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John W. RobertsonJul 15, 2019 17:12
Re SC691 re Richard G. Ballantine of Durango,Colorado. I am living with my daughter in Douglasville, Ga. I do not recall having any contact with the 691. Thanks for letting me know you saw my post. Best regards .

John W Robertson (skinny)Jul 03, 2019 18:34
Served aboard SC693 went all through North Africa , Sicily ,
Italy(Anzio) , Southern France . Gave ship to France. Now 96 years old.

Robert SmithMay 25, 2019 17:29
My father Benjamin s Smith was a 90 day wonder, in 1944. He was on a sub chaser until end of war. I have been unable to get service records, as I can’t find a service record number. He was from Ft Myers Fl, but went to University of Mi, Ann Arbor mi. If anyone knows a person I could call to get his records, I would be very grateful.
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Bradley HallMay 07, 2019 22:52
May 27th will be the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Biak and of the SC-699’s role in it. On this day Major Katsushige Takada of the 5th Hiko Sentai crashed his Betty into the small ship, he was aiming for a larger ship nearby. They got the fires under control, two men died (aside from Takada), and the ship was out of the war for a while for repairs.

The co-pilot managed to survive and swam back to the Japanese held part of the island and told them that all planes that went out crashed on enemy ships and sank them. Japan liked this so much it had an idea.

On October 20th of the same year they officially started their Special Attack, shinpu, otherwise known as kamikazes.

If anyone wants to talk about the 699 or knows anyone who served on it, let me know, I am a fount of knowledge, have a lot of pictures, and want to know more.

Lou Ella GreenMar 18, 2019 22:41
Around 1950ish my dad’s childhood friend bought an ex-subchaser and gutted it. Apparently the engine and important stuff had already been removed but Garland Oliver and his wife, Caroline, made an interesting home out of it and lived aboard till the mid 80s. The subchaser was always fun to be associated with and was a great conversation starter. It was moored in the little town of Alviso, CA. at the southern tip of the San Francisco bay. The ship, at times, would settle on a list when the tide went out so that was usually fun. Then the bilges would constantly contain water from the silty bottom of the dock and the smell permeated everything. Lol A fond memory. I have no other information on the ship but I do know it was made worthy and towed through the SF bay to the delta where they lived for several years. It was then purchased and towed elsewhere on the delta. Unfortunately the last I heard it had sunk. I was devastated, but my childhood memories live on.

Barbara BlaskiFeb 25, 2019 08:55
Hi! My father was on Sub-Chaser 982 in WWII. I believe he was in Halsey’s fleet during the hurricane on Dec 18, 1944. My father passed in 1987 and I never got the opportunity to talk with him about his service. His name was Seymour Hoyt Thomas. If anybody knows of him and has information, I would love to hear. I have a much older half sister who is now in end stages of Alzheimers, so her niece is sending me photos, etc. One photo has name on back of Albert Hoyt Bence, who I was able to look up and see he passed in 2012 in Alabama. Any info would be so welcome. Thank you.

Al MelcherDec 25, 2018 13:24
Here’s a wish to all for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from this 99 year old sole survivor of the original crew of the SC506.

Geoffrey McNewDec 22, 2018 04:33
....so, they got him back for Korea and made him the Navigator of the AH-12 HAVEN

GeoffreyMcNewDec 22, 2018 04:28
My Father, LT William McNew USNR (Ret) was the XO on the SC1020. He brought it back from Shanghai to San Diego...and, he vowed to never go on blue water again in anything under 600'.

Bruce H. LaVigne Plankhoder SC749 deceased 12/2/2017Nov 10, 2018 21:49
Have found treasure photos od SC749 from Quincy MA til 1943 Also have ineresting letter Bruce wrote leaving Atlantic, thru Panama and joining Sumner (Irving Johnson) surveying Coral Sea Original native photos used 1n Nqtional Geographic 1947 article Will be so pleased to get info to any other families Bruce was born in 1921 so am not too optimistic for other members. Lots of crew photos that I hope will find hoes. Joan LaVigne

Al MelcherNov 04, 2018 21:39
Today is my 99th birthday. I am the last survivor of the original crew of the SC 506 that was built in early 1942 by Luders Marine Construction Co..Stamford,CT.

For the past seven months I’ve been living in a small senior care facility in Clovis, CA. I have a large private room with an attached bath and excellent care by the staff 24/7 to make sure I have everything that I want or need. I’m very fortunate to be spending my senior years here and am grateful that my youngest son Don was able to arrange it.

