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Updated on February 27, 2015
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US Navy in World War 2

This is a photo of the USS PCE 884 that my dad was on in WW II. This page is about the US Navy in World War 2. I'm not an expert on this subject. It's something I was helping my dad with. I am going to do what I can to continue with this project.

If you have information that would add to this subject, I would very much appreciate your contributions. If you see something on this lens that is an error, please let me know.

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U.S. Warships of World War 2

Riding Out A Typhoon Aboard the USS PCE 884 - Personal Stories

I would love to link to your personal stories. Please contact me by either posting in the guestbook or click on contact me on the right side of this webpage. Or you can go to the "Notebook" listed here and contact me that way.

The two men's stories listed here were shipmates on the USS PCE 884. Read both accounts of riding out the worst typhoon in Pacific history.

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Caught in Typhoon

"Although tattered in the course of one of the worse typhoons in the Navy's history, the Stars and Stripes of the Patrol Craft Escort, 884 are raised by these three sailors, one of whom is an Alabamian, J. Reeves, left of Empire. The other seamen are J. Thompson, Center, of Aberdeen, Miss., and the other is T. McNulty of San Francisco. The craft was caught off Okinowa and tossed around furiously but rode out the storm without casualty." (From the Birmingham News, Birmingham, Alabama)

World War II Veteran on Typhoon Louise

Pacific Convoy from 12,000 Feet by Griffith Baily Coale #21

Pacific Convoy from 12,000 Feet  by Griffith Baily Coale #21
Pacific Convoy from 12,000 Feet by Griffith Baily Coale #21

Thru Artist's Eyes

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"Seeing that historic events were unfolding in the rising tension of the "undeclared war" of the North Atlantic, New York muralist Griffith Baily Coale convinced Admiral C.W. Nimitz to send Navy artists into action to record military activities in ways that cameras and the written word could not. The Navy Combat Artist Program was approved and in August 1941 Coale became the Navy's first combat artist on active duty."

Eventually the Navy sent eight artists to serve in combat areas to record their impressions of the action. These artists produced "over 1,300 drawings, watercolors, and paintings, which were used to illustrate books and magazines. and toured the country in exhibitions designed to inform and raise public morale."

"Their art captures the experiences of war and the men and women who fought in it."

Cool lens. I have been thinking of writing a few on my dad who passed away in May. He was in WWII and left behind a bunch of photos, postcards, pins, and books relating to his service.

— AlleyCatLane 2013

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My Grandfather served in the Navy during WW2. He served from Jan '42 to Nov '45. The last ship he served on was APA-167 USS Freestone. The first was AR-1 USS Medusa, a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. Thank You to ALL Veterans for serving!

— scaguy 2012

The US Navy

Warning: The 957th Day is difficult to watch. It's a "newsreel" with actual action footage.

Museum of America: Don't Give Up the Ship (part one)

Uss Vella Gulf Breakaway with Aerial Shots

Don't Give Up The Ship

Iwo Jima

Where Do Our Visitors Come From? - 51 different countries have visited this site

Three cheers for all of our vets. I have some relatives from the Navy,

but don't get much opportunity to discuss their experiences with them. My father-in-law is quite a historian when it comes to WWII aircraft, so I hear much more about that part of our military.

from Yakima, WA

— donaldwilson 2013

The Greatest U.S. Navy Stories Ever Told

Do you have a story to add? Post it here or email it to me by the "contact link on the upper right side of this lens.

What Is Your Naval Experience? - I want to hear from you

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      patinkc 2 years ago from Midwest

      Carolyn, that is exciting news! Thank you for connecting with me.

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      Carolyn Cornelius Campbell 2 years ago

      My father, William Polk Cornelius, Sr., served with your dad on the PCE 884. He was a 3rd Class Radioman. I have a lot of his memorabilia from this time. I have the the telegrams that he sent out regarding the surrender of Japan, Germany and Roosevelt passing away. I have a letter from the Commanding Officer, Kenneth D Simon, telling the story of the typhoon, many pictures and letters my dad wrote. I will be happy to share them with you.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @candy47: I'm so glad to hear that you have been inspired to make a lens about your father. We need to tell these stories. Let me know when you publish it.

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      candy47 4 years ago

      This is such a beautiful lens! You've inspired me to write a lens about my father, he was on the USS Mansfield in WWII.

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      patinkc 4 years ago from Midwest

      @Nancy Hardin: Go Navy! You must be a very proud Grandma!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I have no Navy experience (Army was mine), but I now have a granddaughter who is a Lieutenant in the Navy. I am very proud of her, she got her Engineering degree from the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and then went in the Navy. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel.i

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      Don Wilson 4 years ago from Yakima, WA

      Three cheers for all of our vets. I have some relatives from the Navy, but don't get much opportunity to discuss their experiences with them. My father-in-law is quite a historian when it comes to WWII aircraft, so I hear much more about that part of our military.

