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MUSTER ROLL OF THE CREW, 31 May 1944

LST 745 OFFECERS
Name - Rank - Service # - Enlistment Date - Enlistment Place

  • CHAMPAGNE, George F., Lt (jg), 284458, 18 Mar 44
  • EVANS, Curtis, 142613, Lt(jg),
  • GRACE, Robert M., 34082, Ensign, 26 Feb 44
  • GORDON, Marvin H., 330279, Ensign, 24 Feb 44
  • MONTGOMERY, Gerald A., Ensign, 330557, 24 Feb 44
  • NORGAARD, Richard James, 333109, Ensign, 13 Apr 44
  • NORSTOG, Rolf Osuld, 333112, Lt (jg), 13 apr 44
  • OAKS, Albert G., 330586, Ensign, 24 Feb 44
  • RAGLIN, James E, 421923, Ensign
  • REDDICLIFFE, Harold A., 308557, Ensign, 24 Aug 43
  • ROCKETT, Edward Spencer, 318213, Ensign, 8 Sep 43, (LCT 828)
  • TANBERG, Edwin G., 268878, Ensign/Lt(jg), 20 Aug 43, MPLS, Minnesota
  • WEBER, Wayne Barney, 359258, Ensign,
  • LST 745 ENLISTED
    Name - Service # - Rank - Enlistment Date - Enlistment Place

  • ABBOTT, John Edward, 727 51 99, F1c
  • BAILIE, Thomas dorsett, 6033 93 18, S1c
  • BAKER, Walter LeRoy, 864 43 52, RM3c
  • BEARD, James Lee, 928 34 79, StM1c
  • BECHTOLD, Jack Keith, 570 57 96, F1c
  • BOOKER, Edward Arthur, 756 49 99, GM3c, 3 Aug 43, Charleston, W.Va., Muster of 20 Jun 44
  • BOYD, Leon, 942 34 23, F1c(MoM), 11 Nov 43, Chicago, Ill
  • BRANTLEY, Jessie Edward, 843 81 02, S1c, 23 Jun 43, Hattiesburg, Miss
  • BURNS, Joseph Francis, 709 61 30, Y2E, 27 Nov 42, New York, N.Y.
  • CARLSON, Eric Oscar Gordon, 639 44 15, PhM2c, 28 Sep 42, MNPLS, Minn
  • CARRASCO, George, 557 94 99, S2c
  • CARSON, James Milton, 937 70 60, S2c
  • CHANDLER, Phillip Bruce, 344 15 07, S2c
  • CHIODO, Richard Victor, 329 88 61, S2c
  • CHISM, Roy Ford Jr, 798 40 40, S2c
  • CHRISTENSEN, Jens Peter, 317 66 71, S2c
  • CIHIL, John, 895 58 89, S2c(RM), 6 Aug 43, Greeksburg, Pa
  • CLARK, Robert Ernest, 344 15 11, S2c
  • CLINE, William Thomas, 360 77 78, S2c
  • COEY, Harold Lewis, 941 79 99, SC3c
  • COOK, James Early, 273 47 34, S1c
  • COFFEY, Gerald Lee, 619 17 19, S2c
  • COLLINS, John Lindel, 619 72 97, F2c
  • COONS, Francis Eugene, 360 77 98, S2c
  • COONS Robert Lloyd, 360 77 68
  • CRICK, Clyde Julian, 646 40 63, PhM3c, 15 Jan 42
  • CUNNINGHAM, Clarence Willard, 830 27 13, CM3c, 28 Apr 43, Jacksonville, Fla
  • CURTIS, Donald Henderson, 864 93 03, F1c(MM), 9 Nov 43, Indianapolis, Ind
  • CYR, Leo Joseph, 765 21 13, S2c, 30 Nov 43, Spokane, Wash
  • DAGNAN, William M Jr, 784 44 08, S2c
  • DALTON, Bennie Edwin, 358 97 67, S2c
  • DANIELSON, Anthony Adolphe, 806 79 76, MoMM3c, 3 Jun 43, Manchester, N.H.
