Friday, April 29, 2016

Looking Back: April 1941: Sycamore Illinois Reserve Militia Getting Finger-printed

From the April 20, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1941, 75 years ago.

The members of the Sycamore unit of the Illinois Reserve Militia were fingerprinted at the regular drill of the local outfit on Thursday evening, the fingerprinting done by Lt. Ebbeson, a member of the police force of DeKalb on regular FBI blanks."

I Imagine in Case of the Body Being Too Being Too Badly Torn Up in an Explosion.  --GreGen

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Looking Back: April 1941: A Need for Nurses

From the April 20, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)

1941, 75 years ago.

"The job of taking care of more than 1,400,000 young men in camps over the United States for a year of military training has fallen more or less into the hands of trained nurses because in such a large concentration of people the need for vast hospital facilities and nurses to watch over 62,000 beds is most urgent."

We weren't at war yet, but those war clouds were on the horizon.

--GreGen

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lebanon, Missouri's War Dead: Charles Wrinkle

On Sunday, April 24th, we stopped by the Lebanon, Missouri, VFW on our way back from Bennett Springs.  We noticed a marked memorial in front of it that listed names of Lebanon area people killed during World War I, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War.

By far the largest number of names was for World War II.  One of them was a Charles Wrinkle.  This last name is very famous for us Route 66ers as Glen Wrinkle owned a famous place on Route 66 called Wrink's for some 55 years.

We went inside and asked the people who said that Charles was indeed a relative.

Wrink's still stands, but has been empty for awhile.  Three different people have tried to make a go of a business in the place since Glen Wrinkle's death in 2005.  We were fortunate to meet him on several occasions.

--GreGen

Shorpy Home Front Photos: Railroads, Advertising and 4-H

July 16, 2014  BOBBY SOX BRIGADE: 1942.  July 1942  "East Montpelier, Vermont. Marilyn Ormsbee is president of her 4-H Club, the Montpeleier Center Girls, where she learns how to sew and cook economically and well."  Fritz Henle, OWI.

JULY 16, 2014, MAD MEN: 1943--  March 1943  "New York, New York.  Madison Avenue on a rainy day.'  John Vachon, OWI.

JULY 14, 2014, TUNE-UP: 1942--  December 1942.  "Chicago, Illinois.  Locomotive under repair at the Chicago & Northwestern shops."  Jack Delano, OWI.

JULY 11, 2014, SANTA FE CATHEDRAL:  1943--  March 1943 "Fort Madison, Iowa Shopton locomotive shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fee railroad." Jack Delano, OWI.

I just wrote about this town in my Not So Forgotten: The War of 1812 blog.

--GreGen


Monday, April 25, 2016

Remains of U.S. Pilots Returned from India

From the April 13, 2016, Voice of America.

The remains of crew members of a B-24 bomber that crashed over the Himalaya Mountains while on a supply run in 1944, have been found. Also found were bones from a C-109 that crashed in the area in July 1945.

The remains are being taken to Honolulu for DNA testing.  This is all part of an ongoing effort to recover the remains of all MIA military personnel.

The U.S. Much Commended for This.  --GreGen

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pearl Harbor Survivors Honored at NAS Pensacola

From the April 14, 2016, WUWF.org by Sandra Averhart.

The four were honored Friday, April 15.  All are in their 90s.

Frank Edmond, 97, was from Pawtuxet, Rhode Island and on the USS Pennsylvania.
Cass Phillips
Jay Carraway
Bill Braddock, 93, from Louisiana and a Marine on Ford Island.

Always Nice to Write About Pearl Harbor Survivors When It Is Not About Their Deaths.  --GreGen

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Springfield's World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial

From the Springfield 2016 Visitors Guide.

This memorial honors the 987,000 men and women from Illinois who served their country during World War II.

The focal point is a 22-ton cast white, concrete globe with more than 70 stainless steel buttons signifying major battles and events of the war.  Two black granite walls are inscribed with details of the battles waged extend out from the globe.

Located near the Lincoln Tomb at 1500 Monument Avenue, Oak Ridge Cemetery.

--GreGen

Thursday, April 21, 2016

USS Oklahoma Sailor Finally Comes Home-- Part 2

Gordon Duff was 5'10", 163 pounds, blue eyes and brown hair.His next 20 years in the Navy, he served on a dozen or more ships including the USS Florida, Montana, Newburgh, Konabish, Reno, Blackhawk and Nevada.

