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     As the Pacific war finally drew to an end, the Secretary of the Navy sent out a theater-wide memo, ALPAC 202, requesting a concise war history from each of the Navy’s ships. Although I have been unsuccessful in locating the original ALPAC (a dispatch to all commands and personnel in the Pacific Ocean Areas), I have reviewed the concise histories from a number of ships responding to the ALPAC, and the headings found on these all follow a nearly identical form:


From: The Commanding Officer.
To: The Secretary of the Navy.
Subject: Concise Factual History of the U.S.S. _______.
Reference : (a) ALPAC 202, dated 14 September 1945.
Enclosure : (A) Concise Factual History of the U.S.S. _______.
l. In accordance with Reference (a), Enclosure (A) is
forwarded herewith.


     The Tryon report provided a date for the ALPAC of 14 August, 1945, but I believe that to be incorrect. All other reports that I reviewed that included a date for the ALPAC (not all did – several listed the reference simply as ALPAC 202, or ALPAC 202-45) indicated a date of 14-16 September 1945. It makes sense that the collection of war histories would be a post-war endeavor.


     After the uniformity of the headings, however, it is remarkable how much the reports themselves vary in format. Some are brief, completed in only a page or two [1], while others are quite lengthy, including nearly every port of call during the course of the war [2]. One interesting history was from a ship completed late in the war on the east coast. USS Iolanda was en route to the Pacific via the Panama Canal for the first time when the war ended. That report made the point that they didn’t celebrate war’s end on the ship, presumably because of their disappointment not having the opportunity to engage the enemy. [3]


     Fortunately, Tryon’s concise history is very well written and includes many useful details. The author (who is not identified) starts the report by relating how the hull that would become Tryon was originally laid down as the Alcoa Courier, but was requisitioned by the Navy, initially to become the USS Comfort, a true (by Geneva Convention) hospital ship. This plan was scrapped to allow for the creation of a new class of ship, the evacuation transport, of which Tryon would become the first, and the namesake for the class. This is followed by a brief description of Tryon’s activities, assignments, and ports of call. Tryon’s dry dock and overhaul history is explained, and her war-time captains are listed (Tryon would receive yet another new skipper shortly after this report was written).


     The organization of the Medical Department and their function was given considerable attention. Differentiation was made between the early function of the Medical Department and it’s operation later in the war. During her first two years of service Tryon’s Medical Department provided medical care during the evacuation of “thoroughly processed” patients to rear areas – with Tryon serving essentially as a floating ambulance. Later, beginning with the invasion of Tinian Island, Tryon “operated for the first time as a front-line hospital transport entering the combat areas assault loaded with cargo and personnel acting in the capacity of an APA [an attack transport ship, designed to carry troops and cargo to the invasion site], later receiving the wounded directly from the beaches . . . operating as an APH [evacuation transport].”


     Ample detail was given to Tryon’s overhaul, which was done in Alameda, CA from March to May, 1945, and had been completed just four months prior to the writing of the report. Air-conditioning of the hospital bays, so badly needed during Tryon’s operation in tropical waters, was at last installed – but would never see use during an evacuation. It also reports the addition of “wiremesh enclosed bunks . . . for the confinement and handling of mental patients,” a rather lurid arrangement by today’s standards.


     Unfortunately, these improvements in the ship’s comforts and capabilities came too late for most of the patients transported aboard Tryon. By the time of her return to the war zone in June, 1945 the war was winding down, and she would not be used again in her earlier capacity. But she would see action of a different type before completion of her war duties – Tryon served in the very important role of transporting “Recovered Allied Military Personnel,” i.e., POWs, from Japan back to the United States, in what was called “Operation Magic Carpet,” although at the time of the report she had not returned stateside yet, and had removed them only as far as the Philippines.


     The writer concludes this portion of the report by saying, “Deaths during the entire operational period totaled forty-eight.” Given that 10,652 patients were carried aboard Tryon, many being those that required the most rigorous medical attention, that single sentence pays well-deserved tribute to the tireless work of the Medical Department in seeing that our wounded servicemen were given the utmost care possible.


     The report proceeds with “the recapitulation of patients, troops and passengers carried,” classifying by nationality, service, gender, and rank, from the time of Tryon’s commissioning to the time of the report: a total of 10,652 patients and 64,456 troops and passengers, for a grand total of 75,108 individuals transported aboard Tryon.


