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USS Cape Esperance (CVE 88) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Cape Esperance (CVE 88). 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 93 crew members registered for the USS Cape Esperance (CVE 88).

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

Cassard, Anthony J Aka Chick Or Sharky Or Junior1941 – 1944My Dad passed 3-30-96. A mechanic, worked flight deck. Told me about a 3 day Typhoon where they created a human ballist to ensure the ship would not roll over. He said they lost some escort ships, the Spence, Hull and Monahagn
Lewis, Leroy Or LeeMM 1st class1941 – 1946MM1I'm doing this for my grandfather. He tells of a story from around 1942 or so about being in a typhoon. Everyone was running from one side to another to keep it from going belly-up. if anyone know the year please help. please e mail photos.
Gomez, Issac1942 –
Davis, W.r.CHIEF BOSUN'S MATE1942 –W.R. Davis was my father, now deceased. He spoke often of the fine men he served with.
Wilkerson, Loren1942 – 1945Information submitted by Carol Wilkerson, daughter-in-law.
Lewis, LeroyUSS CAPE ESPERANCEFeb 5, 1942 –My dad is 80 years in a few days ( nov 03 -05 ) He was a member of the plank crew. I will see him for first time in 3 years on his b-day. he dose not know it. he is so proud of his service on CVE-88 help me show
Carver, William (Bill)Apr 1942 – 1943RadarOwn a plank, was in the typhon that bucklled the starboard gun sponsons and lost almost all of the planes scheduled for Halsey's 5th fleet.
Taber, Earl1943 –
Morris, WalterAMM 11943 – 1945I am adding my dad's name to the roster postumously..He died as the result of an accident in 1969. I have the memories he shared of his service, and a small log he kept. Would like to hear from other aircraft repair guys who might have known him.
Williams, WendellSHIP'S COOK (B) 2C1943 – 1945SPlank owner who currently resides in Madison, WI, area; enlisted at Cedar Rapids, IA
Rogers, William F.1943 – 1945My Dad, who turned 80 this year. Trained in fire control at Great Lakes and served on the Cape Esperance firing the 50mm? It is difficult to get clear information, as his mind isn't what it used to be.
Kisiel, HenryAMM 3C1943 – 1944AirdaleI had 3 close friends that served with with me on the USS Cape Esperance: John MacCloud, Sam Lupo, and Jim Mix. All three are deceased now. Do any of you remember any of my buddies or myself? I will be 81 in December, 2005.
Hoff, JohnENSIGN OR LT JG1943 – 1944My father, John Francis Leslie Hoff (Jack) was a U.S. Naval Aviator. Not sure when he served on connected to Esperance. He left Navy after being hurt in plane crash due to flying di. Later in AF Reserve and sent to Korea. Died 11/84, age 62
Haass, FrederickUnknown1943 – 1945UnknownII'm adding thi for my father. He was an electrition during WWII. I would love to hear stories from people who knew him.
Barker, Charles (Charlie)Seaman 2C1943 – 1943Do not rememberMy son is adding this posthumously. He has received my naval records during settlement of his mother's estate.
Sperry, HaroldSeaman 1st Class1943 – 1946Post OfficeI am putting this in for my dad (1926-1992). I have a ton of pictures from his time on the ship. He only names two people- Don and Johhny. He delivered mail in a Jeep on the ship.
Oneil, RobertBM 2/CAug 1943 – Sep 1945FirstA great Ship and a great crew..Very proud to serve with all my Shipmates. Would be great to hear from any Mate who served with me. None of use will ever forget the TYPHOON. SHIPMATES STAND TOGETHER.
Riley, John LeroySeamanDec 20, 1943 – Oct 26, 1945Carpenters ShopDad is nearly 97 now. He still tells about his time during the War on the Cape Esperance. He was sent up on the flight deck to cut the airplanes loose during the typhoon with an axe. Lots of other stories too.
Johnson, Arnold Dwight (A.d.)PHARMACISTS MATE1944 –My grandfather proudly served on board. He has been gone many years, but never forgotten. A.D. was his nickname, but I am unsure of the dates he served.
