~ May 19,
March 31, 1921 - May 17, 2007
Murray Sepulvado went home to be with his Lord May 17,
2007. He was born March 31, 1921, in Noble, Louisiana,
to Ed and Pearl Sepulvado. He is survived by his wife
of nearly 53 years, Wanda; two daughters, Kathryn Gambino
and husband, Billy, Janet Nicholas and husband, Scott;
sister, Eloise Putsch; as well as eight grandchildren;
and 4 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by
his parents and sister, Hazel Norwood.
was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor and served
his country by working for the Civil Service to repair
the U.S. Navys warships. He later enlisted in
the U.S. Army.
May 19, 2007
very dear friend, Melvin Sepulvado passed away on May
17, 2007. Melvin loved his family and loved God. He was
very proud to have served his country being stationed
in Pearl Harbor during the time of the attack by the Japanese
in 1941. (Read
condolences and prayers go out to the Supulvado family.
May 19, 2007
ran across your USS Idaho website on the Internet. My
G. Popek served on the USS Idaho in World War II. I
have a copy of his
enlisted in the Navy on September 30, 1942. His ranks/ratings
(in order): AS (Able Seaman), S2c (Dec. 16, 1942), F3c
(August 1, 1943),
F2c (Sept.1, 1943), F1c, MM3c (Machinist's Mate), final
rank of MM2c (June
30, 1944). He joined the USS Idaho on December 9, 1942.
authorized leave from October 22, 1944 to November 17,
1944. He left the
USS Idaho for good on August 23, 1945. Joseph was honorably
from the Navy on December 14, 1945. Joseph was originally
from New Jersey
and lived there many years. He died September 21, 1980
in South Carolina.
John ("Jack") Spafford, another original crew
member, was kind enough
to send me some information about the "Big Spud"
a few years ago.
for maintaining your website on the USS Idaho.
Roy Alexander, an Idaho shipmate and my father, passed
away this past Friday at the age of 80. He was so
proud of his WWII service aboard the USS Idaho and
his humble war stories inspired me to also serve in
the Navy. I was honored with the opportunity of taking
Dad to the WWII Memorial in Washington DC a couple
of years ago and to the final Idaho reunion in Nashville
this past summer. He was still talking about the reunion
and his beloved Idaho until his final days.
He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Captain, USN (Ret)
Our fathers were good friends on the Idaho. Dad fondly
recalled playing guitar while your Dad sang country
songs. Dad also greatly admired your father's strong
moral and Christian values. It's an interesting note
that they both became ministers. Unfortunately there
aren't enough of these caliber of men these days.
is with huge sorrow that I am writing to you. My father
who served on the "Big Spud" with honor and
pride 1942-46 passed away last
Thursday. This was a shock as his heath was very good.
He suffered a heart
color guard played taps at his funeral and my mom was
given the flag. My
dad was so so proud of his time on the USS Idaho, but
always told me that he
wished the "fellas" that never made it back
could have had the chance to
live the full and rewarding life he had.
add my name as a contact. And please let me know if
there is anything
else I can do to honor my father and his time at sea.
April 11, 2007
Birthday to Don Seger ~
spoke with with Don and Betty Seger today (04.03.07)and
it was great to hear their voices. Don turns 86 on the
11th of this month. We want to wish Don & Betty
the best ... The Segers continue to be inspiring to
everyone the come in contact with and we appreciate
all they have contributed to this website and cherish
April 4, 2007
father served on the USS Idaho (BB42) from 1918 (reporting
commissioning) to 1922. His name was Charles Gordon
Parisen, and he served
in the black gang as a 1st Class Machinist Mate (MM1).
He was born in New
York City in 1900, and passed away in 1974. After
discharge from the Navy in
1922, he returned to New York City, got his Marine
Engineer's License, and
worked for over forty years as an engineer on tugboats
in New York harbor.His first crossing of the equator
enroute to South America was July 5, 1919.
I have the framed Neptune certificate from his second
crossing on January
24, 1921, off the west coast of Equador at Lat. 81-00
West. As a youngster,
I was fascinated by his stories of Rio, Hawaii and
Alaska in that era.His father was a captain aboard
commercial sail and powered vessels, as was his grandfather.
I also served in the Navy, but as a pilot (including
two Viet Nam tours in 1969-71), and have my own Neptune
Certificate hanging next to his.Thanks for the work
on the website. I look forward to seeing Dad's name
posted there also.
April 1, 2007
dad was on the Idaho in the 43-44 time frame.
I have an old picture I can scan (and repair) of his
group. He was a boatswains mate, there are several
sailors in the picture and may be of interest to someone.
dad served on BB-42 in the 43-44 time frame.
He was a boatswains mate, though I dont
remember his rate. I have a picture of, Im guessing,
the boat crew. There are a lot of guys in the photo
and in the front row they are wearing the lanyards
for their whistle or pipe.
the end of 44 he was transferred to APA 123,
Kittson, and was in charge of 13 landing craft for
the push towards Okinawa.
the Idaho we was manning the captains gig and was
shoving off when the captain reproached him, dont
shove off till I say shove off,
going to the Aleutians he said he made a vow to God
that if he every got back to warm weather he would
never complain about the heat again. He died of Parkinsons
and Alzheimers February 1998 and to my knowledge
he kept his vow. He also said he spent a lot of time
in the brig and learned most of his knots from an
add Bert Lewis Bird-Dog Swift to your
crew list and let me know if you would like to post
the photo. The photo isnt in the best shape
but is about 8x10 so in the digital world you
can really zoom in and see faces even in the back
of the group, sitting on the 14 guns.
Crewmen on the USS Idaho BB-42 in 1943-1944
Feb. 01, 2007 - From Bonnie Hamilton:
Hi, Here are some photos of the USS Idaho, Domain
of Neptunas Rex, dated Jan. 24th, 1921. I found this
at a thrift store in Livermore Ca, and thought it
really interesting, so I bought it. It is in the original
frame, with the old rope hanger from the 20's. It
measures 22x18 in. It is for Adkins Flynt, and had
the Gold Seal of the Dept of Navy, USS Idaho. It has
anoth signiture on the bottom, which is rather hard
to read, but I think it says, C.L. Hussey. I took
the photos, which show some glare because of the glass
on it, but I did not want to remove from the frame.
In the first photo, you can see clearly fingerprints
left on the document, I wonder if they belong to Adkins?
Anyway, I thought you may like to have this for the
Idaho web photos, hope you can use them, Bonnie Hamilton
Jan. 16, 2007
to Ben Holt (son of ACMM Ben Holt, 38-47) for sending
in his father's copy of the Idaho Yarn, Vol 3,
No. 6, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - March 24, 1939 (20th
Anniversary) and the USS Idaho Deck Log for
April 12, 1945.
on the Pages to Enlarge
Decklogs - April 12, 1945
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