  • DAVIS, Logan Wesley, 669 29 35, PhM2c, 28 Aug 42
  • DAVY, Curtis Robinson, 858 83 29, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Cleveland, Ohio
  • DEEN, Jason Lincoln, 765 21 13, S2c, 11 Sep 43, Chicago, Ill
  • De COURCY, Roger Hurley, 803 16 47, SF3c, 28 Oct 43, Boston, Mass
  • De JOURDAN, Roy Spencer, 600 88 30, MoMM3c, 17 Oct 42
  • De MOS, Constantine, 727 13 35, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Chicago, Ill
  • DEY,Irvin Klause, 285 43 34, F1c
  • DOMINO, Ronald Lowell, 859 92 68, MoMM3c
  • DOSS, Sidney, 865 54 50, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Indianaporis, Ind
  • DRURY, David Emmet, 727 97 26, S2c
  • DUBOIS, Gaston Joseph, 208 66 69, Cox, 4 Aug 42Portland, Me
  • DUDRA, John Paul, 252 11 44, S2C
  • DUNHAM, Royal Preston, 635 33 00, S2c(GM), 2 Feb 44, Louisville, Ky
  • DURAN, Ezekial, 841 92 06, S2C, 14 Aug 44, Muster of 16 Aug 44, El Paso, Texas
  • FARLEY, Gerard Charles, 815 38 40, MoMM3c, 17 Sep 43, New York, N.Y.
  • EDDINS, Walter Lee, 952,60 39, S2c, 10 May 44, Muster of 16 Aug 44, Detroit, Mich
  • EDMONDS, Roy Mack Jr, 971 02 65, S2c, 24 Apr 44, Muster of 16 Aug 44, Memphis, Tenn
  • EGGERS, George Arthur, 753 43 56, S2c, 5 May 44, Muster of 16 Aug 44, Springfield, Ill
  • EISENMKNGER, Stanley Joseph Jr, 635 32 89, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Louisville, Ky
  • ELCHERT, Paul Louis, 723 65 40, S2c, 5 Apr 44, Muster of 16 Aug 44, Toledo, Ohio *See Below
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  • EMBRY, Nathan Alfred Jr, 868 08 15, S2c, 12 Feb 44
  • ENGLEHART, Robert Dale, 727 13 5, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Chicago, Ill
  • EVANS, Delbert Cecil, 755 13 63, S2c, 8 Feb 44
  • EVERLINE, Roosevelt, 843 06 58, StM2c, 21 Jan 44, Muster of Sep 44
  • FARRELL, Edward Joseph, 862 85 03, S2c(SM), 4 Aug 43, Detroit, Mich
  • FASTOOK, Eugene James, 815 32 59, S2c(FC), 15 Sep 43, New York, N.Y.
  • FESCOE, Michael Joseph Jr, 814 11 66, S1c(RM), 23 Jul 43, New York, N.Y.
  • FIORITO, Joseph, 817 05 62, S2c, 23 Dec 43, New York, N.Y.
  • FLESNER, Elmer Henry, 753 46 90, S1c
  • FORSCH, Earl Harold, 961 53 66, F2c(MoM), 4 Dec 43
  • FOSSA, Albert Gastino, 824 07 35, F2c(MoM), 19 Jan 44, Providence, R.I.
  • FOSTER, Eugene Lloyd, 823 49 33, F1c(MoMM)
  • FRECHETTE, Albert Paul, 803 39 86, F2c(EM), 23 Nov 43, Boston, Mass
  • FRIAS, Thomas, 379 16 83, F2c(MoM), 24 Jul 43, Sacramento, Calif
  • FUOCO, Joseph Francis, 906 91 65, F2c(MoM), 14 Jan 44, New York, N.Y.
