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LST 327 Comments

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Sun Aug 28 2016
George Spafford
gspaff at hotmail.com
LST 327
Dear sirs,

My uncle, George Kendall Spafford, was the Pharmacist First Class (PhM 1/C) for the LST 327 and was on board when it hit the mine plus I knew he was with it in Falmouth when it was in drydock. Unfortunately, he passed away in the mid-1980s and I do not know exactly when he served on the ship.


Mon Nov 09 2015
Frank Allen
pantondiakonos at gmail.com
LST327
Here is a Picture of Warren James Nicholson from his Quincy MA High School Yearbook

The image has been added to the gallery.


Tue Oct 13 2015
David DeRitter
dderitter at msn.com
LS327
Hey guys;
My step-dad's great uncle was Kenneth Owen McConney. He suffered mortal wounds on the 327 when it was hit, and succumbed to those wounds in a US hospital. He is buried in Laurel Grove, in Totowa NJ.


Wed Jan 15 2014
Carol Kraco
cerk70 at gmail.com
LST 327
PLEASE add Carl Haarala to your crew list. He served on LST 327 proudly up until the fateful day that she was torpedoed. That incident broke his back in 3 places and earned him a free body bag. Luckily someone heard him groan and he then was shipped off to England to recuperate in a body cast for 7 months. He recovered through sheer will or as our family would like to call it, Finnish Sisu ("Ultimate determination, fortitude and perseverance, carried to an unfathomable level). He went on to be a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His entire life was plagued with pain and he was reminded daily of what he gave for his country. He passed away on November 18th, 2013 at the age of 87 and it pains me that this site has not one mention of him.



Sun Dec 22 2013
Christi Matthews
kelbreeze at gmail.com
LST327
My grandfather Carl Haarala was in the crew quarters when the explosion happened. He had a broken back and was first thought to be dead but when they lifted his body he moaned. He lived in pain everyday and just passed away on November 18, 2013 at age 87.

The image has been added to the gallery.


Thu Jul 03 2014
Heath R.Traver
heath.traver at tirestamp.com
LST327
My Dad served on this ship when it hit the mine or was torpedoed. He lost his left leg and received the Purple Heart.


Sat Jun 07 2014
jane weisman
janeyyman at sbcglobal.net
LST 327
I have a picture taken Sept 1944 Southhampton, England during Commander Jack Dempsey's visit to the USS LST 327 and Ens Benjamin Kowalski is listed in the bottom row by my father, Ens. Jack Spelman




Fri Apr 19 2013
Jack Duncan
duncanj<at>coned.com
LST 327
Santorelli, John J., age 90 a life long resident of Brewster, NY, died Sunday, November 25, 2012 at his home in Brewster.

John was born October 18, 1922 in Brewster, NY to the late Ralph and Levia (Mortola) Santorelli. He was a graduate of Brewster High School in 1942. John served on the LST 327 in the US Coast Guard during WW II. John received the Purple Heart while serving his country.

John married Lena (Lee) Zerbato on September 22, 1946 in Mahopac, NY.

John was a general foreman for Metro North Railroad in Brewster, NY for 30 years before retiring in 1985.

John was a member of the V.F.W. Post 672 in Brewster, the D.A.V. Chapter 137 in Peekskill and the National LST Association.


Thu Apr 11 2013
Jack Malone
malone<at>umbc.edu
LST 327
Greetings all.
My father Jack R. Malone from Sunbury PA (1924-1990) served as the pharmicists Mate aboard the 327.
I have always been proud of his service, but have been going on very few details until I found this website. THANK YOU ALL. My Dad would/could not speak about the bravery and sacrifice made by all. In the next few weeks I will add several photos that he took in and around the 327.
My Dad is kneeling center in the top photo.
Please contact me if you have any stories or remember him.
Thank you.


Mon Nov 05 2012
jerome slaughter
jerome.slaughter<at>gmail.com
LST 327
My father (91) this year served on LST 327 from the finish in Charleston through outfitting in Norfolk and on to Africa and Europe. His name was James Franklin Slaughter from Buckhannon WV.




Thu Jun 28 2012
Matthew Nelson
Bored6288<at>gmail.com
LST 327
My Grandfather, Hjalmer Clifford Nelson (later known as Clifford Nelson or just "Grandpa Cliff") served on the LST 327 at the time she was attacked. My father, Michael Nelson, always wondered why his father would never talk to him about his time during WW2. Grandpa mustered out in 1946 only to re-enlist in 1948 for three more years serving aboard the USCG Acacia. Thank you for letting my father know his father just a little bit better. Grandpa always was a very closed book and hard to know, even for his own son. Thank you all for your service and any contacts that I could make for myself or for my father would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Matthew Nelson


Thu Jun 28 2012
Matthew Nelson
Bored6288<at>gmail.com
LST 327
My Grandfather, Hjalmer Clifford Nelson (later known as Clifford Nelson or just "Grandpa Cliff") served on the LST 327 at the time she was attacked. My father, Michael Nelson, always wondered why his father would never talk to him about his time during WW2. Grandpa mustered out in 1946 only to re-enlist in 1948 for three more years serving aboard the USCG Acacia. Thank you for letting my father know his father just a little bit better. Grandpa always was a very closed book and hard to know, even for his own son. Thank you all for your service and any contacts that I could make for myself or for my father would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Matthew Nelson


Tue Apr 17 2012
Christi Strieter
kelbreeze<at>gmail.com
LST 327
My grandfather Carl (Kaarlo) Haarala was in the berth area at the time of the explosion and was in a body cast for nearly a year from his injuries. He is still alive in Stuart, Florida at 86 years old.

The supplied image has been added to the gallery.


Wed Feb 29 2012
Peter Mcleod
ped102<at>hotmail.com
Lst 327
My Grandfather served in the British Forces R.E.M.E and took this pic in Anzio 1944. 

The image has been added to the gallery.


Mon Dec 05 2011
John Copland
copland832<at>hotmail.com
LST 327
My wifes relitive, John Joseph Cawley, was from New Bedford, Massachusetts.


Fri Jul 08 2011
Richard Switzer
switzer<at>kenyon.edu
LST 327
I believe my dad, Edward H. Switzer served on 327 from July 1, 1943 through Aug 25, 1943 and may be pictured in the second picture on your web site.

Thanks for your reply. Here is the picture which includes a person that I am convinced must be my dad, Edward Harold Switzer, Service Number 336-69-93.

Regards,
Richard L. Switzer
Columbus, Indiana

HOWEVER, Dad's records do not show that he ever served on 327.
His records show only 326, 175, 176, 177, 316 and 388.

Switzer EH record
 
 

LST_326_Switzer.jpg


The image of the LST Crew 1943 has been added to the gallery.


Sat Nov 05 2011
mr.Robin Wells
ssmrrw<at>yahoo.com
LST327
Richard Wells is,was my Uncle.He has one sister and many neices and nephews,some carring his name.We would love to hear from anyone that can give us information about my Uncle Richard.Everyone called him Dick wells.I have a letter he sent his sister dated Dec.1 1943.


