11, 2013 - Remembering our service men and women on this Veterans
Day! Thank you all for your service to this great country. Kate
Smith introduces "God Bless America".
- USS Idaho Crewmember Passing - Eugene J. O'Neill, RDM-2c
Photos and Email
Remembering Our Veterans on Veteran's Day ~
Smith Introduces "God Bless America"
Smith was born and grew up in Columbia, Missouri.
In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic
American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply
worried about her country.
asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song
that would re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism
and faith. He said he had a song that he had written
in 1917, but never used it.
said she could have it. She sat at the piano &
played it and realized how good it was. She called
Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldnt
take this from him for nothing.
So, they agreed that any money that would be made
off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts
of America . Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin,
the Scouts have received millions of dollars in
royalties. This clip is from the movie Youre
in the Army Now. You will see a familiar
face (near the very end) in this one that we are
all very proud of.
Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered
the greatest singer of his age, first sang this
song on the radio, a million guys got dust
in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the dust
caused. Sit back and enjoy a Real Star.
USS Idaho Crewmember Passing - Eugene J. O'Neill, RDM-2c
Eugene J. & Dorothy O'Neill, Wedding Photo 1944,
Long Beach, CA
Idaho Thanksgiving Dinner Menu - 1945
to USS Idaho Ship Party - Dec. 04, 1945
- U.S.S. Idaho - Carpenter Shop - Unknown group of men
to Cindy Cole for sending in this great photo!)
My brother sent me a copy of an email he sent you regarding
the passing of my dad, RDM-2C Eugene J. O'Neill, USN, BB-42.
My father was born on May 28, 1920 and passed away on July 10,
2013. His Home of Record at the time of his enlistment was Jackson
Heights/Queens, New York. I believe he enlisted in the Navy
Reserve in Sep 1941. He lived in Wantagh Long Island for 60
+ years and worked as a salesman for several trucking companies
in the metropolitan NY, NJ area. He often spoke of the high
regard he had for his shipmates and the hardships they endured.
His family was proud of his service to our nation.
I have attached two pictures of him taken during his service
in the USN and a copy of my parents wedding picture. They were
married in 1944 when the Idaho was in port at Long Beach.
Any of his shipmates who would remember him would have known
him as he looked in these pictures. After the war he lost contact
with them until the late 1990's when he started attending the
The Thanksgiving Day Program and Ships Party Invitation I found
on ebay. William White (an Idaho crewman) name is on the back.
They were in an envelope addressed to David Graham, another
member of the crew, the USS Idaho Association and American Battleship
I was not familiar with your website, however after looking
at it I salute you. Thank you for all your time, effort and
hard work to honor the service and sacrifices of our fathers.
I would be pleased if you could publish his pictures on the
Again, thank you for all that you have done. I hope that someday
I may have the pleasure of meeting you.
Barry G. O'Neill, Master Sgt, USAF, Retired
Just wanted to let you know that my father who served on the
UUS Idaho from 1941-45 just passed away. His name was Eugene
J. ONeill and was a RDM-2C. I still have most of his pictures
and news articles along with his bayonet, sea bag and uniform.
I also have the USS Idaho book that was published I guess during
the war. I wonder at this point how many crewmembers are alive
today. I would guess less than 50. Anyway. Have a nice day.
Practical Illustrated Dictionary with Atlas of the World,
including A Digest of Military and Naval Facts."
While going through some items that had belonged to an uncle,
I found a book. It is titled, "Webster's Practical Illustrated
Dictionary with Atlas of the World, including A Digest of Military
and Naval Facts."
I am writing you because there is an inscription on the inside
reading, "This book belongs to Freddy Miller, Seaman 1/C,
USS Idaho. You can use it but don't keep it."
The copywright date is 1943, so it appears that Seaman Miller
served onboard the USS Idaho during WWII or later, although
I did not see his name on the website's crew list.
I would like the opportunity to mail it to Seaman Miller or
his surviving family members, if that is possible. If they can't
be identified, I will probably donate it to the Naval Museum
at NAS Pensacola. I live near there and make regular visits
to the museum.
If you know of a way to locate Seaman Miller, I would appreciate
it. I know it's a very common name, but felt it was worth the
effort. I am attaching two images to give you an idea of what
I am talking about.
Thank you for your time.
Any knowledge of Freddie Miller, S1c USS Idaho and/or his relatives
can contact Craig Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org