We are fortunate to have one of Elmore's remaining crew-members still with us. Yeoman Charlie Dahdah recently turned 95 years young. The world is a better place because of men like Mr. Dahdah.
USS Elmore (APA-42) was a Bayfield-class attack transport that served with the US Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. Here's a quick overview of the ship and how she earned eight battle stars.
General Douglas MacArthur, in his unrelenting quest to liberate the Philippines after four years of Japanese occupation, landed at Palo “Red” Beach, Leyte, on 20 October 1944. USS Elmore (APA-42) was there at Red Beach, landing troops of the U.S. Army’s 19th Infantry, 3rd Battalion, several hours ahead of MacArthur’s triumphant return. The Japanese defenders were ready, having built a fortress to repel the invaders at Hill 522, just inland from Red Beach, alongside the town of Palo.