Fri Apr 15 2011
Bill Durette
bill5195<at>hotmail.com
LST-327
Hi

WT2c James F Flanagan from Charlestown Mass served on the LST-327. I don't know if he served on the ship when it was hit by the torpedo. Please let me know if anybody knows him or can confirm he was on the ship when it was hit.

thanks Bill



Fri Apr 15 2011
Catherine Siano
dini<at>vermontel.net
LST 346 and LST327
Wilfred DeLude was on the crew of the LST 327. My father's ship the LST 346 was the rescue vessel when the ship was hit. Wilfred is 85 and lives in Chicopee Ma. I am still looking for information and pictures of my dad's LST 346. God Bless all those who gave us freedom.

Sun Feb 21 2010
Josh Moore
joshandlaurenmoore<at>hotmail.com
USS Enterprise
I am researching my grandfather's military service and found his name on this website (B.R Moore) He mentions being on the ship when it hit the mine, but is not listed on the crew's roster. Do you have any further information? Thank you for your help.


Fri Apr 02 2010
Andrea Frederick
ladymystra<at>live.com
LST327
Hello, I would like to add a member to the crew list for the LST327. My grandfather, Jack Wilbur McCollum, was a crew member and one of the men who suffered a broken back when the ship was torpedoed. Sadly, he is no longer with us. He was from Miami Florida.

LST327 Crew List


Tue Jul 28 2009
steve stofelano, jr.
inn<at>mansionhill.com
LST 327
To:Richard Denis...The info you have shared of your Dad's is incredible!!!  I have some info as well that I will attempt to put in a format similar to what you have done. The MOST STUNNING item was to see my Dad's name listed on the USCG & US Navy dinner menu...can't seem to determint the reason, date or location?


Here are the photos that my father, John J. Denis, took at various times during his service. He currently resides in Florida and gave them to me last year.

I know he was at Normandy and other landings so I'm not sure what beaches are photographed. There is one photo of a buzz bomb being shot down that was flying between ship's. There is photos of the officers and I believe Jack Dempsey was one of the officers he said.

There is also a photo of a menu with officers and crew for a New Year's Eve 1945 party plus local new paper articles about my father and the explosion.

I used Winzip program to compress the photos. So if you don't have or can't get the Winzip software to extract the photos I can send you the program.

I appreciate your interest in the photos. If you have any questions or problems opening the photos please e-mail.

Thanks,

Richard Denis

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LST327 Images by John J Denis


Fri Feb 27 2009
Vincent J. Santoni Jr.
pvsent<at>tdstelme.net

My Farther Vincent J. Santoni USN served on board the LST 327 from Nov.11,1943 till it was hit on Aug.27,1944 I do not know much more as my farther died Jan.3,1963 from lung cancer i found a little book with dates and his ship and that he was assighned to B" Battery Eveready 455P and A" Battery EP728 he was also one of the wounded on that day. If there is anybody out there that might remember him or have any information please e-mail me at pvsent<at>tdstelme.net
God Bles all that served


Wed Mar 05 2008
Jonathan Behm
behm<at>verizon.net
LST 327
Good Day

My Uncle Warren Nicholson was from Quincy MASSACHUSETTS, not Illinios


Mon Feb 11 2008
steve stofelano,jr.
inn<at>mansionhill.com
LST327
looks like my dad...3rd in from the left front row( Philadelhia Navy Yard, before we left). is there a more complete crew list of the LST 327?

Mon Feb 11 2008
steve stofelano, jr
inn<at>mansionhill.com
LST327
This was my dad's ship. just starting to research his "time" as a crew member...more later.

Tue Feb 12 2008
LST327
Just compared information on this site to my Dad's personnel records and they confirm he was aboard on that fateful day of Aug 27 recieving a Purple Heart...but for some unknown reason not presented with it until Feb 3 1983...just about 6 months short of the and sadly 5 months before he died. Dad never spoke of his military service and I have virtually no "stories" of his time serving our country...only the "paper trail".
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Looked up Ernie Barone, the Albany, NY barber and was informed by a gentleman than Ernie died over one year ago.

LST 327 Crewlist (work in progress)


Sun Feb 10 2008
Jonathan Behm
behm<at>verizon.net
LST 327
My uncle Warren Nicholson was killed aboard LST 327 8/27/44


Wed Nov 07 2007
Tom Burnell,USAF, Ret. MSgt
pickle210<at>comcast.net
LST 327
I am the nephew of William (Bill) Schwartz who was aboard the LST 327 when it was hit by a torpedo or it hit a mine during WWll. The only thing I have fro documention is a photo of Uncle Bill, that I found in my mothers personal papers not long ago.According to the paper Bill was a machinist aboard the ship. I'm not sure if Bill is still living but I do know that he retired from Westinghouse located in Columbus,Oh some time in the 1970's.
As a side note, we were also told that at the same time uncle's ship was damaged, that his brother Paul USN, Schwartz, aboard a US Naval vessel was also was sank or damaged at the same time.(unconfirmed) by family members. I would enjoy recieving any information that you might have about the vessel and Uncle Bill.


Mon Jan 14 2008
Jennifer Bowne
tigeraddict<at>hotmail.com
LST 327
I believe my grandfather was on this ship during WWII. His name is Benjamin Kowalski. He's suffering from dementia and we're trying to piece together his war history before he passes away. Any help/information you can provide would be much appreciated. I have attached a current photo of him with some of our family members.
 
 

Benjamin_Kowalski_2007.jpg
Benjamin_Kowalski_2007

Tue Jan 08 2008
alnbarb2<at>verizon.net

Update to those killed aboard LST 327 on 27 August 1944

While doing family research on Henninger family I came across a memorial marker in Gowen City cemetery in Gowen City, Pennsylvania.
Hubert Henninger is my cousin – web site shows pictures of LST 327’s crew without names. Looking to see if Harold Henninger is in any of these pictures. Can you identify if Harold is one the crewmembers?   Thanks

The following is written on his parent’s headstone
In loving memory of our son Harold Hubert Henninger B/M 2/C USS LST 327
Nov. 2, 1913 – Aug 27, 1944
Enlisted US Navy Dec 31 1942.
Died in the service of his country in the English Channel, as result of enemy action.
Served in Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Normandy. W.W. II
 

Harold_Henninger_memorial.jpg
Harold_Henninger_memorial

August 7th 2007
name: Robert Scarpa
ship: LST327
Email: RobertMontville<at>aol.com
Comments: In the Picture of Commander J.Dempsey and crew is my Father Frank J. Scarpa a member of the crew of LST327


name: Ron Outlaw
ship: LST-327
Email: skydvroutlaw<at>aol.com
Comments: did you ever get the list of crew when she was torpedoed? I believe my father was onboard (a survivor) His name is Jesse J. Outlaw
....
That was his name the middle J is Jacob, he was Coast Guard and torpedoed either off of greenland or Iceland the family doesn't remember; if it was not your ship, then perhaps you can advise as to how I might find out which ship he was on.


