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USS Boise (CL-47) was a United States Navy Brooklyn-class light cruiser, with a length of 185 m. Named for Boise, the capital city of the state of Idaho. Built by Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, construction started on April 1, 1935 and she was launched on December 3, 1936. In February 1939, Boise joined Division 9, Cruisers Battle Force, at San Pedro, Ca. She operated alternately off the west coast and in Hawailan waters until November 1941. She then escorted a convoy to Manila, Philippine Islands, arriving 4th of December 1941. At the outbreak of war in the Philippines, on the 8th of December 1941, Boise joined TF 5 in the East Indies. In September 1942 she helped cover the landing of Marine reinforcements on Guadalcanal and was she was hit by Japanese shells in the Battle of Cape Esperance and was repaired at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. During the landings on Sicily in 1943 she acted as a cover and fire support ship. In 1944 she took part in operations along the northern shore of New Guinea. In the spring she carried General MacArthur on a 35,000 mile tour of the Central and Southern Philippines and Brunei Bay, Borneo, and then returned to San Pedro, California.
21st Jan 1942 Damage
22nd Jun 1942 Convoy
Jul 1942 Raiding
1st Sep 1942 Cover
12th Oct 1942 In Action
19th Nov 1942 Repairs
8th June 1943 Setting Sail
21st June 1943 Preparations
15th Nov 1943 Arrival
31st Dec 1943 Arrival
27th April 1944 Landings
2nd Jun 1944 Tour
7th Jul 1944 Arrival
20th Oct 1944 Arrival
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Those known to have sailed in
during the Second World War 1939-1945.
- Adams Johnnie B.. Sea. (d.12th Oct 1942)
- Baldock James Joseph. GM 1st class
- Biggs Martin Buell. Mate 2nd Class.
- Blackwelder Aaron A.
- Blankley Francis.
- Bolin Frank C.. Cpl.
- Brower James.
- Burgess .
- Carr Luther.
- Clark Merl.
- Crespo Allen.
- Dillon Lloyd P..
- Dimmler Frederick.
- Easton Jack Prescott.
- Elliott William Earl. (d.12th Oct 1942)
- Emblom William.
- Ewald Francis Whaley. Cpt.
- Ficarra Philip. (d.5th Aug 1942)
- Filewood E. V.. BM2C
- Fletcher Adam Arnold. (d.5th Aug 1942)
- Forrer Kenneth Dale.
- Gambill Gene.
- Gilliam Joseph. Radioman
- Gilliam Warren.
- Given John Nathaniel. Aerographers Mate 1st Cl
- Haas Nicholas M..
- Hanson Duane H..
- Howell John D..
- Howell Kenneth P.. B/Mate 1st Cl.
- Howell Kenneth Preston.
- Hughes Roy Edward. (d.11th Oct 1942)
- Jaquish George.
- Jones Howard.
- Keating James Joseph. (d.12th Oct 1942)
- Lane George Reid. PO.
- Langelo Vincent A..
- Leary Joseph F.. Store Keeper 2nd Class
- Leary Joseph F..
- Manning Willliam Mark.
- McAmis C. C.. B'swain
- McCandlish B. V.. Capt.
- McLaughlin William Vincent.
- McLaughlin Willliam Vincent.
- Mcmahon Robert.
- Meyers Henry.
- Neeley Gerald Amos.
- Paulsen Francis D..
- Peck Jesse Gene.
- Phillips David Orland. Fireman 1st cl.
- Poole Minor Butler. GM2. (d.11th-12th Oct 1942)
- Powell Edward John. Lt.
- Prokop Stephen.
- Pugh George.
- Renner Brunner. (d.12th Oct 1942)
- Schramm Ruben. EM2c.
- Schramm Rueben.
- Spaulding Robert E..
- Steinmetz Joseph Alexander. Ens.
- Thomas Harold Chester. Lt. (j.g.) (d.Oct. 1942)
- Tucker Don.
- Tyndal Earl. (d.12th Oct 1942)
- Wininger Darrell.
