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Chief Yeoman Joe Dudash, photo taken on the Elmore in late 1945.

Photo Gallery

Our photo gallery is limited but we hope to have those old photo albums in forgotten attic chests unlocked someday, with photos finally found and shared by the crew's descendants.

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Chief's Quarters
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Elmore's Chief's Quarters as it looked during the Christmas of 1944.

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San Francisco Bar
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Some of Elmore's crew relaxing in a San Francisco bar in January, 1946. Yeoman Charlie Dahdah (one of three known surviving members of the crew) is pictured at top, right.

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Robert Leland Lionberger, Gunner's Mate. From the collection of his grandson, Brian Lionberger.

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Group shot on Elmore, possibly the gunner's mates. Robert Leland Lionberger is in the first row (bottom row), second from left. From the collection of his grandson, Brian Lionberger.

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Coming Home
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Crew preparing to disembark in San Francisco Bay in January 1946. Notice the boat at the bottom of the gangway.

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Close Up 1
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Close-up of photo to left. Chief Yeoman Joe Dudash, in dress uniform, looking towards camera.

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Captain Reynolds
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Close-up of photo to far left. Captain John Leeper Reynolds surveys the scene from above.

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Aboard the Elmore
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Elmore arriving at San Francisco Bay in January 1946. Half of the crew departed the ship on the West Coast, the remainder a few months later in Alabama.

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Aboard the Elmore
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Sailors in dress whites on deck.

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Close Up
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Close-up of photo above. Chief Yeoman Joseph A. Dudash converses with a sailor as the USS Elmore approaches San Francisco in January, 1946 preparing to disembark a large part of the crew. The war was over and the men were finally going home!

Upon careful observation, you may notice that Joe is holding a cigarette between the first two fingers of his right hand. He gave up smoking when his first son, Gregg, was born.

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Captain Reynolds
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Close-up of photo of above left photo. Captain John Leeper Reynolds surveys the scene from above.

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Joe Lipari and the Chief
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Joe Lipari, Electrician's Mate, shaking hands with a Chief Boatswain’s Mate (identity unknown). From the Joe Lipari collection, courtesy of his daughter, Theresa Lipari Doyle.

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Joe Lipari and Friends
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Electrician's Mate Joe Lipari with two other crew mates (identity unknown). From the Joe Lipari collection, courtesy of his daughter, Theresa Lipari Doyle.

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Group Photo
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Photo of members of the crew aboard USS Elmore. Electrician's Mate Joe Lipari is in the back row, second from right. The identity of the others is waiting to be discovered. From the Joe Lipari collection, courtesy of his daughter, Theresa Lipari Doyle.

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R&R
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Sailors on R&R (Rest & Relaxation). While the location is undefined, our best guess is Mog Mog Island at Ulithi Atoll. From the Joe Lipari collection, courtesy of his daughter, Theresa Lipari Doyle.

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Yeoman Joe Dudash visiting home (Farrell, PA) in late July, 1943. He is catching up with his sweetheart and future wife, "Birdie."

After basic training at Great Lakes, Joe Dudash has been assigned to Gross Ile Naval Air Station, awaiting new construction. Finally, he had been ordered to report to a new ship being commissioned in August, USS Elmore (APA-42).

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Chief Yeoman Joe Dudash visiting home in May, 1945. USS Elmore was undergoing repairs in Bremerton, WA in preparation for the scheduled invasion of the Japanese home islands in November, 1945.

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