23rd July 2007
name: Bea Toll
ship: LST327
Email: Freedom.Sails<at>ATT.NET (bounced)
Comments: I recently acquired a computer and am so happy to get all the information on LST327. My husband, Leslie Toll, was a proud crew member and would have been so happy to see all this. He passed away several years ago. On his behalf and the others of the LST327, thank you for remembering them all.
 Sincerely, Bea Toll


6th July 2007
name: Ted Bachman
ship: LST327
Email: tmb<at>mtaonline.net
Comments: My father, Theodore (Ted) W. Bachman was a Chief Warrant Machinist on LST327. I corresponded with Carl Pfanich before he passed and learned that they called my father 'Tiny' Bachman.


20th August 2006
name: J. J. Taylor
ship: LST 327
Email: tayjack77<at>alltel.net
Comments: I was wondering about the James Lofton on the casualty list. Does anyone know if he was from Altanta, Georgia and had a wife named Kathryn? I would like to contact the family.


August 2006
name: Jerome B. Prisyon
ship: N/A
Email: admjerry<at>aol.com
Comments: I am planning a trip to Italy next year.

I am an amateur military historian and I want to go to Anzio or more properly Nettuno.

Calling Anzi Nettuno is fruitless as no one speaks English.

Could you posibly lead me by way of an email address or phone number, to someone who could show me around one morning on June 18 or 19 next year.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jerry Prisyon
Valley Stream, NY

 
There are numerous sites advertising accommodation in the area - perhaps emailing some of them may prove fruitful.



July 2006

I emailed you last year concerning my second cousin Ernest Gillenwaters. Just wanted to let you know I had spelled his first name incorrectly. Ernest not Earnest. You had asked if we had any other details. If still interested, his first cousin Jim Holston, retired Navy, would be the guy to ask, jrholston<at>chartertn.net
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From: "jim holston" <jrholston<at>chartertn.net>
Subject: Re: Little Ernest G.
Mary, as Little Ernest was a Gunner's mate, I believe he would have been manning one of the AA guns. The story I heard Dad tell many times is that when the explosion occurred he was topside relaxing on the deck with a big "chow of tobacco" .....as told by a survivor that came by the house and talked to Dad after the war was over. Don't know the name but he said he was very close to Little Ernest.....
Jim
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Sent: Thursday, August 18, 2005 1:17 PM
Subject: Re: Little Ernest G.
David, if I can remember right he was on the ship in all of the big battles, from North Africa to D-Day and Normandy. I got an e-mail from a lady whose father in law was on the first wave from Africa but was not on the ship when the Torpodeo hit. I thought he drove the ship but maybe I am wrong.
--
Mary V.
95th Bomb Group (H) Association
www.95thbg.org


May 2nd 2005
name: Sally 'Kraynick' Corrigan
ship: LST327
Email: www.sallyfromport<at>juno.com
Comments: To All You Wonderful People that was aboard the LST327..God Bless You and My Father who is Lawrence Kraynick. My Dad was aboard the LST327 when she was hit and how I know..is my Father still to this day has the same re-occurring nightmare about screaming out in his sleep 'DON'T OPEN THE HATCH'..then ole hell broke loose.. but the other guy did probably out of fear or otherwise. It would be tremendous for any you out there..to e-mail my Dad Lawrence T. Kraynick.
e-mail address is 
www.lincoln.8<at>juno.com
My Father is just the gentlest soul in God's world. Some called my Dad 'Spider' because of his long legs and arms and was as tall as a mountain. over 6ft.6inches tall and he personally loaded that ship due to, he has a movie with the LST327 with him in it next to where he loaded what was needed. My Dad was the first Coast Guard to hit Normandy Beach. Maybe someone out here will see this and e-mail him with a header 'LST327' so he won't think it's spam and delete it. Thank-you so much and again 'May God Bless You'
His Loving Daughter,Sally


name: H. G. Jones
ship: USS LST 327
Email: hgjones<at>email.unc.edu
Comments: Although I was never a crew member, I was evacuated by LST 327 from Anzio on January 27, 1944, after both hands were broken while serving on USS SC-525 during the invasion. I would be glad to hear from anyone who was aboard that date and who remembers that trip to Naples, where I was cared for in the 118th Station Hospital. I have always wanted to thank the medical personnel aboard LST 327 for their attention during that harrowing experience. Bless you all.


15th August 2005
name: David Vandegriff
ship: LST327
Email: dtvand<at>comcast.net
Comments: Ernest Gillenwaters of Tennessee, killed aboard LST 327. Did anyone know him. He was my Aunt Bess's son. Thanks.


name: Karla Kessler
location: Madison South Dakota
email: rkessler-AT-hcpd.com
Date: November 30, 2004
Comments
I'm so pleased to have found your website. Prior to its posting in 2002, I spent many hours trying to find information on the 327. My father-in-law, Mike Kessler, Navy, served on the 327 as a diesel mechanic. He turned 82 in October of this year. He is generally healthy, but his memory is significantly effected by numerous "minor" strokes over the past few years. He once told stories to his children of selling his beer rations for extra money to send home. I'd be pleased to tell him and members of his family of this site and of any response of anyone remembering him. Sincerely, Karla Kessler


name: Aimee Nguyen
location: New Jersey
email: aimeeliz711-AT-juno.com
Date: November 09, 2004
Comments
My Grandfather, Carl Haarala was aboard this ship. He was one of the wounded that was asleep when the mine/torpedo hit. He was in a body cast for months in England. Thank you so much for this web site so I can show my children his history. He is still alive living in Florida, he still deals with pain from the explosion. Aimee


name: Maurice Pierel
location: Paris, France
email: pierel-AT-wanadoo.fr
Date: October 06, 2004
Comments
Dear all,
MoMM 2nd Class William Russell Barnhardt, USNR, was KIA on October 2, 1944. He now lies buried at the Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Barnhardt was from West Pittson, Pennsylvania and is survived by a first cousin who would like very much to know the circumstances surrounding his death. The only other information that we have concerning Barnhardt is that he may have been serving aboard an LST at the time of his death. If anyone out there should know of a means by which it would be possible to obtain the hull number for Barnhardt’s ship, I would be most grateful to hear from you.
My deepest respect and admiration go out to all our veterans.
Sincerely.


