USS Murphy pencil drawing

This drawing was submitted by the nephew of JOHN (JACK) CASSON, crewman on the USS Murphy. Thank you Robert T. Lee and good luck with your search for your original drawing.

Paul Sosbey

Family member/combat veteran…

My uncle served on the murphy…/ i was a combat artist in the u.s. army,81E100. 101 ABN. , I DID A PENCIL DRAWING OF THE MURPHY IN 1993 OR 4, My family would like to have it. If anyone has any information about this please text 2672051906 or email Deputylee104@gmail.com, i hope you take this serious….

My grandfather, JC Bise, was on the Murphy

My grandfather, JC Bise, was on the Murphy. My dad said he rarely talked about being in the Navy, except about the Saudi King coming on board with a pen of sheep. He wouldn’t eat the feast prepared, so he just ate beans. Also, a mention of going to Japan.

Former Yeoman 2C, USS Murphy DD603

Link to Revised edition of Dan Crowell’s Murphy Discovery video. Memorial to lost officers & shipmates at Surf City, NJ and our dedication ceremonies. Click on this URL: https://youtu.be/fBAPgUe4mkU and the video starts. Double-click on the video and full screen will appear. Keep the URL address for future reference! Fred Sheller

MSgt, USAF (Ret)…formerly Y2C USS Murphy DD603

My Recollections of the Collision of USS Murphy (DD603)
By Fredric E. Sheller, former Yeoman 2C, USNR
(Occurred on October 21, 1943, at about 9:20 PM (2120 Hrs military time), approximately 100 miles out of New York Harbor.) (Collision was with the SS Bulkoil, American Tanker, as the Murphy and other ships were underway and forming a convoy heading for England.)
I had reported aboard the destroyer, USS Murphy, August 28, 1943, as a Seaman Second Class—S2C, for a short time, I was assigned to the First Division (Deck Hand) with BM2C Tom Hilliard as our leader.
I then was assigned to be a Striker (OJT) as a Fire Control man in the CIC Room, across from the Ship’s Office. I began slowly learning the “ropes” of adjusting to being at sea and receiving training in the Fire Control Field (radar-directed aiming of the 5”/38 guns). Y1C Duke Mayzurkiewicz (now Mayzurk) attempted to get me into the Ship’s Office to “strike” for Yeoman, as he was short-handed and needed my help. I declined and was content in staying where I was.
On the night of October 21st, 1943, I was on duty in the CIC Room, along with FC1C or Chief Suellwold (quite certain that’s who it was). I had headphones on and was reading training material in the Fire Control man field. Suellwold (again, I believe that’s who it was) was back behind the first “computer” (or whatever it was called at that time).
All of a sudden a call came from, I believe, the Bridge asking for information as to a possible target.
My Recollections of the Collision of USS Murphy (DD603)
By Fredric E. Sheller, former Yeoman 2C, USNR
(Occurred on October 21, 1943, at about 9:20 PM (2120 Hrs military time), approximately 100 miles out of New York Harbor.) (Collision was with the SS Bulkoil, American Tanker, as the Murphy and other ships were underway and forming a convoy heading for England.)
I had reported aboard the destroyer, USS Murphy, August 28, 1943, as a Seaman Second Class—S2C, for a short time, I was assigned to the First Division (Deck Hand) with BM2C Tom Hilliard as our leader.
I then was assigned to be a Striker (OJT) as a Fire Control man in the CIC Room, across from the Ship’s Office. I began slowly learning the “ropes” of adjusting to being at sea and receiving training in the Fire Control Field (radar-directed aiming of the 5”/38 guns). Y1C Duke Mayzurkiewicz (now Mayzurk) attempted to get me into the Ship’s Office to “strike” for Yeoman, as he was short-handed and needed my help. I declined and was content in staying where I was.
On the night of October 21st, 1943, I was on duty in the CIC Room, along with FC1C or Chief Suellwold (quite certain that’s who it was). I had headphones on and was reading training material in the Fire Control man field. Suellwold (again, I believe that’s who it was) was back behind the first “computer” (or whatever it was called at that time).
All of a sudden a call came from, I believe, the Bridge asking for information as to a possible target. I immediately turned the phones over to Suellwold. He began cranking in “stuff” to the computer and me
Was not aware of what was going on. Suddenly, there was this loud crashing sound, like a Greyhound Bus slamming through large plates of glass. The lights went out and the emergency wall lantern came
on. Seawater began coming into the compartment. Suellwold said, “We’d better get out of here.” As I headed for the door, the ship began rolling onto it’s starboard side. I was grabbing for my lifebelt which was hanging on
a hook near the doorway to the compartment. As I attempted to get my lifebelt, I had to grab hold of the doorway frames as the ship continued rolling on it’s side.
The electrical boards in the CIC Room began to topple over. Typewriters and other items began falling through the CIC Room doorway, coming from the Ship’s Office, as I was hanging there in midair. I had the feeling that someone fell past me also, but I had no idea who it was.