- Withers Daniel Leonides. (d.November 1942)
- Wollenberg Frederick Richard. (d.5th Aug 1942)
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Aerographers Mate 1st Cl John Nathaniel "Jack" Given USS Boise CL-47My father served on the Boise from early '42 through the end of the war. He was on board for all major campaigns including the Battle of Cape Esperance and McCarther's tour of the Phillipines. As Aerographers Mate or meteorologist, he was positioned near the Bridge of the ship and we have some of the messages or reports. As with many servicemen that saw action, he didn't speak much about the actual battles or even the war in general.Paul Given
EM2c. Ruben Schramm USS BoiseI have found this card that my father Rueben Schramm had he was on the USS Boise. Could anyone tell me what it was used for or what it means? Thank you for reading this hope some one can help.
Editor: This is a "Crossing the Line" certificate, given to crew members at a ceremony performed to honour Neptune whenever the ship crosses the Equator.Sharon Kelm
Lt. (j.g.) Harold Chester Thomas USS Boise (d.Oct. 1942)I am an associate currently working on the namesakes of the individual vessels of the United States Navy for the web site NavSource.org. I need assistance obtaining a digital image of Lt. (j.g.) Harold C. Thomas. The image is to be posted along with his biography on the page dedicated to the escort destroyer USS Harold C. Thomas (DE-21) named in his honor. He was mortally wounded during the Battle of Cape Esperance. I am looking forward to hearing from former crew members or family members of the USS Boise with any information in the very near future or on any other Namesakes. We need tons of assistance in our project.Bill Gonyo
Jack Prescott Easton USS BoiseMy grandfather Jack Prescott Easton served on the USS Boise during WWII. That is the only information I have. He didn't like to talk about it. I sure would like to find some photos or others that knew him.Susan Riddle
Nicholas M. Haas USS BoiseMy Dad, Nicholas M. Haas, was a Marine aboard the USS Boise. I know he was on board during the Sicily campaign and fought aboard her in the South Pacific afterwards. He passed away in 1954, and I have some items of his and some notes. I have to check the dates, but I believe he went aboard sometime in 1942.Johnny Haas
George Pugh USS BoiseMy grandfather, George Pugh, was on the USS Boise from I believe either 1939 or 1941 to 1946. I was wondering if anyone remembers him or had any information about him during that time?Matthew Pugh
Jesse Gene Peck USS BoiseJesse Gene Peck served on USS Boise. I believe he was a gunner's mate.Shannon maxey
Merl ClarkMerl Clark had a 20-year career in the US Navy and was a WWII Veteran where he received 13 battle star citations and 5 personal citations from the Navy. Six of those twenty years were served on the USS Boise CL47. The USS Boise was part of the Pacific fleet and during his tenure with the ship, Mr. Clark participated in The Battle of Cape Esperance (sunk 4 ships), the Battle of Guadalcanel, The Lone Tokoyo Raid; and the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Mr. Clark was aboard the US Boise during the Lingayen Gulf Landing (Philippines) with General McArthur aboard.
During his Navy career, Mr. Clark was the commanding officer of approximately eight different LCU, a recruiter, deep sea diver, and an instructor for boot camp. He received six letters of commendation for his service (one for citing the enemy during WWII as a gunner on the Boise and another for attaching a coaxial cable on the enemy’s submarine). He was also awarded “Outstanding Chief” of an LCU during his tenure. Overseas ports of call included: Sicily, Gibraltar, New Guinea, Portugal, Panama, most major Pacific Isles, Sidney Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Philippines, West Indies, Bombay India, Colombo Ceylon, Brunei Bay Borneo, Athens, Korea, Naples, Algiers, Plymouth and Cannes France to name a few.
He participated in two fleet campaigns and was in Torino the day that Sicily surrendered and took 700 commandos as prisoners. When he was not on an ocean campaign, he spent most of his Navy career in Navy bases located in Virginia and California.Deb Mills
Kenneth Dale Forrer USS BoiseMy father, Kenny Forrer, served on the USS Boise from sometime in 1943 until the completion of Operation Magic Carpet in 1946. He never talked too much about the war except to say that the kamikazes were terrible and the General McArthur was aboard ship.