     Following the patient and troop recapitulation is a listing of the normal compliment of officers and crew (a total of 449), transportation capacity (1036 troops and patients), and concludes with general characteristics of Tryon that include some interesting operational details.


     Near the end the report addresses a topic of interest in light of one of the subjects in my the previous post – the presence of landing craft aboard Tryon. Contrary to what I wrote about landing boats there, this report reveals that Tryon carried four landing boats even prior to overhaul in the spring of 1945 – three LCVP (Landing Craft, vehicle, Personnel, A.K.A. “Higgins Boats”) and one LCPR (Landing Craft, Personnel, Ramped). According to the report, during the invasions that Tryon participated in beginning in 1944, “Unloading of troops and cargo and loading of patients was effected by supplementing our boat supply with borrowed boats from neighboring APA’s and AKA’s. As a result, loading and unloading was hardly conducive to maximum efficiency, however, during the period of availability in March, April and May 1945 the total number of ship’s boats was brought up to eighteen (18) . . .”


     Finally, in a concluding bit of “Tryon Trivia,” the author shares these fun facts: “At this writing, the U.S.S. TRYON has steamed a total of 181,938 miles through the Pacific waters having spent 10,910 hours underway. She has used a total of 9,962,925 gallons of fuel, 6,505,848 gallons of which was consumed underway and 3,457,077 gallons during her 14,057 hours not underway.


     I’ve transcribed Tryon’s history for easier reading but include the original documents at the end of post.



APH1/A12-1                U.S.S. TRYON (APH-1)

CONFIDENTIAL            30 September 1945

From: The Commanding Officer.

To: The Secretary of the Navy.

Subject: Concise Factual History of the U.S.S. TRYON (APH-1).

Reference : (a) ALPAC 202, dated 14 August 1945.

Enclosure : (A) Concise Factual History of the U.S.S. TRYON (APH-1). l. In accordance with Reference (a), Enclosure (A) is forwarded herewith.






Copies to:

       SecNav (Orig.)
       AdComPhibsPac. [4]




APH1/A12-1         U.S.S. TRYON (APH-1)

CONFIDENTIAL               30 September 1945


     At the out-break of the recent WAR the present U.S.S. TRYON was being constructed by MOORE DRY DOCK COMPANY, OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA and according to specifications by the ALUMINUM COMPANY OF AMERICA.  She was launched late in 1940 as United Maritime Commission Hull, number 175 and as Moore Hull number 201.  She was to have been the S.S. ALCOA-COURIER, a passenger-cargo vessel of the modified C-2 design, now known as  design  Z-C2-S1-A1.


     Early in 1942 the United States Navy purchased her and immediately made plans for conversion to the U.S.S. COMFORT, a Navy Hospital Ship. However, it was only a matter of a few weeks before officials decided that she should wear a coat of war paint instead of the enemy-attracting white with Red Cross markings.  Thus, a new type of Navy ship was born – the APH, a combat-hospital evacuation vessel, a mercy ship with a double job – supporting invasions with fresh troops and saving the lives of those wounded in action by rendering expert and adequate medical attention in well equipped facilities only a matter of minutes from the beachhead. A new name was demanded so the U.S S . TRYON (APH-1) was commissioned 29 September 1942, taking the name of a famous Naval surgeon general.


      Two sister ships, the U.S.S. PINKNEY (APH-2) and the U.S.S RIXEY (APH-3) ware commissioned approximately three (3) and six (6) months later and to date the three ships hold the distinction of being the Navy’s only ships of its class. Nevertheless no one can deny that the APH was an experiment that has definitely succeeded.


    She was put in commission with Commander A. J. BYRHOLDT, USN, as commanding officer and ordered to duty in the Pacific.  With her numerous twenty millimeter, forty millimeter, three inch and five inch anti-aircraft weapons; eight degrees raked masts; and streamlined superstructure, the eighteen knot ship presented a business like appearance.  She sailed from San Francisco Bay on 9 October 1942 for San Diego, California and from San Diego, 20 October 192,  bound for Noumea New Caledonia.  She was temporarily assigned to ComSerRonSoPac and served continuously under this command until 10 April 1944, evacuating casualties from Combat areas to hospitals in Suva, Fiji Islands, Noumea, New Caledonia, Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand and carrying priority cargo and passengers on return trips to combat areas.