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @AlleyCatLane: Let me know when you create them. I'd like to see them!

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      patinkc 5 years ago from Midwest

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Thanks for making this lens. I love the photos of your dad and his Navy days.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      Cool lens. I have been thinking of writing a few on my dad who passed away in May. He was in WWII and left behind a bunch of photos, postcards, pins, and books relating to his service.

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      gregoryolney lm 5 years ago

      I served in the Royal Navy just after WW2 - very enjoyable time !

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      A lovely Lens

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      This is a wonderful lens in tribute to those who fought in World War II. I would love to add this to my Celebrate America lens...please let me know if you would like it removed. Thank you! :)

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      batsinthebelfry 5 years ago

      As an ex Navy man (Vietnam era) I reall enjoyed your lens about the US Navi in WWII

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      jmaresca2006 5 years ago

      Great lens. Looking forward to seeing what else you add in the future. Maybe you would like to check out my site about the USS Enterprise here.

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      scaguy 5 years ago

      My Grandfather served in the Navy during WW2. He served from Jan '42 to Nov '45. The last ship he served on was APA-167 USS Freestone. The first was AR-1 USS Medusa, a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack. Thank You to ALL Veterans for serving!

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Thank you to your Dad! Veteran's day blessings in honor of him! My dad was in the Vietnam War.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      My Dad was an electrical engineer in WWII, however my Grandfather was in the RNR (Royal Navy Reserve) in WWI and served in Q-Ships, armed merchant ships that tried to lure U-Boats to the surface so they could sink them. Excellent lens, blessed.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @Spook LM: Thanks,Spook! Yes, we do owe them.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: Thanks for your comment, Tipi!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      My dad was in the Royal Navy and he told us many stories about the sea. Naturally then I loved this lens and we owe the people of that generation so much.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My dad was in the Navy during WW2, so this is a step back in time that I enjoyed.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @jnstewart: Thank you, Jonart!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 6 years ago from Michigan

      What a terrific lens! I haven't yet finished watching all the vids yet, but intend to continue momentarily. Wow! It's amazing that the offspring of two former shipmates should come into contact with one another via this lens. I hope you were able to continue your dialogue with Mr. Miller. Thumbs up!

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      funny0 6 years ago

      t is not easy for everyone to be a navy nurse. Aside from educational qualifications, you must be in good health and should be able to pass medical examinations. Commitment is a must, as a navy nurse is required to remain in active duty for at least three years.

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      Great lens and nice tribute to your father.....have a great week!

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @Swisstoons: Swisstoons, thanks for visiting my lens and saying hello.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @julieannbrady: Julie, thanks for visiting and saying hello. Happy Holidays to you, also!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      My dear, this is a heartwarming tribute that we should never forget. "May the Joy of Christmas Find You in Its Warm Embrace!" --JaguarJulie

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Margo, thanks for visiting my lens on this anniversary date of Pearl Harbor.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @needatitleokc: needatutkeokc, I'm glad they all came home.

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      patinkc 6 years ago from Midwest

      @Violin-Student: Thanks for visiting and saying hello, ViolinStudent!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Thank you for reminding me. I can't begin to imagine what it was like when our parents heard the news on the radio on what would have been a peaceful Sunday morning!

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      needatitleokc 6 years ago

      My mother had 3 brothers that were in world war 2 and they all come back home and another brother that was in Korea one got a purple heart and 2 bronze stars. They all come home. I am proud of my heritage

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      Very interesting page. Thank you for all the hard work! I used to watch Victory at Sea as a youngster. I recently got the set and showed it to my 14-year old daughter. I hope I can instill a respect for these folks in her!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My father was in the USAFFE and he survived the death march. He is dead now so I can't really get information now that I am starting to be interested. He was silent about his military experience. We still have his medals and the American flag that they placed on his coffin. Maybe, I should research more. Thanks for this lens.

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      @anonymous: David, This might be the best resource. Contact them for suggestions.

      Navsource.org

      http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/10/1004.htm

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Can you help me find a website where I might be able to purchase a framed photo of the ship my father served on in WWII? He was aboard the USS Bowditch AGS-4 a survey ship used during Operation Crossroads atomic bomb testing in the Bikini Atoll. Thank you!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Can you help me find a website where I might be able to purchase a framed photo of the ship my father served on in WWII? He was aboard the USS Bowditch AGS-4 a survey ship used during Operation Crossroads atomic bomb testing in the Bikini Atoll. Thank you!

