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USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87). 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 38 crew members registered for the USS Steamer Bay (CVE 87).

Pena, Manuel1941 –
Ghiorso, JohnBOATSEN MATE1942 – 1945Ruth Ghiorso and 8 children of John Ghiorso wish to register him as serving on the Steamer Bay. Our dad passed away on May 8th, 2006 in Fall River Mills, Calif.
Martin, John Herbertunknown1942 – 1944unknownDeceased 10 July 1999. My grandfather was wounded when a kamikaze hit the ship. I have photos of the equator crossing! Not sure of start date.
Orlando, Phil " Half Hitch"CVE 87Aug 1942 – May 1972US NavyI Need Some answers to some questions ,about the burials at sea?? Can someone please email me at
Bletz, RichardEngineer1943 – 1945US Navy
Selby, BudAMM2C1943 – 1944Flight Deck I was an original crew member/plank owner. Transferred from USS Long Island, CVE #1.
Theisen, HaroldY3CDec 7, 1943 – May 15, 1946Deceased 17 March 2005
Zelaya, Ernest JosephF2/C1944 – 1945Deceased, Plank Owner WWII Served during Iwo Jima landing and retaking of Phillipines from Japanese.
Carpenter, Roy M. "carp"1944 – 1945Roy Carpenter of KS, my grandfather, was a loader on a quad 40 during the campaigns in last two years of WWII. He passed in 1998, but to the end he still took Navy showers. Mike Read, Houston, Texas Email me if you remember him!
Jokerst, Ben1944 –Ben was my grandfather. I don't know his service dates. He was very reserved when talking about the war. Mom said he was a different person when he came back. Would love to know anything about his service if anyone remembers him.
Oleson, RexLT. COMMANDER1944 – 1945Composite Squadron 90Rex served on the Steamer Bay as chief pilot, flying Wildcat FM2 aircraft. He was on board when Ommaney Bay changed steaming positions with Steamer Bay and was sunk by a kamikaze Rex passed in San Diego, CA in 2006. Entered on his behalf.
Wilkens, RollinLT.1944 – 1945USS SteamerbayMy Father Rollin Wilkens was a TBM Pilot aboard the USS Steamerbay.Sadly he passed away Jan. 10,2014
Tross, RobertTorpedoman1944 – 1945Operations
Theisen, HaroldY3C1944 – 1946CommunicationsMy name is Joe Williams, grandson of Harold Theisen. He passed away in 2005. I'm curious if there are any photos available. I do have a wealth of photos from that time of him. Willing to exchange.
Leigland, HenrySeaman 1st ClassJan 18, 1944 – Dec 25, 1945Ship Service (Bakery)I was one of the bakers. I reside at Kennewick, Wash. I am still pretty active for my age (88 in Oct.).
Birch, WendellY2CApr 1944 – Apr 1946K
Brown, Billie J.seaman 1stApr 1944 – Apr 19461st divisionenlisted from southeast Missouri... Now reside in Florida
Lopez, Arthur M.SHIP FITTER 3RD CLASSApr 3, 1944 – May 3, 1946R
Lopez, ArthurSHIPFITTER THIRD CLASSApr 3, 1944 – May 3, 1946RI was the only one that played the piano. Like to hear from any of the old crew or those of course who remember me.
Pratt, CarlPHM 3/CApr 4, 1944 – Jan 15, 1946HPlank Owner. The youngest man on the ship.
Crabb, Connon/ CrabbyRDM 3CApr 4, 1944 – Nov 15, 1944Combat Information CenterI went aboard at Astoria, OR
Welch, Delmar DAM2cApr 4, 1944 – Sep 22, 1945US NavyMy father served on the Steamer Bay as a catapult operator. He spoke of the Ommaney Bay sinking, repairs to the catapult cable during heavy seas at night, but mostly of the great experience & living qrts with crew.
Compton, JamesRadioman 3rd ClassApr 4, 1944 – Aug 1945CommunicationI am living in Mt. Vernon, MO. Would like to communicate with anyone still around.
Fryar, JamesSEAMAN 1/C V 6 USNRApr 22, 1944 – May 14, 1946usntsDeceased
Driver, Alvin M.AEM3CMay 14, 1944 – Nov 16, 1944AirAlvin Driver (My father) Served on the Steamer Bay CVE-87 with fond memories. Al lives in Central Pa on his family farm with Wife Emily and Sons and family residing adjacent to him.
Louis Raymond Wiseman, RayAO 3RD CALSSJun 1944 – Dec 1945
Louis Raymond Wiseman, RayAVAITION ORDANCE MAN 3RD CLASSJul 1944 – Dec 1945TAPS MAY 25 2001. Dad loved his ship, and spoke highly of his shipmates.
Bryant, DougAM3CAug 31, 1944 – Nov 5, 1944 With CASU # 1 crew that delivered aircraft and pilots to 3rd fleet between Palay and Leyte
Gurley, MelvenTHIRD CLASS PETTY OFFICERSep 1, 1944 – Sep 30, 1945airwingWas a mechanic assigned to the airwing division.
Adams, John M.SKV-1Nov 17, 1944 – Oct 1945SI was on the Steamer Bay and welcome any comments. I live in Jackson, MO. Anchors Away!
Morgan, John "Halfhitch"FIREMAN 2/CDec 1944 – May 1946e
Bartley, EugeneRADAR TECHNICIAN 2ND CLASSDec 4, 1944 – Oct 31, 1944
Dougherty, Thomas / DocRM 11945 – 1946Deceased 1980
Engh, JackF1/c1945 – 1946eng.Can't remember but was I.C. elect. was on for her last trip.Then we decommissoned her
Orr, JackSIGNALMAN 2ND.Sep 15, 1945 – May 18, 1947Sorry do not remember dates and division. Was on the ship from 1945 to 1947 I was there when we crossed the Equater and the 180th Meridian on May of 1947
Morris, JackNOT SURE OF DATES1946 –My dad, Jack took great honor in being part of this brave crew. He related many stories and attended several reunions with my mom, his wife of 61 years. He died 11/29/07 and is greatly missed and dearly loved. God bless you all.
Edwards, Ray E.F11946 – 1947Sea Bees Ray E. Edwards, served with the Sea Bees out of Widby Island, WA. He was at Guam and Hawaii, twice. Ray passed away June 9, 1999 in Bakersfield, CA. Contact Sharon Ruiz,, have photos to share.
Strong, John E.Seaman 2nd classJul 1, 1949 – Oct 1, 1951squadronJohn is now 90 years old and we can't remember the exact dates he served, but he served on this ship in the Vietnam war for over a year. He remembers his position on the gun station and he fired the guns.

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