honor of the Crew of the USS Idaho -
'The Big Spud'
Loving Memory to
Mack L. Roye, Lew Davidson, & Don Seger
- USS Idaho Crew List
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!
- 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 5, 2015.
you for your dedication to our service members in memorializing
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.
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
to stumble onto your website ... Really interesting!
I am a bit
familiar with the USS Idaho as my father served on the ship
... Ralph Bornhorst.
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
He 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.
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
flags across the top of the painting is Navy code for
a photo he had received from the USS Idaho navy days.
on photo to Enlarge)
I also included
a video of his 94 the birthday celebration:
USS 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
I 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!
11.11.15 - In
the mail "USS Idaho Bell"
My name is SFC
William J Brewer US ARMY & IDARNG (RET)
Approximately 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)
11.10.11 - James
M Moulds USS IDaho (1943-1946)
08.03.15 - James
Dale Sullivan recollects of times on the USS Idaho. (The News-Gazette)
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J. Miller - Chief Gunners Mate on Tartu 2 - U.S.S Idaho
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
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
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 Sulfur
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. [Read
Francis M. Toale,
97, of Independence Iowa died February 8, 2015 at the ABCM
Rehabilitation Centers East Campus in Independence,
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.
Clara Ramona DePaepe on April 28, 1947 in Independence,
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.
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.
Thanks 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.
Nat Klein, La
Jim Klein, Overland
Rob Klein, Needham,
Van Horn's personal diary
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.
~ Jesse Lee
Batson Obituary ~
(Nov 28, 2013)
on images to enlarge)
John Frank Jaroszewski
John Frank Jaroszewski (1919 - 1923)
doing some research for my son, a DC2 on the USS Wayne E
Meyer, regarding his great-grandfather, I ran across your
USS Idaho website.
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.
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
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.
my husband's family would love for him to be included on
the USS Idaho's crew registry.
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 photo below!
February 11, 2014 ~
Mail Call from the Crew
* Photo Albums of Ryle Johnson
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.
I 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,
Post Commander VFW 7622
New Florence, PA 15944
I 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.
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
~ Latest Photo Gallery
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
gift to a special lady from a special lady
Jan - June USS Idaho Association Newsletter from Margaret