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USS Wake Island (CVE 65) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Wake Island (CVE 65). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 45 crew members registered for the USS Wake Island (CVE 65).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1944 | 1945 – now

Larsen, William, Thomas1941 – 1946I am the Grandson of Willaim Thomas Larsen. My mother, Helen says high to anyone that may remember her father. He was a flagman on the ship. He passed away at age 39 leaving a wife and 3 children, William Jr, Carol and little Helen.
Wilkins, RobertSEAMAN 1ST CLASS1942 – 1946I'm the grandson of Robert Wilkins. I'm adding his name for him (he's not computer savy).
Moore, FrancisFIRST CLASS RADIO1942 – 1945To all that have served then and now, the support of all of my shipmates will be remembered and cherished. FM 07-08-06
Crowley, MarcusAMM2C1942 – 1945I am posting this in memory of my father who passed away in February of 2005.
Hall, E. DonaldPETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS1942 – 1945V1I worked the arresting gear and was a loader on the anti-aircraft gun. I would love to hear from anyone in my division, as they are the only ones I really knew.
Planzer, CharlesAM2COct 1942 – Jan 1945Living and doing well in Chattanooga, Tennessee
Spell, PeterLT.1943 – 1943
Lewis, Milton1943 – 1945died aug 1986
Gallardo, Mike F.SF3C1943 – 1946"R"
Braug, Fred1943 – 1945I am the daughter of Fred Braug, though my dad is not cyber savy he is in great health and enjoying his retirement. :)
Wood, AlvaRADIOMAN 1/C1943 –Adding this info in memory of my father. Anyone who remembers him and would like to contact me, can, at Craig Wood
Crane, DMBM2C1943 – 19461&2Have been reuniting since 2000 at Branson, MO. Ron Paul had been organizing the reunion, but he passed away recently. Don't know if reunion will continue.
Borinstein, AbbieRADIOMAN 2/C1943 – 1945V-6I still hear stories about flying in the back seat of a TBF off the deck of a "baby flat-top"...Dad would enjoy hearing from his old shipmates!
Austin, BernellS1/C1943 –I am entering this info in memory of my Dad. He died in 1999. If you remember him please drop me an email. I would love to have more stories to pass to his Grandkids..Thank for all you have given for our country....
Sealey, RobertSEAMAN 1C1943 – 1946I am posting this in memory of my grandpa. He went to be with the lord in April '07. Would love to hear from anyone who knew him.
Orcena, Lawrence (Larry)W23C1943 – 1944BEven keeled ship (unlike the Pybus!) Will add more later.
Maggi, LarryGunners Mate1943 – 1946WeaponsI am Larry Maggi's son, posting this in his honor. He served in both the Atlantic & Pacific theaters onboard the Wake Island. I would love to hear from anyone who served with him &/knew him in his service days.
Laggren, WilliamAO1943 – 1945AOAlive and well in Santa Barbara, CA. Looking up the history of my ship and connecting with former shipmates with the help of a friend.
Medrano, Ernie profile iconE31943 – 1946unknownOn behalf of my father in law, we're hoping to reunite him with some of his buddies. He's 90, in great health, and would love to hear form others that shared his experiences
Markell, William HenryAOMJan 20, 1943 – Mar 8, 1946not sureEntering in memory of my father-William H. Markell. He did basic training in Bainbridge, MD. Served in Okinawa. Spent time in Norfolk, Jacksonville, Hawaii, San Fran, Seattle, Astoria-not sure where else. He passed away on Sept. 20, 1985
Kelley, DouglasS1/C(TM)Feb 1943 – Sep 1943Squadron VF13
Deshields, James EugeneSEAMAN 1ST CLASSApr 1943 – Nov 1945V1
Koch, Walter (Bug)3rd Class Petty Officer Aviation Boatswaine MateJun 3, 1943 – Mar 1, 1946AiredalesMy father served on the USS Wake Island (CVE-65) and was injured in battle. Shrapnel in leg and back, but has never received a purple heart. Pushed planes both for incoming and outgoing. In 1945 was promoted to 3rd class
Van Eps, Gerald Edward (Jerry)PTR(V)2C(T)Jul 1, 1943 – Aug 30, 1945I am listing my father's name. Jerry Van Eps died very young at the age of 38 in Sept. 1963 from a heart attack leaving four children, one a son who following his father served in the Navy in the Vietnam conflict.