  • GAINES, Noah William, 873 65 31, S2c(RdM), 4 Dec 43, St Louis, Mo
  • GALE, Lloyd Edward Jr, 641 97 88, S2c, 2 Feb 44, Nashville, Tenn
  • GALIANO, Angelo, 379 53 21, S1c
  • GARDNER, Wendell D, 360 67 82, F2c
  • GATES, Arlo Ralph, 329 87 58, S2c
  • GEERTSMA, Garry Jr, 711 23 83, F2c(EM-GY), 22 Jul 43, New York, N.Y.
  • GRAHAM, Louis Joseph, 613 64 24, S2c, 10 Feb 44, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • GRAHAM, Thomas Richard, 955 25 30, S2C, 12 Feb 44, Indianapolis, Ind
  • GREER, James Dallam, 948 39 66, S2c, 10 Feb 44, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • GUGLIELMO, Antonio, 929 55 77, S2c, 27 Jan 44, Clarksburg, W.Va
  • GUNTHER, Ferdinand J, 301 26 21, FM3
  • HAGEN, Robert, 313 59 47, S2c, 2 Feb 44, Detroit, Mich
  • HAGREEN, Arthur Bennett Jr, 313 62 41, S2c 11 Feb 44, Detroit, Mich (Deceased: Dec 5th, 2011, Lansing, MI, B; Mar 22nd, 1928)
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  • HALL, Richard Thomas, 635 33 03, S2C, 11 Feb 44, Louisvile, Ky
  • HANSON, Keith LeRoy, 316 85 64, SM1c
  • HAUGHTON, QilliM wSQes, 782 87 84, MoMM3c(T)
  • HEIDZIG, Edwin August, 863 30 90, MoMM3c(T)
  • HEINEMANN, Theodore Bernard, 981 53 74, S1c
  • HELMSTETTER, Edward John, 712 36 65, S2c, 2 Feb 44, New York, N.Y.
  • HALTER, Werner George, 72348 75, F2c (EM), 4 Sep 43, Toledo, Ohio
  • HAMMONDS, Wayman Lee, 930 69 66, S2c, 27 Jan 44, Columbia, N.C.
  • HARDY, Raymond Brady, 895 77 40, S1c(QK), 24 Aug 43, Greensburg, Pa
  • HARMON, John Wade, 820 85 16, StM2c, 26 Feb 44, Phila. Pa.
  • HARWOOD, Thomas Edward, 851 04 46, S2c(GM), 28 Jun 43, Columbus, Ohio
  • HEWENDINGER, Jess Merton, 712 36 66, S2c(SM), 2 Feb 44, New York, N.Y.
  • HENDRICK, Carl, 895 23 57, SK3c, 6 Sep 43, Clarksburg, W.V. *See Below
    carl
  • HERLING, Edward Henry, 711 86 30, S2C
  • HENNESSY, Robert Keith, 285 64 12, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Cleveland, Ohio
  • HELMSTETTER, Edward John, 712 36 65, S2c, 2 Feb 44, New York, N.Y.
  • HIBBARD, Raymond Roscoe, 266 14 18, S1c
  • HICKEY, John Cyrus, 664 65 40, GM3c, 7 Jul 42, Seattle, Wash
  • HILBERT, James Raymond, 635 32 88, S2c, 11 Feb 44, Louisville, Ky
  • HILL, Charles Sydney, 712 36 67, S2c, 11 Feb 44, New York, N.Y..
  • HINTON, Walter Cyrus, 828 72 35, S2c, 22 Jan 44, Huntinton, W.Va
  • HODES, Leonard Edward, 712 35 87, S2c, 2 Jan 44,
  • HORDERN, Donald Richard, 403 02 94, BM2c, 4 Oct 39, New York, N.Y.
  • HOWE, Joseph, 824 09 46, S2c, 10 Feb 44, Providence, R.I.*See Below
    joe howe
  • HUGHES, Edward Dale, 251 18 06, S2c, 24 Jan 44, Altoona, Pa
  • HUMPHREY, Banister Levert, 931 7 41, S2c, 29 Jan 44Spartanburg, S.C.