Arthur JacobsAug 23, 2018 06:42
ALSO WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM FAMILY OF CHARLES THE RADIOMAN ON THE SC 691 FROM OHIO ?
AND OTHERS FROM NEW ENGLAND , CONNECTICUT FAMILY ALSO SC 691!
MAYBE A REUNION OF FAMILY MEMBERS IS IN ORDER

ARTHUR J. JACOBSAug 23, 2018 06:32
SON OF CBM MELVIN J. JACOBS !
CORRECTION REQUIRED TO PAST ENTRY !
NAME CORRECTION ID IS MELVIN J. JACOBS NOT AS PRINTED IN SC 691 NEWS BOUY E. MIDDLE NAME IS JOHN ,,,J. NOT E. !
SERVED UNDER CRENSHAW AND ARTHUR A. BALLENTINE ! SERVED UP TO THE TRANSFER OF SC 691 TO THE FRENCH NAVY ! MANY STORIES TO HAVE BEEN TOLD ! THE NIGHT OF PHOSPHORESCENT WAKE AND THE NAZI BOMBERS OVERHEAD HAVING A PERFECT TARGET OF THE SC 691 THRU WAKE ID WITH BOMBS LANDING STRADDLING THE PORT AND STBD SIDES ALTERNATELY , CLOSE CALLS SO TERRIFYING
AND SWIFTLY LEADING TO UNDERSTANDING OF THOSE ON THE BRIDGE AT THE TIME ALONG WITH THE CAPTAIN AND MY FATHER AND OTHERS THE IMMEDIATE SITUATION AND THE CORRECTION TO RUN FROM FULL SPEED AND NUMEROUS COURSE CHANGES TO SLOWING DOWN TO A CRAWL TO REDUCE THE WAKE TO ENABLE THE REVEALING LUMINATING WAKE SEEN OVERHEAD BY THE BOMBERS AS A LARGE SHIP TARGET OR THAT SUBCHASER CRUISING AT FLANK SPEED TO BE NOT VISIBLE AND SAVING THE ENTIRE CREW FTOM ANNIHILATION ! ALSO THE INCIDENT WHERE THE SC 691 GOT ITS PROPS CAUGHT IN A MINE’S CABLE AND MY FATHER AND ANOTHER CREW MEMBER HAD TO GO OVER THE SIDE TO ATTEMPT AND SUCCEED NUMEROUS TIMES AND AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO REMOVE THE CABLE FROM THE PROP ! ANOTHER OPERATION THEY RETURNED TO THEIR HOME PORT TO FIND THAT OTGER WARSHIPS AND CRAFTS AND SC’S WERE BOMBED , DESTROYED ALONG WITH THE DEAD BODIES AS EVIDENCE TO THE HORRORS OF WAR SO CLOSE AS THEY HAD BEEN GIVEN AN ASSIGNMENT ACCEPTED BY SC 691 TO GO OUT OF THE HARBOR ONLY TO BE SAVED BY THIS DECISION , SPARED DEATH OF ALL HANDS !
ANOTHER STORY RELATED BY MY FATHER IN NORTH AFRICA, THE EYES OF THOSE GERMAN SOLDIERS ,POWS BEING HELD BEHIND BARBED WIRE BEING SO SINISTER AND THECREAL.ENEMY UP CLOSE ! THE ARABS SO SLY AND NO TELLING WHETHER SPYS , AND THE UNCERTAINY OF WHICH SIDE THEY REALLY WERE ON ! A COMMANDO RAID ON A COAST OF FRANCE OR ITALY I CAN’T REMEMBER CLEARLY WHICH BUT KNOW IT WAS COMLPETED WITH
DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR. AS CAPTAIN OF HIS PT BOAT AND OTHERS ALONG WITH THE SC’S AS WRITTEN IN HIS MEMOIRS OF ,
“ IT WAS A HELL OF A WAR ” ! ALSO NIGHT ACTION OFF VENOTENE AND THE REVEALING SEARCHLIGHTS AT RISK OF MAKING THEIR SECRET NIGHT ACTION VISIBLE TO THE GERMAN GUNS ! THERE WERE MANY DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THINKING OF HOME AND THE WIFE AND PLANS FOR THE FUTURE AND THE NECESSARY WAR TIME CENSORSHIP OF ALL CORRESPONDENCE TO AND FROM HOME !

Carol Wallace JonesJul 22, 2018 02:20
Hello, I appreciate all of the work you and your father have put in on making this site available. It’s so valuable to those of us who long to know more about our loved ones who have passed. My Dad was on Subchaser 744 which was highlighted in Chapter 18 of Splinter Fleet. He was a radioman, Cliff Elton Wallace from Minerva, Texas. I have a letter he wrote to my Mother telling her of the episode in the Leyte Gulf.

Jim HawverMay 14, 2018 01:24
Hi Al,
God Bless you!
Before my time, my dad bought a subchaser after the war and used it to haul freight back and forth from Cuba and South America.I love reading about them and the men that served on them.

Al MelcherApr 20, 2018 12:12
On this day in 1942, the PC 506 departed Luders shipyard in Stamford, CT for the Brooklyn Navy yard for outfitting and commissioning. It was a beautiful spring day with calm seas crossing Long Island Sound. Aboard were 22 enlisted men and 2 officers. I was a 22 year old yeoman third class and am the sole survivor of the original crew. I recently moved from my home in Rancho Murieta CA to a senior care home in Clovis, CA at the age of 98.

MarshallFeb 17, 2018 15:40
I purchased SC 1372 (Cairdeas) May 2017. She is currently being reoutfited for luxury charter. All the systems have been overhauled and now exterior is being restored and a completely new interior added.