In the late 1920s-early 1930s he was on China station and stationed in the Philippines 1930-1933.

David Jensen was at the service and is a great nephew of Duff Gordon.  He provided DNA that was a 99.8% match, to prove identity.

There does seem to be confusion as to Duff Gordon's last name.

--GreGen

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

USS Oklahoma Sailor Finally Comes Home-- Part 1

From the April 7, 2016, Hudson (Wis) Star-Observer "A sailor comes home, Duff Gordon laid to rest" by Randy Hanson.

Duff Gordon was buried March 30 at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson.  he was one of the 429 who died December 7, 1941, on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.  He was 52 at the time, one of the oldest to die that day.

Many of the Oklahoma's sailors had only been in the Navy a year or less, and many still in their teens, but Mr. Gordon had already had a twenty-year Navy career and had also been in World War I.  After retirement, he entered the Naval Reserves and was in the 1940 call-up of all reservists.

On April 28, 1914, he was already 24 years and five months old when he enlisted in Minneapolis.  He had been born in Hudson on November 28, 1889 and grew up there.

Welcome Home, Sailor.  --GreGen


Shorpy Home Front Photos: Air Raid Rules

From the July 16, 2014,  AIR RAID RULES: 1942.  July 1942, "West Danville, Vermont.  Guy Davenport, 16, and Maynard Clark, 14, reading the air-raid instruction posted in Gilbert S. hasting's post office and general store."  By Fritz Henle, OWI.

Part of what they were reading:  "WHAT TO DO-- WHAT NOT TO DO:  This war is not like any other.  It may reach your street-- your home-- at any moment.  You may be fighting in the war tomorrow, or next month.

"Your government asks of you one simple thing, but one very important thing...Learn and remember what to do if enemy planes and bombs come."

Duck and Cover?  --GreGen

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

HMS Looe/HMS Lyemun/IJN Nanyo-- Part 6: Gunboat Nanyo

Continued from the previous post Combined Fleet.com.

Various secondary sources also state that the Nanyo (sometimes seen under the name Nanyo Maru, which would have been a freighter/transport ship) was the ex-British Bangor-class minesweeper Lyemun seized while under construction at Hong Kong when the Japanese occupied it.

It is believed that this vessel, or her sister ship Lantan became the Gyoshin Maru which survived the war.  Two other seized Bangor-class minesweepers seized while under construction at Hong Kong became the IJN minesweepers W-101 and W-102.

Several authoritative records, including NARA and GAKKEN, list the Nanyo as the ex Teh Hsing and we have made this assumption accordingly.

Lyemun or Teh Hsing?  --GreGen

HMS Looe/HMS Lyemun/IJN Nanyo-- Part 5: The Imperial Japanese Navy Gunboat Nanyo

From Combined Fleet.com.

This is where there is some discrepancy.

1932--  Laid down at Kiangnan Shipyard as the Teh Hsing.

1941--  Captured by the Japanese at the fall of Hong Kong, 25 December 1941.

1943--  1 March 1943, officially requisitioned by the Japanese Navy and registered as an auxiliary gunboat and attached to Sasebo Naval District.  Begins conversion to gunboat at the IJN's No. 2 Repair Facility.

1943--  20 march 1943, conversion completed and renamed Nanyo.  Remains in Hong Kong being fitted out.  Once in service it went on quite a few cruises from June to December.

1943--  23 December 1943 in South China Sea, Mashi Tao (Matsu or Mazy) Island anchorage, off Foochow.  Major General Claire L. Chennault's 14th Air Force North American B-25 "Mitchell Medium Bombers sink the Nanyo with unknown casualties.

--GreGen


Monday, April 18, 2016

HMS Looe/HMS Lyemun/IJN Nanyo-- Part 4: Sunk Off Formosa Straits

From Navypedia.

Imperial Japanese Navy Nanyo, gunboat.

54.9 feet, 6.69 beam, two guns.

Former British minesweeper of Bangor class, demolished on the stocks by the British when Hong Kong was taken over by the Japanese in December 1941.

Taken over by the Japanese and launched in 1942.  Completed as a gunboat.  Its sister ships commissioned into the Imperial Japanese Navy minesweepers.

