honor of the Crew of the USS Idaho -
'The Big Spud'
In Loving Memory
to Mack L. Roye, Lew Davidson, & Don Seger
NAVAL GUN AT IWO JIMA CONFIDENTIAL U.S. NAVY FILM 26464
- Email in regard to John C. Wynn
name is John S. Dunlap, I am a grandson of John Carl Wynn who served on
the USS Idaho during WWII. I
have some info that may be helpful.
BM1c (T) V6 USNR
Enlisted 1/13/42 as USNR for three years and placed on
active duty immediately.
Date reported to USS Idaho 2/25/42
Equator 11/15/43 bound south
1/12/45 - Enlistment normally would have
expired this date. Is extended for a period of not longer than six month (6) months
after the termination of war, in accordance with Alnav 155-41. G.H. Juergens,
Ship's clerk USN
While attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. Idaho
(BB-42), participated in the following operations:
* 5/11/43 to 5/15/43
- Bombardment and capture of Attu Island in the Aleutians (Naku? Island)
to 8/16/43 - Bombardment and capture of Kiska Island
* 11/20/43 to 11/23/43
- Bombardment and capture of Makin Island in the Gilbert Islands
to 2/5/44 - Bombardment and capture of Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Group 2/20/44
to 2/21/44 Bombardment of Maloelap and Wotje Atolls in the Marshall Islands
3/20/44 - Bombardment of Caving in the Bismarck Archipelago
to 6/15/44 - Bombardment and capture of Saipan Island in the Marianas Group 6/16/44
Bombardment of Guam
7/12/44 o 7/26/44 - Bombardment ad capture of Guam
in the Marianas Group
* 9/12/44 to 9/20/44 - Bombardment and capture of
Palau Islands in the Western Carolines
* 2/16/45 to 3/7/45 - Bombardment
and capture of Iwo Jima Island in the Volcano Group
* 3/16/45 to
6/20/45 - Bombardment and capture of Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyus Group
Operation for which one star is authorized R.N. Downes Comdr. USN
in the surrender of Japan in the Tokyo Bay area on 2 September 1945 on board the
USS Idaho, a unit of the third fleet.
9/21/45 - transferred this day
to the staging center, Pearl Harbor, FFT - Interviewed and does not desire to
reenlist in the regular Navy.
has 49 points computed in accordance with ALNAV 252-45 Serving outside continental
limits of the U.S. on 3/20/44
Completed 3 years 8 months and 13 days
Entitled to wear: Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Ribbon American Area
Campaign Ribbon R.N. Downes
Guns! Navy Training Film on Battleship Main Gun Operation and Firing
12.07.17 - Email
from William A. Gardner
Your website has just come to my attention, courtesy of my dear friend Roberta.
I served as "M"
Division officer on the Idaho from July 1944 thru decommisioning in May 1946.
I have several photos which may be of interesting, including an "M"
Division group with names,one of whom could be Lester Smith.
am 97 and healthy, living in an independent retirement facility. All my family
has settled in NC, including son and daughter, 4 grands and 8 great grands. To
make my life the greatest, I have met Roberta here. Our apartments are near one
another, which cuts down driving at night.
you like to borrow my stuff? I am not computer literate, so would rely on the
USPS. Let me know. I think what you are doing is great.
William A Gardner, USNR now just plain Bill Gardner
A. Gardner Lt(lg) USNR
Shipyard - Spring 1946 Officer of the Deck (Note the sidearm)
A. Gardner Lt(lg) USNR
A. Gardner (Standing 7th from left) - Summer 1945
Idaho - July 1945 - Leyte Gulf, Phiippines
Lt (jg) Art
Karam, Lt John Longfield (Ass't Engineer Officer), Comdr. W.C. Shofield (Engineer
Officer), Ch. Mech S.O. Drayton, Lt (jg) William A. Gardner
Idaho - In floating drydock Guam - for kamikaze damage repair - May 1945
- Email from Matt Wilmot: USS Idaho "Order of the Day 04/28/1941
not sure if you would seen have seen this document yet or not, but I wanted to
send these photos to you. I purchased this document at a yard sale several years
ago and have since had it framed. This is the "ORDER OF THE DAY" for
the USS Idaho while it was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the date of 4/28/1941.