Scott HarrisFeb 15, 2018 21:07
My father served on a subchaser in WWII as a signalman. I’m fascinated by the history of these ships - wish someone would make a movie about them someday. I tried to find a record of exactly which ship my dad served on but, so far, have had no luck. Does anybody have a great source for finding that out?

Tom SankowskiFeb 11, 2018 19:02
I recevied an e-mail today from someone wanting info about SC-1029,to my horror I somehow erased the mail. If you tried to make contact with me PLEASE write again. I am so sorry.

Richard BorhamJan 20, 2018 06:12
God Bless all the brave sailors who served aboard Subchasers.....and God Bless all the brave men and women who served the war effort.

Jeff O’MalleyJan 06, 2018 13:54
Hi!
My father, G.F. O’Malley, was on 520, then 723. I have many crew photos, and no way to connect. Are there others who would like to join a FB group to post photos and stories?

Jeff

Al MelcherDec 25, 2017 11:06
As a 98 year old sole survivor of the original crew of the
SC-506,I wish to extend my best wishes to other veterans and their families for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Christine MansfieldNov 11, 2017 13:12
On this veteran’s day, 11/11/17, I’m thinking of my father, Marshall Mansfield who served as a coxswain under LIEUT A.A. Ballantine Jr. aboard the U.S.S. SC-691. I remember the deep and abiding affection he had for all members of the crew and he considered them, in a very real way, his mates. He didn’t say much but his eyes always reflected a fierce, unwavering commitment to the men he served with.

I am grateful for this forum where the decedents of these men my father loved so much can read my words and hear my gratitude. The solidarity and dedication the crew of the SC -691 had for each other and their country had such an effect on my father that he carried it through his life and passed it on to his children.

Thank you, Christine Mansfield Germanotta

Arthur JacobsAug 02, 2017 23:12
MELVIN J.JACOBS CBM SC 691!
LIKE TO CONTACT RICHARD BALLENTINE SON OF ARTHUR BALLENTINE, IF POSSIBLE,

Arthur JacobsAug 02, 2017 23:09
ADD THIS CORRECTION TO CREW LIST!
MY FATHER CBM MELVIN JACOBS MIDDLE INITIAL IS “J.”! THAT STANDS CORRECTED MELVIN J . JACOBS MY FATHER PASSED AWAY IN DECEMBER 1998 SURVIVED THAT TIME HIS WIFE FROM DURING THAT WAR TIME AND FIVE SONS PRESENTLY!

April WickerJul 01, 2017 14:07
Robert Virgil Bennett - SC536 April 1942-February 1945 - My brother and I have documents relating to this period of service if anyone is interested.

Russell HillJun 07, 2017 15:51
Mr Melcher my Dad was on the SC504 from April 1942 to Nov. 1943 which went to Tuglagi in the Solomon Island. This boat was built in Maine and was there when PT109 Kennedy boat was sunk. PT’s and SC were both ported at Tulagi across for Henderson Air Strip. He was tranfered to the USS Caution Minesweeper which was futher north closer to Japan from Dec 43 to April 45 then Brozos which picked troops in France.

Al MelcherApr 23, 2017 19:31
Seventy five years ago today the first two subchasers, PC505 and PC506 built by Luders Marine Construction Co. left Stamford, Connecticut and proceeded to Brooklyn Navy Yard for outfitting and commissioning. I was a Yeoman, 3rd class, 22 years old, assigned to the PC506. Later the designation for the 110 foot wooden hull subchasers was changed to SC to distinguish them from the 173 foot steel hull PCs (Patrol Craft). There were 22 enlisted men and 2 officers aboard each ship, later increased to 24 and 3. After commissioning we were assigned to convoy duty between New York and Cape May, New Jersey and later between Key West, Florida and Port of Spain, Trinidad. In the fall of 1942 I was transferred to Washington, DC for Naval Intelligence training. I remained in the Naval Reserve until the late 1950s when I retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. I now live near Sacramento, CA.

Gregory FredericksonApr 18, 2017 18:12
Greetings, sailors. My Grandfather, Richard J. Wallace, served on Subchasers during WW1 out of New York City. They would escort the merchant ships up to Canada so they could form up for convoys.He was a Quartermaster 2nd class but always refereed to him self as a 'Fleet Quartermaster' and would tell me stories at bed time about his adventures at sea. Storms, depth charges coming loose and washing clothes by dragging them behind the ship in the prop wash. He went against the wishes of his father and joined the Navy when the United States entered WW1. His stories inspired me later in life to join the Navy and spend six years as a blue water sailor.

Richard BallantineMar 31, 2017 20:59
Bob Rawlings, a supply officer then XO of SC 648, died on March 24, 2017 in Pueblo, Colorado. He was 92.
Rawlings was the long time publisher of his family’s newspaper, The Pueblo Chieftain, where he advocated strongly for issues important to southern and southeastern Colorado, including water, education, jobs, sports teams and rail service.
According to his obituary, while Rawlings was aboard the SC 648 for a year and a half the ship participated in events at or visited ports at Leyte Gulf, Mindanao, Subic Bay and Brunei Bay and Kurchink in Borneo.
Rawlings interrupted his education at Colorado College to join the U.S. Navy for officer training.
The SC 648 was made famous of course by Ted Treadwell who was its CEO for nine months and who featured it his book Splinter Fleet. Treadwell created this wonderful web site.

