U.S.S. SANTEE LOOKING FOR CREWMATES 1...
metzner

Philadelphia, PA

#43 Feb 2, 2009
my grandfather was on the uss santee.charles metzner.
Barbara Schiappa

Raymond, NH

#44 Feb 7, 2009
My dad was abord the USS Santee as a boswain. His name is James Richards He just turned 84 and lives in Seabrook NH. Anyone that remembers his please let us know Thanks
J Paul Boland

Cincinnati, OH

#45 Feb 11, 2009
I'm not sure what squadron my father flew in but he was a machine gunner on an Avenger that was shot down, I think, on the second day of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. His pilot's name was Williams and the bottom gunner's name was polish and I'm not sure how to spell it but they called him "ski" for Rudzinski. Pardon my spelling.

My father was James Eugene Boland from Cincinnati, Ohio

They were MIA for about 3 months.
robert flushing ny

Brooklyn, NY

#46 Mar 4, 2009
MY FATHER IN LAW SERVED ON THE USS SANTEE FROM AUG. 1942 TO AUG. 1945 HE IS HAPPY TO HEAR THERE IS DISCUSSION ABOUT THE SHIP HIS NAME IS JOE MANGIAPANE AND IS 87 HE WAS IN HE V2 DIVISION AS HANGER DECK AND FLIGHT DECK SUPPORT AND
WAS ALSO IN THE S DIVISION AS A BUTCHER. ON THE SANTEE HE WENT BY THE NAME JOE THE BUTCHER HE HAS BEEN TO MANY REUNIONS IN THE PAST. IF ANYBODY REMEMBERS HIM PLEASE REPLY HE WOULD LIKE TO CONVERSE WITH YOU. EMAIL [email protected] OR
Don King

Anderson, SC

#47 Mar 4, 2009
My father, Joe King from Toccoa GA was a crewmate on the Santee. He boarded in San Diego in 45. He passed in 1998, but I still have a leatherbound picture album with many pics of his crewmates. My email is [email protected] If anyone knew him it would be an honor to hear from you!
Mark Meyers

Lenoir City, TN

#48 Mar 9, 2009
My Grandfather served on the Santee during that time period. His name was Fred Lippert and sadly he passed away about 4 years ago. I believe he worked in the machine shop
Don Irving

AOL

#50 Apr 13, 2009
My Dad, Robert Irving, served on the Santee during the end of the war. He was in fire control but said he did most every thing but that. I remember when I was young he took our family to Boston to see the USS Santee.
He passed away a year and a half ago- alzheimers.
Robert L King Jr

Palmetto, FL

#51 Jun 7, 2009
My Dad Ens.Robert L King was a Fighter Pilot on the Santee during the war. His Fighter Squadron was VF-24. He passed away back in 99. My dad never liked to talk about the war. Maybe that's why he never attended any of the VF-24 reunions. But as his Son I'm honored by my father's service and the other brave souls who sacrificed for the cause. I remember him telling me when orders came down you just jumped in your aircraft not knowing what to expect. You just did your duty and followed orders. I would love to hear from others who may have known my dad.
Michael Eddelman

United States

#52 Jun 15, 2009
please wrote:
looking for crew mates still alive my husbands grandfauther is john coleman aka jack he was on the uss santee 1942 45 from v.a. to gwadacanale..he was a navy sailor he his still living
My Dad was a rear gunner/radio operator in sbd's on the Santee. Sadly Dad passed 4 years ago.
His name was Jim Eddelman
jamie ball

New Orleans, LA

#53 Jun 26, 2009
my grandfather, Capt.William R Staggs was on the USS Santee in November 11.1942. He was a fighter pilot that blew up a u-boat near Morocco. If you goto www.bing.com and enter his name you can read the story by clicking on the first link. It is on the St.Augustine.com site. Hey, Robert L.King jr. I wonder if your dad knew my grandfather???
He is still living in St.Augustine.
God bless all who served and are serving still!!
Allen Lewis

Kingston, WA

#54 Aug 22, 2009
please wrote:
looking for crew mates still alive my husbands grandfauther is john coleman aka jack he was on the uss santee 1942 45 from v.a. to gwadacanale..he was a navy sailor he his still living
Does he know Luther Lewis ? He was on the Santee from 43-44 and was a seaman. he is still alive
Kevin Ferguson