I lifted myself up onto the bulkhead (wall—the ship being completely over by that time—seconds, (I guess) and began crawling along. I suppose, not being totally familiar with the layout of the ship, and especially since it was on it’s side, and the fact that everything was now covered with crude oil, I slipped down across the next compartment (which was our chow room; men bunked there also) to the other side and fell into crude oil and saltwater. After a few seconds, someone called out, “Who’s down there,” and I shouted, “Sheller.” immediately, someone had me by the belt and seat of my dungarees and pulled me up out of there (I never found out who that was).
Several other shipmates and I began climbing the Galley way double-ladder (stairs). The bow now on its side; in the dark, of course, except for a lighted emergency lantern (which automatically came on when the electrical lights went out) hanging on the bulkhead. We got almost to the top of the ladder, it being on its side, and a couple shipmates up above, in the Galley way, closed and began “dogging” the double-hatch watertight cover (proper shipwreck procedures in order to attempt to save the ship or to keep it afloat longer) thereby trapping us down below.
Someone grabbed the lighted emergency lantern from the bulkhead (unknown* who it was) and he started heading forward with a couple of shipmates and me following, crawling on our hands and knees. All we could do was head to higher levels as the ship was going down. Seems we headed for where we smelled fresh air. I can’t tell exactly where we came out from below the main focsle deck, but I have always believed that it was Gun Mount #2. Whoever was in front of me getting through the mess below deck had already gotten up to the side lifeline, slipped into the water as the ship was sinking, or was some place else. I had no way of knowing about them. I had to try to get off the bow somehow. (It is possible that I knew who these guys were at the time, but I have since forgotten.)
As I stood up on the slanted Gun Mount #2, I looked down to my left and could see the phosphorescence bubbles of seawater enveloping the bow as it was going down. I was slipping around as my shoes were so oily from the crude oil. There was no way that I was going to get out of my predicament, so I sat down on the gun mount, took off my shoes and socks, and because I couldn’t get my belt-buckle to open (didn’t have my Navy knife attached to my belt where I could cut the belt), I rolled up my dungaree pants legs to high on my legs, ripped off my shirt. I was then ready to “dig in” and jump up to catch the lifeline on the side of the bow. I knew that I had to make that jump the first time! I was a short sailor at only 5’5” and that was a long jump! I pulled myself up onto the side of the bow and could see two or three persons at the forward edge of the bow near the port anchor. When I got to them, I saw that it was our Skipper, Commander Bailey; the others I didn’t recognize. The Skipper had a light of some sort. He finally said, “Well, boys. Looks like we’ll have to get off here.” And then, I jumped into the water (it was high in the air and I couldn’t estimate that height). I just knew that I had to get off!
Remembering my basic (boot) training at Sampson Naval Training Station, New York, as soon as I hit the water, I began to swim for all I was worth as I could feel the pull (like suction) of the bow going down. After a while, I turned onto my back, looked back at the bow still up high in the air. Our Skipper was still there apparently because I could see a light. I don’t know how he got off the bow. Phosphorous was hitting me as I struggled in the water, swimming, floating, praying (not for me, but for my family and friends). That phosphorous hitting me was a burning sensation. It was still pitch black and the sea was quite choppy. I could see the fluorescent phosphorous in the waves. I kept swimming and floating with no way of knowing at the time if I would be rescued. I heard yelling and shouting in the immediate distance, so I started swimming towards those sounds. I then could see that a ship was out there with searchlights playing over the water, and the lights never stopping in one place. They kept moving! It was a weird feeling, as though they weren’t seeing anyone in the water, but I could see heads bobbing around.
All of a sudden something hit me and I recognized it as a small fresh water cask (evidently it came out of one of the life rafts). I grabbed hold of both ends of it with my fingers and held on. I wasn’t able to get it under my arm. I kept hold of that cask, paddling with my feet towards the sounds that I had heard. Then, I came upon a life raft with shipmates in the middle of it and others holding on to ropes all around theoutboard of the raft. Suddenly, someone, holding on to the raft, grabbed my right wrist, held onto me and I finally lost the cask. But, I was fortunate that someone got hold of me and I was safe alongside the raft. I discovered later that it was Emmet S. Wold, CSK (Chief Storekeeper).
