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USS Savo Island (CVE 78) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Savo Island (CVE 78). 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 74 crew members registered for the USS Savo Island (CVE 78).

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

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Alberson, Bennie1942 –I am entering this for my father who was on the USS Savo Island. My father died in 09/11/1999. Does anyone remember servicing with him? Interested to know what he was like in service.
David, LudovicPFC1942 – 1944cveI am writing for my dad. He was in the engine room on the ship. He has an album full of pictures from this ship. He remembers someone he named as Peterson in one of his pictures. I would like to share his pictures
Evans, HaroldAOM2CAug 17, 1942 – Dec 17, 1945B6
Gerard, JackEm1cNov 28, 1942 – Mar 20, 1946E Division
Dotson, KermitSN1943 – 1945DECKRETIRED IN 1972 AS A CPO ALIVE AN WELL
Staley, AllenAMC 2C1943 – Dec 1945Sqdrn VC 27Living near Branson, Mo. 1204 Tate Rd. Ridgedale, MO. 65739 Tele. 417-334-7595
Parker, Larry JoeRDM3C(T), SV61943 – 1945I am posting this in memory of my father, who served on the U.S.S. Salvo Island CVE 78. He died in 1979. I have his "Battle Baby" ship book which details the ship's history. I thank all who served for their sacrifice.
Bond, TroyAOM2/C1943 – 1945V-4I was a member of SQ. VC 27 and ships company of USS Savo Is CVE 78....my e-mail address is: the007s@altrionet.com
A'Hearn, William F (Bill)1943 – 1945My father, who passed away 1983, served on the Savo Island during WWII. He never talked about his service in the Navy, but did mention that he worked with the catapult. I'd love to here from anyone who knew him.
Braun, Richard1943 –I am entering this for my father-in-law, Richard. He passed away in Sept. 1991. He served on the Savo Island during WWII, but like so many, he never talked much about the war. If anyone remembers Richard, please feel free to contact me.
Ward, Tom M.1943 – 1945I am entering this for my father, Tom M. Ward. He passed away on June 29, 1991.
Jorgenson, Robert F.MM21943 – 1946BoilersI am entering this on behalf of my father, who passed away in 1974.
Bosworth, Jr, CollisAOM 3/C1943 – 1945Served as aerial gunner in a Grumman Avenger. Located in the 50 caliber machine gun turret behind the pilot. We have group pictures with Troy and others from the 40's and again in 1995 during the reunion.(entry by son,father is living)
O'Brien, JimSFC1943 –I am entering this information on behalf of my father. He passed away in 11/10/78 and never would speak much about his "war years". We know very little of his service and would appreciate any memories that you might be able to share wih u
Smith, WilliamLT. COMDR1943 – 1946BI put this entry in honor of my father,who fought on the USS Savo Island, he died in 1976 R.I.P. If you knew him please share any memories you had of him.
Allen, Frederick "Fred"AOM First Class1943 – 1945VC-27I am entering this for my father who served aboard the U.S.S. Savo Island - CVE 78. He told me that he served as a gunner on one of the "Avengers". I would appreciate any info you might have about him.
Hyatt, HarryAMM21943 – 1945unknownOperated arresting gear. After a successful life, wondeful wife and 4 kids, passed away on 1/25/99. (Submitted by son, Bill).
Hanes, RobertLt.1943 – 1945"M" DivisionI'm entering this for my father. He passed away in 1993. I have a copy of the "Battle Baby". It has many pictures of the men who served with my dad on the USS Savo Island. "The Japs will hate the 78"
Carroll, RichardS2C1943 – 1946unknownPosting this for my deceased grandfather. I'm writing an account (maybe a book) of the ship's service in WWII. Contact me if interested in sharing your own or your family member's story: jefferson.sorley@yahoo.com
Trenka, John profile iconem1st class1943 – 1946cv27Im writing for my dad who still lives in pa , he name was John J Trenka. he served on savo island , and remembers several men who served with him. feel free to contact me at dltrnk@yahoo.com
Ashcraft, RobertLieutenant1943 –FM2 pilotPosted for My grandfather. VC-27 pilot. Bob Ashcraft.