name: Pat DeMarco
location: East Windsor, New Jersey
email: patdemarco-AT-hotmail.com
Date: September 30, 2004
Comments
My uncle, Thomas D'Abrosca, was a crew member who was killed aboard LST327 on August 27, 1944. I was very interested to find the information contained in your website, since I was unaware of the details surrounding the incident.
Last week, while vacationing in England I visited the grave of my uncle at the American Cemetery near Cambridge. It was a very moving experience and I was quite impressed with the cemetery itself and the manner in which the staff there treated my wife and me.
Thanks again for the information.
Pat DeMarco 


name: fay fielder
location: LST 458
email: ta65-AT-msn.com
Date: September 24, 2004
Comments
Mr. Fielder was on the LST 458 during the pacific campaign. He did not know Glenn Edwards however he would be interested in any current data that you have involving people etc, that were on the ship during said period. If people make enough connections many current unknown points of history usually can be brought to light.
Thank you for your anticipated acknowledgement.
Terry Erskine


name: John E. O'Donnell
location: Peabody, Massachusetts
email: jodonnell-AT-easternscience.com
Date: September 13, 2004
Comments
DEAR SIR: I STUMBLED INTO YOUR WEBSITE ACCIDENTALLY WHILE ON A SEARCH. MY UNCLE, JACK CANTWELL WAS ONE OF YOUR SHIPMATES AND I'M SORRY TO INFORM YOU THAT HE DIED DURING THE SPRING OF 2003. INCIDENTALLY MY DAD WAS IN THE COAST GUARD FROM 1942-1946.UNFORTUNATELY I KNOW VERY LITTLE OF MY DAD'S EARLY SERVICE HOWEVER LATER IN THE WAR, HE WAS A MOTOR MACHINIST MATE 1ST ABOARD THE TROOP TRANSPORT ADM. H.T. MAYO (AP-125). MY OWN FATHER DIED DURING NOVEMBER 2001. MY UNCLE JACK'S WAR RELATED INJURIES PLAGUED HIM FOR THE REMAINDER OF HIS LIFE BUT I NEVER HEARD HIM COMPLAIN. NOT ONCE!!  AT THE END OF HIS FUNERAL MASS, THE CATHOLIC PRIEST GAVE MY UNCLE A SHARP SALUTE (THE PRIEST WAS A MARINE COMBAT VETERAN WHEN HE WAS 19 IN VIET-NAM) AT THE CEMETERY, THE COAST GUARD SENT AN HONOR GUARD FOR THE GRAVE SIDE SERVICE WHICH WAS APPRECIATED BY ALL.


name: Teresa Oden
location: Grants Pass, Oregon
email: teresdawn-AT-msn.com
Date: June 08, 2004
Comments
My father Glenn Donald German was a radioman on the LST 1070 in the korean war. Do you know him?


name: Francis R Fitch
location: Elko, NV
email: p59airocomet2-AT-yahoo.com
Date: April 02, 2004
Comments
My father, Frank Fitch, served on LST 26, Pacific Operations. Originally an elisted member of the Light House Service, he transferred in to the Coast Guard when the Service was absorbed into the USCG.
He never spoke much about his WW II experiences, but in my online explorations I have learned much about those that manner the LST's.
The Light House Service Pennant currently on display at the Academy was a donation by my dad. (Can you donate government property back to the government???)
Coasties and family may want to explore www.fredsplace.org. You can list the passing of an individual on their obit page.


name: Paul Condrin, III
location: Westwood, MA
email: psaacondrin-AT-aol.com
Date: February 19, 2004
Comments
To all, I want to let you know that my father, Paul Condrin, Jr. of Westwood, MA, passed away on Veteran's Day this past year. He was 85 years old. My Dad spoke fondly of all his friends from the LST. May he rest in peace. Thank you all for your service to our great country. Paul Condrin, III


name: Marion Ray Allen
location: ashland city ,,tenn. 37015
email: aallenrallen104-AT-aol.com
Comments
I was on the USS Electron AKS 27 a converted LST 1070 we supplied the pacific fleet with electronic supplies and rotated duty between Yokosuko Japan and Saseo Japan was on duty from July 1953 until November 1954 and was transferred to the USS Yancey AKA 93 and was discharged in Feb 15 1957 the LST duty was good duty just a rough ride -AT- sea God bless America and God Bless our service men where ever they may be serving our great nation yours truly Ray Allen


name: Tony Leone
location: Coast Guard LST 27
email: lion5-AT-adelphia.net
Comments
Our landing ship is featured on several D-Day websites with yours truly, noted historian and author of many war genre books.


name: Mount Burns
location: Dunedin, Florida
email: mtburns-AT-earthlink.net
Comments
I was one of the crew assigned to LST 327 after it reached the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va. We were on board approximately 3 months before it was decommissioned in November 1945. At the time we were assigned the Navy yard built 40 feet of stern and was going to attach it to the vessel. We then were due to go to the invasion of Japan but of course we dropped the bomb on Japan and this ended the career of 327.


name: Stanley Alvin Lorig
location: 
email: debbiel-AT-axs4u.net
Comments
Dear Sir, My father in law Stanley Lorig would like to know when the conference is so he can attend it. Please email me with the info. Thanks Debbie lorig


name: STANLEY A. LORIG SR.
location: TEMPLE TEXAS
email: stan.lorig-AT-tinker.af.mil
Comments
HELLO: MY FATHER WAS ON THE LST 327, FIRST CREW, BEFORE THE TORPEDO HIT IT. HIS NAME IS STANLEY A. LORIG SR. HE LIVES IN TEMPLE TEXAS,76504, AT 4129 ANTELOPE DR. HIS HOME PHONE # IS ( 254 ) 778-4354. I COPIED THIS SITE AND SENT IT TO HIM. HE CALLED ME WITH 1000 QUESTIONS. I TOLD HIM I WOULD CONTACT ANYONE I COULD FIND. SO HERE I AM, AGAIN. PLEASE WRITE OR CALL HIM. THANKS, STAN JR. OKC,OKLA.


name: Stanley Alvin Lorig
location: Temple, Texas
email: debbiel-AT-axs4u.net
Comments
My father was a bosmans mate aboard the LST_327. We were looking for a record of his name in the crew. We were unable to find it. He is currently a retired bricklayer living in Texas. Please respond to the above email address. Thank you


name: STANLEY A. LORIG SR.
location: TEMPLE TEXAS
email: LACEYRURU-AT-AOL.COM
Comments
MY FATHER ASKED ME TO LOOK UP HIS LST, AND HERE I AM. I HAVE COPIED ALL OF THE INFO ON THIS SITE , AND WILL SEND TO HIM. I DID NOT SEE A LIST BY NAME OF THE CREW, IS THERE A LIST? 


name: donna fetterhoff
location: 
email: donnjo2001-AT-yahoo.com
Comments
Just doing genealogy research and found your site. My thanks as a free American to all who served.


