Charles Dahdah. is a hero to his family and country who served during WWII on the USS. Elmore (APA 42). He received the following commendations: Pacific Theatre Ribbon (5 stars), Good Conduct Ribbon, Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation (2 stars) Medal.
Charlie worked directly with my dad and now we are friends. He recently turned 94 years old (born on June 4, 1926) and is still going strong. I hope he breaks the century mark!
Walter S. Hite Jr., of Richmond, Va., passed away on December 15, 2019 at the age of 94. He was preceded by his wife, Vera; and son, Keith. He is survived by his children, James (Bobbie), Donna Sauls (Paul) and Peggy Johnson; six grandchildren, eight great and two great-great-grandchildren. He served with my father and became a friend of mine. He shall be missed.
Quartermaster. 2nd Class, Walter Hite, steered USS Elmore.
The pilot house or steering station is located on the navigating bridge or 02 level and is the control center of the ship. The captain's bridge is the open area or flying bridge above the pilothouse on the 03 level. Orders to the pilothouse were sent by the Officer of the Deck (OOD) or Captain from the flying bridge above.
In the pilothouse or steering station, the ship was steered by the helmsman who kept the ship on course by watching the gyro compass repeater. A magnetic compass is located in a binnacle for use in emergencies. The Lee Helmsman sent orders to the engine rooms by means of the mechanical engine order telegraph which included knobs to indicate the exact number of revolutions per minute desired from the engine room.
Other equipment located in the pilothouse includes the clinometer, radar indicator PPI repeater, chart table, control panels for the ship's navigational lights, alarms, and communication equipment (ie: speakers and sound powered phones).
Approximately fourteen men manned the bridge and pilothouse during normal condition II war cruising.