This provides a detailed list of duties, including names. Please let me know what
you think if you have a chance.
- John J. Curley, Jr.'s Navy Ordinance book
Dave. I just came across this Naval ordinance book from my late fathers library
that you might find interesting. I noticed that on the 1st page it was inscribed
with the information in the attached photos. My father was never on the Idaho
as far as I know, but he did serve in the Air force at the end of WWII on Okinawa
as a B-29 maintenance technician. Maybe you could post the photos on the website
to see if anyone else can shed any light as to whom John J. Curley Jr. was? He
certainly had great penmanship! I ave found a reference to that name in a Google
Hope you find this
of interest. Bill Spivey
- USS Idaho Crew List
Hello, Am writing to ask you to please add my Dad to the USS Idahos
ship list on your site. Wallace Monroe Martin (1921 - present) was on the
Idaho from mid 1941, for at least most of a year. They were in Iceland when Pearl
Harbor was struck. He has always told the story of having to dump the decking
overboard, because a lot of the death/injury to the men at Pearl Harbor came from
the decking turning into shrapnel. Dad still talks about the clear old oak, 2
inches thick laying at the bottom of the fiord.
Dad was the Captains
Talker back then (not sure what the official title was). I also know that
the Idaho was part of the convoy for Canadian merchant ships. Dad always told
about one Canadian ship having some sort of engine issue making them slower than
convoy speed. Eventually, the convoy saw the ship left behind get blown up by
an U boat. An aside -Based on a couple comments Dad made years ago, I think
there is a pretty good chance that the Idaho was used in the US stationing of
marines in Iceland pre-WWII.
The USS Idaho made it to Pearl Harbor one
month after. Dad says the harbor was still covered in a foot of oil. And he always
complained that when they got shore leave, the stupid officer had
ordered dress whites to be worn. By the time they got to shore, they were all
covered in oil spots. Dad griped for decades about having to buy new dress whites,
for $3!, due to that stupid officer.
Anyway, will look through his photos
and send them along to you soon. Thank you for your site! Becky Peck
- Remembering Floyd "Toby" Reynolds
my name is Kellie Reynolds. My Grandfather was Floyd Toby N. Reynolds.
He served on the USS Idaho from 1944-1946. I do not know his rank or what he did
on the ship. I believe he may have been part of the gunnery crew? He is not listed
on the crew roster and I would like to have him added please. You do have a photo
on your website of him already. He is in the thread dated 11.10.11 with James
Moulds. In the picture with the 4 men. My Grandpa is the one furthest to the left
with his hand in his jacket. Sadly, my Grandpa has passed on. He passed away March
you for your dedication to our service members in memorializing them.
have attached some photos I have of him as well.
let me know any information you may have or can find regarding his rank and what
he did while on Big Spud.
- Another shipmate added to the crew list.
father Lester Smith served as a Machinist Mate during WW2. I know he was on Board
in 1944 and 1945. But I don't know if he was aboard prior.
Here is a
sketch of him from the time.
- New mail from Craig Ricketts:
I found some of these when going through my Dads stuff after his passing.
He was on the USS Idaho at the end of the war and was asked to design an official
envelope for this special day. Im attaching his photo, the teletype authorizing
the envelopes, and the memo to my Dad requesting he design one. I have several
of these that are post marked on the USS Idaho on VJ day (but not addressed, that
Id be honored to share with any surviving Veterans that may like to have
one. Let me know.
- In the mail - "Sons of a Sailor" from Joe Bornhorst
I happen to stumble onto your website ... Really interesting!
I am a bit familiar with the USS Idaho as my father served on the ship ... Ralph
noticed his photo on one of the group photos ... and I saw on the crewlist his
rank is unknown. I will seek out that data and send it to you.
is 94 and still lives on the farm in a small town of McCartyville, Ohio.
