37 PM    Subject: RE: Sigsbee 


 Thank you for your e-mail.  I will register on your page.  I thought the bell photos were fabulous, BTW.  The Sigsbee was on my mind this last weekend, as I want home to visit my mother for her 80th birthday.  My father, who passed away in 1992, was on the Sigsbee.  I really hadn't heard too much about the Sigsbee from my father.  I knew about the Kamikaze hit, of course, and a bit about the Captain. 

 I am just amazed at how much dedication you and Billy Roberts have put into your web sites.  Both sites contain lots of good information.  I really appreciate your efforts.  

 I also went to visit the USS Cassin Young this weekend (another Fletcher Class Destroyer), which is docked at the Boston Navy Yard, across from the USS Constitution.  I have attached a photo and also an article on the USS Chung-Hoon, which happened to be in the Washington Post today.  I think it's a little ironic that the Chung-Hoon is on duty in the South China Sea trying to keep the Chinese in check (since he was 1/4 Chinese). 

 Best Regards,

 Edwin J. Fleischer, P.E.
Senior Project Manager

15010 Conference Center Drive

Chantilly, VA 20151



Dear Mr. Roberts –  

First, I would like to thank you for the sacrifices you made so many years ago by volunteering to defend our country and our way of life.  Unfortunately, those of us who came after you have not been such good shepherds; but that is a discussion for another day. Attached are some photos of the bell from the Sigsbee.  We also have a clock and ship’s light which I was told came off the Sigsbee.  The source of these articles is a WWII veteran himself and I have known him as an honest and trustworthy man for almost twenty years so I have no doubt as to their authenticity.   

I got the bell for my wife since her father retired as a Navy commander who had served in Korea on the Fletcher.  We collect a lot of antique militaria including Revolutionary war and Civil war cannon shells, weapons from all wars and so on.  We bought this bell from The Horse Soldier in Gettysburg, PA which is owned by Mr. Smalls.  When we got it, it was painted Navy Grey.  I built the stand and it sounds great! 

I would be more than happy to bring the bell and other items to one of your reunions on the east coast – it the least I can do for you.  I would put the bell and its frame on my trailer.  I live in Brookeville which is half way between Baltimore and Washington DC so traveling to Norfolk, or Charlotte, or New Jersey or Pennsylvania would be no problem, just give me a couple months notice!  

Stay well and contact me with any further question or requests.

 Sincerely, David Kugler

* Email borrowed from Billy Roberts

---- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 08, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: Thank You
Dear John, Billy and Edie

I want to let you know just how much I appreciate everything you have done for me and Harry. Now I guess I should let you know what a wonderful contribution you have been in our lives. You have given me so much knowledge about just the kind of strength and sacrifice that so many gave to our county. You have given me so much insight into the man my Grandfather was. There have been so many of you, Billy, gallant souls,  that have found the strength to endure and go forward, against what seems like impossible odds. That knowledge, at this time in my life, gave me the courage to be there for Harry. I don't think I could have been as strong as I have been these past 2 weeks without your wonderful gifts. Thank You for all that you have given us. So Much Pride! Pride in the accomplishments of the men on the Sigsbee and all who worked so hard to win the war and who are sacrificing to keep us safe now. Also, a pride in the small contribution that I could give. I love you all.

Patty Simons
I miss him so much.


186 Sir, Great web site. Found a lot of info on my father,  John (n)
Malinowski CM2c. Crew member from commissioning (23 Jan 1943) to late
1945. Learned a lot about him and the DD502. Keep up the good work. I am
currently on deployment in Iraq. The site takes me back. Take care. God

SFC Mark Malinowski
Joint Area Support Group Central (Provisional)
NCOIC Basing & Urban Planning
International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq
From: "john killary" <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 10:48 PM

Hi John

Thanks. It was nice to hear from you. Yes, I remember Joe Cook. I'm pretty sure we stood condition one watches in port aft. 40mm gun tub-it was a quad. forty. We were in the 6th deck div. My reg. GQ was gun capt. on 20mm port quarter gun tub (the officers called them mounts-we called 'em tubs). I e-mailed Joe and hope to hear from him. Thanks very much for telling me about him. Our ranks are getting mighty thin and it was very thoughtful of you to remember me. My very best regards to you and the family.

 John Killary, USS MIAMI

  P.S. Billy Roberts invited me to join him and his crew buddies but I was unable to accept as my daughter and family drove me back home to the west coast. It was their first trip and they were thrilled to be able to go swimming in the Pacific. Billy understood and in addition named me an honorary member of the fine Sigsbee crew. I was honored indeed and very moved by it. Of all the campaigns, Okinawa was the nightmare of them all. To this day I still wonder why we escaped from being hit.   