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      patinkc 7 years ago from Midwest

      Ron Miller, I wish I knew how to contact you. Your dad knew my dad. We tried to find his shipmates a few years ago. See the crew list here:

      The Enlisted Crew USS PCE 884

      World War II 1945

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great page, My father also served on the USSPCE 884 as a MM2. His name was David Miller.

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      Sherry Venegas 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Hi Pat,

      Iliked seeing the pictures of your Dad. They remind me of the ones my own Dad has. He was in the Navy during WWII, as well. Wonderful lens. .

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      Lori Lee-Ray 8 years ago

      thank you for sharing this! I've added you to my lenses https://hubpages.com/politics/travelingwall and http://www.squidoo.com/honorourheroes

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      amandascloset0 8 years ago

      This is a really wonderful lense. I know you must be very proud of your father! God Bless all who serve or have served!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I really enjoyed reading this very special lens. This is a great tribute to your Dad and all WWII vets. My dad was in the Navy too. I sure hope you are doing more stories as I would love to read them. Thanks for sharing your dad's story.

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      Marti Lawrence 8 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Wonderful lens! My dad was also in the Navy during WWII. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      my dad was also on a weather ship during ww2 and was also caught in the typhoon. nioce to hear other stories of their survival. uss el paso

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      TerriLorah 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. Thank You! My Father was in the Army Aircorp.

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      David Gardner 8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      You've created an awesome lens! Congratulations and thanks for the hard work. My Dad was in the Navy on an LST (Landing Ship-Tank) Pacific Theater for the duration of WWII. It was his travels during that time that eventually--25 years after the war--brought us to live on the Western Pacific Island of Guam. Living on Guam got me interested in Marine Biology (most of my lenses involve some kind of biology--including oceanic stuff) and Submarines. I now live near San Francisco--so it was a treat to see the USS Pampanito, a WWII Submarine and the USS Jeremiah O'Brian (a WWII Liberty Ship) at Pier 35 there. You've inspired me to write up something on my Dad's adventures in the Pacific (he was in a big Typhoon in the Pacific as well). Thanks so much for your inspiration!

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      DAD1104 9 years ago

      Dad was 1940 until 1945 (early) as LtCommander US Navy (Supply)... why did we need so many men/woman for so long ? Thank ALL for their service.

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      patinkc 9 years ago from Midwest

      Mr. Arold,

      I'm so glad that you posted your story and Congratulations on your 85 years! You are an inspiration!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I was aboard the uss long a mine sweeper converted from the destroyer squadrons of 1919 from woeld war 1,

      in may of 1942 i was stricken with an appendix attack and fortuntly a doctor was with our ship, he requested that the captain and officers hurry up with there lunch, because he had to use the wardroom table to opperate on me right then, the operation began around 1 pm and over about 3 pm, unable to medicaly care for me on ship i was transferred to an army hospital on the island of canton, after a few days of coma i awoke to find an army medic at my beside and he went fast to get the doctor, after a few days of recovery i was sent back to duty, the yeoman taking the transfer was from the U s s Long My old ship he thought he was seeing a ghost, because after the doctor return aboard ship after leaving me in hospital told him he did not think i was going to make it. well the doctor done a damn good job i am now 85 years of age.F G Arold

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      Very nice lens and great topic. I've been writing about the military men in my family too. Favored and a lensroll to my Navy Nukes lens.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Oh, yes, we must never ever forget the sacrifices of these brave soldiers. I enjoyed perusing this site and 5 stars for excellence!

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      tjar12 9 years ago

      Good job, we need to keep the history alive.

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      Hello,

      What a wonderful gift to carry on this lens. It must be very special to you! I actually am working on one about my father, he was a veteran of World War II and I've typed up his journal and some of his stories to share. I think it is so important to carry on the stories that they leave behind. Their lives so very important, we wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for America's veterans...God Bless them All!

      Linda

      5 stars and a lensroll to you!

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      enetwal 9 years ago

      One way to study, or honor naval history is through what is called Naval postal history.

      I have both a web site and an eBay store where I sell hundreds of "Ship Covers" often as family memento's of someones past service.

      Others collect fleets, hull types, and events such as the ships at Pearl.

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      I am passionate about ship history and your lens is a solid 5 stars. I have just completed a State-of-the-Art Titanic Lens ~~ Please click on Karendelac above, to view it.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      I to am upset that the history of this nation needs to be kept alive so we won't forget how we got here. I traveled to all the Revolutionary sites and battles and I glad I did. At Oriskiny Herkemer was down and injured but he still motivated his troops to meet the enemy.

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      aabbott lm 11 years ago

      It's great to see others trying to keep history alive in an age where we seem to forget what happened last month.

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      boredofeducatio1 11 years ago

      I'm going around giving people 5 stars who already have comment modules. I hope you don't mind. . .

      Feel free to pass it on. . .