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USS Makassar Strait (CVE 91) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Makassar Strait (CVE 91). 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 28 crew members registered for the USS Makassar Strait (CVE 91).

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Fellows, DonaldLIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADEMar 8, 1942 – Sep 6, 1944Received Bronze Star for spotting enemy plane on headed toward left side of carrier. Because I am color blind, I was the only one who could see the camouflaged plane.
Hylbert, HaroldSep 1942 – Oct 1945Entered by his daughter. Dad is still a happy sailor. He is disabled now at 86. He shares his memories of his days at sea and in the Pacific with his family often. He was a gunner. He lived in Ohio for 70 years and then retired to SW FL.
Clohessy, JohnEM2C1943 – 1945electrical
Groskloss, Howard "Howdy"FLIGHT SURGEON1943 – 1945I'm adding Dr. Grosklos to the roster after reading of his recent death at age 100 in Florida. Not sure about the years he spent aboard, but thought his name should be on the crew roster. John Worth ISCS, USNR-R (Ret)
Swanker, John NicholsFireman First Class1943 – 1945unknownThis was my father, now deceased, as of Feb 6, 2001. I know he was on the Makassar Strait from Ulithi to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He told about kamikazis, and the typhoon between Ulithi and Iwo Jima, I believe it was.
Miller, Francis?1943 – 1946?Dad did not talk about the war or his service so I am not sure of the dates or details. He passed away on December 22, 2008 after suffering from Parkinson's for many years. We said goodby on Dec 24th, he was loved.
Herring, JamesEM3CMar 6, 1943 – Apr 17, 1946E
Hanson, Guy LSEAMAN FIRST CLASSDec 1943 – Dec 1945I do not know the division my father was in. He is now deceased.
Frank, Livie BerlSEAMAN 1ST CLASS1944 – Apr 1946Ordinance 3rd
Marley, Walter Thomasboatswains' mate second class1944 – 1945unknownI am putting my Husband's Grandfather on the list. He served on the CVE 91 during WWII. I am looking for a crew picture. He passed away last night and all I have is one picture on the ship with a note on it
Plotzker, LeonardRadioman first class1944 – 1946Radio shackDad is still with us at 86, loved going to the reunions for many years but not so healthy these days. Became friends with Al Berman, radar man, later married Al's sister from same neighborhood; my mom! Al's gone now.
Tabers, Robert A.Third Class Petty Officer (Carpenters Mate)1944 – 1946dkMy husband died September 26, 1978. But he spoke about the ship he was on with such respect. I have some pictures of some of the men her served with but I am not sure of their names.
Eckert, JoeChief Petty Officer1944 – 1946?Adding the name of my grandfather, who served aboard CVE-91 we think from 1944-46. He resided in the Philadelphia area after the war until his death in 1995. We aren't quite sure what his ship duties were.
Kirby, WayneAviation Metalsmith Third ClassFeb 8, 1944 – May 4, 1946CASU-6, NAS Alameda, CalifWayne Richards Kirby of Port Barre, Louisiana, served on USS Makassar Strait 1944 - 1946. He passed away on June 16th, 2015. He is loved and missed by his wife Billie, and children Gary, Sharon and Robin and Grandkids.
Stogsdill, Harry3RD CLASS PETTY OFFICERApr 1944 –
Lenzini, Joseph A.SK2CApr 27, 1944 – May 15, 1946S
Williams, AncilSNApr 27, 1944 – Nov 29, 19453
Whinery, OrvilleAM3CMay 1944 – Oct 1945V6My Dad was a plane captain checked out plane and started it up before the pilots got in. He was in the battle of Okinawa, and IwoJima,
Rice, MelSEAMAN FIRST CLASSJun 1944 – Jun 3, 1946unknownI am entering my uncle's name on this most honored list. My other uncle Laverne Peterson also served on this wonderful.ship. Mel is still alive but my uncle "Bud" left us a few years ago.
Whinery, OrvilleAM/3CJun 1, 1944 – Sep 15, 1945V 6ORVILLE WHINERY 737 N. DAVIS PAMPA TX 79065
Danovsky, Al/FeathersFIREMAN 3RD CLASSJun 1, 1944 – Jun 1, 1945ElectricalI was a good sailer but slept through most of the war. I used to lubricate the fan blowers and would then shut the door to the room and fall asleep. I have lived in South Florida for the past 54 years.
Fuller, PaulPlane CaptainAug 1944 – 1945V-1 Flight Deck OperationsStill looking for more information - my uncle was an aircraft mechanic. We have a picture of the ship and crew - and a photo of him swinging the prop on a TBM. He was a lifetime bachelor - records are scattered.
Devlin, Edward JosephMachinist MateAug 2, 1944 – Sep 13, 1945Aviation MachinistI am entering my deceased father's information.
Drake, William L1945 –Dad has been gone for thirty years now but we have a photo of the crew and ship at the house. Dad was enlisted and was assigned to ship stores/supply in some capacity.
Lambrecht, John O.Captain1945 – 1946USNCapt. Lambrecht, my wife's grandfather, commanded the carrier from 1945-1946 -- unsure of the exact start and end dates. We think he was her cmdr at Okinawa. Official photo 8/9/45 shows him and crew. He died Feb. 1972.
Zenner, JimPetty Officer 3rd class1945 –RadiomanI am writing this for my Dad, James (Jim) Zenner. He served aboard CVE 91 towards the end of the war in the radio room. He turns 90 January 1st, 2017, & just wanted to get his name along side others that served.
Mears, RaySEAMAN FIRST CLASSOct 25, 1945 – Jan 22, 1946CommissaryServed on trip to Pearl Harbor and Marshals in Nov 45. Ship's cook butcher with Wm Hawkes from Bangor, Me Re enlisted on board ship Dec 45 and transferred off ship at Todd's shipyards in Tacoma Wash in Jan 46 to 19th inactive fleet.
Farrell, EdSKD3/CJan 6, 1946 – Jul 20, 1946StorekeepingI have been supervisor of Secondary English at the University of California, Berkeley; associate executive director of the National Council of Teachers of English; and professor of English Education, University of Texas.

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