The Crew – October 20, 1942

25 May

On October 10, 1942, The USS Tryon left San Francisco Harbor bound for San Diego, on it’s only shakedown cruise before heading for the tropics. In San Diego she received supplies, and took on board the Fourth Marine Replacement Battalion, headed for the Solomons to relieve the beleaguered troops on Guadalcanal. Markings on cargo indicated the code name for it’s objective was “White Poppy”, the apparent destination for the Tryon, and the crew took turns guessing where this might be. Ten days were spent loading and doing a final check of systems and equipment. By October 20, all preparations had been made for sailing. Workers from Moore Dry Dock, who had been aboard since leaving San Francisco ironing out any remaining bugs, went ashore. At 1330 the Tryon left San Diego Harbor, setting sail for the South Pacific.

One can imagine the mixture of emotions the crew was feeling as the left San Diego Harbor. On one hand there was eagerness and excitement – most of the officers and crew of the Tryon joined the Navy after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and they were no doubt impatient to join the fray taking place in the south and west Pacific. On the other hand was no doubt a hint trepidation that entering the unknown brings about. The crew of the Tryon had heard rumors of the beating that the US Navy had taken up to that point at the hands of the Japanese: “Just prior to sailing from San Diego and all during our voyage out, scuttlebutt about our naval losses had run riot. Although the loss of the carrier Yorktown had not been announced, part of our crew had been aboard her when she was lost at Midway. The day before leaving San Diego, survivors from the carrier Wasp had landed there. Other losses were rumored, four heavy cruisers off Guadalcanal, battleships and destroyers were included in these stories. We had no idea how many ships had been lost nor how few were afloat and feared the worst.”

In addition to the jumble of feelings that these men were no doubt experiencing, most had little experience at sea, so there was much to learn. They set about this with vigor, and by the time they had reached the islands of the South Pacific the ship ran smoothly at the hands of a crack group of sailors.

So, on this Memorial Day weekend, to honor the memory of the men of the USS Tryon, here is a listing of the brave men that sailed out of San Diego Harbor on October 20, 1942 and resolutely pointed the bow of the Tryon that day toward war:

Officers at the date of commissioning, September 29, 1942:

Captain: Commander Alfred J. Byrholdt, USN

Executive Officer: Lieutenant Commander Hartwell T. Doughty, USNR

Navigator: Lieutenant Commander Gerald J. King, USNR

First Lieutenant: Lieut. Pete R. Sorenson, USNR

Gunnery Officer: Lieutenant Wm. D. Murphy, USNR

Engineering Officer: Lieutenant O. O. Adams, USNR

Supply Officer: Lieutenant (jg) J. A. Donehoo, (SC), USN

Senior Medical Officer: Commander Albert M. Snell (MC) , USNR

Deck Officers:
Lieut. (jg) McKenzie Perry, USNR
Lieut. (jg) Herman Talmadge, USNR
Ensign Neville Bremer, USNR
Ensign George A. Wright, USNR
Ensign Cosby Swanson, USNR
Ensign Henry L. Sherwood, USNR
Ensign Myron J. Smith, Jr.,USNR
Ensign Isaac Todd, all USNR
Ch. Bos’n Harry L. Martin, USN

Engineering Watch Officers:
Lieut. (jg) Robert S. Brannon, USNR
Ensign Richard Stevens, USNR
Machinist A. F. Doty, USN

Medical Officers:
Lieut. Comdr. Ralph W. Shirey, USNR
Lieut. Comdr. Allen Collette, USNR
Lieut. Comdr. Edward Cathcart, USNR
Lieut. Comdr. Harry L. Leavitt, USNR
Lieut. Comdr. Edward P. Anderson, USNR
Lieut. Comdr. H. T. Anderson, USNR
Lieut. Comdr. Ross A. Goodcell, USNR
Lieut. Lee Farr, USNR
Lieut. A. N. Mastrobuno, USNR
Lieut. Carl D. Jensen, USNR
Lieut. Robert T·. McCarty, USNR

Dental Officers:
Lieut. Comdr. Max A. Moon, USNR
Lieut. Robert E. Johnson, USNR

Assistant Supply Officers:
Ensign O. R. Garrett, (SC), USN
Ch. Pay Clerk M. G. Ross, (SC), USN

Warrant Officers:
Carpenter Ralph Tracy, USN
Pay Clerk A. W. Blough, USN
Pay Clerk P. N. Bentley, USN
Pharmacist L. B. Tracy, USN
Pharmacist W. D. Faubian, USN

Before leaving San Diego a new deck officer reported for duty. He was Lt. (jg) Erling Hansen, USNR, a veteran of many years at sea.   Born in Norway, he was educated in the Norwegian maritime schools; he had immigrated to the U.S. and become and American citizen.  Erling Hansen proved to be a great addition to the ship.