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2009 2:23 PM
Subject: RE: Sigsbee

John I have enjoyed the work you and Billy have done on the Sigsbee web site.. I was only on the Sigsbee for a short time. Jan.23-June 14 1943. I met some good men while on that ship, but did not get to know all them. I remember Harry Isett and enjoyed the picture of you and Billy with him. I may have had contact with Billy but do not remember him and his guitar. I had contact with so many people during my five years in the Navy. Again thanks for all you and Billy have done and are doing. I  have not found a web site for other ships I served on.

Lt. Jack Hoyle

Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 5:11 PM
Subject: 1947 Crew List

I happened upon your web site and noticed that you have my father, Leo Cimikoski, Jr. listed. Just letting you know that he passed away August 29, 2006 in Concord, NH, where he'd lived since high school.

I didn't know much about his time in the Navy, so was happy to see the great job you're doing.

Richard Cimikoski
Sent: Friday, December 26, 2008 11:52 AM
Subject: Robert Hopple
Hi John!

I received your letter today & think what you are doing is wonderful. My uncle was killed on the USS Drexler & I attended one of their reunions; and my mother & grandmother attending regularly until they passed away. It is a good thing to have those remembrances.

Robert C Hopple &  his wife Doris  were my in- laws and both are deceased.  I was married to their second son Jeffrey D Hopple who is also deceased. Their oldest son Robert Jr was probably the boy in the picture . I am sure he could be of assistance to you. .

If I can be of further assistance to you, please feel free to cantact me. I wish you good luck on your endeavour.


Lynette (Hopple) Bainbridge
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 12:35 PM
Subject: Re: Picture

John,  Such a pleasant surprise to hear from you.  Joe Carroll.  He was a great friend while I was learning the Morse Code.  After we were assigned ships I never saw or heard from him again.  Casimir Komski was in charge of the radio gang on the Sigsbee.  He had initiated a news sheet which the radio gang gave to whoever wanted a copy.  I became his most reliable guy to find out what was going on and type up a page of news.  Mostly we got the word out about major league baseball scores.  Casimir worked on the Dew Line up at the Artic Circle.  That work was the beginning of his physical problems.
I am well.  I work sixteen hours per week, four hours per day on four days being a greeter at a Kroger Marketplace.  On November 11 I wore my Sigsbee cap.  It attracted a lot of people to thank me for serving and of course some former Navy guys wanted to trade stories.
I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 7:02 AM
Subject: RE: Picture

Thanks John, for the picture and the Christmas wishes.  I remember Lloyd.  He joined the radio gang after me.  He must have gotten the picture from Cas Komski.  I believe it was taken while a group of the Radio gang (among them; Joe Farlow and Bertie Faulls) from the Sigsbee were on TAD at a refresher course for Radiomen at a school the Navy was running at Waialia (Spelling ???).  I believe it must have been about August 1943.
Your Website has kept my memory bank full. I spend many hours there, John.  My grand-children visit too.  They keep me informed about things that I might have missed.  I haven't heard a word from Casimer Komski for a couple of years.  He sent me a picture of himself in a wheel-chair and a copy of the same picture Lloyd gave you but not a word since. Our generation is fast disappearing! 
You and Billy do wonders for our morale.  I can never thank you enough.
Have a happy Christmas and a Healthy New year, John.  The same to Lloyd and Billy.
Joe Carroll



179 -From:
Sent: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 4:53 pm
Subject: Sad News

Hi Billy and John

Just wanted to let you know that apparently Dick Dewey has died.  The last time Hank saw him was last year. He was living in a retirement residence in La Mirada (about 35 miles south of LA).  He was doing well.  We mailed him a Christmas card this year and it was returned to us marked "deceased."  That's all the information we have.  But, wanted to share it with you.

Take care, Hank and Arline

From: "Robert Rasmussen" <>
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:11 PM
Subject: Sigsbee
 Hello - my dad LeRoy C. Rasmussen served on the Sigsbee and was  wounded in the attack in April 1945.  I just wanted to say thank you to all of the men who served with my day and gave so much.  Dad passed away 13 years ago last March but his memory lives on as  does everyone who served our great country.
 I am reading the book The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors and it gave me the idea to look up his old ship on the web.  I'm glad I found this site, I read every page and gave a prayer of thanks for those who served.

 God Bless,

Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 9:55 AM
  Subject: RE: Sigsbee/ Howard H.


