Entries from April 25, 2004 to Dec.25, 2005

" In Honor of the Men of the Battleship USS Idaho "

Name: Timothy Allen Burnham

Location: St. Louis, Mo U.S.A.
Date: Friday, December 16, 2005 at 23:55:39
I am looking for any survivors from USS New Mexico BB40 Thanks, Tim

Name: Paul Crocker

Location: Portsmouth, VA USA
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 20:35:18
My father, W.D. Crocker and my uncle, Staley Harrell served on the Idaho from around 1935 to 1939 while the ship was in Norfolk and then when it went back to Long Beach, Ca

Name: John Polly

Location: Redding, Ca. USA
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 14:24:55
My father John Polly served aboard the Idaho from "44" to "45". He was a yeoman 3/c assigned to engineering "Repair" Division (Engineering officers yeoman). My father passed away in 2003 of cancer. Feel free to correspond.

Name: maryellen (parziale) hudson

Location: burnsville, mn usa
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 13:21:55
my dad was on the uss idaho from 1940 to 1944. i found a bound pictoral book with the history and photos of the ships crew and the battle engagments. 1919 thru 1945.im sorry i dont have a personal computer, but you could find my phone number in burnsville minnesota.

Name:Douglas Hormann

Location: Hillsboro, OR USA
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 17:26:13
My father, John A. Hormann, was a Radioman aboard Idaho in 1944-45. He graduated bootcamp and radio school at Camp Farragut, Idaho then was posted to BB-42. He was aboard during the kamikaze attack. I have his WWII cruise book from the Idaho and its filled with great photos of the ship and her crew, including division photos. Dad passed away in 1976 after a long career as a school teacher.

Name: Captn Steve Woodward

Location: Hull, England
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2005 at 11:13:20
This site is a fitting reminder of what the men of the Idaho and the rest of the allies achieved, those involved with creating this site should be proud of their work, Im sure the Men of the Idaho are Steve W

Name: joy smith

Location: centreville, al USA
Date: Thursday, September 8, 2005 at 08:51:26
I am the daughter of William Leroy Smith who served on the Idaho during WWII--we want information on any reunions coming in 2006---you website is very informaive--THANK YOU

Name: Trey Moran

Location: Ft Worth , TX USA
Date: Friday, September 2, 2005 at 00:35:55
Still looking for info on William Slaughter who was listed on the 1920 census to be on board the Idaho while in port in San Pedro. I have a couple of pictures of him in his uniform. Rumor is that he was Chief Petty Officer...but thats not been proven. Any leads or help would be very much appreciated.

Name: Kirk Neff

Location: Mt.Sterling, Ohio U.S.A.
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 14:15:42
Thanks for this web site. My Grandfather Elvin (Pat) Crawford served on the Idaho. As a child I could not get enough of his stories about the ship. For years all I had to relate to was a photo he gave me showing the ship. Now, with this site, I can relive the memories of his stories.

Name: Edwin Garcia

Location: Kaneohe, HI U.S.
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2005 at 11:52:03
My grandfather, Albin E Franson, served on the U.S.S. Idaho (BB-42) during the 1920s (enlistment period unknown). I made this discovery by searching the Fourteenth Census of the U.S. - 1920 Population, January 20. He was only 17 at the time. I have a copy of this census (in digital format) for those who would like to see. The list contains only 50 names. Those who know of family members who served on the Idaho during the 1920s I would love to hear any stories you may have. Thank you.

Name: Cheryl Field

Location: Lawrenceville, GA USA
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2005 at 14:05:56
My father-in-law, Dr. Charles H. Field, was the doctor on the Idaho during WWII. My husband would love to hear from anyone who remembers his dad. Dr. Field died in the late 70's.

Name: Carole Friedland
Location: Redlands, CA
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2005 at 12:24:23
My uncle, Nathan Prusan(Prusansky) served on the Idaho in 1943/44. He is doing well and living in Henderson, NV.

Name: Terra Heywood

Location: Mesa, AZ USA
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 19:38:02
My grandfather- Elmer James Sanderson,sometimes he went by Sandy served on this ship during it's tour of duty in the Pacific. If anyone has any information or stories that you know about him, please e-mail me. Thank you so much!