I have forwarded the website to him and I look forward to talking with him soon
and helping him, per your request, to submit a few stories, photos, etc.
do have one photo, (see attached) I had this painting made 15 + years ago with
myself (in the yellow shirt) and my two sons. Jason (Blue shirt, and Zachary,
Red shirt) ...the title of the painting.. Sons of Son of a Sailor was selected
after the famous song written sang by Jimmy Buffet.
flags across the top of the painting is Navy code for BORNHORST.
used a photo he had received from the USS Idaho navy days.
on photo to Enlarge)
also included a video of his 94 the birthday celebration:
Idaho Sailor Ralph Bornhorst's 94th birthday ~
Feel free to add the photo and/ or video to the website if you feel it has merit..
On this Memorial Day!
would like to thank you for having the vision to create this website and
the numnerous hours spent assembling the stories and information. well done !
Son of a proud sailor!
- In the mail "USS Idaho Bell"
name is SFC William J Brewer US ARMY & IDARNG (RET)
five years ago while working on a HMMV for the Marine reserve I walked in the
Naval reserve center at Gowen Field and noticed the bell in the entry way of the
USS Idaho and was blown away to see it in person. I had read the book the thousand
mile war a Bantam war book that discussed some of the actions of the USS Idaho
fighting the Japanese on American soil in Alaska and being a fifth generation
Idahoan and being a combat veteran I studied up a bit on the USS Idaho with supreme
pride. It was to my great shock the marines there had not a clue what they had
next to their office as I had walked in their front door to see such a great Idaho
war veteran of world war two with great excitement. They were baffled by my passion
for it and I asked them all to read up on what they had. To see it and to know
some of its history made my chest grow out with supreme pride! Hopefully the marines
there have learned from this encounter otherwise it should be moved to the state
house or the Idaho Military History Museum.
The U.S.S. Idaho and its Sailors are some of the greatest veterans
of our state!
SFC William J Brewer (RET)
- James M Moulds USS IDaho (1943-1946)
- James Dale Sullivan recollects of times on the USS Idaho. (The News-Gazette)
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
J. Miller - Chief Gunners Mate on Tartu 2 - U.S.S Idaho
Bruce Nelson U.S.S Idaho - 8th Division 40MM
- Wishing A WWII Vet A Memorable Honor Flight
CA Still spunky at 94, retired Mother Lode resident and World War II vet
Harry Roberson will be shortly heading aloft on a whirlwind flight honoring his
service to the nation.
opportunity came via a family member, who had learned of the nonprofit Honor Flight
groups mission to provide veterans, particularly those remaining survivors
of WWII, to reflect and visit at their memorials and reminisce with their contemporaries.
The veterans are transported with guardians via chartered flights that are accompanied
by medical staff. Robersons flight will be departing from Fresno Airport
on April 27; accompanying him on the two-day tour will be grandson-in-law and
amateur WWII historian Tony Cunha. [Read
Roberson, USMC - USS Idaho
Dec 1940 -Dec 19
Zone: The Hell on Earth That Was Iwo Jima
By Suzy Hopkins
a wind-whipped morning in February 1945, 24-year-old Marine Sgt. Harry Roberson
hunkered in a half-track churning across a black-sand beach at the base of Mt.
Suribachi, his pulse racing.
and fellow soldiers in the 3rd Marine Division had already fought the Japanese
on Guam, 700 miles to the south. But for Roberson, that jungle fight would pale
in comparison to what lay ahead on the tiny volcanic island of Iwo Jima
Marines mission: seize the island and its three airfields from the Japanese,
who used it to launch kamikaze raids. In the critical final months of the war,
the newly captured Iwo Jima would prove to be a strategic U.S. base for attacks
on mainland Japan and serve as a lifesaving landing site for crippled U.S. bombers.