The raft drifted alongside the ship rescuing us (the USS Glennon DD620). While the raft kept banging against the side of the rescue ship, I’m sure that we lost some shipmates right there as they were being slammed against the ship due to the heavy waves. I saw that some of the crew of the rescue ship was tossing ropes down to us. I finally grabbed hold of one, but the rope kept slipping through my extremely cold and oily hands as the guys on the ship were pulling up the rope. However, luckily there was a huge knot towards the end of the rope, and when my closed hands got to this knot, up I went to the deck of the ship where Glennon crew members were awaiting to assist me.
I didn’t observe any of the other rescue efforts done by the crew of the USS Glennon as I was immediately taken into the head (bathroom to non-sailors) where diesel oil was applied all over me by Glennon crew members in order to get the black, crude (fuel) oil off. After this was done, I was put in a cold shower, and then a hot shower to get me cleaned up. I presumed that other shipmates of mine who were rescued were given the same treatments. Then I was given a good shot of whiskey in order to get my heart and body back to normal temperature and to relieve the shock. Next, I was taken below deck to the crew sleeping quarters and was given a bunk to sleep in with extra, navy blankets to get me warmed up. I must have fallen asleep right away because next thing I remember is next morning when I was given some clothing by Glennon crew members. A tall, black mess steward gave me his set of whites. I had to roll up the sleeves and pants legs as they were so long. It was a kind gesture for him to give me his clothing and I thanked him, never knowing if I would ever be able to see him again and return his clothing. In fact, I never did! Someone gave me a pair of heavy, woolen socks which I used as shoes the next few days.
That was my dress outfit for the next few days. Even when we survivors were transferred to other ships, transported to Pier 92 in New York and while being processed there by the Navy, I wore the same outfit until
proper clothing was issued. Ships transporting rescued back to New York were the USCGC Cartigan, which I was on, and the PYc 37. I was transferred to the USCGC Cartigan just after noontime on October 22, 1943, one of 100 officers and crewmen that ship received. The Glennon passed a towline to the after section of the Murphy, still afloat, and began towing it just after midnight of 21-22 October 1943. At about 1153 hours, October 22, 1943, the civilian tug SS Rescue took over towing the Murphy from the Glennon, heading back to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, N.Y.
Repairs began immediately on the Murphy, to get a new bow section (half the ship) constructed. Crew members were assigned to quarters on Mrytle Avenue, Brooklyn, while this reconstruction was taking place.
I was asked by Y1C Mayzurkiewicz (Mayzurk) to help him establish an office on the dock where I could help him with reports, reconstructing lost records of the officers and crew, and other administrative duties.
I began these duties with Mayzurk and our New Executive Officer, Lt. J. A. McTighe. Since there was no work for me to do on the ship otherwise, I volunteered to help. After a short time, Mayzurk managed to get me promoted to Seaman 1C. Mayzurk eventually had to be transferred to the hospital due to some injuries he received in the collision. Mr. McTighe had his wife come into the office to help with our administrative operations. Then, Yeoman 1C Tim Barrett came aboard and we worked together in the office. Barrett got me to be interested in becoming a Yeoman, had me complete the Yeoman course, and finally got me promoted to Yeoman 3C.
I had so much running around to do, getting mail and reports delivered to proper offices at the Navy Yard and Post Office that Mr. McTighe managed to get me a bicycle for use in getting my running done. I kept the bicycle on the ship when we were recommissioned and out to sea a few months later. The bicycle was then used by the other yeomen as well as the ship’s mailman when we got back into a port.
The Casualties Folder for the Murphy at the National Archives includes a list of 38 officers and men declared missing, but a later memorandum states that 3 of those listed were rescued by the USS Jeffers (DD621).
Finally, in April 1944, the Murphy, with a new forward section, was ready for sea once again.
(Note: 9/2005. This will be revised soon in order to add some interesting information about the leader mentioned in the second paragraph of Page 2. Through phone conversations and e-mails, I have found this person to be my former shipmate, Ray Preeschl, GM3c. Other recently-discovered facts about my rescue from inside the sinking bow will also be added…..)
Additional information about being in the sinking bow of the U.S.S. Murphy
This was known all the while this incident had occurred, but it was not in my original notes and I wish to elaborate on some of it at this time.

