Linda B

AOL

#22 Mar 14, 2008
My father, Bruno Demko, also served on the Santee. He dad worked in the boiler room of the ship during WWII for several years. He was extremely proud of his time served in the Navy. He just recently passed away at age 84 from Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by the excess of asbestos in the ship.

We had a contact name for an organization of Santee veterans who organized reunions and a newsletter but have lost the email address. The mans name was Bill Simmons.

My dad saved a lot of things from his service there, including some probably very rare pictures taken on board, including the transfer or prisoners from Formosa, clippings, diary, etc. We were trying to contact him to see if anyone would be interesting in seeing these things.

We would love to get in contact with this organization. If you have any information, it would be greatly appreciated.
Eric Miller

Wichita, KS

#23 Mar 21, 2008
My grandfather George Miller served on the santee hr is now living in Great Bend, Ks
Gene Scott

Phoenix, AZ

#24 Apr 16, 2008
I was aboard the USS Santee from August 1943 to December 1944. I was the helmsman during the battle during the Leyte,Gulf battle, when the ship took a suicide dive and a torpedo hit on the starboard side aft about 4 minutes later. Transferred to photography section later. My e-mail address is (scottharry11@aol.com.
Thom Proctor

United States

#25 May 5, 2008
My father, Robert Proctor, Sr., was an officer on the USS Santee in the Pacific. He was a Lieutenant. He died in 1984 just shy of his 78th birthday. There was a story that while on leave in a port, someone broke in and stole a lot of sailors' money. My father lent many of them money to get home. My mother found out about it years later. I understand every one paid him back.
Thom Proctor

United States

#26 May 5, 2008
Have you looked at this website?
http://www.navsource.org/archives/03/029.htm
Kent Figgs

Menifee, CA

#27 Jun 8, 2008
Hello Mr. Carney. My father is William Walton Figgs Jr. and was an Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd class aboard the Santee from 1942-45.He flew this entire time on board assigned to air squadron 29 in TBF's and SBD's as the rear gunner. He told the story vividly of taking part in the sinking of a U-boat while on convoy escort in the Atlantic in a TBF Avenger. He recalled his pilot banking his aircraft sharply as he straffed the sub with machine gun fire. my email is kbfiggs@yahoo.com Please contact me!
Kent Figgs

Menifee, CA

#28 Jun 9, 2008
My father is William Walton Figgs Jr.He served aboard the Santee from 1942-45 as an Aviation Machinist Mate. He flew gunner as a combat air crewman assigned to air squadron CV-29 flying SBD's and TBF's. Anyone who may have known of him, or can provide any info on obtaining photos,journals,logs etc. would be extremely appreciated! My E-mail address is kbfiggs@yahoo.com Thank you!
David Snider

Bishop, CA

#29 Jul 1, 2008
My grandfather served on the USS Santee from 1942 to 1945. His name was Raymond Leroy Snider. He was a fireman until he was hurt in a Kamikazee attack that left him unable to perform his duties. He passed away when I was only one year old. I would like to hear from anyone who might have know him or knew anyone who knew him. Thanks.
David Snider

Bishop, CA

#30 Jul 1, 2008
my grandfather was reclassed as a cook on the Santee. You may remember him more that way, hopefully that will be as helpful. Thanks.
Seren Curtis

Madison, WI

#31 Aug 3, 2008
My Grandfather, Harold K. Curtis was a Aerial Chief Radio Man and also served as an Aerial Gunner on the USS Santee from at least 1942-1944. I would love to see any photos that people may have. I have a few that I can share as well. My Grandfather died in 1976, so if anyone knew him on the ship, it would be great to hear stories about him.
Wayne Ten Cate

Bayonne, NJ

#32 Aug 15, 2008
My Father, William Ten Cate, was a fire controlman 1st class on the Santee, and saw action in the battle of Leyte Gulf. Unfortunately he passed away in 1979 of Lung complications, so I don't have many stories. Any detailed accounts or memories would be fascinating.