Francis M. Toale,
97, of Independence Iowa died February 8, 2015 at the ABCM Rehabilitation Centers
East Campus in Independence, Iowa.
services will be held at 11 AM, Thursday at St. Johns Catholic Church, Independence,
Iowa with Msgr. Thomas Toale presiding. Burial will be in the St. Johns
Cemetery, Independence, IA. Friends may call from 3 to 8 PM Wednesday at the Reiff
Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence, IA, and from 9 AM till services Thursday
at St. Johns Church. A parish wake service will be held at 3 PM followed
with a rosary at 4PM and a military memorial service will be held at 7PM Wednesday
at the funeral home.
was born on December 20, 1917 in Independence, Iowa the son of Mark and Teresa
(Gibbons) Toale. He attended country school, and later served in the US Navy on
the battleship USS Idaho from 1942-1945. He was proud of his service to his country.
He was very active in the local community having been past VFW commander and American
Legion. He proudly traveled in the Honor Flight to Washington DC in May 2010.
was a lifelong farmer on his family farm and had been an Iowa Master Farmer, and
a Master Pork Producer. Other community involvement included being a 4-H leader,
township trustee, and ASCS board member. He was a member of St. Johns Catholic
Church in Independence, served on numerous councils and boards, and was a member
of the Catholic Order of Foresters.
married Clara Ramona DePaepe on April 28, 1947 in Independence, Iowa.
is survived by his wife Clara, six children Rosemary (Ron) Engelhardt of Elkader,
IA, Richard (Ann) Toale of Independence, IA, Roger Toale of California, Msgr.
Thomas of Dubuque, IA, Don (Marty) Toale of Independence, IA, Sue (Tom) Knapp
of Des Moines. IA, 18 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.
was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Eileen DePaepe.
may be directed to the Francis M. Toale Memorial Fund, % BankIowa, 231 1st Street
E., Independence, IA 50644
William M. Klein, served on the USS Idaho from February 1943 to November 1945.
Along with our keeping a trove of his wartime personal letters to his family and
memories of his rare stories of his service during our childhood, we were of late
excited to read his name on the ships logs, as captured in William Schumann's
The Big Spud, on pages 164, 174, 196 and 214. Dad was assigned as
an ensign, promoted shortly thereafter to lieutenant and sometime near his discharge,
lt. commander. He returned to his home town of Kansas City, MO and married Audree
Milgram in 1951, with whom he raised four sons. He continued a life of civil service
in committing his time to countless community organizations and led Milgram Food
Stores, a midwest grocery chain, as its CEO and then Chairman of the Board, until
his death in 1979.
After years of periodically searching the web and family scrapbooks for mementos
of our fathers service, its been a thrill to find and pour through
the USS Idaho Pride website and as a result, view a photo of Dad on duty. As well
as we can determine and with a good amount of certainty, he is second row from
front, second man from left in a large group photo shown in the May 19, 2007 Bulletin
Board posting, sent by Mike Swift, link: http://www.nrvhost.com/uss_idaho/05-19-07.html.
We would deeply appreciate the opportunity to have Dad listed among his fellow
crewmen on the USS Idaho Pride Crew Members page.
to you and all those responsible for USS Idaho Pride" for the thought
and effort that has made it possible to connect us more closely to one the most
remarkable and least seen endeavors of our father's life, and to have a fuller
perspective of what makes us so proud and humble as descendants of these Americans.
Klein, La Jolla, CA
Klein, Overland Park, KS
Klein, Needham, MA
John (Jack) Van Horn's personal
Many thanks to Jack's son, (Jim Johandes) for sharing ~
M. Jesse Lesko
you who answered the call of your country and served in its Armed Forces to bring
about the total defeat of the enemy, I extend the heartfelt thanks of a grateful
Nation. As one of the Nation's finest, you undertook the most severe task one
can be called upon to perform. Because you demonstrated the fortitude, resourcefullness
and calm judgement necessary to carry out that task, we now look to you for leadership
and example in further exalting our country in peace.