Al Melcher (SC 506)Mar 04, 2017 22:37
According to the #Note,the previous entry should be removed.
“Guestbook entries which are of a commercial nature and/or unrelated to subchasers or patrol craft will be removed.”

Now is the time webmaster. Thank you....Al

Frederick StonehouseFeb 11, 2017 22:15
Help!

I am writing a book about the Great Lakes during WW II. As you know many of the PCs were built on the lakes at Defoe and Leathem Smith yards amongothers.

1129 (Defoe) was sunk by a Japanese suicide boat during the Philippines operation. I know there were causalities but can’t find a number (KIA/WIA).

Can you direct me to a source for the number?
.
The same is true for the 1261 (Leathem) sunk off Normandy during the invasion.

I would like to include the information as a way of honoring their sacrifice.

Thanks for your help..

Richard WeihingFeb 02, 2017 21:32
Searching for any information about the crew of SC-1046.

MarkJan 31, 2017 07:02
Hi Dale
It’s crazy that I come across this post tonight. I was just doing some seaching on the SC-1057. I use to be a deckhand on her when she was a fishing boat named the Palace II during the 80’s out of Hoboken NJ. What other parts did you find from her. It’s sad to see what happen to her. Had a lot of good times on that boat. Sure do miss her. I wish the camera technology was around back then, would have a lot of good pics of her.

daleJan 30, 2017 20:21
Does anyone know if there is a museam for the sc 1057? I know where the screws and and some other things things off of her Hull is.

David DuryeaJan 04, 2017 02:58
I am looking for any information on the SC-506 in WW2. My father served on it.

Thank you

Daniel MacDonaldDec 21, 2016 21:50
Researching my Dad’s vessel, SC 1333, based out of Key West during WWII. I am interested in who might be his shipmates, other boats from Key West, campaigns, and essentially any information that can be compiled. Understand that they looked for the German U-Boats throughout the Caribbean. I have some photos that can be shared. My Dad was the BM1 on the SC 1333. Also any links to other sites would help. Thank You.

Jeff DankertDec 08, 2016 05:21
My uncle, Willard Dankert, served with the Navy from 1941-46. He was with USS Detroit CL-8 in Pearl Harbor. From Nov 1942 to Aug 1944 he was stationed on a sub chaser, SC-635. He boarded in Miami. After sub-chaser duty, he was stationed on USS Santee CVE-29 until discharge in 1946.

Betsy L HendrixDec 04, 2016 18:30
My father, Frank O. Hendrix, from Tobaccoville, NC (outside of Winston-Salem) was on the PC553 during D-Day Normandy. He was a radio sonarman 2nd class. Over the years he relayed experiences. The one thing that bothered him the most, I believe, was watching the soldiers drowning due to their gear. They were hollering and praying and yelling “Mama! Mama!” and “Help me God!”. It was the most heart wrenching experience because the PC553 could only pick up the ones close to the ship. I would like to get in contact with other veterans who were on this ship. My father died in 2008.

Mark MNov 15, 2016 17:54
I rode on the Nevada lady in the 1960s which was a 100 ft subchaser yacht conversion that sailed out of SF Bay. It had the Pancake diesels and variable pitch props. Went from SF to Half Moon bay and back over a weekend. Does anyone know what became of the Nevada Lady? It was owned by a man who owned some radio broadcast stations. There was another 110 ft subchaser hulk that seems to be omitted from this site’s list that was derelict for years in Tomales Bay CA (into the 1970s) tied up at the Vilicich Boat Yard at Marshall. The yard owners eventually towed it to the west side of the bay, beached and burned it which got them in trouble with the National Park Service.

Bradley HallOct 13, 2016 00:38
I think the guest book is the only thing updated now.

Rick CopelandOct 11, 2016 00:53
I just discovered that SC-1372 M/V Cairdeas is for sale by Hansen Yacht Sales in Seattle WA. for $104,000. Very nice pictures.

Is there someone who updates the status on the Hulls Still Afloat web-page?

Al Melcher (SC 506)Sep 23, 2016 22:06
Is there some way that this “garbage” like the latest entry can be blocked?

Daniel ClohosseyAug 03, 2016 00:20
Have posted before - Dad (Edward Clohossey) was a radioman on SC1349 1943-46, patrolling US East coast then served in the Pacific eg Invasion of Okinawa. Recently visited 3 crewmates of my Dad’s, 2 in Ohio and 1 in North Carolina. They are the Greatest Generation. Welcome any contact from anyone connected to SC1349 and can offer tips for those researching other ships.

John WoodsJul 06, 2016 16:08
I just finally got my father’s service records from WWII. He talked often of the South Pacific and serving on a Sub Chaser. He was on SC 995. Is there any way I can get the records of the daily logs for this ship? Are there any other crew members out there?

Al Melcher (SC 506)Jun 27, 2016 22:52
Is there a way to block these annoying unrelated messages that appear periodically on this site that is devoted to those of us who served on the SCs and their relatives and friends?

