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Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:18 PM
Hi John: 
I have been in contact for a few year with Wayne VanDerVoort and he was the one that sent me the USS Sigsbee site. Wayne made Myself and the Commodore's Yeoman one of the Photo/Medal pages. I was a Radioman on the Staff of (14) with Commodore Harry Bean (Uncle Beany) Jarrett in Command of Task Group 38.8 which included a total of (16) to (25) destroyers, known as the Destroyer Picket Line. The 3rd or 5th fleets were not two fleet, but the same ships with the Command changing back and forth. The fleet was made up of four Task Groups, under either 38 or 58 as TG 38.1, 38.2, 38.3, and 38.4 and if there was to be night Air Attacks, 38.5 was formed with selected ships which went back to their own Task Group the next day. They tried to keep three Task Groups on station all the times with one TG back getting supplies etc. There was one time that we had so many losses that we formed up just three Task Groups until replacements could get out there to us . If you already know all of the above, give it the Old Delete Click. If there is something that you don't have or can't find, maybe I might be able to help you.
I tell everyone that we had a good trip, we made it back.
Harold G. Minor   


Date: 2006-08-02 20:07:22
SHIRLEY DIGEORGIO ( / no homepage) wrote:

I want to thank all the sailors for there service to our country. Thank you for the web site locating my father Richard J Schombert whom I meet only briefly in early 1950's GOD BLESS TO ALL OF YOU
163  Date: 2006-07-23 07:16:47
Cas Komski ( / no homepage) wrote:

I just recived an email from an old shipmate Joe Carrol. He said you helped him get my new email address. Thanks. You and Billy Roberts are doing a fantastic job with the Sigsbee sites. Your work is appreciated by me and, I'm sure by all the Sigsbee people.

Cas Komski

162  Date: 2006-06-05 18:58:38
Joe Carroll ( / no homepage) wrote:

Wonderful site. Easy to see that it was a labor of Love. You have done all of us Sigsbee sailors proud. Thanks
161  Date: 2006-04-18 11:01:36
RMCS David J. Moran, USN (ret) ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great site. Fair winds and following seas shipmates!! (Plankowner: DD-702 and DD-977)
160  Date: 2006-03-24 14:47:49
John Dattilo, NCCS, USN, Ret. ( / wrote:

This website is awsome!!!! You have done an outstanding job and service to the men of the USS Sigsbee. Thanks for ALL YOU DO!!!
Very Respectfully,
John Dattilo

159  Date: 2006-02-12 22:20:31
Joseph Cook ( / no homepage) wrote:

I recently ran across your web site and must congratulate you for the fantastic effort that you put into this site. I served aboard the U.S.S Miami on the aft port 40 mm mount. The remembrance of the damaged Sigsbee and the sailors on board who gave their lives for our country still bring tears to my eyes.
158  Date: 2006-01-14 02:30:13
Aunt Norma ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

John, Great web site! I'm so proud of all the work you have put into this wonderful tribute to the crew of the Sigsbee! I just got online-- finally! I will get you my e-mail later. Come see me when your up this way!
157  Date: 2006-01-01 04:42:02
Dot Boidy ( / no homepage) wrote:

I wanted to let you know that my husband, Harry J. Boidy, passed away on April,18,2005. He served on the Sigsbee during WW11 AS A fIREMAN, 1ST CLASS.
156  Date: 2005-11-29 23:08:57
Pete Murphy ( / no homepage) wrote:

Dear John: Charles Grimm was my father in law. I would like to find out how I could order a book on the USS Sigsbee for my wife Gloria who is Charles Grimms Daughter. Please let me know how to receive a copy, this would mean so much to her. Thanks Pete

My address is
Pete Murphy
3311 Augusta Rd
Manchester MD. 21102

We were all very proud of Charles (Buck) Grimm and will miss him very much.