Now that my father is deceased, us kids are trying to piece together what he did and where he was during the war. If anyone has any information, such as which division he was assigned to, a crew list that shows his name, etc., please feel free to contact me.Jeffrey Forrer
Store Keeper 2nd Class Joseph F. "Reds" Leary Sugar Division USS BoiseMy Grandfather Joseph F. Leary, Store Keeper 2nd class fought on the USS Boise from 1942 until 1946. He is 87 years old and still speaks often of his time on the ship and the men he served with. We would be very interested in hearing from anyone who remembers him.Michael Conroy
Ens. Joseph Alexander Steinmetz USS BoiseMy stepfather, Joe Steinmetz was aboard the USS Boise (Light Cruiser) during 1942 and told stories about being in Ceylon after the ship hit an uncharted reef and had to go to India for repairs.
He also told us about being the OOD one night on the bridge, when he saw a Japanese torpedo stream by to starboard. He summoned the captain and asked permission to do evasive turns but this request was refused. He was very upset about it and made a terse comment in the ship's log. I would love to see the log entry, but I don't know where to look....Jim Spies
Daniel Leonides Withers USS Boise Cl-47 (d.November 1942)I never knew my Uncle as he was killed before I was born. My mother missed him terribly and would tear up anytime she saw men in uniform. She is gone now and I would love to have more information about the farm boy from Missouri who went to sea.Marily Francis Hughey
PO. George Reid Lane USS BoiseMy uncle, George Reid Lane, was on the USS Boise.(CL-47) at the Battle of Cape Esperance. He was into one of the turrets. A total of 107 crew was killed and his family received word that he was missing in action, then received a gram that he was dead. Several months later he walked into the family home alive. However, he had been unconscious for a long period of time could have been the mix up. He returned home with a steel plate into his head and scars on his back.
He has passed away now. I would love to have information to share with my sons about their great uncle. If any one can give roster list to show their names etc. or has an medical information, somewhere to make a connection it would be a wonderful to have.Joyce C. Lassiter
James Joseph Keating USS Boise (d.12th Oct 1942)James Keating was my Uncle. He was killed in action, during the battle of Cape Esperance on 12 Oct 1942. He joined the Navy in early 1942 shipped out of San Diego never to return. Two of his 4 brothers followed him into the Navy later that same year, Walter and Ed both survived the war.Tom W McCarthy
Joseph F. Leary USS BoiseMy Grandfather Joseph F. Leary, Store Keeper 2nd class fought on the USS Boise from 1942 until 1946. He is 87 years old and still speaks often of his time on the ship and the men he served with. We would be very interested in hearing from anyone who remembers him.Michael Conroy
Vincent A. Langelo USS BoiseA book giving the details of the Boise during WWII was written by a former member of the crew and was published in 2000. The book provides a great deal of information that relatives of the former crew members may find interesting. With All Our Might by Vincent A. LangeloErik Gilliam
Warren Gilliam USS BoiseMy father Joe Gilliam, his twin brother Warren, and the fellow who became their brother-in-law after the war, Don Tucker all served on the Boise. All three were Radiomen and were ship's company by mid 1941. My Uncle Warren was transfered off the ship after the Battle of Cape Esperance and served on an LST for the rest of the war.Erik Gilliam
Radioman Joseph Gilliam USS BoiseMy father Joe Gilliam, his twin brother Warren and the fellow who became their brother-in-law after the war, Don Tucker all served on the Boise. All three were Radiomen and were ship's company by mid 1941. My Uncle Warren was transfered off the ship after the Battle of Cape Esperance and served on an LST for the rest of the war. My father and his brother have both passed away, but Uncle Don is still alive and lives in the Palm Springs area of California.