     On 10 April 1944, the TRYON was assigned to Commander Task Force 76, for temporary duty, being ordered by this command to report to ComThird Fleet 11 May 1944,  who immediately returned the TRYON to ComSerRonSoPac.  Serving under this command until 16 July 1944, at which time she was ordered to Commander Task Force 51 for the invasion of Saipan and Tinian


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                                    U.S.S. TRYON APH-1


in the Marianas.  Returning to ComSerRonSoPac 12 August 1944, TRYON was ordered to ComThirdFlt to ComGroupFivePhibsPac to ComTransGroupThree FifthPhib for the invasion of Peleliu Island Palau Group. 11 October 1944,  She reported to ComSeventhFlt for duty taking part in the invasion of Leyte and Langayen Gulf, Philippine Islands under this command.  Since that time the TRYON has served under ComTransRonTwelve ComPhibsGroupFour, ComSerPac, ComPhibTraPac, ComWesSeaFron, CinCPac AdvHdqs, ComThirdPhib, ComTransRonThirteen and ComPhibGroupTwelve.


     The TRYON dry docked for the first time 18 March 1943 in Wellington, New Zealand and a second time 12 January 1944, in Wellington, New Zealand. On 11 March 1945, She arrived in San Francisco, California for the first time since 9 October 1942, having spent 29 months in the Pacific and having traveled well over 160,000 miles.  During the ensuing 69 days she underwent general overhaul and conversion at General Engineering and Dry Dock Company, Alameda, California under supervision of the Assistant Industrial manager, San Francisco, California. 21 May 1945, the U.S.S. TRYON sailed again for San Diego, California for ten (10) days refresher training, departing San Diego, 3 June 1945, transporting for the first time in its history United States service women.


     On 24 September 1944, Commander C . E. Morck, USNR, relieved Commander A. J. Byrholdt , USN, as  commanding officer . 12 December 1944 Commander W. G. Jones, USN, relieved Commander C . E. Morck, USNR, as commanding officer. 1 June 1945 Commander W. G. Jones USN, was relieved as commanding officer by Lieutenant Commander J. G. Van Gelder, under whose command She now sails.


     The Medical Department of this vessel was organized upon commissioning of the ship on 29 September 1942, at which time there were 11Medical Officers, 2 Dental Officers and 48 Hospital Corpsmen attached.  compliment was later reduced to 6 Medical officers, 1 Dental Officer and 2 Warrant Officers of the Hospital Corps.  In the phases of the war the primary duty of the Medical Department was the evacuation of casualties to rear areas during the occupation and consolidation of the Southern and Northern Solomons.  The patients received and handled during this period had been thoroughly processed and the relatively small staff of Medical Officers and Hospital Corpsmen was sufficient.


     On 24 July 1944, during the assault and occupation of Tinian Island in the Marianas, the Medical Department of this vessel functioned for the first time as a front-line hospital transport entering the combat areas assault loaded with cargo and personnel acting in the capacity of an APA. later receiving the wounded directly from the beaches and Other vessels and evacuating them as before operating as an APH. No  additional Hospital Corpsmen had been furnished although the staff of Medical  Officers at that time numbered twelve.  In the succeeding amphibious


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                                         U.S.S. TRYON APH-1


operations additional Medical Officers and Hospital Corpsmen were temporarily assigned to the vessel prior to sailing for the objective.  This procedure was successful and no shortages of personnel were hereafter encountered.


     Acting in the capacity of an assault hospital transport the vessel then participated in the landing of Peleliu, Leyte and Lingayen Gulf.


       On 11 March 1945 , the ship returned  to  the  United  States for a major Navy Yard overhaul.   At this time the entire sick bay was rearranged to more expeditiously process the patients carried.  The main Sick bay country was converted into four large wards, each having a separate air conditioning unit and having a total of 106 bunks.  Number 4 Hold, which is also air conditioned, is now considered part of the sick bay and contains 150 bunks.   One area, containing 27 wiremesh [sic] enclosed bunks with separate head facilities has been  provided to facilitate the confinement and handling of mental patients.   At the present, this ship is equipped to transport 1,033 patients of which 260 could occupy air conditioned spaces. The 260 bunks in this air conditioned area plus 47 non-air conditioned spaces are considered satisfactory for stretcher cases, the remainder for ambulatory cases.


      The installation of air conditioning units in these spaces, and the operating rooms, has proved invaluable in overcoming the previously grave problem of excessive heat and inadequate ventilation.


      The most recent function of the Medical Department has been the caring for and transporting of one thousand Recovered Allied Military Personnel. from Yokohama to Manila.  Although these men were classed as passengers, a great number required medical attention and the facilities of the department were utilized to a great advantage.