When falling from one side of the first compartment of which I wrote above, everything was so slippery from the crude oil mixed with sea water and there was no way to get hold of anything, an extremely traumatic feeling to say the least! I fell into this deep accumulation of all sorts of oil, liquids and debris and the smell, and taste of consuming lots of it remains with me to this very day! It is something someone cannot ever escape (If you’ve been there, done that, you know what I mean!). All types of lines and pipes had broken or were severed, leaking, and all that “stuff” was like soup in that liquid.

There never seemed to be panic amongst any of the ship’s crew trapped in the bow and, of course, there was no to think about anything …just try to do the natural thing of trying to get out of there! When that double-door hatch-cover above the overturned double-ladder was slammed down on top of us and began being “dogged-down,” it was a lost feeling because that was the only way out which we knew of.

Fortunately, a shipmate trapped there with us was Gunner’s Mate Ray Preschl who knew the ship layout, grabbed that lighted lantern off the bulkhead and hollered, “follow me.” Two shipmates followed Preschl and I became the last of four in line. I believe those two behind Predschl were our Pharmacist and Yeoman Mayzurkiewicz (later AKA Myzurk).

As we were winding, crawling up forward seeking a way out, we knew we were leaving shipmates behind, trapped in their bunks…we had mo way to help them. That is a difficult feeling to be stuck with a lifetime of a feeling of abandoning your shipmates!

Looking for info on my father aboardthe uss murphy

My father would always tell us of some of the places he was at during his time in the service. Unfortunately my father passed away from cancer in the early 80’s at the age of 57. He was Romanus Joseph Deck gunners mate aboard the Murphy. He also mentioned the transporting of the King of Saudi Arabia to the Yalta Meeting and showed us pictures on the ship and also on the beaches with other crew member. Does anyone remember him?

Fred Sheller and his Recollections

My Recollections of the Collision of USS Murphy (DD603)

By Fredric E. Sheller, former Yeoman 2C, USNR

(Occurred on October 21, 1943, at about 9:20 PM (2120 Hrs military time), approximately 100 miles out of New York Harbor.) (Collision was with the SS Bulkoil, American Tanker, as the Murphy and other ships were underway and forming a convoy heading for England.)