  • JACKSON, Willie Floyd, 928 39 41, StM1c
  • JOHNSON, Andrew Jackson, 989 94 98, StM1c
  • KAMINSKI, Robert Alexander, 907 21 88, S2c, 29 Jan 44, New York, N.Y.
  • KEEDLE, William Edward, 952 27 667, F1c(MoMM)
  • KESSLER, Robert James, 733 12 43, F1c(EM)
  • KARBOWSKI, Milton John, 823 94 99, F1c(MoM), 29 Oct 43
  • KOEHLER, Henry Edward, 875 23 11, S2c(RM), 17 Sep 43, Toledo, Ohio
  • KONDROTAVICZ, Alphonse John, 667 51 67, S2c, 16 Feb 44
  • KOONS, Marlin George, 712 53 60, S2c(RdM), 18 Feb 44, New York, N.Y.
  • KOSHAR, Edward Joseph, 857 47 12, S2c(GM), 15 Sep 43, Cleveland, Ohio
  • KREPINEVICH, Victor Frank, 896 07 20, S2c(GM), 25 Sep 43, Pittsburgh, Pa
  • LAND, Leggette, 360 23 67, SF1c, 8 Oct 40
  • LANDRY, James Douglas, 274 87 54, S2c,
  • LEAHY, John Bernard, 301 13 93, S1c
  • LEE, Robert Edgar, 952 29 93, S2c, 20 Apr 44, Muster of 27 Jun 44, Detroit, Mich
  • LEGARRETA, Frank, 814 64 11, S2c(SM1, 14 Aug 43, New York, N.Y.
  • LEONARD, Raymond Guy, 233 97 20, Cox, 3 Jan 44, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • LJUNGGREN, Wm Irving, 379 29 30, MoMM2c
  • LOPER, Reginald Walker, 273 19 39, SM3c(T)
  • LOTTON, Herbert Ray, 867 87 54, F1c(MM), 13 Nov 43, Louisville, Ky
  • LUBCHANSKY, Irving George, 807 81 14, S1c(RM), 2 Sep 43, Hartford, Conn
  • LYMANGROVER, Ronald Leroy, 875 33 81, F1c(MM, 15 Nov 43, Toledo, Ohio
  • MacDONALD, Donald Albert, 869 54 79, F1c (MM), 29 Nov 43, Milwaukee, Wisc
  • McCOMAS, Sherman Shirley, 756 49 69, Cox
  • McGEE, William Clarence, 982 43 65, S1c
  • McINNIS, Robert Leonard, 949 97 06, F1c
  • McINTYRE, Lavaughn Atkerson, 848 60 49, S1c
  • McLAUGHLIN, Francis James Jr, 802 72 00, F1c(EM), 1 Sep 43, Lowell, Ma
  • McLENDON, William E, 974 82 35, S2c
  • MAGARITY, Reginald Walker, 835 48 94, PHM1c(T)
  • MAIN, Richard Earl, 321 32 38, CMoMM(PA), 26 Oct 43, Muster of 21 Aug 44, Amph Boat Pool #8
  • MARTIN, Truman Richard, 897 09 16, SC3c, 5 Feb 44
  • MAYS, Rolly Marion Jr, 986 16 48, S1c
  • MEARS, James Alton Jr, 644 64 87, CMoMM, 7 Jul 44, Muster of Aug 44, New Orleans, La
  • MIDSTOKKE, Miles Luven, 890 70 00, F1c, 6 Dec 43
  • MIGLIORE, Mike Jr, 895 06 42, S1c
  • MIHELICH, Peter Valdimir, 820 11 47, S1c
  • MILLER, George Edgar, 955 31 23, MoMM3c, 29 Feb 44, Indianapolis, Ind
  • MILLER, Robert Thomas, 866 92 80, F1c(MoM), 8 Oct 43, Kansas City, Mo
  • MINSKE, Warren Stevens, 328 76 14, SC1c, 11 Oct 40, MPLS, Minn
  • MISTICH, Stephen Peter Jr, 645 00 51, Cox, 8 Sep 42, New Orleans, La
  • MITCHELL, Bobby Gale, 991 39 01, S2c
  • MITCHELL, Joseph Thomas, 300 60 09, Cox
  • MOORE, David Wayne, 865 73 59, GM(HD)3c, 8 Mar 43, Kansas City, Mo.
