Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#128 Sep 17, 2012
Linda Bisset wrote:
I have finally posted my Dad's (Bruno A. Demko) photos from the U.S.S. Santee. They can be found at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/bisset_linda/set...
Linda you are right all of the pictures of the Santee damage was from Lete Gulf. In the picture of the Torpedo Bomber crash, I belive the man standing on the deck with his back to the camera is my Dad AEM/1C Harold Smith possibly known as Curly or Smitty. His job would have been getting what was salvagable off before it was jetsoned. the picture of the Kamikizai probley was also Lete Gulf as that is the only time she was hit by one.
Linda Bisset

Littleton, CO

#129 Sep 17, 2012
Harold, I'm so glad that you appreciated the photos. My dad had these for a long time and really didn't show them to us. I do believe that the kamikaze and the torpedo were both from Leyte Gulf as, according to my Dad, that's when both those things happened. He did keep a piece of the kamikaze plane and a piece of the torpedo. They are small but were very important to him. What was your Dad's position on the ship. Not sure exactly, but I believe my Dad was ranked as a Machinist Mate. He worked in the boiler room of the ship.
Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#130 Sep 18, 2012
Linda Bisset wrote:
Harold, I'm so glad that you appreciated the photos. My dad had these for a long time and really didn't show them to us. I do believe that the kamikaze and the torpedo were both from Leyte Gulf as, according to my Dad, that's when both those things happened. He did keep a piece of the kamikaze plane and a piece of the torpedo. They are small but were very important to him. What was your Dad's position on the ship. Not sure exactly, but I believe my Dad was ranked as a Machinist Mate. He worked in the boiler room of the ship.
Linda, Dad Dad was an Aveation Mate First Class. He took care of all the electrical and hydrolic systems on the Torpedo Bomers. He also had a piece of that plane, but it was stolen when our house was robbed in about 1962, they took that and all of his war suveniors. alot of the pictures you posted we have in a scrap book of Dads. Some of the ones that you posted I printed and am going to try and save from your site if that is fine with you as the print did not come out well. I have a question for you, Did your dad ever talk about the shell back cermoney, becaause I am trying to find out when Dad got his. If you don't know what that is it is when a Sailor croses the Equator for the first time, and it just may be possible that the took the ineation at the same time. The reason I believe that the picture of the Barrier crash with the man standing with hios back to the camera is my Dad is that he would have been there to see what could be salvaged before they pushed the plane over the side. the reason I think it is Dad is his stance and demor because that was the way he was. Dad was doing damage control on the deck when the torpedo hit so that they could keep the planes in the air.
Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#131 Sep 18, 2012
Harold Smith wrote:
<quoted text>Linda you are right all of the pictures of the Santee damage was from Lete Gulf. In the picture of the Torpedo Bomber crash, I belive the man standing on the deck with his back to the camera is my Dad AEM/1C Harold Smith possibly known as Curly or Smitty. His job would have been getting what was salvagable off before it was jetsoned. the picture of the Kamikizai probley was also Lete Gulf as that is the only time she was hit by one.
Linda, I sent the picture of the Torpedo Bomber crash to my sisters and my older sister's husband and oldest niece making it 5 out of 5 that the man with his back to the camera stnding on the deck is our Dad. thanks for posting that picture as we have very little of his service.
john mcnally

Massapequa, NY

#132 Oct 26, 2012
Hi Linda great pictures. Like everyone else just trying to find out it anyone knew my grand father he served on the Santee 42-45 his name was Henry o'Reilly he was a lieutenant in engineering. Department my email is jtmc31@Aol. Thanks.... God bless or vets
Bobbi

Holland, MI

#133 Oct 30, 2012
I think my father, Robert Bowman was on this ship (USS SANTEE). He was on the USS Charger before that. He died right before I was born in 1950 so I'm trying to track down as much information as I can. He was and aerographer Mate 1C according to his discharge papers. He was discharged in Oct., 1945. Does anyone remember him? Thanks for any information you can provide.
Anthony DePanicis

Vandergrift, PA

#134 Oct 30, 2012
Harold Smith wrote:
<quoted text> You are right the Kamikaze attack was during the battle of Lete Gulf, this is the only time it was hit by suicide planes,also abaut five minutes later they were hit by a Jap torpedo on the Stareboard side. My Dad was doing damage control on the Flight Deck at that time.
Hello Sir,
Thank you for the information. Do you have any good photos of the crew from about that time or any other info?
Thank you,
Tony
Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#135 Nov 15, 2012
Anthony DePanicis wrote:
<quoted text>
Hello Sir,
Thank you for the information. Do you have any good photos of the crew from about that time or any other info?
Thank you,
Tony
Yes I do have several pictures of Santee crew members. I have one that is listed by my Dad as Engineering Officer with a CPO for the engineering dept. dated abot 1944
Anthony DePanicis

Vandergrift, PA

#136 Nov 15, 2012
Hello Harold,
Thanks for the reply. I would love to see what you have as my cousin was on the ship in 1944.
Thanks,
Tony
Harold Smith wrote:
<quoted text>Yes I do have several pictures of Santee crew members. I have one that is listed by my Dad as Engineering Officer with a CPO for the engineering dept. dated abot 1944
Susan Tilley