I had reported aboard the destroyer, USS Murphy, August 28, 1943, as a Seaman Second Class—S2C, for a short time, I was assigned to the First Division (Deck Hand) with BM2C Tom Hilliard as our leader.

I then was assigned to be a Striker (OJT) as a Fire Control man in the CIC Room, across from the Ship’s Office. I began slowly learning the “ropes” of adjusting to being at sea and receiving training in the Fire Control Field (radar-directed aiming of the 5”/38 guns). Y1C Duke Mayzurkiewicz (now Mayzurk) attempted to get me into the Ship’s Office to “strike” for Yeoman, as he was short-handed and needed my help. I declined and was content in staying where I was.
On the night of October 21st, 1943, I was on duty in the CIC Room, along with FC1C or Chief Suellwold (quite certain that’s who it was). I had headphones on and was reading training material in the Fire Control man field. Suellwold (again, I believe that’s who it was) was back behind the first “computer” (or whatever it was called at that time).
All of a sudden a call came from, I believe, the Bridge asking for information as to a possible target.
I immediately turned the phones over to Suellwold. He began cranking in “stuff” to the computer and me
Was not aware of what was going on. Suddenly, there was this loud crashing sound, like a Greyhound Bus slamming through large plates of glass. The lights went out and the emergency wall lantern came
on. Seawater began coming into the compartment. Suellwold said, “We’d better get out of here.” As I headed for the door, the ship began rolling onto it’s starboard side. I was grabbing for my lifebelt which was hanging on a hook near the doorway to the compartment. As I attempted to get my lifebelt, I had to grab hold of the doorway frames as the ship continued rolling on it’s side.
The electrical boards in the CIC Room began to topple over. Typewriters and other items began falling through the CIC Room doorway, coming from the Ship’s Office, as I was hanging there in midair. I had the feeling that someone fell past me also, but I had no idea who it was.
I lifted myself up onto the bulkhead (wall—the ship being completely over by that time—seconds, (I guess) and began crawling along. I suppose, not being totally familiar with the layout of the ship, and especially since it was on it’s side, and the fact that everything was now covered with crude oil, I slipped down across the next compartment (which was our chow room; men bunked there also) to the other side and fell into crude oil and saltwater. After a few seconds, someone called out, “Who’s down there,” and I shouted, “Sheller.” immediately, someone had me by the belt and seat of my dungarees and pulled me up out of there (I never found out who that was).
Several other shipmates and I began climbing the Galley way double-ladder (stairs). The bow now on its side; in the dark, of course, except for a lighted emergency lantern (which automatically came on when the electrical lights went out) hanging on the bulkhead. We got almost to the top of the ladder, it being on its side, and a couple shipmates up above, in the Galley way, closed and began “dogging” the double-hatch watertight cover (proper shipwreck procedures in order to attempt to save the ship or to keep it afloat longer) thereby trapping us down below.
Someone grabbed the lighted emergency lantern from the bulkhead (unknown* who it was) and he started heading forward with a couple of shipmates and me following, crawling on our hands and knees. All we could do was head to higher levels as the ship was going down. Seems we headed for where we smelled fresh air. I can’t tell exactly where we came out from below the main focsle deck, but I have always believed that it was Gun Mount #2. Whoever was in front of me getting through the mess below deck had already gotten up to the side lifeline, slipped into the water as the ship was sinking, or was some place else. I had no way of knowing about them. I had to try to get off the bow somehow. (It is possible that I knew who these guys were at the time, but I have since forgotten.)
As I stood up on the slanted Gun Mount #2, I looked down to my left and could see the phosphorescence bubbles of seawater enveloping the bow as it was going down. I was slipping around as my shoes were so oily from the crude oil. There was no way that I was going to get out of my predicament, so I sat down on the gun mount, took off my shoes and socks, and because I couldn’t get my belt-buckle to open (didn’t have my Navy knife attached to my belt where I could cut the belt), I rolled up my dungaree pants legs to high on my legs, ripped off my shirt. I was then ready to “dig in” and jump up to catch the lifeline on the side of the bow. I knew that I had to make that jump the first time! I was a short sailor at only 5’5” and that was a long jump! I pulled myself up onto the side of the bow and could see two or three persons at the forward edge of the bow near the port anchor. When I got to them, I saw that it was our Skipper, Commander Bailey; the others I didn’t recognize. The Skipper had a light of some sort. He finally said, “Well, boys. Looks like we’ll have to get off here.” And then, I jumped into the water (it was high in the air and I couldn’t estimate that height). I just knew that I had to get off!

