USS SIGSBEE DD-502

"KAMIKAZE SURVIVOR"

OF  W.W. II  

In Desron 25
1943  TO  1945

>>April 14, 1945 - Action II . Machine gun fire was apparently hitting  . (the ZEKE KAMIKAZE) .  flames appeared from the plane about 75 yards out before it banked to the right and crashed into the fantail ! <<

[FOR ENHANCED VIEWING MAXIMIZE SCREEN & SLOWLY SCROLL TO UNDERLINED LINKS]

The tinted photo above courtesy of Mary Zimmerman

In memory of her brother Gerald P. Keller KIA April 14, 1945


   

"The Lighthouse"

 

LARGEST ASSEMBLAGE OF NAVAL POWER TG 58.1 WWII

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NEWSLETTER & PHOTO OF

       LAS VEGAS JUNE 2002 REUNION

              LV2002.htm


IN UNITY LET US REMEMBER

DECEMBER 7, 1941 AND SEPTEMBER 11, 2001

MAY WE NEVER "AGAIN" DROP OUR GUARD

GOD BLESS AMERICA

GOD BLESS THE CIVILIZED WORLD


         

                    USS SIGSBEE DD-502

                     OUR  MEMORIAL TO THOSE LOST  IN THE LINE OF DUTY         

DURING THE APRIL 14, 1945 KAMIKAZE ATTACK OFF OKINAWA

                                                 

         

They gave their lives APRIL 14, 1945 aboard the USS Sigsbee in defence of our Nation.

Burton J. Adams, S1/c ***** Guy V. Amburgey, MM2/c ***** Clayton Bryant Jr., SF1/c

Robert L. Cheety, Cox *****Carlton R. Cox, F1/c ***** Joseph W. Freeman, BM2/c

Callis C. Gwynn, S2/c ***** Joe Hagston, S1/c ***** Lt. jg George G. Hart

Joseph L. Heflin, S1/c ***** Edwin C. Hoover, F1/c ***** William O. Hudson, S2/c

Gerald P. Keller , S2/c ***** Sterling J. LeBlanc, SC3/c ***** Ensign Dick M. Lykes

Edwin F. McGraw, MM3/c ***** Ernest P. Mullen, M3/c ***** Sherman L. Millirans, F1/c

Lawrence E. Mueller, EM2/c ***** Clair E. Musser, S2/c ***** Anthony D. Sox, S1/c

Robert F. Wright, S2/c ***** Roger B. Young, F1/c

*****

Myer H. Shapiro, F1/c ***** was lost at sea July 25, 1943 as the Sigsbee and other war ships

sailed from Norfolk Virginia to the Panama Canal.


MY 30 MONTHS ON THE USS SIGSBEE DD-502

DESRON 25 - DESDIV 50

BY: WILLIAM K ROBERTS II

My Story

 Battle Action  Reports41445.htm


 PHOTO ALBUMS      

                      SIGSBEE502 PHOTOS

<http://photos.yahoo.com/billykr_y2k>

Courtesy John Mastin, William Roberts & others

Desron 25 photos by John Chiquoine, Dave Schroeder, Richard Weston & others


            SIGSBEE CREW LISTs + CONTRIBUTORS         

Photos Yahoo --Sigsbee Crew Names *12 Albums* 032102yd.html
Plank Owners (On board January 23, 1943) plankowners.html
1943-44-45 Crew Names 434445crew.html
CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS WEBSITE contrib.html                            

ARE YOU SEARCHING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT A RELATIVE OR FRIEND WHO SERVED ABOARD THE USS SIGSBEE DURING WWII?

LIST HIS NAME IN THE LOG BELOW FOR ANSWERS:

 THE SIGSBEE502 LOG


An Aegis Guided Missile Destroyer being built in Mississippi will be named in Honor of

Gordon Chung-hoon Commanding Officer of the USS Sigsbee.

 The USS Chung-hoon DDG 93 to be Christened and Launched

January 11, 2003 (Instead of December 14, 2002)

REAR ADM. GORDON P .CHUNG-HOON co.jpg
USS CHUNG-HOON DDG 93 (News Release) chungh.html

 


DDG 93 Keel Laid


PARTIAL LIST OF US DESTROYERS SUNK OR

DAMAGED BY KAMIKAZE AIRCRAFT

NEAR OKINAWA IN 1945:

LIST


DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL FIGHTING SHIPS

(The History of every Fighting ship of the US Navy)

DANFS


For detailed information on ALL Naval loses in the Western Pacific Area see "US Naval Chronology of WW II (1945)," listed under General Interest on the Navsource link below:

                                              [Image] NavSource Main Page


Places visited by the USS Sigsbee DD 502 during my Cruise aboard her:

                              [Image] places.html



BATTERED USS SIGSBEE (ABOVE) IN TOW BY 

USS MUNSEE AT-107 (OWNER ALAN MOORE, NAFTS)

0640 HOURS APRIL 15, 1945



KAMIKAZE DAMAGED USS SIGSBEE  

IN FLOATING DRYDOCK AT GUAM APRIL 1945

CREWMEN ON MAIN DECK  (at gun #5  carriage) LEFT TO RIGHT: CECIL LEAKE,

CHIEF GUNNERS MATE TOMLINSON, GERALD MCDERMOTT.

LOWER DECK LEFT TO RIGHT: ROBERT HOPPLE (hand on hip),

WILLIAM ROBERTS (head protruding from ammo hold),

GEORGE DONES,  LT jg DORN (white shirt), HARRY SCOVILLE (facing right)

(ROBERTS WAS IN 20MM AMMUNITION HOLD PASSING CASES OF 20MM AMMO UP TO

GUNNERS MATES HOPPLE AND DONES)


OTHER LINKS TO FAMILY & FRIEND'S SITES

John D Mastin Sigsbee Site http://sjkids.scottsburg.com#USS Sigsbee
Donald E. Erwin Memorial Site evans552.html
The Tin Can Sailors http://www.destroyers.org
Chuck Thompson Evans Site http://www.ussevans.org
Gale Massey  Memorial photo Album              

http://photos.yahoo.com/bc/edywr_2000/lst?.dir=/Edy+and+Bill%27s+Photos/B1/

1.+GALE+MASSEY+MEMORIAL+ALBUM&.src=ph&.view=

   

                                          


HOW TO IDENTIFY USS SIGSBEE DD-502 SHIP PHOTOS BY DATE

1. FANTAIL 40 MM GUN REPLACED WITH 3 - 20 MMs FEB 1943
2. AMERICAN FLAG WAS DISPLAYED ON NO. 2 STACK FROM JAN 1943 TO JUNE 1945
3. THE NUMBER 2 ON NO. 1 STACK WAS PLACED THERE AFTER JUNE 1945
4. TWIN 40 MM GUNS 43 AND 44 WERE MODIFIED TO QUAD MOUNTS IN JUNE, JULY 1945 AT PEARL HARBOR


"*****" ON THE WEST COAST"*****"

  USS SIGSBEE DD-502

REUNION  2003

3rd annual West Coast Reunion (planned for)

June 10 to 12, 2003 RENO, NV r

Contact: Billy Roberts,  2690 County Road V V,  Glenn, CA 95943  530 934-5229 

or E-mail: Billykr@aol.com


*****BACK  EAST*****

USS SIGSBEE DD-502

REUNION 2002

December 12 to 15, 2002

Pascagoula, MS

Contact: Marvin Green, 3836 Colonial Pkwy, Virginia Beach, Va 23452 757-340-6087


Sigsbee Veterans at The Sacramento 2001 Reunion

 PHOTO

Standing: R. Dewey, L. Fessler, G. Marchand, B. Roberts, H. Elizagaray

Sitting: ( *Aubrey Harris "dubbed in")  W. Burke, P. Huber, D. Mac Phearson

*Aubry Harris was unable to attend so ..... Billy Roberts, John Mastin & their wives

visited Aubrey at his  near-by home in Sacramento at the conclusion of the reunion


OTHER CREW LINKS + HAM RADIO CALL SIGNS + MUSIC

Epilogue DD502 by A J Pohl poem.jpg              

Frank Gaeta's LST

LST 395.html

Jerry Tucker Schatz,                               Little Rascals Photo Rascals.jpg
Jerry Tucker Schatz, W2MFW, Biography http://www.lib.umd.edu/UMS/UMCP/LAB/COLLECTIONS/schatz.html
QRZ Ham Call Signs http://www.qrz.com/callsign.html
Billy Roberts, W7DZ, Biography   WKRbiog.html

CALIFORNIA STATE OLD TIME FIDDLERS ASSOCIATION

 District 10.htm

 

 

 

GENEALOGY LINKS

ROBERTS-NEELEY- MORRIS-KNIGHT- LANDCRAFT http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=billykr&I11.x=20&I11.y=7
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THIS USS SIGSBEE DD-502 SITE IS MAINTAINED

BY

BILLY & EDY ROBERTS

SINCE OCTOBER 26, 1998


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