A book giving the details of the Boise during WWII was written by a former member of the crew and was published in 2000. The book provides a great deal of information that relatives of the former crew members may find interesting. With All Our Might by Vincent A. LangeloErik Gilliam
Don Tucker USS BoiseMy Uncle Don Tucker, my father Joe Gilliam, his twin brother Warren, all served on the Boise. All three were Radiomen and were ship's company by mid 1941.Erik Gilliam
Mate 2nd Class. Martin Buell Biggs USS Boise CL-47Martin B. Biggs was my Uncle. He was on the USS Boise CL-47 in the Battle of Cape Esperence and survived. He was a Fireman's Communication Mate and told of being in communication with all sections of the ship during the Battle. He recounted that as he heard the words to close watertight doors he knew a friend in that section was gone. He remembered the sounds of the shells hitting the ship and stuffing the holes with bedding later to help stay afloat. He told me of passing the Jap Fleet on the way to Guam and the Exec being upset that they could receive messages but not send out. He lost several friends on the USS Arizona.Richard Biggs
Lt. Edward John Powell USS BoiseMy 2nd cousin, Edward John Powell, known as Jack was born in 1911, and emigrated to the USA in 1913 as a small boy, with his parents, Edward and Matilda Powell, and his three older sisters, Vera Gladys, Doris Irene, and Marjorie. All members of the family were born in Monmouthshire, South Wales. Jack's father (an accountant) had received an inheritance in 1912 from his uncle, who was a resident of Kansas City, and that was where the family eventually settled.
During World War 2 Jack served on USS Boise as a Lieutenant, and all my information about him was passed on to me by my late aunt, so the information is rather limited. He was known to serve in the Pacific, and was aboard USS Boise, when it escorted General MacArthur.
After World War 2, Jack settled in California, and was still unmarried in 1948, when his father went to live with him. I have no knowledge about him after 1950. If anyone knows anything more about Jack Powell, I would be most interested to hear, as I may also have living descendants of this side of the Powell family, still in the USA.Jan Hazell
John D. Howell USS BoiseLt John D Howell he was on the USS Boise on the fateful night of Oct 11th. He was a great war hero. He is 91 yrs old now and in bad health but he received the Naval Cross for his service on the Boise on Oct 11 and was in charge of the planning, plotting and firing of all the guns and with keeping the boat afloat after the attack. He also was later given his own ship to be Captain over the Kaskaskai and also went on to become a avaitor and rescue the men in Anartica in 1947 at Pine Island when their plane went down and 3 died and 6 lived. John D Howell flew in and got them in what is called Operation High Jump. There are numerous articles and mentions of him in books that have been written about the Boise, the Kaskaskai ships and also the Operation High Jump on the rescue of the 6 men in the Anarticia in 1947 it is all in history about these brave men.
An admirer of a great man and the Boise and the men who served on her.
James Brower USS BoiseMy grandfather, James Brower, served on the Boise during WW2. He told me stories out being in Algiers, and having a Stuka drop a bomb on him off Italy, and the Battle of Surgawa Strait. After my grandfather died I met a man who served on Battleship Pennsylvania, and he told me how his ship was in Surgawa too. He said remembers the Boise in action a few thousand yards away. It was a great conection to grandfather's past.Jason Brower
Stephen Prokop USS BoiseThis picture is from the USS Boise in 1945. My father, Stephen Prokop, Jr. is pictured.Dave Prokop
Cpt. Francis Whaley Ewald USS BoiseUnfortunately, my grandfather Frank Ewald died when I was only 5 so I never got to hear any of the tales of his time on the USS Boise. It says on some papers I found that his primary duty was Student A.A. Control Officer and in remarks it says Deck Division Officer. I am not sure what that means or what he did exactly. I would love to know more. He was on the USS Boise from Sept. 44 through Oct. 45 for the Battle of Leyte. He did continue on in the Navy and eventually became a Captain. He was accepted and graduated from flight school. He went on to become a flight instructor in Norfolk, and then a test pilot in Maryland. Eventually, he was Commander of the Naval Air Development Center in Johnsonville, PA. He retired about a year before he died at Bethesda. I would love to learn more about his time in the Navy if anyone recognizes him and wants to contact me.Jennifer Joiner
GM 1st class James Joseph Baldock Cl 47 USS BoiseMy father served on the Boise during WW II. Just seeing if there are any of his shipmates still around.James Baldock III
Gerald Amos Neeley USS BoiseMy Grandfather Gerald Amos Neeley served on the USS Boise from 1941-1945. We have no information on his time there as he passed away quite young serving his country in 1958. Any information would be greatly appreciated.Melinda Feliciano
Aaron A "Buster" Blackwelder USS Boise CL-47My grandfather was Buster Blackwelder and along with two of his brothers, Brent and Otto, served on the USS Boise from mid-1941 before the war through 1942 when the Boise returned to Philadelphia Navy Yard for repairs after the Battle of Cape Esperance. "Buster" was my grandfather's nickname, but when he enlisted that was the name he gave. Years later when he joined the Reserves he updated his records to show his "real" name which is Aaron A. Blackwelder. The Boise took my grandfather all over the world before and during the war with stops in many exotic locales. He had a large world coin collection that he put together that eventually made its way into my hands. Many countries from his travels are represented in these coins!