     Deaths during the entire operational period totaled forty-eight.


      The recapitulation of patients, troops and passengers carried during the period since the ship’s commissioning to the present time, listed in appropriate categories are as follows:




     American Civilians                                                                      8
     U.S. Navy – Officers                                                               304
     U. S. Navy – Enlisted                                                           4808
     U.S. Marine – Officers                                                            132
     U.S. Marine – Enlisted                                                         4289
     U.S. Coast Guard – Enlisted                                                    34
     U.S. Coast Guard – Officers                                                       2
     U.S. Army – Officers                                                               253 (continued)


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                                     U.S.S. TRYON APH-1


     U.S. Army – Enlisted                                                              308
     U.S. Merchant Marine  –  Enlisted                                           7
     U.S. Merchant Marine – Officers                                              1
     Royal Australian Army – Enlisted                                          21
     British Army – Officers                                                             18
     British Army – Enlisted                                                         426
     British Navy – Officers                                                               2
     British Navy – Enlisted                                                            19
     British Marine – Enlisted                                                          6
     British – Civilians                                                                        1
     Dutch Navy – Officers                                                                3
     Dutch Navy – Enlisted                                                               1
     Dutch Army – Enlisted                                                              3
     Norweigian[sic] Army – Office                                                 1
     Norweigian[sic] – Civilians                                                       5
Grand total of all patients carried aboard                            10,652
this vessel to date.  (30 September 1945)




     American Red Cross – Male                                                      8
     American Red Cross – Female                                                14
     U.S. Servicemen’s Wives                                                            8
     U.S. Servicemen’s Babies                                                           4
     U.S. Servicemen’s Children                                                       5
     Civilians – Male                                                                         27
     Civilians – Female                                                                    36
     U.S. Army – Officers                                                            1205
     U.S. Army – Enlisted                                                          15156
     U.S. Army  –  Nurses                                                                 22
     U.S. Navy – Officers                                                             1586
     U.S. Navy – Enlisted                                                         20244
     U.S. Navy – Nurses                                                                  13
     U.S Navy – Women’s Reserve – Officers                               2
     U.S. Navy Women’s  Reserve – Enlisted                             26
     U.S. Marine Corps – Officers                                               599
     U.S. Marine Corps – Enlisted                                          15585
     U.S. Marine Corps Womens[sic] Reserve – Officers          6
     U.S. Marine Corps Womens[sic] Reserve – Enlisted     120
     U.S. Coast Guard – Officers                                                     1
     U.S. Coast Guard – Enlisted                                                    8
     U.S. Coast Guard Womens[sic] Reserve – Officers            1
     U.S. Coast Guard Womens[sic] Reserve – Enlisted          21
     British Army – Officers                                                           14
     British Army – Enlisted                                                        387


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                                                    U.S.S. TRYON APH-1


      British Navy – Officers                                                              2
      British Navy – Enlisted                                                            19
      British Civilians – Male                                                             1
      British Marine – Enlisted                                                         6
      Royal Air Force – Officers                                                         4
      Royal Air Force – Enlisted                                                      39
     Dutch Navy – Officers                                                                3
     Dutch Navy – Enlisted                                                               1
     Dutch Army – Enlisted                                                              3
     Norweigian [sic] Army – Officers                                            1
     Norweigian [sic]– Civilians                                                       5
     New Zealand Army – Officers                                              1071
     New Zealand Army – Enlisted                                            6657
     New Zealand Nurses                                                                  23
     Royal New Zealand Navy – Officers                                      15
     Royal New Zealand Navy – Enlisted                                     86
     Royal New Zealand Air Force – Officers                               13
     Royal New Zealand Air Force – Enlisted                            310
     New Zealand War Correspondant [sic]                                   1
     New Zealand Y.M.C.A.                                                               3
     Australian Army – Officer                                                       73
     Australian Army – Enlisted                                                  805
     Royal Australian Air Force – Officers                                    15
     Royal Australina [sic] Air Force – Enlisted                         21
     Free French Navy                                                                        2
     Japanese Prisoners                                                                    70
Grand total troops and passengers .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   64,456
Grand total patients .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    10,652
Grand total  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   75,108

The U.S.S. TRYON has a normal complement of:

     Ship’s Officers                                                                            21
     Medical Officers                                                                        10
     Boat Officers                                                                                9
     Crew and Corpsmen                                                              322
     Boat Crew                                                                                   87
     Patients or Troops                                                                   919
     Patients or Troop Officers                                                       90
     Patients or Troop N.C.O.                                                         27