Swift, Joe A. Swift Sr.YEOMAN 3RD CLASS1944 – 1945My dad was on this ship and worked on the ships paper. I have pictures of the guys playing ping pong below ship, tennis on top. Also a picture of a man named "Collin" 1944. Picture of nativess at Mannus Island. Alcatraz. Guadalcannal. Tim Swift
Perlman, Robert1944 – 1945My Dad was an electrician on the Cape Esperance during the end of WWII. He told me he was always the first off the ship to connect the captain's phones and would be so relieved to be on shore that he would "kiss the ground."
Pena, OsvaldoSEAMAN1944 –I am adding my grandfather who served in the USNavy during the latter part of WWII in the pacific theatre he was assigned aboard the Cape Esperance for a while. His service and that of all who served will never go unappreciated. God Bless.
Stanfield, DavidFIREMAN, FIRST CLASS1944 – 1945Deceased January 11, 1999
Hilsabeck, DouglasSEAMAN1944 – 19481stLooking for Dad's shipmates.
Rushhton, Clyde1944 –I don't have a lot of info about my grandfather as he died when i was 3 (1969) from cancer. i did however have a photo of the ship and a copy of the ships news paper. if anyone has any more info, please contact me at
Butler, HarrySEAMAN 1ST CLASS1944 – 1945In Memory of my father (1921-1999) who saw action in the South Pacific during WWII.
McNatt, Carolyn1944 – 1946My dad was Everett Archie McNatt , He was on this ship ,anyone remember him. Contact me.He said ya'll cleaned ships from the Bikini Atoll, he once had a tire blow up in his face in Guam, and that he was headed for Japan when they surrender
Spiker, John O.not sure1944 – 1945not sureMy Grandpa served proudly on this but would not speak much of what he went thru during his time abroad. when he got out of the war he never went hunting again.He died in April of 1976,HE WAS A GREAT MAN
Murray, Richard P. (Murph)Electricians Mate First Class1944 – 1946Not sureI'm entering this on behalf of my father who passed away in 1996. He served on the reunion committee for a couple of years in the 1990's. The Cape Esperance was a part of him throughout his adult life.
Richardson, DonDC1944 – 1946DCDon Richardson is coming up on 90 this Nov (2013). He was and is an honored member of Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles. He's outlived 4 wives and just bought a bicycle (his first) so he can get in shape.
Terry, Joseph (Joe)Petty Officer 1st Class1944 –Boiler RoomAnyone who knew my dad, please contact me. He passed away in 1980. He spoke of the typhoon and saved the Esperance Action newsletter which had an article about it.
MacY, AlanAETM 2/C1944 –Aircraft maintenance Remember the great typhoon we got caught in off the northern Philippines.Lost three destroyers and many men. Buddy Linc Richardson, also AETM on CVE88, passed last year. I am 90. Wife 90 also. Married 68 years so far.
Back, BillSignalmanJan 1, 1944 – Dec 31, 1946OpsThis was my dad. I didnt always believe all the stories he told about his service on the CE until I verified some of the details on the net. Did anyone know him?
Bockius, Robert WurtsCAPTMar 1944 –Commandname of my father
Wright, ClarenceSEAMANApr 1944 –In honor of my father who is deceased. Would like to hear from anyone who knew him.
Jones, CharlesMM3CApr 15, 1944 – May 17, 1945MNow Living in Fullerton,CA
Crandell, BernardSEAMAN FIRST CLASSMay 1944 – 1946In honor of my dad -- a plank owner.
Vick, CarlRADARMAN 2C.May 1, 1944 – Jul 31, 1945Radar OperatorPacific WWII
Coffland, DawnaYeomanAug 6, 1944 –YeomanLooking for information on my Grandpa, Wendle Conda Nathan Heady. I am looking for any information on my grandpa on the USS Cape Essperance. Putting together a family album. Thanks!
Anderson, BobAviation Machinist MateSep 1944 – Jan 19451stDad passed away April 3rd 2012, he was proud of his service to our country and spoke often of the typhoon he and his fellow Navel brothers endured. He is buried at Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel, MT

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