US Naval vessels might have been in port with officers on shore leave during Sept-Nov 1942 in either Sydney or Brisbane ports?

December 04, 2008

WWII info

Dear Sir
I was wondering if you could help with some information from WWII.

Do you know which US Naval vessels might have been in port with officers on shore leave during Sept-Nov 1942 in either Sydney or Brisbane ports?

I have been looking on the web for this information, but can't seem to track it down. Did however come across an article where you found information for an American chap looking up family history and hoped you might be able to help.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanking you in advance


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came home at a level of 171,000.

But steroids play havoc with my blood/sugar levels as a Type 2 diabetic. Much fine tuning balancing insulin intake with high or low b/s readings, but then I am sure all of that you did not need to know.

To track down specific US naval ships in both Sydney and Brisbane over the period you want, is nigh impossible, the Royal
Australian Navy has a Navy list for specific years, it lists all ships in commission for that year, and all Naval Officers in each ship, the USN does not appear to do the same.

They run a Ship Register to list ships commissioned, but do not add the officer complement.

There is a list of Officers alphabetically but you need to provide a specific Officer's name to pull up his record.

See this URL: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/NHC/Callahan/index.htm

Also look at t his URL: https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/U.S._Navy

Now, the following US Submarines were based on Brisbane over October/November 1942.

The Submarine name is followed by her Captain at that time, but no other Officer details.

October 1942.

Grampus John R Craig.

Grayback Edward G Stephan.

Gudgeon William S Stovall, Jr.

Saury Lenord S. Mewhinney.

Snapper Augustus R. St Angelo.

Swordfish Charles C. Smith

Trout Lawson P. Ramage.

S-37 Thomas S. Baskett.

S-40 Francis M. gambarcorta.

S-42 Harley K. Nauman.

S -45 Robert H. Caldwell, Jr.

S-47 Frank E. Hater.

Moved from Fremantle WA to Brisbane.
Swordfish / Saury / Sinapper / Seadragon William F. Ferrall. / Sargo Richard V.
Gregory/Holland  Perly E. Pendleton.

November 1942.

Amberjack John A . Boy le, Jr.

Plunger David C. White.

Sailfish  John. R. Moore.

Sargo  Edward . C. Carmick.

Sculpin  Lucius H . Chappell.

Seadragon  William  E. Ferrall.

Sturgeon  Herman A . Pieczentkowski.

Thats it Gabrielle, would you care to share ( not for publication ) why you seek this detail?

All of the above is probably of little assistance to y ou, sorry I could not do more.


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