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Updated on December 21, 2018


This is a photo of the USS PCE 884 that my dad was on in WW II. I'm no expert on this subject. It's something I was helping my dad with before he passed away and I am going to do what I can to continue with this project. If you are on this page, I assume that it is because you have an interest in the subject. If you have information that would add to this project, I would very much appreciate your contributions. Just leave me a message in the guestbook below.

I have received messages from a few people that either served on this ship or their fathers did. I really appreciated hearing from them. If you see something on this lens that is an error, please let me know.

The photo belongs to my family.

Have You Ever Served In The Military?

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The Worst Storm Ever To Hit The Pacific Ocean

Personal Stories

The photo on the right shows all that was left of the flag after riding out the worst storm to ever hit the Pacific! (Dad is in the center)

Click on the links below to read the story of the storm as experienced by two men on the USS PCE 884. Read both accounts of riding out the worst typhoon in Pacific history.

Riding out the Worst Typhoon Ever To Hit The Pacific Ocean - Personal Stories of WW II

The following 2 reports are written by different men (shipmates, one of which is my dad) about the same storm. We discovered the Culpepper report while doing a Google search for the USS PCE 884 looking for Dad's shipmates. The Culpepper report was posted by his daughter whom we contacted. Sadly Mr Culpepper had passed away a short time before.

You may have a hard time believing this story is true, but both stories report the same experience.

Second Report of the Same Storm

This account of the typhoon is taken from a letter written home by Willie Culpepper.

PCE 884 Stories, Officers, and Crew

Visit The following Pages For for stories, a list of Officers and Crew. Hubpages will not allow me to put a link to each page, so go to the first page and click the tabs for each.

Your connection with WW II

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WW 2 US Navy Ships of the Pacific

I have not read these books, just collected the information for possible research. If you have read one of these book, please post your review in the guestbook below.

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LSTs: The Ships With The Big Mouth: Backbone of the Amphibious Force

Cajun Gee wrote that her husband served on the LST the book was about, and served the entire tour onboard with the author. She wrote that her husband never discussed the war very much, and through the authors eyes she got to see her husbands perspective of the war. her husband was also mentioned by name in the book, much to her surprise, as a member of the ships "quartet." She wrote that this iss fascinating reading, especially for a war buff or for anyone that had relatives in the war.

War Stories of the Pacific Navy

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Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific--Saipan to Guam, June-August 1944

June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge U.S. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men. After the U.S. victory in the Marianas campaign, the road to Tokyo was clearly in sight.

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Have You Ever Been In The Navy?

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The Old Navy: A Heart of Oak- Stories, Ships and Sailors of the Us Sailing Navy

One customer called The Old Navy "A History Lover's Masterpiece!"

"Harry Beahr, Jr. and Christopher Price have accomplished something special with this writing. They have documented the birth of the oak-hulled U.S. Sailing Navy with text-book accuracy, while never losing sight of the compelling human drama that the heartiest of sailing souls endured."

Another customer wrote "If you, or someone you care about is a sailing afficianado - or a sea-lover of any kind - The Old Navy must be in their collection.
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"a fantastic snapshot of nautical history - drawing attention to terms and conditions that have endured and remain a part of the modern sailors' vernacular"

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    • patinkc profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Midwest

      @Slaterdoc: Thanks for the info. I didn't know about that.

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      5 years ago

      Your Dad's ship is still afloat in the Philippines! Since they no longer use her, maybe they would give her back! She, along with PCE-853 are sitting in Cavite. We don't even have one of these brave and historic vessels in the US!

    • patinkc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Midwest

      @aquarian_insight: Thank you, Jay!

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      6 years ago

      This lens is a wonderful tribute to your father and all those that not only served on the USS PCE 884 but in WWII. Great job.

    • patinkc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Midwest

      @delia-delia: Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      Nicely done lens and great informative links..

    • patinkc profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Midwest

      @OhMe: Thank you!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This is a great resource page for anyone interested in knowing more about World War II. Thanks for putting this together.

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      10 years ago

      What a wonderful tribute. My father passed away only 2 weeks ago and he was a proud Navy man. I am looking for a picture of an LST 359, LST 3, or a PCE 884. If anyone reads this and has a photo of good quality of the entire ship please email me( Thank You

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      11 years ago

      I am passionate about our military, thank you for your hard work. I rated your lens a solid 5 stars. I have just completed a State-of-the-Art Titanic Lens ~~ Please click on Karendelac above, to view it and don't miss my Bird Rescue lens.

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      11 years ago

      Interesting topic! Thanks for sharing your Dad's stories. Welcome to the Scrapbook Americana Group!

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      12 years ago

      The authoritative source is: Jane's Fighting Ships. Even though few people can afford it, some edition is available in most fair-sized libraries.


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