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adamsDouglas S.  Adams
Ensign
Aircraft carrier USS Ommaney Bay
Jan. 4, 1945, Sulu Sea

 

 

Adams, a pilot, was killed when a kamikaze hit his escort carrier. The 22-year-old graduate of San Pedro High School (Summer 1940) was in the pilots’ ready room when the attack came, according to fellow officers.

He was survived by his parents of 714 28th St.

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After attending Compton College for a year, Adams entered the naval air corps as a cadet in 1942. He was commissioned in February 1944 at Corpus Christi, Texas and sailed in June aboard the carrier Franchot Bay. He was transferred to a land base in the Admiralty Islands before joining composite squadron 75 (FM-2 Wildcat fighters and TBM Avenger torpedo bombers) on the Ommaney Bay in November. That December, he was credited with downing a Japanese plane while helping to ward off enemy air assaults against American troops during the Mindoro invasion in the Philippines.

For photos and information on the Ommaney Bay:

http://www.navsource.org/archives/03/079.htm

http://www.ibiblio.net/hyperwar/USN/ships/CVE/CVE-79_OmmaneyBay.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/o2/ommaney_bay.htm

 

Bodecker, 28, was to be home for Christmas. He was one of 33 killed when the ship was hit by a torpedo and later straddled by bombs and strafed by machine gun fire. He suffered generalized third-degree burns from the flash fire caused by the torpedo. He left a wife, XXXX, and daughter, Marian, 3, of 236 W. 14th St.

The Helena later saw much action in the South Pacific and was sunk in the Battle of Kula Gulf in July 1943. For more on the USS Helena:

http://www.usshelena.org/cl50.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-h/cl50.htm

 

Borger would have been eligible to retire in 1942 after 20 years’ service in the U.S. Navy. He left a wife, Evelyn Mae, and two children, Richard Jr., 11, and Grace Marie, 6. They lived at 1026 20th St.

He was one of 1,177 men killed when the Arizona blew up just minutes after the attack began and is interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii. For more information about the Arizona:

www.nps.gov/usar

www.nps.gov/archive/usar/ExtendWeb1.html

www.library.arizona.edu/exhibits/ussarizona

www.cr.nps.gov/nr/TwHP/wwwlps/lessons/18arizona/18arizona.htm

www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-a/bb39.htm

www.ibiblio.org/phha/arizona/gallery.html

http://www.homeofheroes.com/pearlharbor/pearl_5az.html

 

Burger was one of 429 men who died when the Oklahoma was torpedoed and capsized.
The native of Tennessee left a wife, Mary, and two children, Howard, 8, and Glenna Mae, 2. They lived at 1144 22nd St.
He’s listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Oahu, Hawaii.

There is a picture of Burger holding one of his children at this site: www.ussoklahoma.com

For more pictures and information on the Oklahoma:

www.ussoklahoma.com/PearlToday.html

www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-o/bb37.htm

www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/nmcp.asp

http://www.abmc.gov/memorials/memorials/hn_pict.pdf

www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm

 

Buchanan left a wife, Thelma, of 3104 Carolina St.

Listed on Tablets of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Oahu, Hawaii.

www.cem.va.gov/CEM/cems/nchp/nmcp.asp

http://www.abmc.gov/memorials/memorials/hn_pict.pdf

 

Charlton left a wife, Lillian, of 387 W. 22nd St.

Interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Duane was 44 years old, with 19 years in the Navy. A native of San Francisco, he had lived in San Pedro 15 years.

He was one of seven men who died when the Vestal, moored alongside the Arizona, was struck by two bombs, no doubt meant for the battleship.

Duane left a wife, Edna Mable, of 3838 S. Pacific Ave.

 

Goggin left a wife and child.

He’s listed on Tablets of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Gross left his father, Rodney, of 792 W. 26th St.

He’s interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Hayden is listed on Tablets of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Jones was one of 58 men who died on the Utah, a target ship anchored on the side of Ford Island opposite Battleship Row. Mistaken for a front-line battleship, Utah capsized after being struck by torpedoes.

He left a wife, Eleanor, of 1152 W. 24th St.

He had been in the Navy two years.

Interred with his shipmates at the USS Utah Memorial at Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Juedes left a wife, Nona, of 938 S. Gaffey St.

Interred with his shipmates at the USS Utah Memorial at Oahu, Hawaii.

www.ussutah.org

www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-u/bb31-y.htm

www.pastfoundation.org/Arizona/UtahHistory.htm

 

Lake was 31.

He left a wife, Dorothy, and two children, John Irvin , 4, and Martin Wesley, 3 months, of 853 W. 23rd St.

He’s interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Lamons was one of 57 men who died when the Nevada, the only battleship to get under way on Dec. 7, was attacked. The captain beached the ship to prevent it from sinking and blocking the harbor entrance.

He left a wife, Marguerite, of 133 N. Marshall St.

www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-n/bb36.htm

 

Miller left a wife, Vivian, of 528 W. 21st St.

Interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

The Winter 1941 graduate of San Pedro High School left behind his parents of 858 W. 25th St. and a twin brother, William.

He’s interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Peterson, a native of North Dakota, was 25.

He left a wife, Clara, and son, Richard, 16 months, of 1012 S. Palos Verdes St.

Interred with his shipmates at the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

Portillo was one of the two San Pedro High students to die at Pearl Harbor.

He was one of 24 men to die on the Pennsylvania, which was bombed while in dry dock.

He left a wife, Marcia, of 278 W. 18th St.

www.history.navy.mil/photos/sh-usn/usnsh-p/bb38.htm

 

Lloyd Leslie Smith

Electrician’s mate, second class

Seaplane tender USS Langley

 

Walker left a wife, Lucille, of 1363 Santa Cruz St.

He’s listed on Tablets of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Oahu, Hawaii

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