name: Gerald O Geier
location: Anniston Al
email: gogeier-AT-bellsouth.net
Comments
Thank you very very much, I had given up on ever seeing an LST again. It was not a pleasure when I was aboard one of these bucking broncos . The wife and I paid a visit to this lady January of 03. She stood proudly at the Chickasaw pier It brought back memories that will never fade. I made many friends aboard one of these. A person thinks he knows the ups and downs of sea life but until he survives a storm or squall aboard an LST, he knows nothing. He will never forget those that shared the experience. My experience gave me respect for those guys that are permanent crew members aboard a LST. I did not have the quarters that the crew had I was a Marine our bunks had 5 above the lower bunk. I think these ex LST personal that are doing this overhauling job of the 325 LST should be rewarded for their determined approach to returning this lady to sea. I salute your efforts. Gerald Geier 


name: paul gallagher
location: niagara falls,canada
email: paul_e_dangerously-AT-hotmail.com
Comments
i am not related to anyone that served on this ship. However, I believe, the world we live in TODAY, was shaped by the men who served on this ship and others like her. There are no words to express the gratitude I have for these people who were willing to make the supreme sacrifice, and many did. My condolences go out to anyone who lost a loved one, during or since, WWII. GOD BLESS


name: Mary Ilacqua
location: Quincy
email: www.Thirgenby-AT-aol.com
Comments
Daughter of Joseph J. Ilacqua 


name: Paul Edwards
location: Washington, Il
email: edwards0013-AT-hotmail.com
Comments
We think my Grandfather, Glenn Edwards served on the LST458 during WW2 How can I found out if this was so?


name: Stan Kalwasinski
location: Munster, Indiana
email: kalracing-AT-compuserve.com
Comments
My father-in-law, John C. Jurewicz from Chicago, served on the LST 327 during WWII. He still currently lives in Chicago and is 80 years old and proud of his USCG experiences. Does anyone know if a LST 327 baseball cap is available. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Stan Kalwasinski 


name: Shawn R Mccollum
location: ohio
email: macson45-AT-aol.com
Comments
my dad was on your ship . he was in the engine room. he was on deck at the time the ship was hit. he had a broken back and a bad knee. he has past on a few years ago. at the age of 78.he has 4 kids and 10 grandkids. he was a firefighter in the city of Miami fla. he was laid to rest there. it's good to see the ship and the land he saw. I was in the marine corp. shawn r mccollum


name: kim mccollum
location: 
email: krazzykat2-AT-aol.com
Comments
I enjoyed your website very much. I remember my father in law telling me what happened to him when he was on the deck of the 327. He was one of the men with a broken back. Sadly, he is no longer with us. I think he would have enjoyed this site very very much. I only wish there was a list of crew members that served on all these ships.


name: Paul Morin
location: San Jose, CA.
email: Pmorin3289-AT-aol.com
Comments
WELL DONE SITE. SPENT TIME ABOARD LIGHT CRUISER, USS TUCSON CL-98


name: FRANK R. FEDUIK
location: MOSCOW, PA.
email: FFEGJ-AT-AOLCOM
Date: January 08, 2002
Comments
SOUNDS FAMILIAR AS I WAS ON TH E LST 338, I BE LIEVE WE May HAVE BEEN IN THAT CONVOY. WE WERE FLOTILLA 12 GROUP 36> I CANT RECALL MUCH MORE.


name: Selma
location: The Netherlands
email: -
Date: November 29, 2001
Comments
I've just read the comments that other visitors of this site have written, and I had to write something too. I was just searching for some information for a paper I'm making about D-Day, and I ended up here. All I wanted to say is that I'm really glad you gave us a peace of history, because I think it's very necessary that everybody knows what really happened. Thank you.


name: BOB BENBOW
location: 
email: benbowb2BELLSOUTH.NET
Date: November 25, 2001
Comments
I WAS ON LST #1 AND WE WERE IN THE SAME INVASIONS WITH THE 327, ANZIO BEING THE WORST. I REMBER BEING CONVOYS WITH THE 327. WE WERE ALOS WITHE THE 327 IN ANZIO FOR A 3 DAY PERIOD JAN,27,28, AND 29 WHEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE.


name: R. Rozanski
location: Michigan
email: erozano1-AT-excite.com
Date: November 12, 2001
Comments
Hello, Trying to find out what LST my dad served on during WWII. He was Chief Engineer, James (Jim) O. Boyer (deceased for 25 years). In South Pacific - Philipines - Australia. Does anyone remember him? Thanks. R.L.R.


name: Anthony Leone
location: lion-AT-adelphia.net
email: above
Date: October 26, 2001
Comments
The skipper, Lt.Cmdr. Gilleran was transferred to our LST 27. He was our captain until LST 27 was decommissioned in Boston in the fall of 1945.We are also Coast Guard. LST 327 was hit by a torpedo and not mined as reported. I am a well-know writer and publisher of war genre books and my stories appear in the LST Association organ Scuttlebutt frequently. ( Also in other magazines.) Semper Paratus!(10/26/'01)Keep up the good work! 


name: Rich Kuykendall
location: Maui, Hawaii
email: rakrmt-AT-maui.net
Date: October 25, 2001
Comments
I liked your website. You might be interested to know that my father, Claude Richardson (1897-1979)b. Acworth, GA, was on the original crew of the USS Arizona, and he served in WWI, ferrying troop and merchant ships to France.


name: Brenda Dagley
location: Tennessee
email: bDalgey-AT-highland.net
Date: October 07, 2001
Comments
Please tell me the status of the LST 325 in Mobile Alabama.
From Sheldon: You can follow the progress of the USS LST Ship Memorial at:http://www.lstmemorial.org

name: arlene mincey
location: DAWSON, ALABAMA
location:: arlene10456-AT-yahoo.com
Date: September 25, 2001

Comments

MY DAD WAS ON THE US COAST GUARD 884


name: Boye Sweet
location: San Jose, Ca.
location:: boyesweet-AT-aol.com
Date: August 27, 2001

Comments

I am a Ret.MSCM with 33 years active duty(51-84). My first ship, right off boot leave, was the LST-802. I served on her for 4 years. I have a lot of respect and fond memories of the gator navy. If any of my former shipmates read this please get in touch with me. I am active in the FRA and NCPOA. A big bravo/zulu on a very interesting website. Your shipmate. B.Sweet KEEP YOUR TAILGATE UP AND ALWAYS STAY ON THE GREEN SIDE OF THE GRASS.


name: Fred Chapman
location: Fredericksburg, VA
location:: nnn0ppe-AT-navymars.org
Date: August 19, 2001

Comments

Sincere regret that I had not visited this page earlier and communicated with Carl before his death..

I am involved in the restoration of the radio room on the museum ship LST-325 (see lstmuseum.org (404)) .. I am searching for any information from any former radiomen that were on the LST-3XX's that were constructed in 1942 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. I am in need of more detailed information on radio equipments installed at that time period, radio room layout, antennas etc. Anyone with information or reference to radiomen that could assist are requested to contact me in this effort to restore the LST-325 radio room to near same condition as built. Fred Chapman (Former LCI-975 - LCT-575) 


name: Billy Ray Moore
location: Texarkana, Texas 75501-4962
location:: plm1605
Date: August 13, 2001

Comments

To: biker-AT-wizard.com from Billy Ray Moore.....haven't visited the site very often for the past months...since we lost Carl...please give us an address to use to assist you in maintaining the site for LST 327...My business address is B. R. Moore, PO Box 4962, Texarkana, TX 75501-4962....cordially yours...


name: Jeffrey Sharp - Archivist
location: veterans Service Office Santa Ana California
location:: jasharp-AT-csa.co.orange.ca.us
Date: August 08, 2001

Comments

Hello LST 327 Veterans,

I am the museum designer for the Veterans Service Office in Santa Ana California. We are in the process of establishing a Veterans Museun at the former Marine Corps Air Station Tustin. The County Government is receiving on of the two giant blimp hangars 3 million cubic feet indoors!