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                                              U.S.S. TRYON APH-1


and the following general characteristics:


     Overall length                                                                   450′ 2”
     Height between perpendiculars                                   420′ 0″
     Molded Breath                                                                   62′ 0″
     Molded depth to main deck                                             41′ 6″
     Molded depth to second deck                                         33′ 3″
     Molded draft.                                                                     25′ 0″
     Displacement at 25′ draft 11,745 tons
     Fuel std. Navy bunker 60/60                           267,897 gallons
     Fuel, diesel                                                             34,482 gallon
     Fresh water storage                                            117,000 gallon
     Feed water storage                                          29,000 gallon
     Maximum  speed                                                        18.5  Knot
     Cruising speed                                                            17.0  Knots
     Steaming radius                                                         6,250 mile
     Total cargo space                                                     40,003 cu.ft
     Booms – 5 ton, capacity 60′ – electrically operated


     During the four (4) amphibious assault landings in which this ship took part, She was equipped with only four (4) landing crafts (three (3); LCVP’s and one (1) LCPR).  Unloading of troops and cargo and loading of patients was effected by supplementing our boat supply with borrowed boats from neighboring APA’s and AKA’s.  As a result, loading and unloading was hardly conducive to maximum efficiency, however, during the period of availability in March, April and May 1945 the total number of ship’s boats was brought up to eighteen (18) and even though She has not participated in an assault amphibious landing since, experiance [sic] and constant study of the operations of APA’s indicate that the U.S.S. TRYON is more than ever fitted and capable of carrying on the perform ances of her duties as a combat-evacuation hospital transport.


     Since cessation of hostilities, the TRYON has been assigned duty as a transport, carrying occupational troops to Japan and returning recovered Allied Military Personnel to rear areas.


     At this writing, the U.S.S. TRYON has steamed a total of 181,938 miles through the Pacific waters having spent 10,910 hours underway. She has used a total of 9,962,925 gallons of fuel, 6,505,848 gallons of which was consumed underway and 3,457,077 gallons during her 14,057 hours not underway.


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                                                    ENCLOSURE (A) [10]




     If you or your family member served aboard Tryon, or if for another reason you’re interested in Tryon I’d love to hear from you. Please leave a comment so that we can communicate further.


     If you have a comment, correction, anecdote or story related to this or any other post, please be sure to leave a comment. I enjoy nothing more than hearing from others that share an interest in this most pivotal time in world history.


     And thanks for taking time to check out my blog. I sincerely appreciate it.



USS MENELAUS - ARL-13 Concise History



The “concise history” for USS Lamar ran 24 pages long for her one year and two months of participation in the war. Compare that to the concise history of the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier which remained in harm’s way for the entire period of the war, which was only 12 pages in length.


The war ended before USS Iolanda could get to the Pacific:

The war ended before USS Iolanda could get to the Pacific: ” News was received at sea of the Japanese surrender on August 15, 1945. It was evident then that the IOLANDA would never see
action with the enemy. No celebration was held on board other than the two day holiday declared by President TRUMAN, but there was a general feeling of thanks by all hands that the vessel and her complement had been spared any loss of life by enemy action.”


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  1. Jacquette Williamson November 6, 2015 at 10:12 am #

    HELLO- My father was Lt Cmdr John Van Gelder. I have letters and memos from his time at war. Any suggestions on what to do with them?? Jacquette Van Gelder Williamson.

    • rememberthetitans November 6, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

      Hi Jacquette – I’m so happy to hear from you! Thanks for your interest in my blog. One of these days I want to write a post about the war-time commanders of Tryon. As you probably already know, your dad became her skipper on 1 June 1945 and was relieved as commander by Lt. Comdr. Melvin O. Buker on 17 November 1945. Taking over immediately following her overhaul in Alameda, Captain Van Gelder sailed her back to the western Pacific, but Tryon would no longer be needed in her previous role as an evacuation ship. Her function while under your father’s command was strictly as a transport, moving men and cargo (although some of those transported WERE in need of medical care). He would guide Tryon on her first “magic carpet” run to Tokyo Bay, transporting RAMPs, or “Recovered Allied Military Personnel,” what we now call POWs, back to the states. It was while on Tryon’s second run to Japan, during a stop-over at Pearl Harbor, that command of the ship was turned over to Captain Buker.