Name: Patrick Struble

Location: Pretty Prairie, KS USA
Date: Saturday, August 13, 2005 at 09:44:04

Name: Briget Craft

Location: tujunga, ca usa
Date: Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 05:14:09
My Uncle, James Van Gordon was a crew member. I'm not sure of the dates late 30's. He was on the rowing and boxing teams. I have many old photos and Idaho yards I will send in the following days.

Name: Leroy Ellenberger

Location: St. Louis, MO U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at 23:29:53
My uncle Vernon Ellenberger was an ensign and gunnery officer on the USS Idaho, 1944-5. He also had responsiblity for the ice cream machine. I would be most grateful for any remembrances of his service for use in a family history my sister and I are writing. Vernon died in January 2003 at age 79 due to complications from Type 2 diabetes.

Name: Trey Moran

Location: Fort Worth, TX USA
Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2005 at 12:34:33
looking for info on William (may have gone by Lonnie) Slaughter who was aboard the Idaho in 1920. Any information is appreciated.

Name: Bob Hobson

Location: Lafayette, CA USA
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 13:40:24
My brother, G.W. (Bill Gullic) was on the Idaho from about 1942 to about 1945

Name: Brian Emery

Location: St George, UT USA
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 16:14:36
My grandfather served on the Idaho. His name was Leonard C Emery, from Thayer, MO. I am looking for anyone who may have information about him, and his service on this ship. Thank you.

Name: Daniel DeGarmo

Location: Jordan, ON Canada
Date: Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 13:25:38
My grandfather, Albert M. Balgo, served on the USS Idaho in WWII. He received a purple heart for taking a 40 caliber (I think) to the leg that blew his knee off. He gave me that medal for my 14th birthday. Today I am 30. If you have any information that would lend to my further knowledge of the ship and possible contact for shipmates for him it would be much appreciated. He is 82 years old and living in Moundsville, WV with his wife of over 50 years. His health is a bit challenged as he ran into some medical problems last winter. However, he still talks of his time on the Idaho. His favorite story to tell me was when a kamikaze hit the ship and he remembers "pulling a Jap's mustache off the side of the ship" as he tells it. Anyway, any help you could provide would be great. I would love to take him to a USS Idaho reunion sometime if there ever is one sometime. Please contact me...danieldegarmo@yahoo.com Dan

Name: Lonnie Robert

Location: Chunky , Ms US
Date: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 12:34:28
Battleship USS South Dakota

Name: Barbara Pries Hyde

Location: Phoenix, az usa
Date: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 18:49:10

Name: William M. (Bill ) Sweetwood

Location: Carson City, NV USA
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2004 at 14:58:04
I go by Bill, and my dad was on the Idaho I think from about early "43"-"45". He got orders after getting out of Boiler tender school. I have quite a few pictures and a class book from his school and will try to get copies to you. This is one of the best web sites I have found. Could you please add my dads name to the list of crew members?I do believe he was on the Idaho from early 43 to mid 45, his name was William M. (Bud) Sweetwood from Elko Nevada. He died in 1957 in an auto accident. I later went into the U S Navy from 1966 through 1969 to serve aboard 2 submarines. This is great site to honor those who served during WWII. Thanks again for the great work. Bill Sweetwood

Name: James C Copp

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 at 16:54:18
Thank you for setting up this site. My grandfather, James F. Copp, S2/c, served aboard BB42 from '44 to '46. He was a 20mm gunner on the Port side, 9th Division "Pea Shooters"

Name: Thomas Kubacki

Location: Walkerton , IN USA
Date: Friday, December 10, 2004 at 09:50:29
Wonderful website , My father served on a sister ship to the USS Idaho . He served on the BB40 USS New Mexico until the end of the war . With their clipper bows this class of BB had to be one of the most beatiful ship afloat in their day .

Name: steve grau

Location: omaha, ne 68136
Date: Friday, November 19, 2004 at 13:58:43
was looking for robert meck who served on the idaho during wwII. have info about my father-in-law.

Name: George C. Crisel

Location: San Jose, Ca. U. S. A.
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2004 at 00:12:07
My dad served 1941-42. She was his first ship, and always had a big share of his heart. He passed in May, 2002. He always treasured his time on her. His Headstone reads: Charles C. Crisel. USS Idaho- USS Lexington.