Robert Wiley RobinsonMay 30, 2016 00:16
I served on the SC1040 in the South Pacific from 1942 to 45 and have never been able to find any info on the 1040 -- except had contact from Don Hagin’s son Michael a few years ago. Would like to have any other contact info.

Bradley HallMay 28, 2016 01:08
Those of you who are visiting this site because of Memorial Day, please ignore the spam that is posted below (unless it has been removed when you arrive). Many people patrol this site for news of shipmates or to connect with people who have questions. We’re a good community of real people. So if you are or know someone who served on a sub chaser, someone here probably knows them, or knows enough to point you in a direction to learn more.

Jeff BondsFeb 11, 2016 17:12
My dad who died in 2010 served in the Navy from 1939 to 1959. His name was Eugene C. Bonds. In 1943 he served on the SC-669. I’m not sure if he was aboard when she sank the Japanese u boat but I would like to know. When he retired in 1959 he was an SKC but at the time he served on the SC-669 he was possibly a lower enlisted rank. If anyone out there remembers him, I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

Al MelcherFeb 03, 2016 23:26
74 years ago this week, on February 5, 1942, I was a 22 year old member of one of two crews assigned to the SC505 and SC506 that boarded a ferry in San Francisco to take us to Oakland. There we boarded a Western Pacific Railroad train to begin our cross-country trip to Stamford, Conn. Because there were about 40 of us, the railroad assigned a Pullman car for our exclusive use. Most of us were new reservists but there were a few regular navy veterans. I had reported for active duty only a month earlier. The ships were being built by a well-known yacht builder, Luders Marine Construction Co. under a contract with the US Navy. I was a yeoman 3rd class assigned to the SC506. Another yeoman was assigned to the SC505. The route was through the Feather River Canyon across northern US to Chicago where our car was switched to the New York Central Railroad. After arriving at Grand Central Station our car was switched to the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad for the trip to Stamford where they disconnected our car and put it on a siding. Someone phoned the shipyard and four of the ship’s officers, the captains and executive officers of each came to the station. Our arrival was premature and unexpected because the ships were still under construction. Since there were no accommodations, we were given an allowance for subsistence and quarters and were able to find rooms for rent and a local diner for our meals. The proprietor of “Charlie’s Diner” was so happy with the sudden increase in business that we were given a discount. The ships were not completed until mid April, then we took them to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for outfitting and commissioning.

Please refer to my earlier entry on this site dated February 11, 2008 for details of our assignment after commissioning.

Judy HolbrookJan 24, 2016 02:21
My father was an officer and acting skipper aboard SC-1372. I am looking for any shipmates or information to share with my Dad. I know about Cairdeas but am wondering who or what else might be known. We do not have a good original photo. Thanks for any help!

Brad HallJan 07, 2016 14:17
I wrote an article a couple of years ago about the submarine chaser 699. A few days ago, the rights reverted back to me.

I have since placed the article up for sale on Amazon as an ebook (you don’t need a Kindle to read it). I do plan on offering it on Barnes & Noble as well other places soon.

Here is a link to the Amazon page:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A9HMSVC

MICHAEL TARPEYDec 28, 2015 22:21
My father Vincent Tarpey served on the USS Nester. He died in 1990. If anyone has any pictures of the crew or information on a personal level that would cool. Thanks

David BrandtDec 24, 2015 15:59
My father, Herbert A. Brandt served on SC 1354 until the European war concluded and was transferred to SC 1069 for the South Pacific war. He served as Second Lt. Anyone with knowledge about either ship?

Cindy PridmoreNov 29, 2015 02:34
My dad, Robert H. Pridmore, served on SC650 during WWII. He just turned 92 and would love to hear from anyone who may have known him. He lives in Northern California and has the ship’s bell that he received when the ship was decommissioned in the Philippines at the end of the war. He also has a picture of the ship.

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Margy Campbell LamereSep 20, 2015 10:44
My dad, Robert A. Campbell, was first officer, then commander of SC-981 off New Guinea during WW II: 1942-1944. His scrapbook is amazing, with photos, letters, cables, orders etc. If anyone served as part of his crew, I’d love to hear from them.

Stanley D. Rogers RM1 (Ret.)Sep 07, 2015 03:20
Was assigned to PCS 1385, USS Hollidaysburg, at US Navy and
Marine Corps Training Center, Toledo, Ohio1967-1970 and
made one Great Lakes cruise on her. Good times.

Leroy Loren McFallSep 02, 2015 22:00
SC1363 - I guess it will resonate in my mind for ever. My Father, Leroy Loren McFall was a Coxwain on the 1363. And of course when Dad came home, I was old enough to enjoy the stories of the Pacific Battles. Now that I have served I fully understand comradeship that was common. I think of WWII as one of our countries greatest accomplishments not to be repeated. As many, my father is with his crew now, on Subchaser 1363.

A Man! Bless them all!

Michael HaginsAug 24, 2015 21:45
Posted a number of years ago. My Father Donald Hagins was a GM on board the SC-1040 from late 43 through the end of the war. He turns 91 this October 2015.

