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Charles Robert Auchmutey, Jr.
Veterans History Project Interview
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Lt. Charles Robert Auchmutey, Jr. came aboard USS Elmore on 7 September 1943, a few weeks after the ship had been commissioned. He served as Boat Gunnery Officer on a a 23-month tour of duty leading amphibious landing assaults and taking part in eight major battles from Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands to Okinawa. He departed Elmore on 8 June 1945, having serving for 640 days onboard the ship.

Charles Auchmutey was a native of Georgia. After the war, Charles married and settled in Atlanta, where he and his wife Janey raised four children. He worked for 36 years as an auditor at the General Motors plant in Lakewood. Charles died Tuesday, May 8, 2007 of complications from emphysema. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Auchmutey sat for a video interview at the Atlanta History Center as part of the Veterans History Project on 10 June 2004. A transcript of the interview was completed on 25 August 2004. Ironically, this was the 61st anniversary of the Elmore's commissioning in 1943.

While there are a few comments made that are not historically accurate, it is only due to the inevitable decline of memory over the decades. For instance, he states that "And then finally, we left San Diego and were gone for 23 months." Actually, it was about 16 months when the ship returned to the States – Bremerton, WA – for a refit before the scheduled invasion of the Japanese home islands. Everyone on the crew received two weeks of leave.

Other than that, Mr. Auchmutey's recollection is a fascinating treasure for understanding what life on Elmore was like by someone who was actually there. We are indebted to the Veteran's History Project.

You can choose to watch either the video interview or read the transcript of that interview by clicking on the appropriate button below.

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