I am designing an interactive museum that is designed to take the visitor through our nations history with interactive displays. I have designed a transition passageway from "Italy and Sicily" to Normandy using a 1/1 scale mock up of an L.S.T. Because this LST was at both actions and because of the fact I needed to represent the Coast Guard in my World War II display, I've decided to use the LST 327 as the hull number for my piece. This piece will be a replication of the first 40 to 50 feet of the ship from the ramps towards the center of the ship.

Are there any special things I need to know about your ship and are there any crew members that have a Southern California or more specifically, an Orange County connection? If so could you put them in contact with me?

Respectfully,

Jeff Sharp - Archivist Veterans Service Office 1300 S. Grand Ave. Bldg B Santa Ana, California 92705 (714) 567-7487 Office


name: JOSEPH MAIO
location: PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA
location:: josephmaio-AT-hotmail.com
Date: July 22, 2001

Comments

Dear Guyz My grandpa fought in Italy as well those who were lucky and those who weren't should always be remembered. From Joseph


name: L.A.JONES
location: LONGVIEW TEXAS
location:: chinagrover2-AT-aol.com
Date: July 17, 2001

Comments

B.C.JONES My father served on lstg-327 and from what he told me he was the front 20mm gunner during the landing of palleu, in 1945. He told me several stories about this ship one being that before the landing his captain requested to be releaved of command and he was on the radio. The message came back, that the captain couldn't be replaced and the captain went to his room and pulled a 45 and ended his life. Dad says he was the first one in the room when he heard the shot. My father is now living in the following address b.c.jones 217 wesley drive palestine texas 75801 he is retired from the railroad after 40 years as a train dispatcher. He has 3 sons I being the middle one.


name: Claude Kuykendall, USN Retired
location: Concord NC
location:: yeoman-AT-vnet.net
Date: June 23, 2001

Comments

I was the Yeoman on the LST 458 during WWII, serving in the Southwest Pacific Theater. The 458 made 13 D-Days on the Jap held islands around New Guinea, with the lead LST on D-Day at Leyte, the Philippines.

While all the LSTs were unloading and waiting for the tide, I went souvenier hunting. A LCI loaded with Army brass pulled up short right in front of me. Some guys stepped off into about 1 foot of water and began walking toward me. As they passed, one of them was smoking a corncob pipe. He gave this whitehat a mean look as he went by. I neglected to salute him.

Do you want to read about my 13 D-Days and a trip to China, before decommissioning. I have a lot of stories, am a novice oon the computer. My stories are in ASACII, but I don't know to send them over the net. Any ideas? The Yeoman 


name: Paul Condrin
location: Westwood, MA
location:: hcondrin-AT-aol.com
Date: June 17, 2001

Comments

Dear LST Friends, It was sad to hear of Carl P's passing. He was a good man for all he did to reunite all of us LST 327 veterans. May he rest in peace. God bless to his lovely wife, Marie. Regards to all, Paul Condrin


name: Sue 
location: Boynton Beach, FL
location:: sgs-cary-AT-msn.com
Date: June 12, 2001

Comments

My husband, Stuart, wrote the comments below. In response to this, we received a telephone call from Justin (Bowlinger?) who said his Uncle was on the boat and gave us a website. Unfortunately, I could not get it to come up. Since Justin did not leave a return number, perhaps he will see this and correct the site address? The info given was: www.ibiblio.org/hyperorg/USN/USN-chron Thanks...


name: Stuart Sanders
location: Boynton Beach Florida
location:: scg-cary-AT-msn.com
Date: June 09, 2001

Comments

I am working on finding out about LSTs during the Normandy invasion. I note that you say the LST 327 was sunk but the records listed under ships of the Navy 1940-45 on the web don't show any sinking. Did 327 sink in battle or after the war?

My wife's dad, Hal Hansen, from Reading PA was on one of the LSTs sunk on June 9 by German S boats. He survived. I believe he was on either # 314 or # 376.

Do you have any sources for more information on either ship.

Thanks, Stuart Sanders

561/752-2977


name: adele
location: oklahoma
location:: razberry30-AT-hotmail.com
Date: May 31, 2001

Comments

I thought my grandpa was on your ship...his name is Darrel Harris.. (D.H.) but I think this is the wrong ship...if so sorry to bother u...sincerely, Adele Burnett..


name: Alice Faye Utter
location: 942 Buckland Place, BelAir, MD 21014
location:: alice_utter-AT-hotmail.com
Date: May 27, 2001

Comments

My Father Dorsey Frazer Hamrick (Rank:Signal Man First Class; Serial Number:8274744; Ship:LST-378) went into the VA hospital this week and during that time he told us about France and being on the LST-378. My Father wanted to know what had happen to some of the guys he was with. This prompted me to check out the web-sites on WWII. Your web-site helps me to understand the bond a group of people creates when asked to do the imposable and some how do it. Thank you and all your buddies for what you have given us. Thanks for the web-site for me to read.

Thanks Alice


name: ROY D. CAVES, CAPTAIN, USNR
location: MISSISSIPPI
location:: LST715-AT-AOL.COM
Date: May 23, 2001

Comments

ENJOYED YOUR WEB SITE.


name: JAMES HURLEY rm1c
location: PENNSYLVANIA
location:: james18938-AT-yahoo.com
Date: May 17, 2001

Comments

Very proud of you just came across site sorry to hear of death lst206 reporting pac 43 to 46 wish I could join up today with all the ladies aboard but then again I am 78 years old semper paratus


name: Boye Sweet
location: San Jose,Ca.
location:: boyesweet-AT-aol.com

Comments

Great Web site. I am a ret. MSCM(51-84).I served on the LST-802(51-55)in Korea.I will always be a Gator Sailor. Your web site brought back many fond memories. Thanks


name: Harold Dodson
location: Anderson, California 
location:: HDodson212-AT-aol.com

Comments

Hello, former LST'ers. This is quite a well laid out web site with the history of your ship, and it's troubles. That was a real bad thing to have happen right under the crews quarters. Having been aboard the LST 280 during that time, I know and sense the lose for you and all your mates.