Two days out from San Diego, one of the other ships in convoy with the Tryon notified Captian Byrholdt that she had one of Tryon’s officers on board.  Ensign Bates M. Belk, USNR, was immediately transferred over.  Though having little shipboard experience (he had previously served in the Army), he proved to be an excellent shipmate, serving as a communications officer.

Crew:

October 20, 1942
Service Muster
Name Number Rating Roll Page
Abraham, Fred Charles 633 44 56 AS, M-2 1
Akridge, Warren Charles 376 58 01 HA2c 1
Alemania, Constancio Redullia 633 56 83 MA3c, V-6 1
Allen, Dallas Vernon 640 57 84 AS, V-6 1
Allred, Shirley Clifford 640 57 67 AS, V-6 1
Andersen, Peter Robert 376 54 86 HA2c 1
Andrews, Roy Edwin Jr. 553 01 56 AS 1
Aneloski, Edmund (n) 336 98 32 BM1c 1
Aque, Agerico (n) 497 99 73 OS1c 1
Armes, Hugh Leonard 640 57 64 AS, V-6 1
Ascuena, John (n) 660 26 93 S1c, V-6 1
Ashinger, Herbert William 669 20 18 EM3c, V-6 1
Back, Albert Pershing 381 31 96 PhM2c 1
Bautista, Eusebio (n) 110 91 63 OS1c, F4C 1
Beach, Arthur “J” 320 59 83 CWT(PA) 1
Bennett, Alvin LeRoy 368 39 12 Phm2c, V-6 1
Bentley, Paul Newton 371 89 45 CSK(AA) 1
Berthiaume, George Henry 212 22 84 CY(PA) 1
Biggers, Johnnie Ruthford 616 75 65 F2c, V-6 1
Bird, William Rodney 654 73 27 AS, V-3 1
Blair, Jesse (n) 553 56 64 EM3c, V-6 1
Blanchard, Walter Nelson 112 12 08 CphM(AA), V-6 1
Blevins, Donald (n) 266 17 36 HA1c 1
Bloom, Arthur Allen 633 41 95 AS, M-2 1
Bogroff, Nick 382 71 48 S1c 1
Bonfanti, Ignazio Nunzio 204 44 25 BM1c 1
Bostic, James Howard 625 20 37 AS, V-2 1
Boudreaux, Ernest Joseph 407 25 49 Cox 1
Brooks, Francis Philip 336 53 95 CSK(AA) 1
Brown, Arthur McCurley 604 13 41 RT2c, V-6 1
Brown, Carl Dee 634 23 98 Phm3c, v-6 1
Brown, Edward, Spencer 510 26 55 F2c, M-2 1
Brown, Frederick Rush Jr. 510 14 80 SL3c, M-2 1
Brown, Harold, (n) 223 63 64 Cox 1
Bruene, Alvin Harry 337 20 86 GM1c 2
Burgoyne, William Jennings 664 58 42 F1c, M-2 2
Burns, Alfred Lewis 604 23 37 S2c, V-6 2
Canite, Grigorio Abitona 663 59 57 MA3c, V-6 2
Cantu, Jose Teodolo 625 20 69 AS, V-6 2
Capdeville, Charles 633 04 86 AS, M-2 2
Capritta, Matthew (n) 618 51 51 AS, V-6 2
Casas, Jesse Avila 625 20 48 AS, V-6 2
Case, James Sanford, Jr. 223 45 39 FC2c(R) 2
Cashen, Francis Charles 620 47 15 HA2c, V-6 2
Castor, Delmer Otto 664 19 42 S2c, V-6 2
Castro, Andres Guadalupe 625 20 70 AS, V-6 2
Cavecche, Eugene Henry 632 47 64 S2c, V-6 2
Chapman, Robert William 625 20 61 AS, V-6 2
Chase, Charles Wilber 633 44 75 S1c, M-2 2
Childers, Charlie Clarence 371 92 46 WT2c, V-6 2
Chisum, Walter Floyd 625 20 46 F2c, V-6 2
Clark, Edward Arthur 409 00 60 MM1c, O-1 2
Cllifton, Edward James 375 89 44 S1c 2
Collins, Marion Leroy 393 69 89 AS 2
Coma, Joe (n) 664 56 15 S1c, M-2 2
Cooper, Donald Weatherly Jr. 382 85 89 HA2c 2
Cooper, George Henry 700 48 69 S2c, V-6 2
