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Military Monday – The Flying Tigers

Are you looking for a great holiday gift this year? Check out my book, To Soar with the Tigers, about Flying Tiger Robert R. Brouk. The book contains family information, his complete war diary, the story of his life after discharge from the AVG and death. Robert mentions many of his 3rd Squadron comrades in the book as well.

How can you get a copy?

A limited number of signed hardcover copies are available for purchase through my website. Just order from the right column.

You can visit Lulu.com to get a copy for your Apple IPad or unsigned hardcover copy.

Have a NOOK or Kindle? You can get copies there also!

And CreateSpace has the book in paperback.

Happy Holidays!

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Military Monday – James Everett Shannon

In my continued quest to locate information on a family for a friend and his Shannon family, I’d like to honor a World War II Soldier, James Everett Shannon from Marshfield, Webster County, Missouri.

Memorial Service notice 5 July 1945

To Hold Memorial Service Here for Pfc. Everett Shannon
Memorial services for Pfc. Everett Shannon, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shannon of this city, who was killed on Luzon March 28 of this year, will be held at the Marshfield Christian church, of which he was a member, at the Sunday morning services, July 8.

Everett entered the service in June 1941, and went overseas first to New Guinea in September 1943. He had been slightly wounded on the island of Luzon February 3rd, but had returned to active duty when he was killed in action.

He was a graduate of Marshfield High school and played on the basketball, baseball and track teams. He was 29 years of age at the time of his death. 

(Source: The Marshfield Mail 5 July 1945, Volume LIV, Number 4, page 1 column 2.)

Body of James Everett Shannon Laid to Final Rest
The body of James Everett Shannon was returned to Marshfield July 6, and funeral services were held at the Christian church July 7. James Everett was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shannon of Marshfield. He was well known here being a star athlete in the local high school, and a favorite buddy of his many friends. He was killed in service on Luzon in 1945. In as much as possible his friends had part in the funeral service. A quartet, Warren Johnson, Bill Evans, Neil Evans, Stanley Dawson Jr., sang “Sweet hour of Prayer,” and “Church in the Wildwood.” Dr. George [unreadable] sang a solo……..[article cut off]

(Source: The Marshfield Mail 22 July 1948, )

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Maritime Monday – U.S.A.T. Sea Quail Smooth Log

My grandfather also sailed on the U.S.A.T. Sea Quail 9 September 1944 – 13 January 1945.  The men worked on the ship before leaving port. I am unsure if it was a new ship or they were preparing it for another long sail.  On 20 September 1944 the log reports “DEPARTED MOBILE, AL FOR TRIAL RUN.”

This ship left from the port of New Orleans, LA and sailed to Mobile, AL to Ambrose Light, NY, to Newburgh, NY. From there it sailed to Jersey City, NJ, then Staten Island, NY. They left NY on 7 November 1944 on a voyage in a convoy of 36 ships to England.  They arrived Southampton, England on 18 November 1944. From there they sailed to St. Helen’s Road back to Newport News, VA.

After some time in port, the ship set sail again for Naples, Italy, arriving 22 December 1944. They departed Naples on the 25th and set sail for Mers-El-Kabir, Algeria, then on to Oran, Algeria then arrived back in New York, NY 11 January 1945 where my grandfather was detached from duty on this ship along with Crane, Leystra, Mains, Rouch and Stewart.

Armed Guard Log Crew List 9 September 1944

Lt. (jg) Robert E. Baker, 231004 D(V(S) USNR reported officially for duty with the following enlisted men from the Armed Guard Center (GULF) New Orleans, LA. :