San Diego, CA

#55 Aug 28, 2009
Does anyone know who or what the USS Santee was named after? My mother's maiden name is Santee.
Just curious.
robert

Mahopac, NY

#56 Sep 1, 2009
Kevin Ferguson wrote:
Does anyone know who or what the USS Santee was named after? My mother's maiden name is Santee.
Just curious.
i know it is an indian name.
Jeffrey Baird

Provo, UT

#57 Sep 21, 2009
daniel hildebrandt wrote:
my grandfather was a radio man first class on the santee from 1942-1945. his name was william (bill) hildebrandt (hildy). if anyone remembers him please contact me on the board so i can give you my email
Hello:
I am replying to a post on Dec 5, 2007. I am doing some research on my fathers service in WWII. He was a radioman 3rd class on the USS Santee. His name is William N. Baird. Most people called him Bill or Niff.
He died in 1992 but I am trying to find any stories or pictures of his war experiences. He enlisted in July 1944 just out of High School, but I don't know when he was on the ship. He didn't talk about it very much.
If anyone has any pictures or remembers him I would like to talk to them. My email is [email protected]
Jeffrey Baird

Provo, UT

#58 Sep 21, 2009
Kevin Ferguson wrote:
Does anyone know who or what the USS Santee was named after? My mother's maiden name is Santee.
Just curious.
USS Santee was commissioned as an escort carrier with designation ACV-29 on 24 August 1942.
The Santee River is a river in South Carolina, 143 miles long. The river was named by early settlers after the Santee tribe, which inhabited areas on the middle part of the river. The first European contact was by the Spanish, who sailed up the river in the 1660s. After suffering a defeat during the Yamasee War in 1715–1716, the Santee were relocated, many to the West Indies as slaves, opening up the river for British settlement as part of the Carolina Colony.
Don Hottel Jr

Columbia, SC

#59 Sep 22, 2009
My grandfather, Robert Armistead Futrell served aboard USS SANTEE from '42-'45. He was a aviation metalsmith / carpenter. He was from Virginia. He died in 1994. I would be interested to know if anyone remembers him.
Jon- Northampton- Ma

Brighton, MA

#60 Oct 21, 2009
Hello all,
My name is Jon. My cousins and I are trying to find anyone who new my Grandfather. He was a Marine and served on the USS Santee 1944. He was a fine man. He passed away in 1987. He left behind alot of grandchildren that never got to here his stories. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks!
Kim Dodge

Old Lyme, CT

#61 Nov 11, 2009
My dad was Radioman Clint Holcomb. He served on the Santee from boarding in Virginia Beach, to crossing the Atlantic to bring B52s to Scotland, to Morocco, back to U.S., through Panama Canal and onto the Pacific Theater. He was onboard through all battles until the end of the war, picking up POWs in China, and back to California. He was discharged in time to get back to CT New Year's Eve 1945. He was on board when the ship was hit by Kamakazee and torpedoed at the same time. I have a photo of the crew from the radio shack unit which I'd be happy to email to anyone interested. Dad is in a convalescent home now at age 86. But I will ask him if he remembers any of these names.
Jeffrey Baird

Provo, UT

#62 Nov 16, 2009
Kim Dodge wrote:
My dad was Radioman Clint Holcomb. He served on the Santee from boarding in Virginia Beach, to crossing the Atlantic to bring B52s to Scotland, to Morocco, back to U.S., through Panama Canal and onto the Pacific Theater. He was onboard through all battles until the end of the war, picking up POWs in China, and back to California. He was discharged in time to get back to CT New Year's Eve 1945. He was on board when the ship was hit by Kamakazee and torpedoed at the same time. I have a photo of the crew from the radio shack unit which I'd be happy to email to anyone interested. Dad is in a convalescent home now at age 86. But I will ask him if he remembers any of these names.
I would be very interested in the picture of the radio crew. Also if your father remembers mine maybe he could give me some information. His name was William (Bill or Niff) Baird.
My email is [email protected] -- Thanks
Zini10

Buffalo, NY

#63 Nov 21, 2009
My Grandfather was on the Santee in Torpedo Squadron 26 in October of '44. He passed away years ago and I am trying to locate any photos of him on the ship or with his plane. He was Lt. Walter Wadiekis

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