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Cool stuff since last time …

Added a new entry on the Passengers page for Arthur Veysey. Veysey was a Chicago Tribune war correspondent who traveled on USS Elmore as part of the U.S. Army's 24th Infantry Division in the invasion at Leyte. 25 years after the landing (1970), Veysey wrote an amazing story recounting his involvement in those events in the Philippines. This was an amazing find from the Tribune's archives. Veysey's memory for names is incredible, as you will read. While on the Elmore for just a few days, he somehow managed to find most of the ship's crew members from Chicago. Having lived in Chicago for 30 years, I know how it was done: the Chicago accent.

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This website was launched on 25 November 2018, three months after the 75th anniversary of Elmore's commissioning on 25 September 1943. Over the past year, we have added much additional material and improved the look of the website with new features. (Check out the parallax header of MacArthur at the top of the page.) There is still much more to do but we are on the right track.

I recently found a reference to Elmore's role in the Leyte invasion in Samuel Eliot Morison's seminal work "Leyte: June 1944 - January 1945." He mentions Elmore by name and the fact that two of her landing craft had been hit by Japanese mortar fire. One member of the crew and two army soldiers were killed. It was a tough day for Elmore.

In digging into the details contained in Morison's book, I found the names of the ships that comprised the force that secured Red Beach. I also discovered an amazing 3-D map of the Leyte invasion created by the Philippine government. After much thought and effort, a new web page has been added in the Shipboard section on Red Beach. I am happy with the end result and I hope that you will agree.

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