Corbett, Maurice Joseph 279 66 56 PhM2c 2
Cowan, Raymond Harold 618 51 88 AS, V-6 2
Cross, James Waverly 368 60 74 PhM3c 2
Daniels, William (n) 368 38 18 Phm2c, V-6 2
Davis, Murray Wilburn 633 99 30 MM2c, V-6 2
Deason, John Neal Jr. 296 15 79 AS 2
De Cino, Tony Louis 618 51 79 AS, V-6 2
Dedoro, Vincente Alfar 663 60 69 MA3c, V-6 2
Deen, Lloyd Lee 130 80 82 B1c, O-1 2
De Graff, Leonard William 402 88 44 S1c, O-1 2
Delmenhorst, Alfred George 634 25 18 HA1c, V-6 2
De Lozier, Oliver “D” 670 57 22 AS, V-2 3
Dement, Lonnie Melvin 625 20 16 F2c, V-6 3
Dense, Waiter Allen 664 37 67 Sk3c, M-2 3
De Pue, Firm “H” Unknown F3c, V-6 3
Descisciolo, Michael (n) 646 62 31 S2c(EM) V-6 3
Devous, James Robert 668 31 37 S2c, V-6 3
Dildy, Thomas Nolan 625 33 26 MM2c, V-6 3
Dingus, Hobert Glen 640 57 79 AS, V-6 3
Doland, Ralph Wilson 223 63 48 PhM3c 3
Douglass, John Wesley 640 57 58 AS, V-6 3
Downs, Leo Bernard 371 87 30 SC1c 3
Drummond, William Aaron 554 02 55 AS, V-2 3
Dufford, Leland Louis 381 15 39 MM1c 3
Duffy, Philip Aloysius, Jr. 316 45 15 Phm2c, V-6 3
Dunlavy, Carl Eugene Hicks 620 42 85 HA1c, V-6 3
Eastman, John Russell 663 01 39 HA2c, V-6 3
Eckward, Willie (n) 272 28 95 MA1c 3
Ediger, Clarence, Elmer 376 17 93 S1c 3
Ellliott, Gerald Fredrick 223 49 91 EM1c 3
Erickson, Stanley Monroe 638 37 43 Y3c, V-6 3
Eslava, Domingo 633 85 04 MA3c, V-6 3
Esmay, George Lyle 663 16 99 F1c, V-6 3
Evangelista, Ismael Surigao 663 61 48 MA3c, V-6 3
Evans, James Garner 320 90 15 CMM(AA) 3
Feazel, Gordon Dwight 669 20 42 SF3c, V-6 3
Felber, Joseph Jack 346 14 37 CMM(PA) 3
Ferguson, John Carlisle 265 79 76 RM1c 3
Ferman, Rex “D” 618 51 74 AS, V-6 3
Ferraro, William Frederick 664 87 19 AS, V-6 3
Ferriera, Louie Lewis 662 50 00 SC3c, V-6 3
Fisher, Eugene Lester 640 57 48 AS, V-6 3
Fisher, John Robert 510 14 85 SK3c, V-6 3
Flaherty, Kenneth Edward 633 51 61 SC3c, V-6 3
Fleming, Gerald Leslie 618 51 87 AS, V-6 3
Fleming, William Paul 618 51 90 AS, V-6 4
Fletcher, Wesley James 632 81 88 HA1c, V-6 4
Fogle, William Richard 670 16 19 S2c, V-6 4
Ford, Fred William, Jr. 375 90 54 SF1c 4
Fosse, Alf Clarence 210 25 21 SC2c, M-2 4
Fowler, Raymond Thomas 320 63 83 CMM(PA) 4
Fraga, Hilario Hinojosa 625 20 40 AS, V-6 4
Frazier, Robert Edward 625 20 59 AS, V-6 4
Frey, Gerald Joseph 633 45 07 AS, M-2 4
Friedrich, Lawrence Harold 633 55 97 Bkr3c, V-6 4
Gaines, Mayson Duel 337 30 78 PhM3c 4
Gallelo, Herman Mike 371 93 49 MM2c, V-6 4
Garcia, Antonio Edmundo 625 21 07 AS, V-6 4
Garza, Noe Rodriguez 625 21 01 AS, V-6 4
Gibbons, John Ralph Jr. 633 46 16 S1c, M-2 4
Gibson, James Fremont 662 50 54 S2c, V-6 4
Goldstein, Max Louis 610 89 99 HA1c, V-6 4
Gonzalez, Gilbert (n) Unknown F3c, V-6 4
Goss, Herbert Arlin 664 91 77 AS, V-6 4
Grandpre, John David 316 71 30 F2c, M-2 4
Gregg, Roscoe Herbert 670 10 61 S2c, V-6 4