      Regarding your question, I’m not entirely sure what you are asking. Are you wondering how to display them? For similar documents I have that belonged to my dad, for papers and that sort of thing I mounted them in clear plastic sheet protectors, and then placed those in binders. That makes a really nice way to view them without damage. For other items, I made shadow boxes for myself and my sisters, which included letters, medals, photos, and that sort of thing. They turned out really nice.

      If you are wanting to part with the memorabilia you have, I have several suggestions for that as well. Let me know which you mean.

  2. Breck Parkman May 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm #

    I have been trying to piece together the story of Clelle Edward Lenhardt (1915-1996; Serial No. 662-46-21), who served aboard the USS Tryon as Ship’s Cook from the ship’s maiden voyage on October 9, 1942, until shortly after the end of the war. In the mid-1970s, a friend of mine found Mr. Lenhardt’s dog tag on Glass Beach at Fort Bragg, California. From 1900-1967, Glass Beach was used as the town dump. It is not clear to me if Mr. Lenhardt’s dog tag was accidentally lost there or else intentionally discarded. I am most interested in the voyages the USS Tryon made to Japan for the purpose of picking up and transporting former POW’s. I am especially interested in whether or not PFC Walter Sivola (Serial No. 6263220) was transported aboard the Tryon from Yokohama to Manilla (29th Replacement Depot at Alabang) in September 1945. Mr. Sivola was captured at Corregidor in 1942. Do rosters exist detailing the names of American POWs transported on the Tryon at the end of the war? Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

    • rememberthetitans May 17, 2017 at 11:13 am #

      Hi Breck! Thanks so much for your interest in Tryon. You may have found Clelle Edward Lenhardt listed in the comprehensive crew list (, corroborating what you already know – that he served aboard Tryon from her commissioning until the end of the war. I do not have any further information on Mr. Lenhardt. If you happen to have access to you might find further info there. I often use Ancestry while working on this blog.

      Regarding Walter Sivola, I did have success in locating documents pertaining to his transport from Yokohama to San Francisco on Tryon. I’ll try to send those to your email address. Again, you can find other stuff related to Mr. Sivola on You may be able to access Ancestry for free at your local library, or your city’s genealogy library, if you don’t have access otherwise.

      I appreciate your comments! I always enjoy hearing from others with a connection or interest in Tryon.

  3. Breck Parkman May 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    Thank you so much!

    • Tom June 9, 2017 at 9:17 pm #

      Help me. I bought a sliver bracelet with the name of Kenneth D. Moffett 553-53-64 and U.S. Navy A.T. 8-42 on the back. Anyone know about Mr. Moffett? I’d like to send the item to his family.
      Thomas Klimek
      Lemon Grove, California

      • rememberthetitans July 2, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

        Hi Tom –

        I apologize for not getting your comments posted earlier!! I will make sure your question gets to Breck Parkman.

  4. Mike May 15, 2018 at 5:24 pm #

    My Father-in-Law was one of the British Army transported on Tryon in October 1945 from Manila to San Francisco. He had been slaving in a copper mine in Taiwan since 1942. He was bought to Manila by the USS Santee. His journey home continued by hospital train across USA to New York, and then on the Queen Mary, and arrived back in England at Southampton in November 1945. He is still with us at the age of 98.

    • rememberthetitans July 21, 2018 at 12:11 pm #

      Hey Mike, thanks so much for your comment, and please forgive me for not replying sooner! What a wonderful story about your father-in-law. It’s hard to imagine the difficulty and brutality that he must have lived through. Those poor souls that had the misfortune of becoming prisoners of the Japanese at or near the outbreak of the war were very fortunate to survive until it was over, and the hardships they endured are almost unthinkable. After spending years in forced labor under ground, don’t you know that it was a thrill for him to see friendly faces again. I would love to know more about the circumstances of his capture. I’m guessing that he was stationed in the Dutch East Indies or somewhere nearby at the outbreak of the war – but then it may have been something entirely different. If you have the opportunity, please give him greetings from the son of one of crew members of Tryon, and tell him that he is a hero in my eyes – as they all were. God bless him. What is your father-in-law’s name?

  5. John Ratomski May 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

    My father’s Seabee battalion sailed on the Tryon – Bougainville to Ulithi October 44.

    • rememberthetitans July 21, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment! I apologize for taking so long to reply. It’s awesome to hear of your dad’s connection to Tryon. I’d love to know more about your father’s service. Please tell me about thee battalion he served in and the places he was sent during the war. I know Ulithi was a major staging ground for actions late in the war.

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