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Current version is 1.2.21

Cool stuff since last time …

Updated the Survivors page and added Yeoman Charlie Dahdah who worked with my father on Elmore. He has become a friend of mine and is an inspiration to several generations of Americans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Added a 3-D map of the Leyte battlefield in Shipboard.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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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