Added a video interview with Albert G. Salter Jr., a radar operator on Elmore. Mr. Salter was interviewed in 2016 as part of the Friends of the WWII Memorial interview project.
This new page can be found in the Recollections section. Go to Crew / Shipboard / Recollections.
Added two additional videos to the Video Group 2 section. Both focus on Medal of Honor recipient, CPL Hershel “Woody” Williams for his bravery at Iwo Jima. Also fixed a broken link and made another link temporarily inactive.
Elmore's role in the liberation of the Philippines continues to unfold. On the Shipboard page there is a link to a new story: The Story of Hill 522. It may seem odd to focus on a geographical feature like a hill in a website about a ship. And yet mortar fire from a Japanese garrison on that hill took the life of one of Elmore's crewmen – Coxswain Franklin Burgess.
Added an additional drawer to the Bob Hope section of the Shipboard page in loving tribute to Frances Langford. Miss Langford, a singer/actress, was part of Hope's USO troupe during WWII. In fact, Langford may be second only to Mr. Hope -- who famously toured with the USO for more than 50 years -- in offering entertainment to American forces at war. And even Hope might have argued that Langford was actually No. 1.
“They were all glad to see us. That’s ‘us’ spelled ‘F-R-A-N-C-E-S,’” Hope told Life magazine for an August 1944 article. “No kidding, I walked into one camp with Frances Langford hanging from my arm. When the rush was over, my arm was hanging from Frances Langford.”
Added a slide pop-out page on The Inside Story about the job duties for a Yeoman during WWII. Back in the day, I worked on job descriptions and classifications in public sector personnel work. At the time, clerical jobs were changing due to the implementation of information technology into the workplace. While it is easy to get current Navy job specs, I wanted to be historically accurate. How was the Yeoman's job defined during WWII? In short, what was my dad's job on the Elmore? The link is at the bottom of the page.
Added the story of Merrill 'Snafu' Shelton to the Passengers page. If you have read Eugene Sledge's memoir "With The Old Breed" about the Marines at Pelileu and Okinawa or have seen the HBO miniseries "The Pacific," then you know about Snafu.
Added a 2010 newspaper interview with Mike O'Connor, a coxswain (boat driver) on Elmore's crew. Mr. O'Connor was 86 years old and he memory was still sharp. The article can be found on the Recollections page.
Added a new entry on the Passengers page: 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 the 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. (Go to the Crew page and then to the Passengers link.)
Added a page on the landing at Palo "Red" Beach in Leyte in the Philippines. This is where General Douglas MacArthur made his triumphant return to the Phillipines. USS Elmore was there, one of four attack transports that supported the landing. It was here that one of Elmore's crew members was killed.
Added more ship descriptions to the APAs section: APA-215 to APA-249. This completes the APA section. All ships accounted for!
Added more ship descriptions to the APAs section: APA-194 to APA-214. This completes page 7 of the APAs.
The Recollections page highlights ab interview of Elmore's crew members, conducted for the Veterans History Center of Lt. Robert Auchmutey Jr in 2004. There is a transcript of the video.
The Survivors page finally has a biography of one of our three known survivors, Walter Hite, who just turned 93 this summer.
Much of the work centered on developing the Shipboard page. The idea is to highlight how Elmore was there for some important events in history. If you are familiar with the HBO miniseries, The Pacific, then you will discover how Elmore fits in. The events of General MacArthur's historical return to the Philippines has a very clear tie to Elmore, as does a trip by Bob Hope to the Pacific island of Espiritu Santo.
The Reunions page is now being developed. The first entry is for a reunion that occurred in Cleveland, OH. There are two photos from that reunion, courtesy of Dick Mullen.
The Passengers page is now being developed. The first entry is for Pfc. Leonard F. Mason, USMC. He was awarded the Metal of Honor for bravery in battle in the invasion of Guam. He was mortally wounded, taken aboard USS Elmore where he died the next day, and was buried at sea.