But unfortunately, these are the things that happen when we have to go to war. The ship I was on had a similar experience, only it was a torpedo that hit us. And the most unfortunate part of our story was that all of our cooks and bakers, and our two medics, before the invasion of Normandy got too near, decided to vacate the crews quarters and move into the forward troop compartment. And that was where we took the torpedo, just below them. And since we were also steaming back to England, about 0030 to 0100 all were there except the bakrer b


name: John and Lee Santorelli
location: Brewster, N Y
location:: Sant-AT-ct2.nai.net

Comments

Marie and family, We will miss the news letters. If it wasn't for Carl, the LST 327 Association would never have been formed. We appreciate everything that he did. We will talk to you soon. Love, Lee and John 


name: Marion Schumann Miller
location: New Jersey
location:: don46-AT-bellatlantic.net

Comments

I believe my father Charles Bud Schumann served on the Preston If you remember hum please let me know


name: Neil Coppen
location: Surrey U.K
location:: neil271052-AT-aol.com

Comments

I thoroughly enjoyed your site. My father served in LST's in the Royal Navy 1942-45. He collected 405 from USA and was at Sicily and Anzio. He was injured and transferred to 367 for Normandy invasion. He sadly passed away February last year but your site bought alive all the tales he used to tell me as a boy. Good luck to you all. Regards, Neil.


name: Harvey Alexander
location: Bronston, Ky.
location:: halex-AT-hyperaction.net

Comments

I have truly enjoyed your site, I had many laughs from Les`s story`s I am now 80 yrs. old and my memory isn't too good, but I think I remember the 383 in the first flotilla that in the first flotilla of LST`s that went into N Africa I was on the 333, and it was the flag ship of that group. You are doing a great job on your site, keep it up. Harvey Alexander PS Go to your links and click on LST 333, that is my site.


name: Don Leal
location: Castro Valley, CA 94546
location:: N6EO-AT-juno.com

Comments

Just got myself a computer and what a great discovery. All kinds of stories and photo's of LST's.

I was an MoMM 3/c (main engine room) US Coast Guard LST's # 19 & 67. 1944 & 1945. Pacific Theater.

Keep the history alive. Thank You, Donald R. Leal


name: Joe Delacort
location: 17813 N. Boswell Blvd, Sun City, Arizona 85373
location:: bettydellacorte-AT-qwest.net

Comments

You have done a great job with this website. I hope more of our mates see it.

I would love to hear from anyone of my shipmates that are still alive.

If you don't have access to E-mail please call me at 623-876-3016, I would love

to know more about what everyone is doing at this time.

Joe Delacort CMMM LST-327 


name: Charles Stacey
location: Wrentham Mass.
location:: bcgtrio-AT-aol.com

Comments

I was not on the lst-327, but my brother-in-law Carl Haarala was on when it blew. He was sleeping down below and was badly injured. He just about made it he was so bad. He is now in Florida and his e-mail is Kaarlo

I was not on the LST-327. My brother-in-law Carl Haarala was. He was badly injures when the lst blew. He was sleeping down below and he just made it out alive. He is at present living in Florida. His e-mail is Kaarlo-AT-evcom.net


name: Joseph A. Ilacqua
location: 610 East Ave Pawtucket RI 02860
location:: jilacqua-AT-bryant.edu

Comments

Dear LST 327 Gang & Frends:

I am the son of "Uncle Joe," Chief Engineer on 327.

That is my father in the very center of the Palermo 1943 photo. He is the officer without a tie on. My Understanding is that my father was off ashore in England when the 327 was sunk. He never stopped thinking about his tour on LST 327 and in his stories of the ship he often indicated his feeling that he should have been there on duty in its final battle.

My father served in the Coast Guard until about 1954, in marine inspection. He left the service, regretfully, because of heart trouble. He died of a heart attack at the South Station train depot in Boston, in April of 1959. He was on his way home to Quincy from teaching math at a shop school. Before that, he had worked in marine insurance inspection until his doctor made him give that up because of the intense work resulting from the mid '50s New England hurricanes. My mother died just after her 93rd birthday in March of 1997. My sister Mary still lives at our old house in Quincy Massachusetts. I believe my sister Fran, who died of Lou Gehrig's disease last year, went to the Boston LST reunion. She brought me an LST tie tack.

My farther kept up contact with many from the 327 and I recall some coming to visit, I remember Arthur Lambert, who did his recovering (I think) at the Brighton Marine Hospital in Boston. Arthur stayed with us for awhile and we saw him quite often, until a wrong-way driver in New Jersey killed him in an auto accident. That was in 1960 or '61. I went to the wake and funeral with Mary. Do I recall that one or two of the 327 gang did some fiction writing? I would like to learn about that and anything else that folks are willing to pass along.

I came upon the LST327 web-site on a whim. I am working on the launching of an Ilacqua web-sit and keep thinking about what should be on it. While following the news of LST 325, I thought a space for my father and the ship he had such a passion for would be a good idea. That led me to search "LST327" while wondering how I would connect with other 327 folks. You can imagine my surprise and delight when your web site popped up. Now when I do a web page for my father, I will link to this site.

I will keep in touch. Anyone who wants to "talk" can email me directly although I will check the web site often.

Joe Ilacqua

jilacqua-AT-bryant.edu


name: Billy Ray Moore
location: Texarkana, Texas
location:: PLM1605

Comments

would like to put in my compliments on the web sight. I was in the crew's quarters, over the starboard screw when the torpedo or mine hit...i heard a small explosion when we were hit, but was too close to the hole and explosion to hear it....thanks to "red" waldrip and the others that came in there to get us.....looking forward to mobile reunion...to get a report on the LST 325, go to lst391.html


name: Tim g
location: 
location:: boat2much1800196-AT-cs.com

Comments

Really nice site. Do you have any info on the ship that left Greece, last I heard it was in the Bahamas and ready to leave for home to make a museum. I'm looking for the web site. Thank you in advance for any help Tim


name: Jean Beauchemin
location: 15 Hillside Ave Biddeford, Me 04005
location:: beauchemin-AT-lamere.net

Comments

Sorry that I can't give you more information. I was on LST 930H and we were in the Pacific during the war. I very much enjoyed reading your article, published in the LST SCUTTLEBUTT


name: Jamey Self
location: Grandpa's Home in Florida
location:: jds1130-AT-hotmail.com

Comments

This is the first time I've been told the story and was able to see pictures. Thanks for giving me the information to help my Grandfather (Carl Haarala) tell me the story. I am very proud of him and all his fellow shipmates. Thanks again.


name: Edward A Ellenbecker
location: Brownsville Tx &New London Wi
location:: grumpe2tx-AT-juno.com

Comments

I was a member of the draft that came aboard at Anzio while the 327 was mother ship and was aboard when the ship got hit.


name: RAY RILEY
location: NAPA CA
location:: rileyrayjan-AT-juno.com

Comments

Very interesting, even though I was a dog face in Hawaii from 1956 to 59. LSTs used to take our regiment from Oahu to the Big Island every winter or month long maneuvers. Quite a job backing a truck off an LST. And that old flat bottom could really pound when there was any kind of a sea. Good memories. Thanks, Ray


name: James And Leann Perlowski
location: http://www.users.cloud9.net/~tiger1/harv.htm
location:: Valhol-AT-BigFoot.com

