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

High Point, NC

#172 Dec 19, 2013
My Dad served on the Santee 1942 - 1945. He was the captain's orderly. Being a Army Guy I don't know rank. He was from Salisbury NC.
Bill Starnes

Temple, TX

#174 Feb 22, 2014
please wrote:
the santee never sunk it was scrapped in germany and was hit by a torpeedo also a comakazi but never sank
I am not sure where you got the info the Santee was scrapped in Germany. I served on the Santee in south Boston navy shipyard from May, 1946 to Sept ,1946, having transferred to her after the USS Kalinin Bay CVE68 was decommissioned in Boston. The Santee was decommissioned and transferred to the retired vessels list and remained inactive in Boston naval shipyard in 1946.

I was a yeoman while aboard her. I don't have much memory of shipmates there, if any.
Richard Walter

Wixom, MI

#175 Apr 18, 2014
LORI MIRABAL wrote:
My uncle "Bill Starkey" passed away friday 6-11-10. My father told me today that he served on the Santee. He was a kind, gentle, brave, religious man. I am going to find out more about his rank and position and will e-mail then.
Lori.....I was happy to see when I was researching my grandfather to your post. My grandfather is John "Bill" Starkey.....He was so proud of his service on the USA Santee.....I loved hearing his stories .... He was everything that your dad had said!!
Just Found This Page

Garland, TX

#176 Apr 24, 2014
Jerry Deckard of Richardson, TX served on the Santee during WWII. he is alive and well. I don't want to give out his personal information without permission, but you can find his interview with the National Archives that will give you some clues here:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/story/loc.na...
Adam Wojtas

Delavan, WI

#178 May 4, 2014
My grandfather served on the Santee as a catapult operator. I'm unsure of dates but I do know some of the places he was at. His name is Ted Bell and he is still living in Illinois and still putting up chimneys on tri levels in the suburbs.
William tedeschi

Sheboygan, WI

#180 May 18, 2014
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.
My wife's father, Vernon M "Kelly" Damp was on the Santee when they got torpedoed and kamikazed, serving in the boiler room. He too said very little about his war time service but did indicate that they did do the Shell Back ceremony at the equator. We think he also indicated that they did NOT fire their guns during the ceremony. Kelly had a leave around 19th of January, 1945 at which time he got to rendezvous with his wife in Chicago. 9 months later Patricia was born and Kelly arrived at his home in Schofield, WI about 3 weeks later. He only talked about the humorous side of his experiences, such as the time he and a ship mate (who had his head shaved) were out in the middle of the ocean sitting on chairs when all of a sudden a large bird flew overhead and dropped a nasty load right on top of the guy's head. These people certainly were part of the greatest generation.
Linda Demko Bisset

Littleton, CO

#181 May 19, 2014
William tedeschi wrote:
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My wife's father, Vernon M "Kelly" Damp was on the Santee when they got torpedoed and kamikazed, serving in the boiler room. He too said very little about his war time service but did indicate that they did do the Shell Back ceremony at the equator. We think he also indicated that they did NOT fire their guns during the ceremony. Kelly had a leave around 19th of January, 1945 at which time he got to rendezvous with his wife in Chicago. 9 months later Patricia was born and Kelly arrived at his home in Schofield, WI about 3 weeks later. He only talked about the humorous side of his experiences, such as the time he and a ship mate (who had his head shaved) were out in the middle of the ocean sitting on chairs when all of a sudden a large bird flew overhead and dropped a nasty load right on top of the guy's head. These people certainly were part of the greatest generation.
William,
My Dad, Bruno Demko worked with Kelly in the boiler room and they stayed friends after the service. I spoke with my Mom who confirmed the Shell Back ceremony and the fact that they didn't fire the guns. It was nice to see a familiar name on this blog as Dad talked about Kelly often. I know they spent some time up at Eagle River, too. He, too, didn't talk to much about his time in the service until about 4 or 5 years before his death and he was extremely proud of his Navy service. Then he started telling everyone some of the stories and showing us the photos and his mementos. I sent in some photos to one of the Santee web sites and I'm guessing that perhaps one of the photos that we have of dad might have Kelly in them. I can send you the links to my Flickr page where I have some of the photos as well. Perhaps if you can post an email address I can send them to. So glad you posted!
Harold Smith