 How nice to meet you!  I'm so excited about this whole idea.  I'm a novice military history buff and I am just now getting into the "old days" of the Navy.  I was in  8 years and I am still very much a fan of the US Navy and everything it means.  I am looking forward to the photos, at this time I haven't had a chance to l  look through them to see if I could find Phil's father, Howard.  Phil works with me and we share stories.  Phil has graciously lent me a few photos of his dad, I will  forward them to you, as he gave me permission to send them on!  Howard passed away in 1993, from emphysema.  
 It will be fun to look through all the photos, I think that it is such an amazing part of our history as vets and as Americans!  Thank you for your service, and I  definitely hope we keep in touch!
 Thank you and Sincerely


 Sent: Friday, December 05, 2008 7:15 AM
 Subject: RE: Sigsbee
 You and Billy have done wonders for the morale of Sigsbee sailors.  Each visit chops a year or
  two off the grim reapers toll.  We owe you two many thanks.

  An old Shipmate,  Joe carroll




Date: 2007-09-28 00:33:48
Sarah Hart ( no email / wrote:

Date: 2007-09-25 02:18:45

Sarah Hart ( / wrote:
My great uncle was Lt. JG George G. Hart, killed in action on April 14,1945. Thank you for this beautiful tribute to all those who served onthe USS Sigsbee; their service is forever appreciated and notforgotten.



Date: 2007-09-27 03:41:58
Karen Braumiller McLarty ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you so much for this wonderful Web site! My father, Lt. Richard E. (Dick) Braumiller, served on the Sigsbee during 1944-45. He passed away on October 9, 2001 in his home town of Lynchburg, VA; I miss him very, very much. I know that he and my mother (Ellie Braumiller) attended Sigsbee reunions over the years and that these gatherings meant a very great deal to both of them. By reading this site, I've only just now learned of the reunion in Pittsburgh; I would very much like to attend, although unfortunately I'm not sure I can. Only after he died did I learn my father had been awarded a Purple Heart, and only just now reading this site did I learn he also received the Fleet Commendation Medal, Fifth Fleet, for meritorious achievement. Thank you, thank you for helping me learn more about my father and all of his shipmates on the heroic Sigsbee. Karen Braumiller McLarty, Charlotte, NC


Date: 2007-09-17 12:58:04
Mike Marks ( / no homepage) wrote:

My dad John L. Marks served on the Sigsbee in WWII. Would appreciate any pictures from that era of his life.



Date: 2007-09-09 00:27:19
Barbara McDonald ( / no homepage) wrote:

What a wonderful site! My dad was Marvin McCants. My mom Dot died in July and while packing her home my siblings and I found my dad's scrap books, photo albums and letters from when he served on USS SIGSBEE. Those of you who may have known him know what a quiet man he was so through these things we are able to find out about his Navy Family. Thanks to all of you and if anyone has stories to share I would love to hear from you.
Barbara McCants McDonald



Date: 2007-03-03 20:21:18
John ( / no homepage) wrote:

Nice site



Date: 2007-01-18 12:25:41
VINCENT F. STANLEY JR. ( / no homepage) wrote:

I found your site by accident. I saw a name listed in the decommissioning crew in 1947. I though it was my father because his name was Chief Quartermaster Vincent F. Stanley and was assigned to Orange,Texas and Charleston S.C.  after the war decommissioning ships and he also had two brothers, CQM William and MMC George and I
can remember them taling about USS Sigsbee quite often.They are all deceased now but two were at Pearl Harbor, My father was on Atlantic Convoys, Norrth Africa, Leyte Gulf, Okinawa (kamikazee hit) USS DOUGLAS H. FOX DD779 on May 25,1945. He was plankowner, Chief Quartermaster. As you might have guessed by my e-mail address, I was in the Vietnam "war" on DD944 USS MULLINNIX I got out BM2. You have put together a wonderful site and I hope you won't mind my coming aboard. Thank you.
Vincent F.(SKIP)Stanley Jr.



Date: 2006-10-28 11:17:33
matt sigsbee ( / no homepage) wrote:

This is great to know there was a ship with my last name. My uncle JOHN was in the navy.



Date: 2006-10-27 02:11:25
teresa (estelle) king ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi john,
i found this site a few years ago, lost it and found it again, it is a really nice tribute to all that served, with lots of nice pictures of the family and of my dad (ralph estelle, passed away may 20, 2005) that i love and miss him and my mother (jane (mastin) estelle, passed away april 21, 2003)missed so very much, keep up the good work....
your cousin, Teresa


Date: 2006-10-17 20:12:23
Kathy Bright ( / no homepage) wrote:

My father was Earl K. Fuller, a crew member of the Sigsbee. Thank you for such a wonderful place to view such wonderful men. My brother introduced me to this web page through communication with you.


Date: 2006-08-12 03:08:34
Bob Lyon ( / no homepage) wrote:

Impressive website! A fitting memorial to the hero's of the DD502. My great uncle Bill LaCroix served aboard her from 43 to 45. He's gone but it make's me glad he's remembered through this site. Thank you.

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