MOMM3C John M. Roddy, Jr.

John M. Roddy, Jr. was born on 16 July 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He volunteered after graduating high school and was inducted on 6 November 1944 as an Apprentice Seaman, Class V-6, U.S. Naval Reserve, SV, for a period of two years. He went to Basic Training at USNRS...

CPT Herman Carl Abelein

Herman Abelein posing near plane during flight training, Pensacola, Florida [1949] War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Korean War, 1950-1953 Branch: Navy Unit: VP-8 (Patrol Squadron); CTF-72 (Commander Task Force); FAS-11 (Fleet Air Service Squadron); FAS-120; VP-50 (Patrol...

CAPT Roy M. “Butch” Voris

A native of California, Captain Roy Voris graduated from Salinas Junior College in 1939. Born on September 17, 1919, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1941 and by February 1942, he was commissioned an ensign and designated a naval aviator. During his first deployment in...

CAPT Thomas G. Kelley

Thomas Kelley was about to graduate from Holy Cross College in Massachusetts in 1960 when his roommates announced that they’d enlisted in the Navy and urged him to do the same. Kelley couldn’t think of any reasons not to, so he joined, too. His first assignment after...

CPO Carson Raymond Martin

Carson Raymond Martin was born to Martha Frances and Charles Martin on September 3, 1909 in Baltimore, Maryland, the older of two sons. When his father Charles died in the Great Flu Epidemic in 1919, Carson and his brother Harry moved with their mother to her hometown...

SN1 Lonnie Preston Ham

Kamikaze attack on the USS Belleau Wood CLV 24 October 1944. After two (Zeka) Kamikaze air craft near the USS Franklin: the first plane hit the Franklin near her island structure and set it ablaze. The second towards USS Belleau Wood and crashed into its port quarter...