  • MOORE, Jamie Benjamin, 893 01 78, F2c(EM), 28 Aug 43, Spartanburg, S.C.
  • MOORE, Theron Lavern, 819 56 36, S1c
  • MOREAU, Roger Lionel, 823 23 29, S2c, 28 Dec 43, Portland, Me
  • MORESCHINI, Ernest Leo, 619 68 55, F1c
  • MORRIS, Henry William, 648 98 34, S1c
  • MUCURIO, Anthony Peter, 251 07 41, S1c
  • MUSHRUSH, William Wilson, 984 27 64, F1c
  • NARAS, Richard John, 843 80 44, S2c, 29 Jan 44
  • NOBLE, William Wood, 929 04 08, SF3c(T)
  • NOWAK, Joseph, 818 05 36, S1c
  • NUETZEL, Albert Gerard, 815 08 92, MoM3c, 7 Sep 43
  • O'DONNELL, Robert William, 611 74 13, MOM2c, 24 Jul 42
  • O'HALLORAN, John Martain, 646 59 02, GM2c, 29 Jan 42
  • OREN, Palmer, 961 78 72, S2c, 24 Mar 44, Muster of 20 Jun 44, Omaha, Neb.
  • ORLICH, Vincent Anthony, 313 82 89, S2c, 10 Apr 44 Muster of 20 Jun 44, Detroit, Mich.
  • PARREAULT, Dominic Louis, 896 97 79, Sc3c, 6 Jan 44, Albany, N.Y.
  • PARRISH, Stanley Kilgore, 830 61 19, S1c(QM), 25 Aug 43, Jacksonville, Fla
  • PASTURA, Anthony Louis, 613 63 41, S2c, 2 Feb 44, Cincinatti, Ohio
  • PENNER, Roger Thaine, 342 40 40, BM1c, 11 Feb 41, Muster of 21 Aug 44, Kansas city, Mo
  • PEPE, Alfonso Vincent Jr, 812 67 46, MoMM3c
  • PLANT, Paul Bernard, 762 37 67, QM1c
  • POISSON, Douglas Charles, 579 02 38, S2c, 31 Dec 43 *See Below
  • PONCSAK, Joe George, 956 17 90, Y3c
  • RAMSEY, Edwin Blair, 357 39 02, SC2c
  • REED, Charles Houston, 876 62 67, S1c(GM), 19 Jul 43, Denver Colo
  • REEVES, John, Olin, 273 21 10, S1c
  • REILLY, Patrick Joseph, 923 52 60,S2c, 7 Jan 44 Muster of 23 Jun 44, Altoona, Pa
  • REMICK, Kenneth R, 758 46 80, Y2c
  • RETHERFORD, Paul Eugene, 864 55 84, F1c(MoM), 24 Sep 43
  • RHEA, Bill Lorenza, 671 97 79, S1c
  • ROBERSON, Walter Herman, 790 20 83, S2c
  • ROBERTS, William Gordon, 634 56 23, S1c, 25 Aug 42Boston, Ma
  • ROBERTSON, Norman Richard, 762 25 57, S2c(Bkr), 9 Sep 43, Jacksonville, Fla
  • ROBBINS, Martin Jr, 611 93 26, SC2c, 13 Aug 42, Chicago, Ill
  • ROMANO, Isidro Enrique, 360 65 17, S2c
  • ROMINE, Steve James, 798 34 56, S2c
  • ROSBURG, Carl William, 863 07 19, S1c
  • RUBLE, Leonard Wilson, 628 08 43, S2c
  • RUSS, Robert Lee, 894 88 90, S1c
  • RUSSOLILLO, Anthony Otto, 845 40 14,SM2c
  • RUSSUM, William Clifford, 792 03 28, S2c