Mike ThompsonAug 13, 2015 02:18
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Cathy GriffinAug 06, 2015 23:19
My sister and I are looking for any surviving WWII veterans from the USS Lizardfish 373 from 1943 to the end of the war, for our 92 year old father, Earl Nagel. Thank you

Al MelcherAug 04, 2015 22:09
I just received word that Jim Brown, another member of the crew of the SC 506, passed away in July. He reported aboard after I was transferred to Naval Intelligence in the fall of 1942 so we never met. May he rest in peace.

I remain in reasonably good health while approaching the age of 96 and am still living near Sacramento, CA.

Denise (Luessen) DerschJul 30, 2015 01:06
My father, Harry W. Luessen, served on the U.S. SC-709 which went aground in the Louisbourg harbor, Nova Scotia, Canada on January 21, 1943. Families of survivors, please contact me at 856-467-1954.

Denise (Luessen) DerschJul 30, 2015 01:05
My father, Harry W. Luessen, served on the U.S. SC-709 which went aground in the Louisbourg harbor January 21, 1943. Families of survivors, please contact me at 856-467-1954.

Mark K SmithJul 02, 2015 03:41
America has just lost another true American Hero, ROGER B. SABOE died June 20th, 2015 of Allentown, PA.
Mr. Saboe served alongside the crew including my late father Carl D. Smith on the SC-1039 and his memory shall never be forgotten.

Al MelcherJun 19, 2015 18:50
Webmaster:

How about removing those “hacker” ads on here and then block them so they can’t post any more?

Thank you.

Jeff YorkJun 11, 2015 18:24
My father, age 87 and still living at the time of this writing (11 June 2015) in Waco, Texas, was Huey (“Hugh”) Wilburn York and he served as a radioman/radio operator on the USS SC 658. He enlisted in Texas, October, 1944, shortly after turning 17, and served 19 months. He said that he didn’t experience combat.

Sad to say that he is dying from cancer of the tonsils and will probably be gone by the end of July. --Jeff York writing from Houston, Texas

Rosanne hoecherlMay 19, 2015 23:28
M y father was on SC 748 in the Atlantic and later on SC 699 in the Pacific. He is 90 years old but remembers the day the Japanese plane hit the ship like it was yesterday. He was thrown into the ocean and later rescued. He has a photo of his burning 699 that was taken by the rescue ship. He joined the navy in April 1942 and was discharged in 1946. From 699 he went to pgm 28 and saw lots of action around new guinea, new britain, manila, guam, Philippines. when the war ended he was on a mine sweeper around japan. He loved the navy and the guys he served with.

Daniel ClohosseyMay 17, 2015 22:19
Updating prior information relating to my father, Edward A. Clohossey, RM 2/c on SC-1349. Have been in touch recently with 3 crewmembers, Bill Reed and Frank Brock (Ohio) and Frank Sisk (North Carolina). Am also seeking information on Hon. Richard J. Cardamone, who was an Ensign/Officer at the end of SC-1349’s service. Bill Reed recently confirmed that 1349 was scuttled in the Marianas Trench off of Guam on June 20, 1946. Happy to hear from any SCers, most especially SC-1349.

Terry C SunderlandMay 07, 2015 14:40
My Father was in the engine room of the USS Alcyone (43-45) I have been looking for photos of him on his ship, any help would be greatly cherrished, I have been tring to research His service aborad this ship for a very long time thanks to all. and from my heart THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR VETS PAST-PRESENT-FUTURE WE AS A NATION COULD NEVER REPAY YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR SACRIFICE. THANK YOU

Thomas McLeanApr 19, 2015 01:38
Was on the sc664 in 1944. transferred to YMS as EM2. While on the 664 we went to WA,DC and escorted USS Potomac down the river with RFD on the presidents yacht to a battle ship out in the Chesepeak Bay. RFD met Churchill, Stalin and Chian Ka Check in Potsdam. We stayed at sea until the news of their arrival was noted on the radio and papers.

Ruth KendallMar 26, 2015 01:58
This is an odd request - I am trying to determine whether a sailor on a minesweeper (YMS 98) which was lost on 16 Sept, 1945, should be considered a “casualty” of wwII. (Trying to justify adding his name to a local monument.) So, if anyone could give me a casualty on SC 632 which was lost on same day, I can use that information to push my cause a bit more. Surrender was signed 2 Sept.1945 and I am guessing this 2 week time difference is the reason my sailor was not considered a casualty of the war. If anyone has any suggestions to further my search, would appreciate information. Thanks

Dave LarsonMar 20, 2015 16:47
My Grandfather was a sailor on SC 731 during the War. I recently recieved pictures he took and developed on the ship.

Dave C.Mar 14, 2015 16:20
Dad was a subchaser sailor off Greenland in WW II. SC 689.

Jim HawverFeb 14, 2015 23:46
If anyone wants to write, the email address is incorrect in my previous post.
Thanks Jim

Jim HawverFeb 14, 2015 16:06
My father bought a Gov. surplus copper clad Canadian built sub chaser,just after the war. Named it the AL&AL, kept it at the St Pete yacht basin. in Florida. He converted it to a freighter and made runs to Cuba and South America.Lost it on Chincura ? reef a number of years later. If anyone has any stories or information about the ship,I would love to hear them.