During the war the men were not supposed to keep diaries in the event that Japanese got their hands on them and learned something from the information. Somehow my grandfather found a way to keep a journal which is now in my possession. His first entry was a few weeks before the war, dated 18 November 1941, and he wrote that the Boise was escorting merchant ships to Manila in the Philippines. This was almost 3 weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl. It appears that he wasn't keeping the diary every day and probably went back to add or edit information days after it really happened because some of the dates and events don't line up exactly with the official records of the Boise. Regardless, his short entries, when he decided to note something, are to me an interesting view of how a typical seaman saw world changing events happening around him. He notes things like spotting Japanese subs at night, meeting up with other ships to patrol, spotting and chasing enemy ships, Christmas dinner while stuck aboard ship and docked at Surabaya, and the fall of Corregidor, Many other entries repeated several times the boredom of waiting to leave port or simply steaming to another assignment. Most entries are a terse 2 or 3 lines in length. The importance of the Battle of Cape Esperance in comparison to all other events prior to October 1942 are revealed in the page and a half he gives the afternoon of Oct. 10 leading up to the battle and the battle itself which happened just after midnight on Oct. 11.
For days after the battle he wrote that they kept finding and removing bodies and parts of bodies from the turrets that had been blown up in the battle. My grandfather loved talking about the Navy (he stayed in the Reserves until 1979), but I don't recall him ever talking about that experience although my grandmother told me once that he had told her of the overpowering smell of those bodies as they slowly rotted in the tropical heat before they could be removed from the damaged areas. He lost his best friend in one of those turrets so I can't imagine that made the labor of repair and body retrieval any easier. The last entry of my grandfather's journal was the day the Boise finally arrived in Philadelphia --19 Nov 1942-- which was a year and a day after he started his diary. While his brothers Brent and Otto stayed aboard the Boise for the duration of the war my grandfather was transferred to another ship. His future wife, my grandmother, traveled to Philadelphia and they spent some time sightseeing there and in Boston before my grandfather was eventually transferred to his new ship that patrolled the North Atlantic based out of Canada. Later, he would be transferred to another ship before the war ended.
It wasn't until after his death in 1989 that I even knew my grandfather had served on a ship other than the Boise because the Boise was all he ever talked about. He loved that ship and attended a number of reunions (if not all of them) before his death in 1989 in Rock Hill, SC.Greg Matthews
Darrell Wininger USS BoiseMy brother Darrell Wininger was on the USS Boise during wartime. He was a turret officer and was on the cruiser when it destroyed six Japanese ships. He was also on the Boise when he got hit. I was very young at the time so only know what I as told later on.Patsy Wininger Kellams
B/Mate 1st Cl. Kenneth P. Howell USS BoiseMy dad, Kenneth P Howell Jr, served on the USS Boise from 1941 to 1946. He was a Bosun's Mate 1st Class. He died on 6th March 2004. We grew up hearing stories of the Battle of Cape Esperance in which the Boise fought.Karen Howell Cox
William Vincent McLaughlin USS BoiseMy grandfather served on the USS Boise (CL-47). I am not sure of the years, but he enlisted on 25th July 1941 and was discharged on 1st October 1945. Any information would be welcome.Arlene McLaughin Allard
B'swain C. C. McAmis USS BoiseMy father was stationed on the USS Boise from 1940 until after the Battle of Cape Esperance. He was a talker in the No 5 powder magazine during the battle. As a boatswain he helped remove and wrap the bodies of the men killed in the forward part of the ship after the battle.