Fifth record created in the Remembrance page: Lt. Charles R. Archmutey, Jr.
Added a story on the Stories page from Lt. Auchmutey: "Docking Maneuvers."
Corrected about a dozen entries in the 1944 and 1945 timelines, primarily spelling corrections and the names of fleet officers mentioned in the logs. Also replaced the video graphic on the top of the What's New? page with a more fluid video theme.
Added a story to the Stories page from Mike O' Connor, Boatswain's Mate, 2nd Class, regarding the landings at Okinawa.
Changed the Remembrance page banner photo to WWII Memorial in DC and the photo of the webmaster (me!) on the Web Tech page.
Added another story to the Stories page. Added Joesph N. Ermer to the Remembrance page.
Added two stories to the Stories page. Made some small biographical additions to the Remembrance page for Michael Annunziato and Carl J. Mullen.
Fixed link to Web Tech page. Several minor grammatical items were also corrected.
Updated APAs section: added 9 records. Deleted John Burns section of Team Elmore page.
Revised navigation buttons in the APA's group by eliminating the breadcrumb navigation bar in order to improve consistency with the overall website theme.
Revised navigation buttons in the ALL HANDS collection in order to improve consistency with the overall website theme.
Added the mini HOME menu icon to the following pages:
Fixed link to Overview page in Pacific War section and the same link in the side-slide menu.
Fixed links to several pages: Nimitz link the Admiral section and Ohka in the Kamikaze section.
Corrected a number of HOME button links, located at the bottom of various pages, to point to the correct location. Fixed the Side Menu link to the main Pacific War page.
Finally, after over a year of work, the USS Elmore website has finally launched. I gratefully acknowledge the support of a number of people, especially those on Team Elmore. It is gratifying to see our effort finally paying off. This is just the beginning, a good starting point. But we plan to make it ever better as time goes on.
I anticipate that the first month will focus almost exclusively on making spelling and grammatical corrections. After the first of the year, we will be looking to add new sections and improve current ones.
The objective of Team Elmore is to honor every crew member who served on APA-42. By our count, that works out to 971 men who served on Elmore during her commission in WWII. As many as we can discover, we will post each crew member's life story. If your father or grandfather served, we would greatly appreciate your help in this effort.
Added a video interview with Albert G. Salter Jr., a radar operator on Elmore. Mr. Salter was interviewed in 2016 as part of the Friends of the WWII Memorial interview project. This new page can be found in the Recollections section.
Added a detailed look at Elmore having been awarded 8 battle stars. This put her in the top 4% of all APAs. This page provides provides both a historical snapshot and a comparison. This new page can be found in the Shipboard section, labeled Battle Stars.
Added two additional videos to the Video Group 2 section. Both focus on Medal of Honor recipient, CPL Hershel “Woody” Williams for his bravery at Iwo Jima.
Added a 3-D map of the Leyte battlefield in Shipboard.
Added a great story about Hill 522, just inland from the landing site at Red Beach at Leyte in the Philippines. As with all things about USS Elmore, every effort is made to tell an interesting story while validating the historical record. This topic comes from the interest generated from the story "Return to Leyte" by a GI, Arthur Veysey, on revisiting Palo, Leyte some 25 years after MacArthur's landing at Red Beach in October, 1944.
Started off 2020 by adding a tribune to Frances Langford. Miss Langford, a singer/actress, was part of Bob Hope's USO troupe during WWII. The crew of the Elmore saw her perform with Bob Hope in 1944 at Espiritu Santo.
Also added a Remembrance panel for Chief Storekeeper William G. McCune.
Added a slide pop-out page on The Inside Story about the job duties of a Yeoman during WWII. I wanted to determine what my dad's job was as Chief Yeoman aboard USS Elmore.
Added a new entry on the Passengers page for Merrill 'Snafu' Shelton, a character made famous by Eugene Sledge's memoir "With The Old Breed" about the Marines at Pelileu and Okinawa and later in the HBO miniseries "The Pacific."
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.
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.