Remembering my basic (boot) training at Sampson Naval Training Station, New York, as soon as I hit the water, I began to swim for all I was worth as I could feel the pull (like suction) of the bow going down. After a while, I turned onto my back, looked back at the bow still up high in the air. Our Skipper was still there apparently because I could see a light. I don’t know how he got off the bow. Phosphorous was hitting me as I struggled in the water, swimming, floating, praying (not for me, but for my family and friends). That phosphorous hitting me was a burning sensation. It was still pitch black and the sea was quite choppy. I could see the fluorescent phosphorous in the waves. I kept swimming and floating with no way of knowing at the time if I would be rescued. I heard yelling and shouting in the immediate distance, so I started swimming towards those sounds. I then could see that a ship was out there with searchlights playing over the water, and the lights never stopping in one place. They kept moving! It was a weird feeling, as though they weren’t seeing anyone in the water, but I could see heads bobbing around.
All of a sudden something hit me and I recognized it as a small fresh water cask (evidently it came out of one of the life rafts). I grabbed hold of both ends of it with my fingers and held on. I wasn’t able to get it under my arm. I kept hold of that cask, paddling with my feet towards the sounds that I had heard. Then, I came upon a life raft with shipmates in the middle of it and others holding on to ropes all around the outboard of the raft. Suddenly, someone, holding on to the raft, grabbed my right wrist, held onto me and I finally lost the cask. But, I was fortunate that someone got hold of me and I was safe alongside the raft. I discovered later that it was Emmet S. Wold, CSK (Chief Storekeeper).
The raft drifted alongside the ship rescuing us (the USS Glennon DD620). While the raft kept banging against the side of the rescue ship, I’m sure that we lost some shipmates right there as they were being slammed against the ship due to the heavy waves. I saw that some of the crew of the rescue ship was tossing ropes down to us. I finally grabbed hold of one, but the rope kept slipping through my extremely cold and oily hands as the guys on the ship were pulling up the rope. However, luckily there was a huge knot towards the end of the rope, and when my closed hands got to this knot, up I went to the deck of the ship where Glennon crew members were awaiting to assist me.
I didn’t observe any of the other rescue efforts done by the crew of the USS Glennon as I was immediately taken into the head (bathroom to non-sailors) where diesel oil was applied all over me by Glennon crew members in order to get the black, crude (fuel) oil off. After this was done, I was put in a cold shower, and then a hot shower to get me cleaned up. I presumed that other shipmates of mine who were rescued were given the same treatments. Then I was given a good shot of whiskey in order to get my heart and body back to normal temperature and to relieve the shock. Next, I was taken below deck to the crew sleeping quarters and was given a bunk to sleep in with extra, navy blankets to get me warmed up. I must have fallen asleep right away because next thing I remember is next morning when I was given some clothing by Glennon crew members. A tall, black mess steward gave me his set of whites. I had to roll up the sleeves and pants legs as they were so long. It was a kind gesture for him to give me his clothing and I thanked him, never knowing if I would ever be able to see him again and return his clothing. In fact, I never did! Someone gave me a pair of heavy, woolen socks which I used as shoes the next few days.
That was my dress outfit for the next few days. Even when we survivors were transferred to other ships, transported to Pier 92 in New York and while being processed there by the Navy, I wore the same outfit until