He almost ended up being stuck in the Phillipines at the outbreak of the war because he and a buddy jumped ship on 7th December 1941. He had two fake liberty cards. The next morning when they got to the dock the ship was getting under way. They were able to talk one of the men manning the liberty boats to run them out to the ship. They got there and jumped on the gangway as it was being pulled up and the ship was leaving the harbour.
The war was on. He said that the feeling on board was that they would sink the Jap "rowboat" navy in two weeks. As he said later, it took a little longer than we thought.Ronald McAmis
Allen "AC" Crespo USS BoiseMy uncle was killed in the forward magazine on USS Boise.Tim Herbert
Fireman 1st cl. David Orland Phillips USS BoiseMy uncle, Dave Phillips, died last week at 92 yo. He was very proud of his days on the Boise and showed his pride by decorating his room with several pictures of "His Ship". Yes he loved to brag about those days. He earned the Victory Medal
Frederick Dimmler USS BoiseMy grandfather Frederick Dimmler served on the USS Boise. He died before I learned of what he did during the the war. If anyone has any information I would love to know anything about him. He won a medal and I don't know why and would love to have information about that also. Does anyone remember him?Joleen Drake
Robert E. Spaulding USS BoiseMy father served on the Boise from 1941-1945. I would appreciate any stories/pics about him from his shipmates. He passed away in 1988 and didn't pass along a lot about his naval service. Too painful for him.Michael Spaulding
Cpl. Frank C. Bolin Marine Corps USS BoiseI am looking for information on units detached USS Boise l942-l943. My father participated in the African/Asian/European theaters during the war and was part of a security detail detached to Douglas MacArthur. He was Corporal Frank C. Bolin, later commissioned Lieutenent Bolin, USMC/WWll. Any information on his detail would be greatly appreciated.Pamela D. Means
Roy Edward Hughes USS Boise (d.11th Oct 1942)I was taking pictures of the local cemetery and saw this headstone, In Loving Memory of 107 crew men including Roy Edward Hughes U.S.S. Boise, October, 1942. I didn't know anything about the battle of Cape Esperance until now. I don't know if his family still lives around here, Bisbee, Az, USA. I just thought I would share it if someone is interested.Chris Overlock
Henry Meyers USS BoiseMy grandfather Henry Meyers, served in the early '40s on The USS Boise (CL-47). I am doing a report on the ship and its esteemed record of service. Unfortunately, my father doesn't have any of my grandfather's records and my extensive internet search has so far come up with nothing. So if you have any information that might help me. I would greatly appreciate it.J. Meyers
Francis D. Paulsen USS BoiseMy father was Francis D. Paulsen, and he was a Chief who took care of the boilers on the USS Boise. Like others, he left me a small pile of the shrapnel from the night they shot down six Japanese ships.Robin Bock
William Earl Elliott USS Boise (d.12th Oct 1942)I am trying to find any information on my Uncle, William Earl Elliott. He was a loader in No.1 Turrent on the USS Boise in the Battle at Cape Esperence, when he was killed 12th October 1942. My mother and my Uncle were very close and she still talks about him. I would like to find out what I can before she joins him. She is currently 87, but she is still going strong. If you have anything that would help, I would appreciate it, especially anything like a Ships Roster that would have his Service Number.Ralph McWhorter
Earl Tyndal USS Boise (d.12th Oct 1942)My uncle Earl Tyndal served on the Boise, he was killed in action in one of the forward gun turrets. It may have been during the battle of Esperance, I’m not sure. I only have childhood memories of the story, but remember reading about his service and seeing his name listed as one of the KIAs in the book “Pick Out the Biggest”.Steve Hester
Luther Carr USS BoiseMy friend was a crew-member of the USS Boise. His name is Luther Carr. He is a great man and father but lost all photos and memorabilia of his days on the USS. Boise to a house fire in the 70's. if anyone might happen to remember this man or have a photo of him aboard the Boise, Please reply. Thank you for your help.Samuel Guimbellot
BM2C E. V. Filewood USS BoiseAll I have is a Boatswain Pipe from a E.V. Filewood B.M.2/C. I am not sure of when he served aboard the USS Boise other than it being during WWII. If anyone has any info about him please let me know. Thank you.S Hirschmann
Adam Arnold Fletcher USS Boise (d.5th Aug 1942)I am trying to get any information on 2 Scout Aircraft that were lost on 5th of August 1942.I believe that my uncle may have been on one of these aircraft. There has never been to my knowledge any information given to the family about his lost. I found a web site that mentioned these Aircraft and gave a partial listing of the crew members. What I do know is his name, job and that he served on the Boise. Adam Arnold Fletcher, Aviation Radioman, he enlisted in Kentucky. The site that had the info listed one of the crew members as AA Fletcher.