Wall, ArthurGUNNERS MATE 2D CLASSJan 1943 – Jul 1, 1945AFTER THE NAVY, I RETURNED TO BELOIT, WISCONSIN, WHERE I WAS A POLICE OFFICER. I LATER WAS THE POLICE CHIEF IN EDGERTON, WI, UNTIL I RETIRED IN 1980. MY WIFE, IRENE, WHOM I MARRIED JULY 3, 2943, PASSED AWAY IN JANUARY, 2004. I NOW LIVE AT FRIENDSHIP
Donnenwirth, KennethSM3CFeb 1943 – Jun 1945My wife and I were married in 1943. We havecelebrated 65 years. We now live in Rapid City,S.D. My health is fair for 85, spend lot of ltime going to the VA.
Hook, WallyLT A NFeb 15, 1943 – Aug 1945I am entering this for my father who passed away Nov 23,2004. It would fun to hear from anyone who knew Wally
Hurst, RaymondAEM 2CApr 1943 –
King, James EarlMM3Jun 1943 – Dec 1945Aft engine room
Davidson, Richard "Mick" Or "hammerhead"MM2Jun 1943 – May 6, 1946US Naval ReserveI worked in the forward engine room. After the war got married in MA had 4 kids and am now living in Ohio. This is my grandson's email, but he will let me know.
Staley, VincentAM2CAug 15, 1943 – 1945VC27
Perrin, DickSMAug 23, 1943 – Feb 24, 1945flt deck rescue
Kroichick, EdSKD1C(T)Oct 3, 1943 – Nov 16, 1945Ed was a Storekeeper 1st Class. (This is from Ed's family in his memory.)
Robbins, John ENov 1943 – Mar 1945CAerM(AA)I'm his grandson doing this more in memory of him. Still trying to figure out time/date/rank. He retired Oct '63 W.O. 4
Rieper, FloydSeaman First ClassNov 1943 – Nov 1945Aviation QuartermasterStill going strong, celebrated 97th birthday on 4/15/13. Data input by daughter Suggie.
Westberry, OwenSM SEAMAN 1ST CLASSNov 3, 1943 – Apr 25, 1946My father served as a signalman on board the USS Savo Island. He passed away in 1985 due to cancer caused by agent orange (according to the VA). He was very proud of his time on the Savo Island.
Leblanc, LloydAOM FIRST CLASSNov 5, 1943 – Feb 15, 1945VC-27 SaintsI'm entering for my grandfather. He served proudly as tail gunner for the VC-27 Flying Saints. At age 85, he currently lives in in Madisonville, LA
Hills, Matthew (Matt)Aviation Radioman ARM 3c (T) (CA), V-6, USNR SVNov 23, 1943 – May 20, 1946Composite Squadron Three, CASU-SevenOn USS Savo Island 6 Sept 45 to 30 Sep 45 per discharge paper. I am the daughter of Matthew Hills. I hope to find someone who served with him, who could tell me more about his experiences in the Navy and on USS Savo Island. Thank you!
Boucher, Joseph H.Dec 1943 – Dec 1945My father is retired from Boeing and is presently 87 years old. He plans to make a trip with the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on November 3, 2007
Boucher, Joseph H.CVE 78Dec 14, 1943 – Dec 1945I am doing this for my father, Joseph H. Boucher, Jr. He is retired from Boeing and is presently looking forward to a trip through Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on November 3rd, 2007 to see the WWII Memorial.
Shape, Robert1944 – 1945I am posting this on behalf of my Grandfather Bob Shape. He was a FM2 Wildcat Pilot on the Savo Island during 1944-1945. He currently lives in Florida.
Miller, NormanRADARMAN1944 – 1945Looking for my Dads old Mates.Feel free to contact me
MacKie, ThomasENSIGN1944 – 1945I am posting this in memory of my father, who served on the U.S.S. Salvo Island CVE 78. Tom passed away in 2002 and rarely spoke of his experiences during the war. Would like to hear from anyone who remembers my father. Thank You
Heidotting, Joseph I. "bud"ASSISTANT PAYMASTER1944 –I am entering this for my cousin. He told me a little about his service and showed me the framed picture of the Savo Island, but no dates. He died in Woodland, Calif. in 2003
Thompson, Thomas Haskellunknown1944 – 1945unknownI am entering my grandfather in hopes that someone will remember him and contact me with any memories. He died in a car wreck when I was 2 (1965)
Houle, Howard / HowieMM 2nd1944 – Jul 1, 1945Auxillary machine ShopI worked at 3M for 34 years, Jan 1950 retiring 2-1-84. I was recalled to active dury for the Korean War serving aboard the Yosemite. I now live in Anoka Mn. I would like to say Hi to all of my Shipmates.