  • SANTACAPITO, Elio Guy, 816 64 43, S2c, 27 Dec 43
  • SCHENEMANN, Robert Leo, 329 ?? 19
  • SCHOEN, Charles Leo, 577 87 80, S2c
  • SELBY, Arnold Charles, 655 88 32, F1c(WT), 3 Sep 43, Portland, Oregon
  • SELLS, William Thomas, 865 48 37, S2c, 19 Jan 44, Indianapolis, Ind
  • SESCO, Elmon Jr, 635 30 91, S2c, 25 Jan 44, Louisville, Ky
  • SHAFFER, John Edwin, 723 56 89, S2c, 21 Jan 44
  • SHANNON, Robert Karl, 819 26 43, S2c, 6 Jan 44
  • SHELTON, Gerald Nelson, 311 81 11, GM3c
  • SHERBINO, Raymond Smith, 621 05 61, StM2c, 10 Sep 42, Des Moines, Iowa
  • SHIELDS, Toxie O'Neal, 983 96 12, S2c
  • SIMMONS, Eulas (Negro), 849 10 44, StM2c, 19 Feb 44, Oklahoma City, Okla
  • SMITH, Fred Lee, 379 28 77, RM#c(T)
  • SMITH, Harry (Negro), 939 92 88, StM2c, 17 Feb 44, Jackson, Miss.
  • SMITH, Homer Alvin, 575 49 45, S2c, 10 Nov 43, Columbia, SC
  • SNYDER, Theodore James, 677 27 58, F1c
  • SUMMERS, William Edwin, 285 8521, S2c(GM)
  • TANSEY, James Joseph, 803 63 36, S2c, 19 Jan 44, Boston, Ma *See Below (Deceased:Apr 19th, 1998,Fitchburg, MA, B;Oct 22nd, 1911)
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  • TAYLOR, Harold Edward, 756 32 03, S2c
  • TAYLOR, Fred Henry, 412 42 59, CMoMM
  • TIMMAN, William Renier, 764 69 93, F1c
  • TOWNSEND, Virgil, 892 83 07, S1c
  • TURNER, Thomas P, 205 89 07, F1c
  • VAETH, Joseph Walter, 897 10 89, Sc3c, 9 Feb 44, Albany, N.Y.
  • VOYLES, Thomas Lyle, 946 08 04, S1c
  • WALKER, Winford Noah, 838 27 94, S1c, 14 Dec 43, Anniston, Ala
  • WEBB, Charles Lee, 358 66 35, F1c
  • WHEELAN, Latham Edgar, 808 13 27, S1c(QM), 23 Sep 43, Hartford, Conn
  • WILKINSON, George F, 246 89 88, ETM2
  • WlLLIAMS, William Lemuel, 967 94 44, S2c, 5 Mar 44, Muster of 21 Aug 44, San Antoio, Texas
  • WINTERHALTER, Louis, 822 09 22, MOMM3c, 17 May 43, Pittsburgh, Pa
  • WOLCOTT, Robert Joseph, 858 70 03, F2c, 14 Jan 44, Cleveland, Ohio
  • These names and info were transcribed from ancestry.com. Excuse errors as the print on the reports is not very clear?
    May 31st, 1944 was the commissioning of the ship and those that have enlistment dates and places were the first crew members?
    Rank may not be correct as promotions occurred while serving onboard LST 745.