Name: Ruedene Roye Phinney, Glenda and Herb Ames

Location: Allen, Tx USA
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2004 at 12:15:43
Hi cousin!

Name: Alan Davidson

Location: Canyon lake, Tx. USA
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2004 at 18:22:26
I see some of dads work in the web page. I am proud of my dad and all those other men who gave up a vital part of their lives to protect this country

Name: Cecil "Ed" Hewitt

Location: Ocala, FL USA
Date: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 08:07:28
I went aboard the U.S.S. Idaho in Iceland in 1941. We chased a German Battleship across the Artic Circle. We got underway for Norfolk, Va on December 8, 1941 and arrived in the Pacific in early February, 1942.I spent four years on the Idaho in the First Division and then the M-Division. I was a MM1/c at the end of the war. The Idaho was a great ship.

Name: Lew Davidson

Location: Canyon Lake, Tx. USA
Date: Monday, August 16, 2004 at 23:14:04
Great web site, keep up the good work; hope it brings some of us together and especially the children of the Idaho Vets

Name: James Jacob

Location: Kansas City, MO. USA
Date: Monday, August 16, 2004 at 22:20:09
Hi Folks--cant seem to enter my dad on the crew list--maybe the site is just not MAC friendly. B.W. Jacob corporal USMC 1942--43 later became DI San Diego Loves the Mighty I never calls her the big spud. Interesting stories about the Aleutians.

Name: Stan Smith

Location: Laguna Niguel, Ca. USA
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2004 at 23:05:29
Dear Dave, Thanks for the great Web Site and correspondance! Hope you got the pictures of my Father Al Smith/BB42 O.K. My Father was on the USS Idaho during cruises up in the Alutian Islands and South Pacific. Also, he did spend time in Pearl Harbor after Dec 7th 41 working on salvaging the damaged Battleships (he said was very depressing). He talked with pride being stationed on USS Idaho and made a few of the Reunions prior to the one in Hawaii which he invited me to go. I still regret not taking him as he passed away in 1998.He was really proud when I enlisted in the USNR and was Honorary Dicharged as a DM2. One great moment for both of us was to be able to be present for the Commissioning and Decommissioning of the USS Missouri in 1986/1992.My family wishes you the best in continuing this Web Site. Sincerely, Stan Smith

Name: Curt Taras

Location: Bethesda, MDDate: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 10:34:32
Great site, Thanks for puting it together. CurtTaras, Grand nephew of Don Seger (USS Idaho 42-46

Name: Joe MacDonald

Location: Arnold, MDDate: Friday, July 16, 2004 at 22:18:41
Great web site! In honor of my father Ralph L. MacDonald Mus.1c (ship's band)aboard USS Idaho from 1942-1945.

Name: William E Lindberg

Location: Stratford, Conn Fairfeild
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 16:58:59
was MM third class 1943-1945 please add my name to crew list thank you.

Name:William E Lindberg

Location: Stratford, Conn Fairfeild
Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2004 at 16:57:23
was MM third class 1943-1945 please add my name to crew list thank you.

Name: Mike Green

Location: Port Angeles, WA USA
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 21:05:09
Congratulations on your informative website. I've always been interested in the Idaho, especially with her unique 5"/38 single secondary mounts. It made her a bit more unique and adds to her interest.

Name: Williiam F. Callender

Location: Sarasota, FL 34235 USA
Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at 16:11:48
I was stationed in USS Idaho from Dec. 42 till April, '45, Mus 1/c, in the band. Can give you names of all the other band members if desired, those deceased also.

Name:Billy Gambino

Location: Freeport, TX USA
Date: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 16:22:14
Another great site Dave ... forgot your Dad was a sailor ... what a legacy ... Kathy's Dad was at Pearl during the attack Dec. 7, 41'

Name: Rena Bentley Inmon

Location: Cross Lanes, WV USA
Date: Monday, June 14, 2004 at 18:58:59
I'm the daughter of James Lewis Bentley who served on the Idaho from 42-44. He was a Baker and I've heard many stories of his days in the Navy. He doesn't have a computer but I am sending him all this information for Father's Day. His nickname was "Red dog". I'd love to hear from anyone that remembers him. He is 82 and doing fine. Thank you for this site as I am so very proud of my Dad and everyone that served with him. GOD BLESS AMERICA !