Monte Bradford, Jr.Jan 03, 2015 05:06
My Dad, Monte Bradford, was an officer on the SC 1326 in 1945. I apologize for changing my email address so many times when commenting in years past here (hope I didn’t miss any communications)--the above address is active, and would love to hear from the kids and grandkids of those who served on the 1326. I have several pics of the ship and crew, sent to me graciously several years ago by Mr. Emile Canncienne, for those who might like to see. Thanks.

John Robertson (skinny)Dec 11, 2014 17:58
I served on SC693 and SC 978 in med. I am now 91. Anybody out there serve on one of these? Did all of Africa, Sicily, Italy, Anzio, Southern France, then gave ships to France. specially remember Palermo.
I was on flying bridge at night outside Palermo and a torpedo bomber dropped a torpedo that went right under us amidship but it was too low for our 6.5 ft. Draft. I still fear the fear when I think f watching it come toward us. I knew I was dead but then it missed us.

Bradley HallOct 30, 2014 22:03
It’s me again. My grandfather served on the Submarine Chaser 699. If your loved one served on this ship, please contact me, I would love to share stories and pictures and information. This was an awesome ship (as they all were).

William CaseOct 25, 2014 13:52
I went through SCTC, Miami, FL, (1943) was MoMM 2/c. convoy escort duty from New York or Boston to Iceland and/or Caribbean. Then we put PC through shakedown & gave it to Brazil.Finally we got PC 1236 and continued same duty from New York/Boston to Cuba, until VE Day. Then took PC 1236 to Marshal-Gilbert Islands in South Pacific until we went home in 1946.

Phil RothmanOct 20, 2014 17:56
disregard any other messages on list. This is the latest and correct e-mail address to reach me. Crew member WW2, SC690, with Capt. J. Platz and Exec. Trickey, an duty in the Med. Ship turned over to the French in late 1944.

ChristianOct 13, 2014 15:46
A picture of some nice hulls;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25721684@N00/15240701349/in/set-72157632269542118

amy m lameyOct 12, 2014 03:39
Wow, was just wondering if anyone knew who LT.Floyd “dixie”Howell or as I. Would call him Grandpa Floyd Dixie"a Howell on a Sub Chaser out of Key West?? Very proud of him. Always telling me he never regretted anything he did... Love him

Timothy EdwardsOct 11, 2014 22:32
My grandfather, Donald Edwards, was on the SC-1012. Unfortunately, I don’t know much information about his time of service on this ship. If anyone knew him or knew someone that served with him, please contact me. I’d love to hear about his experiences.

Phil RothmanOct 11, 2014 18:19
Served aboard SC690 in the Med under Capt. J. Platz and Exec
J.Trickey This will be my final search for crew members or relatives.

Daytona Maritime MuseumSep 28, 2014 13:49
Daytona Beach Boat Works built 17 Subchasers in WWII:
SC668,
SC669,
SC694,
SC695,
SC696,
SC697,
SC1302,
SC1303,
SC1304,
SC1305,
SC1306,
SC1307,
SC1308,
SC1484,
SC1485,
SC1486, and
SC1487
Our Museum would appreciate hearing your or your family’s stories and any photos of the Sailors and the Subchasers you’d be willing to share with us.
Thank you.
www.daytonamaritimemuseum.org

Tim Mc HughSep 24, 2014 17:10
I asked my father, U.S. Naval Armed Guard Gunner, what the closest he ever came to “buying the farm” was. He said he had been drinking Chianti and playing cards on board another vessel tied up near his own ship, the S.S. Lou Gehrig. He left about ten minutes before German bombers came over the port and obliterated the boat he had just left. I found out years later that it was the Sub Chaser 694 in the port of Palermo on August 23rd, 1943. Every thing in my research backed his story even down the the pier or quay he was walking down when th4e bombers struck.

ChristianSep 24, 2014 17:01
Sub Chaser model hulls. In addition to the 1/32 Microglass hull you can now buy this hull in 1/72nd, 1/48th and 1/24th scales at www.mtbhulls.co.uk

Richard G. BallantineSep 11, 2014 18:48
Tom Brady, you have set a high bar! A photo album set to music is a first for this site!
Wonderful photos. That’s a bi-winged plane that came apart on the surface of the ocean? And a shark hanging from the SC’s bow!
Thanks.
Richard G. Ballantine
whose father served on the SC691

Tom BradySep 10, 2014 21:22
I have uploaded pictures and video of my grandfather’s subchaser’s from his service during WWI. SC355 and SC284 William Manville O’Connor and Clyde A. “Cody” Carlsen" Collection. Here’s is the link to a FB page: https://www.facebook.com/SC355SubchaserCarlsenOConnor?ref=hl

Phil RothmanAug 17, 2014 17:00
Anyone, crew member or relative, who served aboard SC690, please contact at e-mail" " . package_email_address("Phern2426@gmail.com")
I served with an amazing crew in The Med., for about one year, until our ship was given over to the French Navy,
late in 1944. Capt.Platz was skipper, Lt. Trickey was exec.
I was RM2/C Disregard any previous messages.