  • PAUL LOUIS ELCHERT, Sr. of 39 Hall Street, Tiffin, Ohio died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2003 in St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. He was born on August 14, 1926 in Tiffin, Ohio to Earl and Lillian (Lehnert) Elchert. They do not survive. On September 7, 1946 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, he married Ellen Hartzell. She survives in Tiffin. Other survivors include 4 sons, Paul Elchert, Jr.; Joe (Nancy) Elchert; Urb (Pat) Elchert, and Lawrence (Shirley) Elchert; all of Tiffin, 4 daughters, Peg (Bernie) Distel; Mary Sue (Mike) Wuescher; Theresa (Dan) Reino; and Patty (Doug) Poe all of Tiffin, 27 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, Robert Elchert and Charles “Bump” Elchert both of Tiffin. He was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Ann Elchert, and 1 granddaughter, Casey Rochelle Elchert. Mr. Elchert was a 1945 Calvert High School graduate. He served in the United States Navy during World War II serving aboard the ship LST 745. Mr. Elchert had retired in 1985 after 42 years at American Standard, Tiffin. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus; Local #7, IBOP Union; Amvets; Golden Age Eagles; Moose and the American Legion. He was an avid woodworker and collector. There will be a wake service Sunday at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rosary will be recited 15 minutes prior to the Mass at the church. Rev. Timothy Ferris will officiate the funeral Mass. Burial will take place immediately following the funeral Mass in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The United Veterans Council of Seneca County will perform military rites at the gravesite. Contributions may be made to the Casey Rochelle Elchert scholarship fund in care of Old Fort Bank or they may be mailed to Hannay-Traunero Funeral Home, 214 S. Monroe Street, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419) 447-3113. (Find A Grave Memorial# 70834336)

  • U.S. Navy Storekeeper First Class Carl Hendrick was a member of a crew that transported soldiers, Marines and supplies during invasion landings in the Pacific during World War II.
    Hendrick took care of the daily details of providing for the men, including traveling to supply ships in the flotilla.“After we pushed 'em off and ran back, we brought support and supplies to 'em,” Hendrick said. “I took care of the payroll, insurance, supplies and food,” he said. “All the ship's needs. I was the buyer.”Hendrick had a simple answer for his decision to join the Navy, instead of waiting to get drafted into the Army.“Because I didn't want to sleep in foxholes,” he said.
    Hendrick first came aboard the LST-745 — a tank-landing ship capable of carrying massive amounts of cargo, landing troops and vehicles — in Pittsburgh, Pa. — where the ship was built. The LST made its way to the Gulf of Mexico — and out to the battlefields of the Pacific — via the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. “Good raw oysters and beer in New Orleans,” Hendrick recalled. Hendrick and the men of the LST-745 were involved in invasion landings at Leyte and Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines and Okinawa. “You're always in danger when you're making invasions,” he said. “We had three invasions. We unloaded (soldiers and Marines), took off to get supplies and support. “We brought the ship in as close as we could to shore, depending on the depth of the water,” Hendrick said. The ship and crew had a close call on at least one of its landings. “We had made it into shore. The Japanese were throwing mortar fire at us and the tide had gone out and we had gone over a reef,” Hendrick said. “We had to cut the anchor and run.” At one point, the ship was caught in a typhoon when sailing from Tokyo to the Philippines. “We had to change our course of travel from south to east,” he said, adding the waves were rolling in as high as 17 to 18 feet. “The LST has a flat bottom; it doesn't cut the water,” he said. The relentless pounding against the surf shook and rattled the entire ship. “The aft screw (rear propeller) would be up out of the water,” said Hendrick, demonstrating a movement, with his hands, that looked like a bucking bronco kicking up its back legs.