proper clothing was issued. Ships transporting rescued back to New York were the USCGC Cartigan, which I was on, and the PYc 37. I was transferred to the USCGC Cartigan just after noontime on October 22, 1943, one of 100 officers and crewmen that ship received.
The Glennon passed a towline to the after section of the Murphy, still afloat, and began towing it just after midnight of 21-22 October 1943. At about 1153 hours, October 22, 1943, the civilian tug SS Rescue took over towing the Murphy from the Glennon, heading back to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, N.Y.
Repairs began immediately on the Murphy, to get a new bow section (half the ship) constructed. Crew members were assigned to quarters on Mrytle Avenue, Brooklyn, while this reconstruction was taking place.
I was asked by Y1C Mayzurkiewicz (Mayzurk) to help him establish an office on the dock where I could help him with reports, reconstructing lost records of the officers and crew, and other administrative duties.
I began these duties with Mayzurk and our New Executive Officer, Lt. J. A. McTighe. Since there was no work for me to do on the ship otherwise, I volunteered to help. After a short time, Mayzurk managed to get me promoted to Seaman 1C. Mayzurk eventually had to be transferred to the hospital due to some injuries he received in the collision. Mr. McTighe had his wife come into the office to help with our administrative operations. Then, Yeoman 1C Tim Barrett came aboard and we worked together in the office. Barrett got me to be interested in becoming a Yeoman, had me complete the Yeoman course, and finally got me promoted to Yeoman 3C.
I had so much running around to do, getting mail and reports delivered to proper offices at the Navy Yard and Post Office that Mr. McTighe managed to get me a bicycle for use in getting my running done. I kept the bicycle on the ship when we were recommissioned and out to sea a few months later. The bicycle was then used by me and the other yeomen as well as the ship’s mailman when we got back into a port.
The Casualties Folder for the Murphy at the National Archives includes a list of 38 officers and men declared missing, but a later memorandum states that 3 of those listed were rescued by the USS Jeffers (DD621).
Finally, in April 1944, the Murphy, with a new forward section, was ready for sea once again.
(Note: 9/2005. This will be revised soon in order to add some interesting information about the leader mentioned in the second paragraph of Page 2. Through phone conversations and e-mails, I have found this person to be my former shipmate, Ray Preeschl, GM3c. Other recently-discovered facts about my rescue from inside the sinking bow will also be added…..)

Letter from U.S. Navy Memorial

Dear Ms. Sautter,

On behalf of the U.S. Navy Memorial I would like to thank you for the ship’s bell from the destroyer USS Murphy (DD-603) that you delivered to our Curator Jarrett Smith on November 21, 2018.  The bell is nicely mounted for display with plaques covering 25 ship reunions from 1988 through 2012.  This is a special artifact from a World War II era destroyer that, in addition to seeing much action and suffering serious losses in a collision, played a major supporting role in Mideast diplomacy.

The USS Murphy supported most of the major amphibious operations in Europe beginning with the invasion of North Africa late in 1942 through that of southern France in August 1944.  After her participation in the invasion of Sicily she was seriously damaged in a collision while doing escort duty.  In that collision she lost her bow (including her first ship’s bell) and a number of crew.  She was restored to service in time to support the Normandy invasion.

In 1944 she transported Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, and his extensive entourage to his meeting with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Egypt.  With all this history you can see why we are proud to have her bell.

If you have any information on the history of this bell from the time the ship was decommissioned in 1946 until the first 1988 reunion I would be very interested.

Thanks again for this generous donation and for your interest and support.

Sincerely,

Robert C. Smith

Archivist

United States Navy Memorial

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Washington, DC 20004-2608

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The mission of the United States Navy Memorial is to Honor, Recognize and Celebrate the men and women of the Sea Services, past, present and future; and to Inform the public about their service. To learn more, visit us online at navymemorial.org

 

Frank Zanin Obituary

Sorry for the delay in getting this up, we’re still working on repairs to our house caused by hurricane Irma.