155  Date: 2005-11-29 00:15:50
Bill Sammons ( / no homepage) wrote:

Served on the USS Sigsbee 1943-1945
154  Date: 2005-11-28 03:50:37
Robin L. Fultz ( / no homepage) wrote:

I enjoyed viewing your site about the USS Sigsbee. My Grandfather, Charles P. "Buck" Grimm, served on this ship as well and received a purple heart following the April 14th Kamikaze attack. He recently passed away on November 13, 2005 just short of his 80th birthday which would have been November 25, 2005. I had just been looking at his photos and newspaper clippings when I found this site. In the last few years of his life he had battled with Alzheimers but even through his decreasing memory he could recall and talk with pride about his Navy years and fellow shipmates. I would like to say thank you to fellow veterans who attended and honored my Grandfather with a military service at his graveside. As I stated, he was very proud to be a Navy veteran and it meant so much to the family to see him honored this way. I'm sure he would want to say a last good-bye and "thank you" to all those who served with him. Sincerely, Robin Fultz, grand-daughter of Charles "Buck" Grimm/West Virginia.
153  Date: 2005-10-22 02:07:59
Sandy Krichbaum ( / no homepage) wrote:

Hi John! Lost your email address. Loved the new pictures and info on the site! Email sometime!
152  Date: 2005-08-21 13:55:35
Martin Leber ( / wrote:

I'm surfing the net to find my father George Leber he serve the navy onboard uss kilauea as lieutenant he's on eastpack in the subicbay olongapo city 1971, I was hoping if you know him or any information concerning him please email me at
151  Date: 2005-08-04 17:10:40
jim boutos ( / no homepage) wrote:

Was Boutos a Greek-American? Thanks for your excellent web page. Jim Boutos
150  Date: 2005-08-01 16:58:41
Kevin Casey ( / no homepage) wrote:

My dad, Lloyd Casey served on the Sigsbee in 1944-45. He told me about your website. Great job, thanks!
149  Date: 2005-06-29 02:22:44
Barry T Borton ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am a paramedic serving the Northampton County Pennsylvania nursing home "Gracedale" One of the men here was a crew member on the USS Sigsbee during the kamikazee attack. His name is Charles T. Snyder. He is still active and it is a pleasure to know him and learn about where and when he served.
148  Date: 2005-06-21 01:39:04
John Dolan ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thanks, John, for posting the picture of my Dad, RM2/C Henry Dolan and the picture he took on the ESB so many years ago. Maybe someone can help identify the other men. It is possible that not all of the guys were from the Sigsbee. Dad turns 85 this July and although is slowing down a bit, is doing well. He enjoys hearing about the Sigsbee. We are sorry we will not be able to be in Louisville July.
147  Date: 2005-05-14 00:15:25
Frank Menter ( / no homepage) wrote:

Great web site!! I served aboard the Schroeder during this time as TM 3/c
146  Date: 2005-05-11 01:42:47
Michael Lombardi ( / no homepage) wrote:


I wrote the following to John Mastin and Billy Roberts a couple of weeks ago, by request I am placing this in the guest log. Their dedicated service in maintaining this site will preserve a legacy for those that served aboard the USS Sigsbee and their posterity. I also found out from John and Billy some information about my dad I didnít know prior to this time. I have shown this site to my granddaughter (Maddy) she is five years old and it gives her a sense of being with my father. She recognizes his picture on the site and tells me that we can visit grandpa Jerry in the computer. My father truly enjoyed his Navel service and told me his big regret was not completing his 20 years for retirement. He told me that in 1969 and Iíve never forgotten it and to that point I have been in the military (regular Air Force and Air Force reserve) for over 26 years. We will all miss my Dad; he was a hell of a man.