Comments

A fantastic site dedicated to the memory of these fine men. Thank you for the hard work you have done in bringing this to us all. Sincerely, James and Leann Perlowski Harv's LST 333 Site http://www.users.cloud9.net/~tiger1/harv.htm [404]


name: Charles A. Stacey
location: Wrentham, Mass.
location:: BCGtrio-AT-aol.com

Comments

I'm the brother-in-law of Carl Haarala, who was on board the LST327.He told me more of the war time that I didn't know about and what finally happen to him on board the LST327.He was badly injured but survived and came home to marry my sister and they now live in Port Salerno Florida retired. It's good to know the things that went on in those time.


name: Sharon Nunes
location: Hopewell Jct NY
location:: argyle47sox-AT-aol.com

Comments

Niece of Carl Haarala (Florida) ---thoroughly enjoyed reading about the LSTs --especially the 327. I have heard bits and pieces of stories for years, but nothing brought it to life like reading this. Thanks for keeping this history alive!


name: Frank Marler, YNC, USN(Ret)
location: Oxnard, California
location:: res075f0-AT-gte.net

Comments

Great job on your site. Welcome to Goatlocker. Hope to see more posts from you.


name: ITC Johns - USNR
location: Maryland
location:: lejohns-AT-worldnet.att.net

Comments

Thank you Chief ... very interesting and informative website - Well done!


name: fred baillie AGCM USN retired
location: Milton FL
location:: cmc-AT-goatlocker.org

Comments

hope you are regular visitor to our goatlocker site...


name: Commander Ed Bookhardt, USN, Ret
location: Florida
location:: steadyed-AT-atlantic.net

Comments

My sincere best wishes to you and those with whom you served, to give me the opportunity to follow you and serve the greatest institution in the world, The United States Navy...Ed


name: J. Logue AZC(AW)
location: Plano, TX
location:: NavyRecruiter-AT-hotmail.com

Comments

Great Site, Thanks for sharing a part of history.


name: Brian Hartman, ADC(AW), USN
location: Patuxent River, Maryland
location:: brianhartman-AT-netzero.net

Comments

Outstanding site shipmate. Linked to it from the Goat Locker. Your webpage is a tribute to both yours and your shipmates service onboard LST 327. Well Done!


name: James Dimond EMCS Ret.
location: Millington TN
location:: EMCSUSNret-AT-aol.com

Comments

Great Website Chief. USS Macomb DD-458/DMS-23 http://www.geocities.com/bensonclass/macomb.html


name: Danny Hager MMC(SS)
location: Bremerton Wa
location:: rboot-AT-rocketmail.com

Comments

Good site Chief! Email the Goatlocker.org CMC and get a link on his page! Keep up the good work brother. hagar


name: Steve H. Parsons
location: Dallas, Texas
location:: steveparsons-AT-msn.com

Comments

Found this site through the GoatLocker, my hat is off to you Chief! Thank you for your service, commitment and accomplishments during extremely trying times.


name: Petty Officer Jaime Bigelow
location: Seattle
location:: jbigelow-AT-pacnorwest.uscg.mil

Comments

Greetings from the Thirteenth Coast Guard District. I am working on a Veterans Day project and would like to locate any Coast Guard WWII veterans in the Seattle area. I you know of any, could you please email or call at (206)220-7174. Thanks!


name: Colleen Kovach (Redmond)
location: Belleville, Michigan 48111
location:: colleen-AT-iccontrolsinc.com

Comments

Hi Carl,

My father just told told me what happened to your ship. I am truely amazed, it is a mircle you are still alive. Your web site is very interesting, I am going to invite my dad over to take a look, he hasn't seen it.

Sincerely, Colleen Kovach


name: Carol Haarala -wife of Carl
location: Port Salerno,Fl.
location:: Kaarlo -AT- evcom.net

Comments

As the wife of a war wounded veteran, and the mother of his 5 daughters, we have been very proud of Carl. His memory of the explosion itself has slipped [mostly] from his memory. But over the years we have learned a lot about LST-327and it's heroic record. Thanks to so much information from fellow crew members who have access to the facts. Thank you all. Carol H.


name: carl haarala
location: port salerno fl
location:: kaarlo-AT-evcom.net

Comments

just got off duty as helmsman ---hit the sack and that was it about 2005 but heer i am 55 years older.


name: Dr. Axel Niestl�
location: Dabendorf, Germany
location:: cosagbr-AT-t-online.de

Comments

Dear Mr. Pfannkuch,

I very much enjoyed your site. I would like to add for your information that LST was not hit by a mine but was torpedoed by the German U-boat U 92 (CO Kapit�nleutnant Engel). According to its war diary the boat fired a single acoustic torpedo (known also as Gnat or T-5) at 2001(German Summer Time, equal to GMT)/27 on the last LST in a convoy of several steamers and LST. The attack took place in German naval grid square BE 3189 (equals approximately 50.09n/01.35w). While the boat went deep after the shot a detonation was heard after 8 minutes 40 seconds. Going back on periscope depth one vessel was seen lying deep in the water. The CO assumed one LST with 3000 tons sunk and reported likewise to U-boat Command.

The attack is listed in the book of J�rgen Rohwer, Axis Submarine successes during 1939-1945, published in a revised edition recently by the Naval Institute Press Annapolis. However, the target was not identified by him. The place and the time nevertheless clearly indicate that the target was LST 327.

U 92 was put out of commission on 12 October 1944 owing to its bad technical condition after having returned to Drontheim/Norway.

Yours

Axel Niestl�


name: Lloyd King 
location: Bakersfield, Ca 
location:: lloydking1-AT-aol.com

Comments

Served on board the Polk County LST 1084 in the 1960's. Enjoyed your site very much keep up the good work. Also checking out guest book trying to find old ship mates that might have sign it. I have linked your site on my web page.


name: Richard L. Faina
location: Duluth, GA
location:: richard_faina-AT-hotmail.com

Comments

Nice site. I am trying to research my dad's unit in WWII. Can't seem to find much. His unit was the 468th AAA Btn. Landed somewhere at Normandy.



name: estaban eduardo ilacqua
location: buenos aires (argentina) 
location:: estebanjunin80-AT-hotmail.com

Comments

HI MY NAME IS ILACQUA GRANDCHILDRENS OF VICENZO ILACQUA AND CONCEPCION FICARRA. ONLY FOR YOUR NAME, ITS GOOD BLESS YOU AN THE FAMILY GOOD BYE AND THANKS FOR YOUR NAME ,BYE BYE 


name: Mount Burns
location: Dunedin, Florida
location:: mtburns-AT-earthlink.net

Comments

I was one of the crew assigned to LST 327 after it reached the Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Va. We were on board approximately 3 months before it was decomissioned in November 1945. At the time we were assigned the Navy yard built 40 feet of stern and was going to attache it to the vessel. We then were due to go to the invasion of Japan but of course we dropped the bomb on Japan and this ended the career of 327.


name: Stanley Alvin Lorig
location:: debbiel-AT-axs4u.net

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Dear Sir, My father in law Stanley Lorig would like to know when the conference is so he can attend it. Please email me with the info. Thanks Debbie lorig


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