Needham, EdmundSeaman first class1944 – 1946easternIm writing this for my Dad who passed away in 1990. He always talked about his time on the Savo Island. We have photos of it that he kept in a scrap book. He had kept in touch with some of his friends unknown to me
Myslicki, Raymond MichaelSeaman1944 – 1946UnknownI am writing this for my son-in-law,James Myslicki, nephew of Ray, to inform this Crew List site, that Ray died on 1 September, 2011. He was 85, never married and retired from the Post Office 20 plus years ago.
Braasch, Haroldprivate1944 – 1945fitterWrite this in honor of my DAD who died in 2003
Vaccaro, JosephAMMIc, V61944 – 1945UnknownOn behalf of my mother, sister and I we would like to add my father's name to the crew list of the USS Savo Island. Today is Father's Day. Dad passed away in Dec 2011.
Kellas, ArbieAmm2Feb 3, 1944 – May 23, 1945UnknownI'm posting this in memory of my father who served on the USS Savo Island. My father died in 2014 at the age of 95. would like to hear from anyone who served with him. My address is alkellas@gmail.com
Fontenot, Elwin J. Fontenot/redS1CMar 1944 – May 1946I am entering this in memory of my dad. He died suddenly in July 2002. A few months before his death he asked me to find out what happened to the Savo Island. If anyone remembers serving with him, please contact me.
Hull, DonaldAMM3Mar 1944 – Dec 19453rd fleetMy father, Donald B. Hull served on the USS Savo Island as a Plane Captain. He was head of the Savo Island reunion group for the ship and some Squadron VC-27 reunions. Donald passed on 2/23/05. By his son, Christopher
Chippi, PeterEM 3CMar 28, 1944 –Pete entered the Ancient Order of the Deep on this date aboard this ship. They crossed the 180th Meridian on that date in 1944. entered by his step son Paul Weber
Bray, JohnSEAMAN 1ST CLASSApr 1944 – Aug 21, 19467th fleetI served during the invasions of Okinawa, Guam and several others, I was also there for the Japanese surrender. I am still alive and kicking at 79 yrs.
Jackson, BobAEM 3cMay 8, 1944 – Jun 13, 1946CVE-78.I'm entering this for my brother, Lt Cmdr Percival W. Jackson, commanding officer of VC-27, aboard USS Savo Island (CVE-78). In 2003 I wrote a story about VC-27/CVE-78. Contact me if youd like a copy. 845.462.3814
Dixon, LyleART!CJun 1944 – Jul 1945radioretired Professor of Math,via GI BILL, Married 70 yrs Last Nov.
Garrett, JamesGUNNERS MATE 3RD CLASSJun 7, 1944 – May 18, 1945
Glasgow, Forrest F.Lt jgJun 10, 1944 – Oct 15, 1945V-4I was the Aviation Ordnance Officer
Iverson, C. W.LT. COM.Jul 1944 – Jan 1945vc-27Deceased on 07Sep2001. Entered by his nephew, Andy Walton.
Diffee, William L. Jr.PILOT-LSOJul 2, 1944 –Bill Diffee was my cousin. Unfortuanetly he passed away this spring (08). Just thought I would pass this along to anyone who remembers "Diff".....he was a good man and will be missed.
Blackwell, SamLT ( JG )Jul 6, 1944 – Mar 1945I was a TBM pilot with the Flying Saints squadron VC-27 .
Neal, Joseph Leoseaman 1/cJul 22, 1944 – May 23, 1945usnrI am entering this for my father who served on the battle baby as he call the savo island. Father pass on may 15,1975. He name me after Bennie Alberson, a shipmate of his. Bennie harlow Neal Tele. 225-635-4797
Thompson, RichardSeaman 1st ClassAug 4, 1944 – May 3, 1946unknownIn memory to my father who died in an accident in 1958 before I was born.

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