Irving, TX

#137 Mar 2, 2013
My dad, Tom Tilley, was on the Santee. He talked a little about it. He told us about the kamakazee attack and also being torpedoed. He still has shrapnel in him that would set off the metal detectors at the airport. We lost daddy Sept. 14, 2010. We got to go to one of the ship' s reunions with him years ago. Daddy was proud of serving his country. And I am very proud of my dad. He was a wonderful man with special friends whom he served with. Daddy always said the literally fought together to live. He thought a lot of his shipmates. Daddy was an electricians mate. I'd love to hear from anyone who has family that served with daddy.
tihhif

Pittsburgh, PA

#138 Mar 3, 2013
Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#139 Apr 22, 2013
Susan Tilley wrote:
My dad, Tom Tilley, was on the Santee. He talked a little about it. He told us about the kamakazee attack and also being torpedoed. He still has shrapnel in him that would set off the metal detectors at the airport. We lost daddy Sept. 14, 2010. We got to go to one of the ship' s reunions with him years ago. Daddy was proud of serving his country. And I am very proud of my dad. He was a wonderful man with special friends whom he served with. Daddy always said the literally fought together to live. He thought a lot of his shipmates. Daddy was an electricians mate. I'd love to hear from anyone who has family that served with daddy.
Susan, My Dad was an Avation Electricans Mate 1/C on the Santee from June of 1944 until October of 1945. I am trying to find out if dad was on board in time for the last Africa patrol before they went to the Pacific. His service record says yes, but I had a profinal investigator of military records and he could not find anything. I have found several mistakes in dads record. If you have any information it would be appreciated. Dad could have been known as Curley or Smitty.
Patricia Day

Freeport, ME

#140 Apr 28, 2013
Hi. My name is Patty. I am the daughter of a WWII navy personnel (Division K, I believe) communications department, on the USS Santee. He was part of the Pacific events, and probably before. I could never get much out of him about the war. He died in 2009. He was born in 1916. His nane is Charles Dutton. Any photos, etc., would be treasured. Thanks so much!

Patty
Patricia Day

Freeport, ME

#141 Apr 28, 2013
I forgot to give you my email, should you have any pictures from the Santee, most especially communications. My email is: duttonone@comcast.net

Thanks again!
Bob

Hutchinson, MN

#142 May 5, 2013
Harold Smith wrote:
Looking for uriors or family members of the USS Santee. I would like to know if they did the Shell Back cerimoney when the ship crossed the Equater during WWII. I have heard that it may not have been done during war time.The reason I would like t know is My Dad was on the Santee from about April of '43 to the end of the war and was wondering if he had the initaion.HJe did not talk much about his time in service and I have no certifact.
Harold,

My father participated in the Shell Back ceremony on 21, March, 1944 aboard the USS Santee. There is a picture of the award posted here:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/03/029.htm
Look under the "memorabilia" heading.

Hope this helps
Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#143 May 5, 2013
Bob wrote:
<quoted text>
Harold,
My father participated in the Shell Back ceremony on 21, March, 1944 aboard the USS Santee. There is a picture of the award posted here:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/03/029.htm
Look under the "memorabilia" heading.
Hope this helps
Bob, Thanks that was what I was looking for.My next question for you, is there any way to replace those three certifacts? I am trying to put together some of Dad military history. I already found three mistakes in his service record two have been corrected.I need help in finding out where CSAU #5 was stationed in July and August of '44. I have a profonial investigator working on it but so far all we no is it was outside of the continal U S. Can you help that was torpedo squadren VT 24 attached to CASU # 5.
Bob

Hutchinson, MN

#144 May 5, 2013
Harold Smith wrote:
<quoted text>Bob, Thanks that was what I was looking for.My next question for you, is there any way to replace those three certifacts? I am trying to put together some of Dad military history. I already found three mistakes in his service record two have been corrected.I need help in finding out where CSAU #5 was stationed in July and August of '44. I have a profonial investigator working on it but so far all we no is it was outside of the continal U S. Can you help that was torpedo squadren VT 24 attached to CASU # 5.
Harold,
Those certificates are the originals and were among the very few things my dad saved of his time aboard the ship. I don't know how to get copies but, you might try the place where you can get replacement ribbons and medals for those that were lost over time. I forget where I saw it but a net search should find it.

Although I don't know what CASU#5 stands for, I do know there is a chronology of the Santee's travels. I have read it and I think it might be Wikipedia's site. I know my dad was aboard in the Atlantic chasing U-boats before they went to the Pacific theater to take on the Japs at Leyte. The equator crossing discussed
above was a result of the mission change.
Ray Dailey

Lawrenceville, GA

#145 May 17, 2013
This gentleman I met at the VA he is wanting to get in touch with some he served with on the big boat during the magic carpet ride. His address is 1329 Boykin bridge road, roseboro nc 27382.
Harold Smith

Geneseo, IL

#146 May 18, 2013
Susan Tilley wrote:
My dad, Tom Tilley, was on the Santee. He talked a little about it. He told us about the kamakazee attack and also being torpedoed. He still has shrapnel in him that would set off the metal detectors at the airport. We lost daddy Sept. 14, 2010. We got to go to one of the ship' s reunions with him years ago. Daddy was proud of serving his country. And I am very proud of my dad. He was a wonderful man with special friends whom he served with. Daddy always said the literally fought together to live. He thought a lot of his shipmates. Daddy was an electricians mate. I'd love to hear from anyone who has family that served with daddy.
Your Dad and My Dad were in the same department. my Dad was a Avation Electricans Mate 1/C from late 43 untill Oct. of 45. There is still a lot of informatin that I am looking for contact me at guycali@live .com
John Klein

Windsor, CA

#147 May 21, 2013
My uncle, Joseph Klein, who I never knew, died during that Kamikaze attack. Did anyone know him?

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