    When the war was finally over, the fleet in the Pacific, including the LST-745, were witness to history. “We were in Tokyo Bay when (Gen. Douglas) MacArthur signed the treaty with Japan,” Hendrick said. “He flew by helicopter onto the ship (USS Missouri).”Carl passed away in 2010 at age 92. He is buried at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Fairmont, WV 26554.Written by Denise Goolsby at MyDesert.com

    Carl Hendrick, age 92, formerly of Fairmont, WV, died Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Palm Springs, California. Born October 24, 1918, in Greenbrier County, he was a son of the late Edgar Pierson and Florence A. Smith Hendrick. Carl was a member of the Central Christian Church in Fairmont, where he previously served as a Deacon. He served during World War II in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Owens Illinois after 39 years of service. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club at Owens, Illinois, Fraternal Order of the Eagles #2373, Moose Lodge #9, VFW Post #7048 and American Legion Post #17. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Evaline Dougherty Hendrick; a second wife, Dail B. Smallwood; a son, Richard W. Hendrick; five brothers; and three sisters. He is survived by two sons, John C. Hendrick, and wife, Marcia, of California, and George E. Hendrick, of Virginia; step-granddaughter Cindy Hobbs; two step-great grandsons, Corbin Hobbs and Spencer Hobbs, all of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday, December 23, from 5 -9 p.m. at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, Fairmont. Funeral service will be Friday, December 24, at 11 a.m. at Ford Funeral Home with Rev. Josh Patty officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont. Online condolences may be made at www.fordfuneralhomes.com. (published 22 December 2010, The Pocahontas Times)
    Burial: Grandview Memorial Gardens, Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA (Find A Grave Memorial# 63552008).

  • The funeral of S/3c DOUGLAS C. POISSON, son of Mr and Mrs Louis Poisson, 86 Cleghorn St (Fitchburg, MA) who was killed in a plane crash April 4 was held this morning from the home of his parents with a full military mass at 9 o'clock in St. Joseph's church, attended by a larg number of relatives and friends, including representatives of the Laurence S. Ayer post, VFW, in charge of Paul Huot and men of the army, navy and marine service of World War 2.
    Rev. Albert L. Rosset was the celebrant of the mass with Rev. Jean Roux as deacon and Rev. Gustav Gosselin as sub-deacon. Rev. Leo Bergeron and Rev. Joseph Deschenes were at the lateral altars. The choir was under the direction of Miss Marie A. Allaire.
    Burial was in St Joseph's cemetery where prayers were said by Rev. Fr. Rosset and Rev. Fr. Roux. "Taps" was sounded by Bugler Raymond L. Rocco and a volley was fired by a firing squad in charge of BM2/ Eugene Plante and composed of GM3/c John F. Hall and Seamen first class Charles E. Ray, William J. Healey, Joseph X. Roberts, John Careiro and Arthur P Miller. The firing squad and bugler were from the Boston naval district. The bearers, representing the VFW, were Remi and Andre Proulx, Victor Poisson, Francis Gaudet, Alfred Frechette and JAMES TANSEY (LST 745).
    11 Apr 46, SC3/c Douglas C. Poisson - Mr. and Mrs. Louis F. Poisson, 86 Cleghorn street, have received word from the navy department stating that the body of their son, who was killed April 4 in a plane crash will arrive in this city Friday afternoon. The funeral will be from the home of his parents Monday morning with a solemn high mass of requiem at 9 o'clock in St. Joseph's church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. The parents received word Saturday morning that their son, who had been contacted by the Red Cross April 2 on his arrival in California and advised to fly home because of the serious illness of his grandmother, was one of 11 who were killed when the plane crashed and exploded 13 miles southeast of Alburquerque, N.M. at Isleta Pueblo, enroute to Amarillo, Tex, from Phoenix, Ariz. Douglas was a 20-year old Ships Cook 3rd Class aboard LST 745. Poisson was one of eleven naval personnel killed in the crash of a Navy R4D (DC-3) transport plane. (Taken from Fitchburg Sentinel) (Find A Grave Memorial# 70833362)

  • JOSEPH HOWE. Joe and my Dad JIM TANSEY were great buddies since their service aboard LST 745. Joe lived in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. He was married to Irene and they had no children. Jim lived in Leominster, MA. He was married to Gladys (Caisse) Tansey and they had 2 children. (See LST 745 Homepage).
    Joe and Irene Jim and Joe Jim and Gladys