Mike Lombardi


I am writing on behave of my father Gerald L Lombardi, my dad served aboard the USS Sigsbee and was WIA during the Kamikaze attack that April 14, 1945. I am very saddened to say that my father passed away on March 18, 2005 in Chandler Arizona. I had my father buried at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix Arizona with full military honors. My father was proud of his 10 plus years in the US Navy and very proud of his service aboard the USS Sigsbee. When I found your site a few years ago I showed the site to my dad and that was all he could talk about for weeks he was so proud, and actually there is a photo of him (dad) with Vincent Palmieri on one of the links on the Sigsbee history page, Dad has a copy of that photo in his Navy album, as well as several of the pictures of the US Sigsbee prior to the Kamikaze attack. I just wanted you to know of his passing and perhaps you could change him in your WIA information as deceased. My father had two sons myself and my brother Jerry, we both served in the armed forces I was and still am in the Air Force and my brother in the Army. We both received and very strong sense of service and work ethic from my dad and we will always be grateful for that. We will truly miss my dad, he was a good man. When I get a copy of his obituary I will forward to you for possible inclusion in you web site. Thank you for all you have done by maintaining this site, through it and you I will be able to visit my dad from time to time.

Very Respectfully,
Michael Lombardi

145  Date: 2005-04-19 00:49:29
Linda K. REDWOOD ( / no homepage) wrote:

Thank you for a most informative website! :-)
As it happens, my Step Grandfather, Norman Julius KREAGER, served on the SIGSBEE. He kept a very detailed journal,with pictures, etc. When he got out of the navy he worked as an engineer for GM.
I do have a bit of sad news tho, he passed away (14/Aug/1996) before I even got to meet him. Please feel free to contact me and we can exchange information. Excellant job on this Memorial site! :-)
Best Regards,

Linda K. Redwood
Norman J. KREAGER's, Step grand daughter
Ferndale, MI, USA

144  Date: 2005-04-15 22:53:05
Bob Lucacci ( / no homepage) wrote:

I came across your site and was surprised to see my old ship(USS COTTEN), in the mothballs photo.I was part of the crew to decommission her 4May 1960.
143  Date: 2005-04-01 17:18:32
James Wytaske ( / no homepage) wrote:

I'm Ronald Dwight Kneeskerns' Nephew thanks for honoring my uncle on your website
142  Date: 2005-03-29 04:06:50
Joe Mastin ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was doing a search on my Grandmother's name, Elsie Mastin, who lives in Danville, KY and I'm guessing is about the same age as the Elsie shown on your website. Any chance it's the same Elsie?
141  Date: 2005-02-25 16:00:24
Amy Dolan ( / no homepage) wrote:

John Dolan is my dad and Henry Dolan is my grandpa. I heard about your website from my dad and was very excited to check it out. I love hearing all of grandpa's stories about his time as a navy man... some of the stories are happy and some are really sad. Thanks for putting this website together. I am really looking forward to exploring it!
140  Date: 2005-02-15 01:48:56
John Dolan ( / no homepage) wrote:

I came across your website while doing family history. My Dad was Henry Dolan was a radioman second class when the Sigsbee was commisioned. He served until mid 1943 when he was transfered to the flag of Admiral Sprunace on the Indianapolis. He did serve during the Marcus and Wake Island campaigns. He remebers very vividly the loss of the seaman on the way to the Panama Canal. He was very, very pleased to hear about your work and website. As I go through his papers and pictures, I will be on the lookout for Sigsbee information. Thank you. I struck a mother lode today!

139  Date: 2005-02-06 01:07:13
dave kugler ( / no homepage) wrote:

I was interested about the Sigsbee since I have her bell which was salvaged before she was sold. I cleaned it up and it shines like the sun! thanks for the history and photos
138  Date: 2004-12-12 22:55:01
James C. Jean ( / no homepage) wrote:

I enjoyed visiting this site because my father Calvin B. Jean served on the SIGSBEE. When I was in my teens I saw some of the photos of the SIGSBEE after the kamikaze plane hit it. All the photos that he had have disappeared since he passed away. I still have some of his training records from the SIGSBEE.
137  Date: 2004-12-09 06:58:13
Wanda Nelson ( / no homepage) wrote:

My husband's brother was one of the survivors on the USS Sigsbee. His name was Ralph Paul Nelson. My husband is 3 years older than Paul and will turn 83 this month. His name is Leslie S Nelson. He is the last of 8 children in the Nelson family.
We live in Longview, Washington.
signed, Wanda Nelson
136  Date: 2004-12-07 17:20:58
Louis R Adams ( / no homepage) wrote:

My brother, Burton J Adams service number 662 61 97
a S1c was one of the lives lost on the Sigsbee DD 502. I have a pic for your memorial is you are interested. I served on the USS Columbus CA 74. I am very moved by the memorial you have put together
135  Date: 2004-11-23 21:42:09
Paula Thompson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am doing some WWII commemorative acivities this spring. One is on Apr. 14, 2005. I'd like to honor the Sigsbee. Is anyone in the Jacksonville, FL (or coastal GA) area, who might come?
134  Date: 2004-09-14 02:50:03
Tom Rich ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Great website John!!
133  Date: 2004-07-22 02:16:06
Billy Roberts ( / wrote:

Thanks John for linking the USS EVANS DD-552, DONALD E. ERWIN Memorial site from your main web page. I'll check the Evans552 Guest Book for postings every day.....Billy
132  Date: 2004-06-16 00:47:46
Marvin Green ( / no homepage) wrote:

I have received word from Rita Kordell regarding the photo of Jim Kordell that appears on the Sigsbee photo site. She said that she and several relatives do not think that that photo is of Jim Kordell.
I'm including a list of all of the deceased crewmen that I have in my records so that you can update your records:

John Oypt
Donald Austgen 2/03
James L. Mack BR 1/c
William Bough 3/03
Rex Garrell 6/21/03
Robt C. Moeller 1/04
Lloyd H. Lane 9/8/02
Lester K. Schultz 2/22/04
Anthony J. Sacerdote 2003
Wallace S. Fox 1988
Chas. Fleager 2002
John P. Schwetje 2002
Addie K. Brown 6/9/04
Francis Williams 1995

We have sent reunion letters to Andrew Bitner, but have never had any response from him.

131  Date: 2004-05-05 19:44:27
Michael R. Nelson ( / no homepage) wrote:

I resently became aware of this site through my brother Benjamin. We found all the information and photos respectful of the men who served on board. As I recall, our father, Carl Philip Nelson served as a crew member in the galley and participated in the passing of ammunition to the deck guns. This is all I know, since he did not like to discuss his war time expeariences to any lenght. He did however, describe to us the devistating attack by Japaneese aircraft to the Sigsbee late in the war. I know he gave what comfort he could to his shipmates. Dad passed away on March 7, 1999 after a long career with Pacific Northwest Bell in Portland, Oregon.

Michael R. Nelson (eldest son)
US Army, Military Police (1970-1973)
130  Date: 2004-03-27 07:12:31
Andrew Bitner ( / no homepage) wrote:


Spoke to you a couple of years ago. My grandfather served on Sigsbee and Maurice Manual. Clyde Gordon Ferguson. I have a couple of old pictures I'd like to get to you and have scanned them so can send them electronically. Let me know your email and I'll shoot them your way. Really enjoyed your website.

Andy Bitner
129  Date: 2004-03-25 12:46:02
Larry Mastin Sr. ( no email / no homepage) wrote:

Hi, Loved the pictures. Will Send you my E mail address later.
128  Date: 2004-03-16 21:20:16
R. F. Laschinski ( / no homepage) wrote:

I came to this page quite by accident.I remembered one of my older brothers [ALBERT] served on the USS SIGSBEE.
127  Date: 2004-03-15 04:18:36
Angela Acquafredda ( / no homepage) wrote:

My gradfather was Joseph Acquafredda. I am his oldest grand-daughter and never had the pleaser to get to know him because he died when my father was just a child.
126  Date: 2004-02-27 15:51:30
William Burke ( / no homepage) wrote:

I am enjoying the action reports as you are posting them. It gives a bit of information as to the support operations and how a commander logs them. Thanks for sharing.
Bill Burke son of William E.Burke crewmember
125  Date: 2004-01-17 16:22:13
Richard G. Weston ( / wrote:

Great site which I have now got a working link to from the USS Steven's site - Dick


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