Greggs, Raymond John 664 19 88 S2c, V-3 4
Griffin, Richard Farr 267 98 99 Cphm(AA), V-3 4
Griffin, Wallace Wayne, Jr. 407 39 90 PhM1c, V-6 4
Grim, Benjamin Reginald 393 23 14 PhM1c 4
Grimes, Norman Riley 382 85 67 HA2c 4
Grittman, Roy Virgil 680 10 36 HA2c, V-6 4
Grose, Joe Kenneth 351 06 86 AS 4
Gunter, Horace Neal 670 33 07 AY3c, V-6 4
Gustafson, Francis Frederick 654 32 02 S2c, V-3 4
Haeberle, John Frederick 156 03 34 EM3c, V-6 4
Harkins, Ralph Kenneth 664 13 41 Bkr2c, V-6 4
Harmon, Harvey earl 654 84 30 AS, V-6 4
Hayes, Thomas Joseph, Jr. 618 39 10 HA2c, V-6 4
Hennessey, Floyd (n) 633 33 08 F3c, V-6 5
Hermano, Gorgonio (n) 171 69 81 MA1c, V-6 5
Hicks, Dan Opha 640 57 65 AS, V-6 5
Hicks, Howard Warren 633 32 58 S2c, M-2 5
Hicks, William (n) 670 57 75 AS, V-6 5
Hill, Elbert Andrew 654 51 18 HA2c, V-6 5
Hobbs, Lloyd George 662 50 28 S2c, V-6 5
Holliman, Travis Frank 625 21 04 AS V-6 5
Hooker, Clayton Wells, Jr. 633 44 18 S1c M-2 5
Inong, Jose “A” 663 61 54 MA3c, V-6 5
Jack, Jimmie (n) 663 39 69 AS, V-6 5
Jackson, Carter Rhea 296 15 29 AS 5
Jensen, Wilbur Charles 638 25 83 S2c, V-3 5
Jesse, Melvin Lloyd 618 51 78 AS, V-2 5
Johns, Homer Sheffield 555 57 92 S1c, M-2 5
Johnson, Clyde LaVerne 654 29 31 S2c, V-6 5
Johnson, Fred (n) 664 44 18 S1c, M-2 5
Johnson, Milton Emmett 598 86 59 OC1c (T) 5
Keefer, Lawrence Gale Jr. 663 39 75 AS, V-6 5
Kirschner, Louis Ernest Jr. 662 07 69 S2c, V-3 5
Koch, Ernest Eric August 359 83 72 WT2c, V-6 5
Koch, Raymond Robert 224 09 82 S1c 5
Kondelik, Raymond Charles 283 28 90 PhM2c 5
Krochalk, Michael James 633 28 18 Bkr3c V-6 5
Kotula, Roy Edwin 664 16 19 S2c, V-3 5
LaFerriere, Raymond George 212 25 35 CGM(AA) 5
Laureano, Antonio Jose 663 59 50 MA3c, V-6 5
Lee, Austin Leroy 274 34 76 Cox 5
Lee, Edward Percy 305 06 60 CMM(PA) 5
Leer, Rudolph (n) Jr. 633 04 58 HA1c, V-6 5
Lemaster, Richard Thomas 554 02 58 AS, V-6 5
Lemons, Floyd Shird 554 02 67 AS 5
Ienhardt, Clelle Edward 662 46 21 SC3c, V-6 5
Litchen, Carl Bernard 181 54 76 CBM(PA)F4D 5
Lough, Herman Hugh 257 81 48 SC3c, V-6 6
Lovett, Jack Ramond 553 53 61 AS, V-6 6
Lyman, Albert emerson 368 41 07 S1c 6
Lyons, Earl Meredith 250 51 37 GM2c 6
Magness, John Robert 346 67 76 MM2c, V-6 6
Magno, Wenceslao Senador 663 57 58 MA3c, V-6 6
Manuel, Marcos Ventura 633 90 51 MA3c, V-6 6
Masser, Louis (n) 624 73 76 F3c, V-6 6
Mattox, Warren Jean 633 44 09 AS, M-2 6
Mayfield, Ferris Joseph Jr. 624 79 51 F2c, V-6 6
McBride, Jack Allen 633 82 35 AS, V-6 6
McCord, Robert Edward 337 07 36 BM2c 6
McCutcheon, Harry Edwin Jr. 316 93 09 AS 6
McDevitt, Otto Reagan 406 33 37 Phm2c, V-6 6
McDonald, Carl Odel 382 86 74 HA2c 6
McElroy, James Andrew\ 355 94 53 HA1c, V-6 6
McEwan, Robert Austin 620 47 53 HA1c, V-6 6
McFarland, Malcolm Calvin 721 66 84 S2c, V-6 6
McGreevy, Kenneth Jackson 201 54 65 QM1c 6