Thank you for any help or information.Rickey Fletcher
William Emblom USS BoiseWhen I knew him, Bill Emblom was a professor of philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He sat in on a course I taught on World War II and shared his memories of serving on the U.S.S. Boise as a young seaman during the early part of the war. He was a crewman when she ran aground early in 1942 and at the Battle of Cape Esperance later in the year. He remembered having seen an unexploded Japanese 8" shell that was stuck in the barbette of one of the Boise's 6" turrets, and had vivid memories of the removal of the bodies of those killed in the 6" turret and amunition spaces. I think he left the Boise's crew when it reached Philadelphia for repairs. Bill retired from teaching in the late 80s or early 90s and died several years ago.Jim Weingartner
Frederick Richard Wollenberg USS Boise (d.5th Aug 1942)Frederick Richard Wollenberg known as Freddie was a pilot based on the Boise. He was reported missing-in-action since 5th of August 1942 near the coast of Japan. I have been trying to find details of the operation that led to his being lost. To date, all I have found is that the Boise was in Japanese waters drawing attention away from the Guadalcanal landings. I would like to find information on the type(s) of planes he flew, the nature of his last mission, and any other information about Wollenberg aboard the Boise as well as events occurring during the feint into Japanese waters, August, 1942.David Hunter
Philip Ficarra USS Boise (d.5th Aug 1942)My dad, Philip Ficarra, served aboard the USS Boise (CL-47) and like most of the men of the time did not talk much about his wartime experiences. He did however say that the most frightening experience was the Japanese Kamikaze's. My dad joined the Boise right out of high school. In fact at the time high school seniors who had a high enough GPA were allowed to earn their diploma and leave school early in order to enter the service which he opted to do. I have two photographs taken aboard ship that I would share if anyone was interested. In an interesting bit of irony my Dad was aboard the Boise as it shelled my grandfathers hometown during the Sicily invasion. I too would like to learn more about the Boise and those that served aboard her.John Ficarra
Rueben Schramm USS BoiseMy father was on the USS BOISE this is a picture of the crew. I am trying to find information on what and where, he was Rueben Schramm a electrician second class enlisted 9-3-1942 and was discharged 10-15-1945. If any one can help me I would love to hear from you. He was ntg great lakes, also on the USS Wyoming and last the USS Boise I would like to know how long he was at all these places? Thanks for your time.Sharon
Kenneth Preston Howell USS BoiseMy Dad Kenneth Preston Howell Jr. served on the USS Bosie 1941-46. I grew us listening to him tell stories of the war and especially the Battle of Cape Esperence. My Dad just passed away in March 2004 and we spent time going through all his memorabilia from the war and the Bosie. Including shrapnel from the Battle of Cape Esperence.
I am so proud of my Dad and what he did for our country by serving on the Bosie. I hope that I can keep these memories alive in my children now that Dad is gone. He was a Boatsan Mate 1st class and my son loves blowing on his boatsan pipe or whistle. Dad would always take it out and play the tune for us and tell about when General Macarther was on the ship for his tour.