Viola, IL

#182 May 20, 2014
Linda Demko Bisset wrote:
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William,
My Dad, Bruno Demko worked with Kelly in the boiler room and they stayed friends after the service. I spoke with my Mom who confirmed the Shell Back ceremony and the fact that they didn't fire the guns. It was nice to see a familiar name on this blog as Dad talked about Kelly often. I know they spent some time up at Eagle River, too. He, too, didn't talk to much about his time in the service until about 4 or 5 years before his death and he was extremely proud of his Navy service. Then he started telling everyone some of the stories and showing us the photos and his mementos. I sent in some photos to one of the Santee web sites and I'm guessing that perhaps one of the photos that we have of dad might have Kelly in them. I can send you the links to my Flickr page where I have some of the photos as well. Perhaps if you can post an email address I can send them to. So glad you posted!
My Dad also served on the Santee from late 1942 to October of 1945. Like all service men that I have heard about he never talked about the war. Although one time when I was about ten years old he did take out his medals and souvenirs and showed me his medals and a piece of the kamikaze that hit the ship at Leyte Gulf. I also have several crew pictures from the Santee. Dad wad a Aviation Electrician in Torpedo Bomber Squadron VMF 24. His name Was Harold Smith and could have been known as Curly or Smitty.
Diana Bolton

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#183 May 21, 2014
My Father served on the USS Santee from August 1942 to June 1943. His name was JOHN R. WEBSTER JR....He died last year & I am trying to put together a book on his Military life....if anyone has stories or pictures from that time I would appreciate the help ...Thank U :)
John McGuire

Los Angeles, CA

#184 May 24, 2014
My Father, Peter McGuire, was a fighter pilot aboard the USS Santee. He served during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. On a patrol, he encountered a Japanese Zero, that he shot down. He turned on the wing mounted camera to record the Zero plummeting into the ocean, but failed to turn off the wing mounted machine guns - leaving him defenseless had he encountered more enemy on his return. We found a letter he posted at sea, in route to battle, written to his eventual wife and our loving Mother, a beautiful Navy Nurse. One of those letters that read like, "if I make it back home, can I look you up...?" We started thinking of all of those other letters written under the same circumstances... I am so proud and grateful for Mom & Dad and all the other brave men & women who risked everything.
Christine Woodward

Indianapolis, IN

#187 Jun 7, 2014
My Grandpa was on on USS Santee cve29, his name is Bruce Woodward he was on the ship when they was in the south Pacific, just wondering if anyone remembers his name.
Dale Lasater

Burnsville, MN

#188 Nov 12, 2014
My father was on the USS Santee 1942 - 1945. He was an Aviation Machinist's Mate H, First Class. His name was Tommy White from Oswego, Kansas. He died in 1985 from lung cancer. He was very proud of his service. Like most of the men he served with, he said very little. I remember being told a story that they were being attacked and he had to stack bodies to be able to get the plane ready for take off. I don't know anything else about it. I have several photos he took while he was on the Santee and also have the cards Purple Porpoise, Realm of the Golden Dragon dated 21 March 1944, and Domain of Neptunus Rex also dated 21 March 1944. I did see photos posted at one time and my dad was in the photos. I tried to contact the person that posted them but did not receive any response. This was several years ago. Would love to know if anyone remembers him.
Dick Fentriss

Tampa, FL

#189 Nov 12, 2014
There is a nice article in the Tuesday, November 11th Tampa Bay Times ( tampabay.com ) called 'They keep on giving". Walter Skelton (Santee man), wearing his USS Santee, Monterey, Kadashan Bay hat, is one of the articles featured WWII veterans. Walter (90 years old) volunteers as a patient escort at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center (formerly called Bay Pines). Walter pushes patients around in a wheelchair...taking them to medical clinics or physical therapy, etc. This front page Times article includes a great picture of Walter wearing an apron he fashioned from pieces of his uniform and made for his mother after the war ended. By the way, my mother, Mary Fentriss (wife of Photographers Mate Third Class Red Fentriss - one of Santee's photographers during the kamikaze and torpedo attack) is alive and well in Booneville, Arkansas. Dick Fentriss (Red's son)
guy cali