McLaughlin, William Joseph 662 65 84 S2c, V-6 6
Meek, Norman Russell 680 07 95 HA2c, V-6 6
Mendez, Telesforo (n) Jr. 624 68 71 F1c, V-6 6
Metkovich, Louis Chris 633 46 33 AS, M-2 6
Meyer, Walter Warner 554 02 54 AS, V-2 6
Miller, James Andrew 662 58 37 HA2c, V-6 6
Miller, John Herlihy 274 39 47 S1c 6
Miller, Robert Lee Roy 337 82 34 HA \2c 6
Miner, Billie Lee 670 56 23 AS, V-6 6
Miranda, Ceferino Custodio 663 58 35 MA3c, V-6 6
Mitchell, Eugene (n) 663 44 01 F3c, V-6 6
Moffett, Kenneth Donald 553 53 64 AS 6
Mone, Floyd Milton 283 24 13 MM1c 6
Morris, Edward James 680 16 12 Y2c, V-6 6
Morta, Frank Moskito 721 16 83 MA3c, V-6 6
Mueller, Richard (n) 633 50 04 Bkr3c, V-6 7
Murray, Robert Bruce 610 46 67 S2c, V-6 7
Musser, Albert Grandvill 554 02 60 F1c, V-6 7
Muyco, Dioscoro 497 95 11 OS3c 7
Naegele, Jack Calvin 554 50 25 SF3c, V-6 7
Newsome, Edgar Thomas 269 10 20 S2c 7
Nielsen, Eric Aaga 376 57 19 SC3c 7
Nordahl, Everett Henry 382 78 02 HA2c 7
Norstrom, Lawrence Willard 664 22 65 S2c, V-6 7
Oaks, Joseph Mortimer 633 15 84 S2c, M-2 7
Oliphant, Henry Grady 624 79 55 F3c, V-6 7
Olson, Lester Phillip 328 09 97 CCStd(AA) 7
Ory, Enoch Adolph Jr. 624 60 84 F2c, V-6 7
Parguian, Roque (n) 663 60 70 MA3c, V-6 7
Payne, Charles Edwin Jr. 258 15 00 SK1c 7
Pennington, Cleadus Allard 287 26 20 Cox 7
Perez, Gerardo Guerrero 562 60 75 MA3c, V-6 7
Perkins, Charles Lyons Jr. 555 63 45 S1c, V-6 7
Peterson, Claude Arthur 664 35 04 F1c, M-2 7
Pettypool, Loyal Braxton 337 81 18 S2c(EM) V-6 7
Pierce, Richard Jay 633 44 39 AS, M-2 7
Phillips, Willie Edwin 632 25 96 S2c, V-6 7
Poe, Ralph Parks 359 77 14 PhM3c 7
Pollock, William Alexander 626 31 57 Phm2c, V-6 7
Ramil, Felix (n) 562 58 06 MA3c, V-6 7
Rankin, Lawrence Juder 283 24 24 SM1c 7
Ray, Joe McKinney 268 21 91 GM2c 7
Ray, Maxwell Emory 618 51 67 AS, V-6 7
Redfern, Leland Henry 268 68 41 QM3c 7
Reitman, Robert Ernest 299 87 68 BM2c 7
Rice, Harvey Kermit 680 22 10 EM2c, V-6 7
Richardson, Wayne “J” 382 77 77 S2c 7
Ringle, LaVerne Jess 310 90 76 SC1c 7
Ripdos, Epifanio Dayanan 663 57 56 MA3c, V-6 7
Roberts, John Lee 554 02 70 AS, V-6 8
Roberts, Virgil Delton 372 46 83 AS 8
Roe, Thomas Henry 624 76 59 F2c, V-6 8
Ronace, Martin Consul 663 61 56 MA3c, V-6 8
Rosa, Victor Joseph Jr. 413 41 61 Phm3c, v-6 8
Rowsom, James Herbert 262 37 60 OS3c 8
Ruskoski, Chester Frank 250 59 77 SM3c 8
Said, Elmer Nathan 382 08 51 SK1c 8
Sarte, Ambrosio Alyosada 663 61 57 MA3c, V-6 8
Saterberg, Herbert Axel 618 17 53 SK3c, V-3 8
Saums, Elmer Case 190 54 21 CRM(PA) 8
Scher, Oroville Vissering 616 30 98 S2c, V-6 8
Schrantz, Ralph 403 50 03 RM2c, V-6 8
Schultz, Frank Fredrick 680 22 05 MM2c, V-6 8
Scroggins, George Washington 355 12 11 CphM(PA) 8
Shaw, Earl Charles 633 43 22 S1c, M-2 8
Shaw, Vincent Jack 633 26 61 Ptr3c, V-6 8
Sheehan, Gerald David 662 97 71 HA2c, V-6 8