Jim McLaughlinAug 02, 2014 14:35
My father, James M. McLaughlin USCG Academy Class of '41, was ordered 6 July 1942 “to temporary duty on the PC-527 during the trial runs of that vessel” On 17 July 1942, he was “ detached from further temporary duty under the Commander Greenland Patrol. Report to that officer for assignment to duty as Commanding Officer, PC-527.”

The SC-527 spent the next 11 months serving in Greenland waters. Dad was relieved from this assignment when the 527 returned to Boston in June 1943. Dad was a career officer, retiring in 1972 at Governors Island NY. Dad passed away in May 1992.
Semper Peratus

Ken S.Jul 26, 2014 13:03
An excellent website and I read and own the books your dad wrote outstanding.

Anne WheelockJul 22, 2014 17:06
Seventy years ago, on July 21, 1944, the SC-1326 was operating as a control ship during the invasion of Guam when she was hit and damaged. Five of the 24 crew members were killed: William Carlin, yeoman; Eugene Cherry, steward; Jim Economides, SOM2, Billy Graef, SEA2, and Raymond Link, SEA2.

My father, Howe Wheelock, from Larchmont, NY, was Commanding Officer; he served in this role from Feb. 5, 1944 until September 1944, when Emile Cancienne, from New Castle, Louisiana, moved up from Exec. to CO. Bill Johnson, from Valley Stream, NY, was the third officer at Guam and had been with the ship since February 1944. He had never been at sea before arriving in the Pacific.

Ted Treadwell describes the Guam action in his “Splinterfleet” book. Emile Cancienne also wrote his own account of the day, as did a reporter for the Baltimore Sun who was on board. I am now writing a narrative of my father’s months on the SC-1326 from June 1943 to September 1944 based on letters he sent to his mother and sister during that time. I will include his personal report of what happened at Guam along with the information I have about each of the men killed there.

I will also include a postscript to this action based on letters I have from the families of the men killed. It may interest some readers of this website.

It seems that the last date the men could send letters home before leaving Eniwetok for the Marianas was July 14, 1944, and each of the SC-1326 crew killed had sent a letter home dated that day. So imagine the shock of the families when they received official notice from the United States Navy that their sons had died on July 12, 1944. None of them believed it! Why should they? They had evidence in their sons' own handwriting that they’d been alive on July 14, two days later.

Well, it seems that a typographical error in the Navy’s communications to the families gravely misled them. The men had died on July 21, not July 12. But the families, not knowing this, and having only official word their sons had died on the 12th, all wrote my father asking him to explain what had happened and to confirm or deny the death of their sons. All hoped, of course, that he would tell them the official notice they’d received had been a mistake. And it was, but it was the date, not the harsh reality, that was in error. And so my father replied to each family. I don’t believe anything in their training prepared young officers for such a task.

My father never forgot the men who died on the SC-1326, and after the war he visited those families who had invited him to do so. Later he honored the men with a flag he bought for his hometown church. I am happy that some of my father’s SC-1326 shipmates are remembered in his letters. Each has his own story. I would be happy to hear from anyone familiar with the ship.

Daniel ClohosseyJul 19, 2014 11:52
Additional info re SC1349. Learned from correspondence that 1349 travelled from East Coast through Panama Canal to Pacific theater roughly Sept 1944 with SC 1338 and SC 1341. Would be interested if anyone has other info related to any of these three members of the Splinter Fleet. I also have a list of the original crew of 1349 including Navy Service No.'s and ranks per commissioning orders of 10/25/43, if anyone is interested.

Billie J MancilJul 19, 2014 00:28
More details about J R Mancil. SC 515 departed from South Carolina in 1941 and sent to North Atlantic. Mancil stayed aboard SC 24 months before being sent to Guam-South Pacific theater where he moved from gunner to cook.

Billie J MancilJul 19, 2014 00:13
Looking for information on father J R Mancil-Navy gunner statioed in France aboard SC 515 about 1941 to 1943. SC sent to Guam during Pacific theater.

Daniel ClohosseyJun 26, 2014 00:08
Since my last entry of a few weeks ago, I’ve contacted 3 crewmen from SC-1349 (my Dad’s ship). They are Bill Reed, Frank Sisk and Frank Brock. I’ve also obtained photos of the crew in Dec 1945, various informal photos of crewmembers and a photo of SC1349 from its commissioning in 1943. If anyone is interested in crew info or SC1349, please be in touch.

Marcia DownsJun 12, 2014 23:18
I just found a picture of my dad’s ship being sunk. Sub Chaser # 521. My dad was washed over board and was circled by other ships for 4 hours before one was able to pick him up. It happened during a storm July 9, 1945. It says 380 north and east of Guadalcanal. My dad is still alive and tells this story if asked. I have some pictures of other men. Their names (as best I can tell) Cecil Rogers, Frankfort KY Bob Halsey Cheney, KS, Dale Piermain, Bob Hilcken, Edgewater, NJ, Izzie Klien, Boss Evanstan, IL former sports writer from Detroit, Antonio Coloviita, Binghamton, NY. Whitehead, Ralph Territchett McAndrews, Santa Ana CA Glen Knight, Leach, Rogers, Richardson 1946

I’ve not found an account of this incident.