He loved attending the Bosie reunions and was sad when as the years went by and more shipmates passed on. Now I know he is having a great reunion with them in heaven!! His love for the sea and his country were memories my Dad gave us by sharing with us stories of those war time years. Not all of his memories were great for he often got quiet and sad when he talked in reverence about sewing up the bags of the sailors that were killed in preparing them for burial at sea.
I will miss Dad and his stories of the sea and the Bosie... but hopefully we can keep these memories alive so people won't forget what America's "Greatest Generation" did for all of us. God Bless America!!Karen Cox
Robert Mcmahon USS BoiseMy uncle Robert Mcmahon was stationed aboard the USS Boise, and was onboard during the Battle of Esperance, I remember him telling me about the battle when I was a small boy. He was very proud of serving aboard the Cruiser. He was a gunners mate in the turret behind the one hit in the battle. He said it was terrible to see all the wounded and killed. My uncle made a career out of the Navy, and then when he retired, he continued to work for the Navy at the Naval Air Station at Almeda Califonia. He worked as civil service on ejection seats. He was my primary influence that made me want to join the Navy. I joined in July of 1962 and served until July 1967. I also am proud to have served the the USN. He passed away in 1972 I have a picture of the USS Boise and the Memorial folder that was awarded to the men of the Boise, comemortting the battle of Esperance. The memorial sheet as a list of the officers and men aboard at that time, and a memorial stating that all the members are to be considered honary citizens of Boise IdahoeAdrian Lee
Sea. Johnnie B. Adams USS Boise (d.12th Oct 1942)Johnnie B. Adams, Jr. Seaman Second Class, was a crew member on the USS Boise who was killed in one of the turrets during the battle of Cape Esperance on 21th of October 1942 (per a letter to his family from the Secretary of the Navy). Johnnie was eighteen years of age and was from Houston, Texas. If anyone has any information on Johnnie we would love to hear from you.Valerie Adams
Lloyd P. Dillon USS BoiseMy father, Lloyd P. Dillon served aboard the USS Boise, CL-47. I believe he was transferred while she was being repaired in late 1942 or early 1943. I know that he saw action in the Pacific and that he lost friends and shipmates in October 1942. He never talked that much about what had happened aboard the Boise, but I knew that he was proud to have served.Gary Dillon
Gene Gambill USS BoiseMy father Gene Gambill was a Pharmacist Mate aboard USS Boise, CL 47 from 1941 until near the end of the war. I read your information regarding the ship and enjoyed it very much. One detail you could include is the fact that Boise had General McArthur aboard for his return to the Philippines. My dad spoke to him while he was aboard and I have a Navy photo that I obtained from a commercial service showing McArthur receiving a formal welcome aboard
I would enjoy reading more stories about Boise or hearing from shipmates or their relatives.Bob Gambill
Brunner Renner USS Boise (d.12th Oct 1942)My great uncle was Brunner Renner. He served on the USS Boise in 1942. I dont know much about what happened to him. But this is what I know. He died in Oct.1942 in the Battle of Cape Esperance. From what I have already found out. Someone told my aunt that he saved 71 crew members the day he died. By yelling out "Torpedoes on starboard." I would really like to find out more about him. If anyone has any info. Please contact me. Thank you all and May God Bless all the people who served and their families.Melissa Renner
George Jaquish USS BoiseGeorge Jaquish served as a radar operator.
Howard Jones USS BoiseHoward Jones served on the USS Boise.
Duane H. Hanson USS BoiseDuane H. Hanson served on the USS Boise.
Capt. B. V. McCandlish USS BoiseCaptain B. V. McCandlish served on the USS Boise.
Willliam Vincent McLaughlin USS BoiseWilliam McLaughlin served on the USS Boise.
Willliam Mark Manning USS BoiseBilly Manning served on the USS Boise.
GM2. Minor Butler Poole NC. USS Boise (d.11th-12th Oct 1942)My uncle, Minor Butler Poole, served on the USS Boise and was one of the 107 men killed in the Battle of Cape Esperance on 11-12th of October 1942. He was in charge of the forward magazine flooding control station. He received the Navy Cross, and had the USS Poole (DE-151, sponsored by my grandmother), named for him.Paige Poole
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