Sheehan, James Francis 553 00 42 MM2c, V-6 8
Shirley, Darrell Eugene 660 24 50 HA2c, V-6 8
Sirgny, James (n) 622 71 18 Phm2c, V-6 8
Smith, Charles John 360 57 02 HA2c 8
Smith, Kenneth Adair 382 32 10 S1c 8
Smith, Wilfred Raymond 632 96 12 SoM3c, V-3 8
Smith, Willard (n) 663 39 79 AS, V-6 8
Solis, Apolonio Pompeyo 625 14 94 AS, V-6 8
Solis, Augustin Montemayor 663 39 80 AS, V-6 8
Staats, Howard Dwight 654 66 58 MM2c, V-6 8
Stanich, Emil Charles 554 51 22 SF3c, V-6 8
Stewart, Aaron (n) 356 22 79 OC3c 8
Sutter, Charles Willis 632 28 71 S2c, V-6 8
Sutton, Floyd Emmett 662 45 52 Bkr3c, V-6 8
Sutton, Gordon Othello 555 56 64 EM2c, V-6 8
Sypriano, Carl John 663 39 54 AS, V-6 8
Tatlock, James William 510 26 46 Cox, M-2 9
Thomas, Charles Arnold 360 04 21 OC3c 9
Thomas, Rex Rowlen 633 27 02 MM2c, V-6 9
Thompson, Rupert Edwin 633 23 17 CM3c, V-6 9
Titus, DeWayne Francis 662 49 46 S2c, V-6 9
Toops, John Richard 618 39 09 HA1c, V-6 9
Torrey, Orville Allen 554 50 30 SC3c, V-6 9
Trucano, John Dominick 321 10 05 WT2c 9
Uselton, Leland Eugene 382 34 69 PhM3c 9
Valdez, Quetero Gambon 662 91 60 MA3c, V-6 9
Van Kirk, William Edward 510 19 73 SC3c, M-2 9
Van Steenburg, Kingman (n) 133 99 52 WT2c, V-6 9
Vasquez, Manuel Rodriguez 633 50 31 MM2c, V-6 9
Vaughan, James Woodrow, Jr. 381 44 28 S2c 9
Vincent, Edward Ray 654 32 30 S2c, V-6 9
Wagner, Ferdinand (n) 223 18 08 CQM(AA) 9
Waldorph, Harry Edward 624 32 87 F2c, V-6 9
Wallis, Emmett George 630 26 80 AS, V-6 9
Walter, Henry Theophile 660 28 21 Phm2c, V-6 9
Wardman, John Hiram 664 42 93 Phm3c, V-6 9
Warnstrom, Arnold Robert 654 32 58 F2c, V-6 9
Warr, Sam 382 86 69 HA2c 9
Watts, Henry Gamber 633 28 07 EM3c, V-6 9
Webb, Darwin Edgar 320 86 70 BM2c 9
Welch, Glenn Franklin 342 18 02 Y1c 9
Wells, John Leslie 608 07 91 F1c, V-2 9
Welter, Raymond George 646 53 92 F2c, V-6 9
White, Roger Wilfred 664 43 01 F1c, M-2 9
White, Thomas Francis 200 24 70 Bkr2c, V-6 9
Whitlock, Joseph Jerry 630 27 35 AS, V-6 9
Whittaker, William Bennie 663 39 64 AS, V-6 9
Wilburn, Hugh R. Unknown F1c 9
Wilkins, Robert King 616 30 14 F1c, V-6 9
Willett, Wayne Volney 633 27 09 SC3c, V-6 9
Williams, Robert Brown 604 64 76 AS, V-3 10
Wilson, Jack Roy 411 35 25 S1c, O-1 10
Wilson, William Edison 347 08 53 AS 10
Windham, Arthur 407 31 20 PhM1c, V-6 10
Wisdom, Joe Bailey 555 57 28 CM3c, V-6 10
Woods, Othalas Leverne 347 08 42 AS 10
Woods, Ronald DeForest 290 74 29 CPhM(PA), T-F4 10
Woolfolk, William Walter 295 23 23 OC2c 10
Wray, Maurice Charles 633 49 55 F3c, V-6 10
Wright, Herman Arvel 644 88 32 AS, V-6 10
Yanes, John Reyes 562 60 98 MA1c, V-6 10
Young, John Clifford 633 45 32 AS, M-2 10
Young, Meredith Wayne 668 30 93 S2c, V-6 10
Zampelli, Philip (n) 633 10 08 F2c, V-6 10
Zidell, Jack (n) 654 56 89 EM3c, V-6 10
Zirbes, William Raymond 633 82 33 AS, V-6 10
Total = 322 crew members