Pickett, Ted R.                   670 22 19 V-6                      BM1c

Crane, Ray F.                      644 48 37 V-6                      Cox

Love, Paul J.                       612 6192  V-6                      GM1c

Linardi, Frank J.                 820 19 80 V-6                      GM3c

Pacheco, Edwin M.          202 52 89                              GM3c

Parker, Wilton O.             552 04 59 V-6                      GM3c

Sigley, Jack E.                  821 78 64 V-6                      GM3c

Coats, James L.                636 99 92 V-6                      SM1c

Upton, Alvin W.               750 34 18 V-6                      SM2c

Anderson, William H.      906 00 16 V-6 SV               S2c

Barks, Forrest M.             851 06 75 V-6 SV               S1c

Beach, Donald L.             312 94 01 V-6                      S1c

Chewens, James J.          909 36 92 V-6 SV               S1c

Eisen, William R.             952 79 62 V-6 SV               S2c

Girrard, Edward A.          804 39 12 V-6                      S2c

Graham, Fonzie               978 41 02 V-6 SV               S2c

Grecula, William              908 86 12 V-6                      S2c

Haughawout, Junior D.  874 79 73 V-6 SV               S1c

Hall, Russell C. Jr.            570 53 29 V-6                      S2c

Henderson, Thomas J.   906 12 90 V-6 SV               S1c

Holik, Joseph J.               942 91 46 V-6                      S1c

Horton, Bertran H.          713 35 12 V-6                      S1c

Huff, Bermard J.             906 13 42 V-6 SV               S1c

Jenness, Walter F.           713 290 02 V-6                   S2c

Kroner, Ray C.                 868 99 90 V-6 SV               S1c

Lamping, Ray F.              836 67 35 V-6                      S1c

Latour, Ernest O.              824 18 89 V-6 SV1             S1c

Leystra, Oliver D.              576 91 84 V-6                      S1c

Lucas, James H.                 627 96 74 V-6                      S1c

Moffett, Frank J.              804 36 08 V-6                      S2c

Potter, Ronald S.              293 03 20 V-6                      S1c

Porter, Gabriel                  867 22 64 V-6 SV               S1c

Roenfeld, Paul W.            871 91 01 V-6 SV1             S1c

Rorrer, Clifford C.             629 74 11 V-6                      S1c

Rouch, Gary P.                  858 88 83 V-6 SV               S1c

Seibold, Francis J.             860 79 14 V-6 SV               S1c

Spicer, Ralph E.                 573 36 40 V-6                      S2c

Stacey, Warren P.            579 48 55 V-6                      S2c

Stewart, James V.            666 51 37 V-6                      S1c

Stewart, Russell E.           825 72 60 V-6 SV               S2c

Szymczak, Roman J.        868 51 20 V-6 SV               S1c

Vandivort, James B.        640 57 45 V-6                      S1c

Waterhouse, Harold L.   899 13 03 V-6                      S2c

Wilks, Stanley E.               713 26 10 V-6                      S2c

Yacks, Wilford A.              952 86 64 V-6 SV               S2c

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Maritime Monday – S.S. Joshua Hendy Smooth Log

My grandfather, Joseph J. Holik served in the U.S. Naval Armed Guard toward the end of World War II. Below is a list of the Armed Guard Log Crew List 8 May 1944 for the S.S. Joshua Hendy.  During the time my grandfather was on this ship, he sailed from New Orleans, LA to Ensenada, Puerto Rico. From there to Guyanilla to Guantanamo, Cuba.

Lt. Wirt L. Thompson Jr. USNR on board with the following men:

Klemcavage, W.J., Cox                   245 40 24

Sechrist, John, GM3c                      245 08 44

Shaw, Wm. W., GM3c                    301 05 74

Sprenkle, John H. Jr., GM3c         345 19 55

Dobson, Clell L., S1c                        867 88 51

Holik, Joseph J., S1c                        942 91 46

Jones, Donald, S1c                           940 96 10

Jones, Eugene, S1c                          856 45 03

Jones, Thomas, S1c                         256 65 34

Jaskiel, John, S1c                              251 12 18

Kaltenbaugh, Byron, S1c               923 48 06

Keefer, John L., S1c                         869 63 84

Keith, Ernest A., S1c                        856 43 52

Maciejeski, John J., S1c                 816 63 84

Nichols, Wm., S1c                            273 06 29

Olson, Alvin, W., S1c                       285 578 54

Parker, Albert C., S1c                      263 87 35

Parson, Wm. F., S1c                        867 98 57

Parsons, Calvin H., S1c                   928 54 23

Pate, Wm. H., S1c                            838 39 64

Patterson, C.A. Jr., S1c                   856 43 76

Pederson, Earl A., S1c                    869 60 09

Pirok, Bernard J., S1c                      942 38 15

Pope, Robert E. S1c                         942 55 58

14 June 1944 the ship was docked in Stuyvesant dock for dry dock and repairs according to the Armed Guard Log dated 14 June 1944.  On 22 June 1944 the following men were assigned to the ship:

Taylor, Robt L., Cox               551 63 10 V-6 USNR

Abererombie, George D., S1  893 91 61 V-6 SV

Allison, Keith M.,             S1c 857 02 90 V-6 SV

Stephens, C.T.                  S1c 966 71 03 V-6 SV

Thomas, Murrill W.        S1c 659 94 62 V-6 USNR

Wagner, Max E.,             S1c 758 84 64 V-6 USNR

Whitley, Thermon J.,      S1c 834 48 86 V-6 SV

Wolford, Jesse C.,            S1c 927 23 42 V-6 SV

Young, Noel R.,               S1c 955 43 21 V-6 SV

The ship eventually returned to New Orleans, LA before 5 August 1944.

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