Perdue, JimLT.Sep 1943 – May 1944RadarMy dad passed away in 1976. He was Fighter Director and spoke of his experiences on the Wake Island. I would love to hear from anyone that knew him to gather more stories for his 16 Grandchildren and 31 Great Grandchildren.
Murphy, Thomas PRADIOMAN 3RD CLASSNov 6, 1943 – Dec 2, 1945Thomas P Murphy was my Dad's brother.I just found copies of radiograms which gives almost a full list of the action thru out the history of the Wake Island.
Kaye, JosephPHOM 2/CNov 10, 1943 – Mar 18, 1946Photography
Scott Jr, ShermanAMS 2ND CLASSNov 26, 1943 – Dec 27, 1945VCIReference to Reunions I have been to on in Ohio. Contact Ronald Paul @1-253 759 9823. He has organized reunions for a number of years.I came aborde with VC 69, when they left I remained in ships company.
Cohen, AlbertRM3/CDec 1943 – Jan 1946K
Wilson, Robert "bob"EM2C ELECTRICIAN MATE 2ND CLASSDec 1943 – Feb 1946EMovie Operator. Plank Owner.
Beck, JackAOM 3 CDec 14, 1943 – Mar 17, 1945AviationCame aboard w/ VC 69 San Diego - thru canal to Atlantic Aboard when we sunk sub & also when our our escourt DE 143 USS Fisk was sunk. Back thru canal to invasion at Luzon & also Iwo Jima. Back to states. Disc 12/7/47
Jones, Harry LeeS2c1944 – 1945CookDaughter found old forms and documents from WWII. Thought it would be neat if anyone remembered my dad.
Smith, R. HowardUnknown1944 – 1945UnknownMy grandfather was aboard this ship. Time is unknown. He passed away in 1994 and my grandmother is looking for paperwork to verify dates of his service. I will update when she finds his papers.
Koehler, Karl ArthurS1ST CLASS AOMMay 12, 1944 – Dec 27, 1945AOMI am trying to find out if this ship ever has any reunions and where do they have them to meet shipmates who mightstill be living
McPherran, ArchieLT (JG)May 15, 1944 – Mar 20, 1946GunnerAdvanced from Jr. Div. Officer to Dept Chief. Served in both Atlantic & Pacific theatres of combat.
Manson, Alfred (Fritz)flcMay 18, 1944 – Dec 14, 1945961 10 91,SV-6I am adding my fathers name in hopes someone remembers him and would contact me. Would love to hear from siomeone who knew him in the navy.
Layus, Charles LSEAMAN IST CLASSMay 29, 1944 – Sep 22, 1945I am entering this in my dad's memory. I would love to talk to anyone who knew him. Charlie Layus
Corbin, Norman (Allan)EnsignJun 1, 1944 –Fighter PilotI am writing on behalf of my father Norman Allan Corbin. My Dad was a Navy Fighter Pilot, flew a Wildcat, I believe from all the pictures that his carrier was the USS Wake Island, my dad will be 95 on June 12th, 2016.
Holden, WilliamSM3CSep 1944 – Aug 19454thDiv
Willis, Robert (Dilbert)S1/COct 1944 – 1946This crew was my family. Remember Bosun Bean?
Murphree, Billy B.SEAMAN 1ST CLASSDec 1944 – Jun 1946Plane Handler
Tanksley, LawrenceDec 1, 1944 – Dec 31, 1944We are the daughters of Lawrence Tanksley searching for information on our father's history in the Navy. Does anyone remember him??

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