 

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A comment about naval reservists – many of the officers and crew of the Tryon were naval reservists (so designated by “USNR” for officers, and the “V-6” code for crew). On Navalrerve.com it states, “By the summer of 1941, two years after the start of World War II, virtually all members of the Navy Reserve were serving on Active Duty, their numbers destined to swell upon the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. In the ensuing four years, the Navy would grow from a force of 383,150 to 3,405,525 at its peak. Among these numbers, most were Reservists, including five future U.S. presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush.”

The majority of the crew carried the “V-6” code after their rating. During World War II and into the 1960s, Naval Reservists would receive a classification code that was written after the service member’s rate, rank, or service number. These codes would provide additional information about the Naval Reservist and, in this way, were the equivalent of a service number prefix. The Navy used a total of twelve “V-codes” for members of the Volunteer Reserve. The code V-6 represented “General Service & Specialists.”

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2 Responses to “The Crew – October 20, 1942”

  1. jaime r solis June 19, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Thank you so much for this information. I will try to find and buy the book. My father served on this ship Apolonio P. Solis. I will share this information with my family.

    • rememberthetitans June 19, 2016 at 7:45 pm #

      My pleasure, Jaime. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. I’m in the process of compiling a comprehensive list of Tryon crew members based on ship Muster Rolls and Reports Of Changes, and your father is certainly on the list!

      Apolonio Pompeyo Solis, Service Number 625 14 94, enlisted on 7/18/42 in Houston, Tx. He was assigned to USS Tryon and was a part of her crew at commissioning (which makes him a “plankowner”). As of the Muster Roll of 12/31/43 he had a rating of Seaman First Class (F1c).

      I have a question for you, Jaime. there was another Solis on board Tryon with your father – he was Augustin Montemayor Solis, who enlisted on 7/23/42 in San Francisco. Is there any chance that this could be your dad’s brother or cousin? Their names and information are so similar that it made me wonder if they were related.

      Thanks again for your kind words about my blog. It certainly is a labor of love.

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