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USS Saratoga

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Those known to have sailed in

USS Saratoga

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Gille Edward Charles.
  • Seipp Charles Henry. Gunner (d.21st February 1945)
  • Whicher Stephen Emerson. Jnr Lt.

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Jnr Lt. Stephen Emerson Whicher USS Saratoga

My father, Stephen Whicer, served as "night operations" officer (I do not know the correct term) on the Saratoga from shortly after the US entered the war until the end of the war. The nature of his service is taken from his obituary, based on information supplied by the Navy. He would never willingly speak of his experiences. Once, as a young child, I found his box containing ribbons, medals and copies of the shipboard newsletter. I saw his byline on the newspapers. This would make sense as he was earning his PhD in English at the time war was declared and would become a professor after the war. He ordered me to put it all away and never touch it again. Mother said he then burned the lot. I have a studio portrait of my father in uniform and there survives a photograph from the Boston paper of the Saratoga with her superstructure on fire. I asked about it and my mother repeated his statement about that incident. He said he was on board, and had "just gone below decks" or would otherwise have been killed.

He suffered from what we now understand to be PTSD, and died by his own hand in November, 1961, when he believed the world was inexorably heading for another world-wide conflict. We, his children, would like to understand more about the nature of his service.

Ms. S. W. Whicher

Edward Charles Gille USS Saratoga

My Grandfather Edward Gille, served aboard the Saratoga during World War 2 as an Aircrewman. One of his last memories he writes about was the attack on Rabaul on November 11th, and how he and his pilot, "Smokey" Stover, we're hit. They were going to try to make it back to their ship, as neither wanted to bail out over Japanese territory. They had a fighter escort out of the area, but after that a decision had to be made. Bail out (No!), land back on the Saratoga (Not a popular idea with the crew and commanding officer due to the fact that they could lose control and cause serious problems, and cause damage to the flight deck and potentially injure crew members.), or ditch and (hopefully) get rescued. Opting for their third choice, they dumped their load and headed for the screen of destroyers around their carrier. Smokey tried to land as flat as possible, but it was still a hard hit, and my Grandfather hit on his left side, including his head. He doesn't know what happened to his pilot, Smokey, but eventually he was picked up by a rescue crew from one of the destroyers.

Kristi Shaffer

Gunner Charles Henry Seipp USS Saratoga (d.21st February 1945)

My great uncle, Charles Henry Seipp Jr., served as a marine gunner on the USS Saratoga during WW2. He lost his life, killed by a kamikaze pilot on 21st February 1945. Does anyone remember him?

Kelsey Gibson

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