Any chance at all that anyone remembers Bill "Pappy" Ten Cate?
Harry Richard Cole

Lansing, MI

#33 Oct 25, 2008
We are having Harry Cole's Memorial Service today, October 25, 2008. He served in the US Navy on the USS Santee during World War II in the South Pacific as I understand. The Santee was hit by a torpedo, then repaired, and then hit by a kamakaze plane and repaired again according to his family.

W. J.(Bill) Amundsen, clergyperson, retired
Amy Kennedy

Blair, NE

#34 Nov 11, 2008
Linda B wrote:
My father, Bruno Demko, also served on the Santee. He dad worked in the boiler room of the ship during WWII for several years. He was extremely proud of his time served in the Navy. He just recently passed away at age 84 from Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by the excess of asbestos in the ship.
We had a contact name for an organization of Santee veterans who organized reunions and a newsletter but have lost the email address. The mans name was Bill Simmons.
My dad saved a lot of things from his service there, including some probably very rare pictures taken on board, including the transfer or prisoners from Formosa, clippings, diary, etc. We were trying to contact him to see if anyone would be interesting in seeing these things.
We would love to get in contact with this organization. If you have any information, it would be greatly appreciated.
My Father was also on the USS Santee and died 2 years ago from lung cancer as well. They said it was also from the asbestos on the ship.
His name is Ralph I Kennedy. You may reach me @ heelan80@yahoo.com
Amy Kennedy

Blair, NE

#35 Nov 11, 2008







My Father was also on the USS Santee and died 2 years ago from lung cancer as well. They said it was also from the asbestos on the ship.
His name is Ralph I Kennedy. You may reach me @ heelan80@yahoo.com
Scott Kenyon

Fairfax, VA

#36 Jan 5, 2009
My dad was a fighter pilot on the Santee (VF-26). He was aboard on October 25, 1944, when the Santee received the first kamikaze attack of the war. Literally minutes after the kamikaze struck, the ship was also torpedoed. Dad passed away this past June.
Bob Smith

Albany, NY

#37 Jan 16, 2009
My uncle served on the USS Santee in WW2. He will be 100 yrs. old in Feb. 09. You can reach me at signmaker246@verizon .net
Kathy Daly

Ann Arbor, MI

#38 Jan 19, 2009
My father, George R. Daly, served on the Santee as Chief Signalman. He died in August, 2008 at age 92. Even in his last few months, he recalled vividly the day of the kamikaze and torpedo attack. He received a captain's commendation for saving the life of Francis Clement Westink, AerM3c who fell from a ladder over the bridge, and my father grabbed and clung to his leg, preventing a 70 ft fall over the side. The captain wrote, "he unquestionably saved his life." The family learned of this from the service record. Dad never mentioned it until we brought it up. We hope that Francis Westink went on to live a long and happy life.
David Snider

Bishop, CA

#40 Jan 24, 2009
Dear Mr. Smith I was wondering if you could ask your uncle if he remembers a Raymond Leroy Snider. He was my grandfather and he served on the Santee for years and was there for the Battle of Laytee Gulf. I hope he can remember anything about him. He was a fireman before the attack, and then after he was injured they made him a cook. I hope this helps.

Dave Snider
Todd Gillespie

United States

#41 Jan 24, 2009
My Grandfather Karl Ray Barnes was also on the Santee and passed away in May of this last year. He often talked about the ship taking a torpedo and being kamakazied. He was so proud of that ship and his fellow crewmen. He was a member of a USS Santee survivors group and did manage to attend at least one reunion before he passed.
Janet Wheeler Wills

Tifton, GA

#42 Jan 25, 2009
Scott Kenyon wrote:
My dad was a fighter pilot on the Santee (VF-26). He was aboard on October 25, 1944, when the Santee received the first kamikaze attack of the war. Literally minutes after the kamikaze struck, the ship was also torpedoed. Dad passed away this past June.
Hi Scott
My father was a fighter plot on the Santee (VF-26)
as well. was your dad's name "Jack"

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