Viola, IL

#190 Nov 12, 2014
Bill Starnes wrote:
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I am not sure where you got the info the Santee was scrapped in Germany. I served on the Santee in south Boston navy shipyard from May, 1946 to Sept ,1946, having transferred to her after the USS Kalinin Bay CVE68 was decommissioned in Boston. The Santee was decommissioned and transferred to the retired vessels list and remained inactive in Boston naval shipyard in 1946.
I was a yeoman while aboard her. I don't have much memory of shipmates there, if any.
The information is true the USS Santee was scrapped in Germany in the early 1960's. My dad served on the Santee from 1942 or 43 until 1945. we were watching the local news in Davenport Iowa when they had a video of he being hauled out to be scrapped. Dad was sad to see this happen. as it was his home for 3 years.
Linda Demko Bisset

Littleton, CO

#191 Nov 12, 2014
Dale Lasater wrote:
My father was on the USS Santee 1942 - 1945. He was an Aviation Machinist's Mate H, First Class. His name was Tommy White from Oswego, Kansas. He died in 1985 from lung cancer. He was very proud of his service. Like most of the men he served with, he said very little. I remember being told a story that they were being attacked and he had to stack bodies to be able to get the plane ready for take off. I don't know anything else about it. I have several photos he took while he was on the Santee and also have the cards Purple Porpoise, Realm of the Golden Dragon dated 21 March 1944, and Domain of Neptunus Rex also dated 21 March 1944. I did see photos posted at one time and my dad was in the photos. I tried to contact the person that posted them but did not receive any response. This was several years ago. Would love to know if anyone remembers him.
I do have quite a few photos that my Dad (Bruno Demko - see my previous post) had saved and I have posted on a Flickr page. I know there are more photos out there if you Google. Let me know if you recognize your Dad in any of these. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisset_linda/se... . I know that we're all so very proud of our Dads' service.
servumtuum

Raleigh, NC

#192 Nov 13, 2014
My father was Robert A. Arrington Jr. Pharmacist's Mate who served aboard the Santee in WWII as well as the tanker Mattaponi and cruiser Vincennes. He achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer although I'm not sure which ship he was on at that rank. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 82. If anyone who served with him is still around I would like to know, other than that this is also hopefully useful information for this website.
Kathleen Holmes

Lombard, IL

#193 Nov 13, 2014
Linda Demko Bisset wrote:
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I do have quite a few photos that my Dad (Bruno Demko - see my previous post) had saved and I have posted on a Flickr page. I know there are more photos out there if you Google. Let me know if you recognize your Dad in any of these. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bisset_linda/se... . I know that we're all so very proud of our Dads' service.
Very nice pictures, Linda. My dad was in the fire control. I put up a page for the Santee on Facebook. I know he will enjoy seeing your pictures very much. Thank you on behalf of Rudy Forslund!
craigmm

Bristol, CT

#195 Nov 13, 2014
If anyone is interested, I have access to a large photo of the Santee with the entire crew sitting or standing on the pier in front of it, from the late 1940's. Let me know if you would like it.

- Craig Minor
Bristol, CT
Linda Demko Bisset

Littleton, CO

#196 Nov 29, 2014
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...
They can also be found on the NavSource site at http://www.navsource.org/archives/03/cve-29/d... #
SINBAD

Port Talbot, UK

#199 Jan 30, 2015
MY LONG LOST FRIEND ..PASSED AWAY FEW YEARS AGO, LATE OF THE CV SANTEE WW2,
WAS FREDRICK D.CARRIGG.. HE WAS THE FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE SEVENTH FLEET
LONG MAY HE REST..
DAVE.

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