Sunk by American aircraft off Formosa Straits December 23 1943.

--GreGen

HMS Looe/HMS Lyemun/IJN Nanyo-- Part 3: One of Four British Minesweeper Being Build When Hong Kong Fell

From the Royal Navy Research and Archive.org.uk.

The Imperial Japanese Navy gunboat Nanyo was later sunk in the Formosa Straits.  It was one of four Bangor-class minesweepers on the stocks when the Japanese captured Hong Kong on December 25, 1941.

The HMS Lantan was completed as the merchant ship Gyosel Maru in 1942.  Renamed the Shima Maru in 1943.  Survived the war.

HMS Taitam.  became the IJN minesweeper 101 in 1944.  Sunk by American aircraft off Cape Padarin 10 March 1945.

HMS Waglan became IJN minesweeper 102 in 1944.  Damaged by American aircraft off Keelung on 3 February 1945.  Returned to the Royal Navy after the war.

--GreGen

Friday, April 15, 2016

Death Notice of Willard Aves-- Part 2

Continued from yesterday.

A native of Sycamore, Willar Aves has resided most of his life in Kingston, Illinois.

besides his father, survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Irene Glass of Kingston and Mrs. Mildred Miller of Herbert.  Willard's mother, Mrs. Mamie Glidden Aves, preceded her in death.

Find-A-Grave

Charles John Aves  1875-1954

Mamie Melvina Glidden Aves  1885-1825  (Only child of Thomas Glidden  The Glidden name is famous in DeKalb County as Joseph Glidden is given credit for inventing barbed wire.  I am not sure if there was a relationship here.)

Sister--  Irene B. Aves 1920-2010.

All buried at Kingston Cemetery.

--GreGen


HMS Looe/HMS Lyemun/IJN Nanyo-- Part 2: Minesweeper/Gunboat

From U-boat.net.

Minesweeper of the Bangor Class built at Hong Kong & Whampoa (Hong Kong).   Ordered 27 September 1940, laid down 22 July 1941.  Originally named HMS Looe, renamed HMS Lyemun in September 1941, while under construction.

Captured by the Japanese while still on the stocks in the fall of Hong Kong.  Completed by the Japanese and sunk by American aircraft on December 23, 1943.

--GreGen

HMS Looe/HMS Lyemun/IJN Nanyo-- Part 1:

I have been writing about the HMS Looe which sank in 1744 at Looe Key in the Florida Keys.  Nine of its cannons have been tentatively traced to a recreated Colonial fort in New York.  I also researched other ships in the Royal Navy by the name HMS Looe.  This is in my Cooter's History Thing Blog.

The seventh HMS Looe looked interesting and had a World War II connection, so did further research.

Wikipedia had it listed as it being a Bangor-class minesweeper laid down in 1941 and renamed the HMS Lyemun while still on the stocks, but captured that year by the Japanese and later completed as the Nanyo in 1943 and lost later that year.

On that information, I'd have to believe it was built and captured in either Hong Kong or Singapore.

--GreGen

USS Arizona Dock to be Replaced

From the April 13, 2016, Honolulu Civil Beat "USS Arizona Dock To be Replaced" by Bianca Smallwood.

It will be dismantled and removed June 13 to June 26.  The ship receives 1.8 million visitors a year and during this time period, it can only be seen from a boat ride.

But, the USS Bowfin submarine, USS Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museum will remain open.

--GreGen

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Death Notice for Willard Aves-- Part 1

Death Notice in the Sycamore True American, Friday, January 23, 1942.

"The Navy Department on Monday confirm,ed the "death in action" in the Pearl Harbor raid of Seaman Willard Aves, 20 years old, son of Charles Aves of Kingston.

"Young Aves enlisted in the Navy four months after his graduation from Kingston High School in 1940.

At the time of the Pearl Harbor Raid of December 7, he was attached to the crew of an American battleship."

Willard Charles Aves: Find-A-Grave

From Find-A-Grave.

Birth: Unknown  Death: December 7, 1941.

There is a memorial for him at the Kingston Cemetery where his parents are buried.

He was born June 28, 1921, in Sycamore, DeKalb County, Illinois.

The American Legion Post in Kingston is named for him.

--GreGen