Name: David Smith

Location: Vancouver, WaDate: Thursday, June 10, 2004 at 23:06:37
In Honor of my father Barnett "Frank" Smith. Gunners Mate

Name: Alan and Elizabeth Epps

Location: Hooks, Tx USA
Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 15:46:43

Name: Barry L. Hendrix

Location: Springfield, Mo USA
Date: Sunday, June 6, 2004 at 17:27:51
In Honor of my father, EM2 Royce C. Hendrix.

Name: Chris Fetzeck

Location: Johnstown, PA USA
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2004 at 19:13:19
Grandson/Godson of recently deceased George Warr of Warren, PA. George served on the Idaho from 1943-1945 in the Pacific Naval Theater, WWII, as a site setter and gunner, Turret Two.

Name: Frank Korzeniewski

Location: New York, NY USA
Date: Thursday, June 3, 2004 at 07:41:18
I am the son of a USS Idaho crew member. My dad, James Korzeniewski, was a Seaman 2, and served on the Idaho in 1945, and was a crew member off Okinowa whan she took the Kamazi hit. He often told the story in being below decks shoring up the damage in the blister created by that hit. He was 17 when he saw action in Pacific, and pride in his ship and shipmates was always evident. Dad is gone now, but thanks to his album and your web site, his memories are still alive. Thanks.

Name: Jo Davis(Odell Wrights wife)

Location: Beatty, Nv. U.S.A.
Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2004 at 12:12:22
I love this web. thank you for having it.

Name: Leslie Thorn (Don Seger's niece)

Location: Garden Grove, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 14:44:01
Great website. Loved seeing all the pictures of Uncle Bud (Don).

Name: Angela Seger

Location: San Diego, CA USA
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 02:27:33
I am Don Seger's baby girl and this is so special to see my Dad and all of you in your Navy days. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your service to our Country. May God Bless you all, Angie Seger

Name: Sharon Frisk

Location: San Diego, CA USA
Date: Monday, May 24, 2004 at 23:45:19
A beautiful website! Thank you for sharing and thank you to all the men of the USS Idaho for their service and for the quality of our lives today. God bless you all.

Name: Steve Parris (son of Luther H. Parris, Jr.)

Location: Lewes, DE USA
Date: Sunday, May 16, 2004 at 20:44:29
Dave, the site looks great! As I've told you, My father, Lu Parris, served on the Idaho from '42 to'45. He's not on the net, but really apreciates the material I've downloaded for him about his former ship and its crew. Needless to say, he's excited about the "Idaho Pride" site too! Keep up the good work, and please let me know how I can help. Steve

Name: Selwyn Parker (daughter of Fred Schultz)

Location: Cordova, TN USA
Date: Monday, May 3, 2004 at 21:18:08
My dad served on the Idaho from around'43 until the end of the war. He lives in Murray,KY, but does not have e-mail so I am signing the guest book for him. He will be very interested to see the information that you have put together for this web site. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

Name: Selwyn Parker (daughter of Fred Schultz)

Date: Monday, May 3, 2004 at 21:12:26

Name: Marian Wright (in honor of Odell Wright)

Location: Beatty, NV USA
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 23:33:41
Dave, thank you for this site. I was very excited to find my dad's (Odell Wright FC 1C) signature in your dad's autograph book. I look forward to new additions to the site, keep up the good work!


Location: Phoenix, Arizona USA
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 17:57:34
DAVE, you are some thing else. Keep up your spirit and your Dads

Name: C S Moberly

Location: Waukegan, IL US
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 10:56:02
I am writing for MY dad who watches over my shoulder. He is 91 and is still "captain" of his ship. I think its great that you created this site. Keep in touch as I print out all emails for my dad.

Name: Smokey Roye

Location: Lake Jackson , Tx. USA
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 10:37:49
Dave, Good Job. Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

Name: Lewis Davidson

Location: Canyon Lake, Texas USA
Date: Sunday, April 25, 2004 at 14:26:41
This web page is no doubt going to be one of the outstanding ones on the net. It has so much to offer. It will keep us from forgetting our men who fought and those who paid the ultimate price.

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