~ Harry Truman ~
Lee Batson Obituary ~ (Nov 28, 2013)
on images to enlarge)
John Frank Jaroszewski
John Frank Jaroszewski (1919 - 1923)
some research for my son, a DC2 on the USS Wayne E Meyer, regarding his great-grandfather,
I ran across your USS Idaho website.
son was asking for me to figure out what ship his great-grandfather was on when
a picture of him was taken on deck while in port in Hong Kong.
have Grandpa Jaroszewski's Continuous Service Certificate and the Idaho was his
first ship. He was assigned to the Idaho on June 30, 1919 with Rate at enlistement
of "A.S." on July 1, 1919 the next day his Rate of Enlistment was "Sea
2c". He would be leave the Idaho a "Sea 1c" on July 15, 1921 and
join the USS Wyoming on Sept 30, 1921.
his Continuous Certificate Record, it lists him as "JOHN FRANK JAROSEFSKI"
However, the family spelling of the last name is Jaroszewski. He entered the service
on Feb 10, 1919 and was honorably discharged on Jan 18, 1936 at the rate of SF1c.
Grandpa J was recalled to active duty on April 6, 1942 and finally retired on
Sept 10, 1945 as a Chief Ship Fitter.
know my husband's family would love for him to be included on the USS Idaho's
included a picture of Grandpa J in Hong Kong and a copy of the page showing his
service on the USS Idaho.
you for your consideration.
Jack Van Horn, Top row fourth from left.
name is Jim Johandes. My father John (Jack) Van Horn served aboard the Idaho during
WWII. If you would like an interesting story of the USS Idaho ... click on the
February 11, 2014 ~
Mail Call from the Crew * Photo Albums of Ryle Johnson
Many thanks to 95-yr
old USS Idaho crew member, Ryle Johnson, for sharing his photo albums. I called
him a couple of months ago and he and his brother had just taken a cruise together
to celebrate his brother's 100th birthday. It's always great to hear from one
of the crew of the "Big Spud". I still receive about 10 or more emails
a month from family and friends of the USS Idaho crew, but when I get to chat
with the ones who served our country in WWII, it really makes my day.
just received this special email in regard to John Huey who not only served on
the USS Idaho, but helped build it when he worked in the naval ship yard before
joining the US Navy. Tom Williams writes:
man at our VFW was on the Idaho but doesn't show up on the crew list. He was a
GM2c on a fifty caliber. He served onboard in 44, 45, and 46. He carries a purple
heart from Okinawa. John is 87. Thank you in advance for your help getting him
on the crew list.
John worked on the Idaho before joining the Navy,
as a welder. He welded his initials on the bow below the water line. After boot
camp, he was assigned to the same ship. His shipmates didn't believe him till
BB42 went to dry dock after Okinawa and he showed them the "J.H" on
the hull. He also has pic's of the air assault at Okinawa. Thanks for your efforts,
he will be pleased to see his name on the shipmate roster .. he thinks no one
cares about "The Old Guys" anymore. Thanks, Tom
Williams Post Commander VFW 7622 New Florence, PA 15944
hope Tom will show John that his name is now on the USS Idaho Crew List and he
will know that "The Old Guys" are not forgotten. - Dave
I also just received
an email from a friend of shipmate, Tom Morales, GM2c from 40-45. Tom is in hospice
care at his home at this time. If anyone would like to contact Tom, they can SEND
AN EMAIL to Annette Morales(Tom's daughter). Our thoughts and prayers go out
for Tom and his family and wish him all the best.
~ Latest Photo Gallery
Many more photos
from Ryles' collection coming soon!
USS Idaho Crewmember Passing - Ralph Francis Majerus * USS Idaho Crewmember
Passing - Eugene J. O'Neill, RDM-2c * Dave gets a special Christmas present
* Mail Call from families of the USS Idaho Crew
USS Idaho Shipmate passes - LT JG Philip A. Jensen * Happy 87th Birthday to
"Pops" Seger *
More Sent-in Photos * A
gift to a special lady from a special lady *
Jan - June USS Idaho Association Newsletter from Margaret Graham