ZANIN, Frank, a United States Navy World War II Veteran, a retired pipefitter, who will be remembered as a loving, giving family man, passed away, due to complications from a fall on October 2, 2018. He was 94 and lived at the Amethyst Gardens in Peoria, AZ. Born July 17, 1924 in Lafferty, Ohio, Frank was a first generation American from Austria. He was the son of Vincenzo, a coal miner, and Genoveffa, a homemaker. He was a delightful story teller. Although life in an Ohio coal mining town was challenging for everyone, Frank’s stories kept listeners either on the edge of their seats or roaring with laughter. Upon finishing high school, he began his working career in the coal mines with his father. This was literally back breaking work, and although his father worked his entire life while in the United States in the mines, Frank chose to follow a different path. Two life changing parts of his journey were completing training to be a welder and enlistment in the US Navy at the time of the second World War. Serving aboard the USS Murphy (DD-603), a Benson Class destroyer, he made numerous Atlantic crossings including aiding the invasion of the coast of France on D-Day. There was little laughter when he told these stories. He was so thorough in the details, chills would go up and down one’s spine as he recounted storms, drills, attacks from enemy aircraft and the smoke screen laid down by the USS Murphy to avoid Nazi cannon fire during that historic invasion of Normandy. The USS Murphy, with Frank aboard as the Yeoman, also traveled to Africa, through the Panama Canal, on to Pearl Harbor and finally to Nagasaki. During a secret mission his ship transported the King of Saudi Arabia to an undisclosed location for a meeting with President Franklin Roosevelt. The ship also protected the USS Sanctuary as it picked up POW’s in the Japanese harbor following the dropping of the second atomic bomb. Once home, his life’s path found him on board a different ship on the Great Lakes, transporting iron ore from sometimes frigid Duluth, MN to various ports in Illinois and Ohio. It was during this time that, while living in Cleveland, he met Gloria Howell, a beautiful young woman who would one day be his bride. It didn’t take long for that day to occur, and Frank and Gloria merged their individual life’s paths into one journey which spanned 68 years. He always said, “Gloria would come up with the ideas, and I’d build it, or move it or do whatever needed to be done to make those ideas happen.” They lived many of their years in Cortland, Ohio, where one of Gloria’s ideas was to provide excellent child care in a setting larger than the basement in their home. The two of them created and built the Cortland Playroom which received rave reviews from parents, educators and townspeople alike. During his life in Cortland, he served as an Elder in the Cortland Christian Church as well as the unofficial “go to” guy when it came to repairs. These included just about everything from top to bottom…the high steeple to the boiler in the church’s basement. He was also very active in the Cortland Optimist Club where he served as Treasurer and then later as President. He was tireless in helping with projects that would benefit youth in the area, including building, along with Gloria, the “Imagination Station”, which provided playgrounds and ball fields for all to use. He retired from Packard Electric in Warren, Ohio in 1986. He and Gloria moved to Surprise, Arizona in 1998 to begin a new life in the sun and the desert. The two of them made numerous friends and enjoyed family time. Frank worked on his golf game, and was truly a friend’s friend. His life was one of service to others, and he thoroughly enjoyed doing things for them. His grandchildren loved the endless hours of adventures they shared with their “Poppi”. Loving and giving family man just begins to describe Frank. He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Pam and her husband Rick, daughter Susan and her husband Ed, and son Frank and his wife Patrea along with his 5 grandchildren, Jessica, Travis, Patrick, Joseph and Vincent, as well as his 3 great grandchildren, Lilian (Jessica), Vivian (Jessica) and Jack (Travis). His beloved wife, Gloria, passed away in 2016. A Celebration of Frank’s Life will be Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm at Surprise Funeral Care, 16063 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, Arizona. Frank and Gloria will be interred together, in Cortland, Ohio in the Spring of 2019. More information will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veterans Heritage Project, www.veteransheritage.org. Veterans Heritage Project, 10210 N. 32nd Street, Suite C2, Phoenix, AZ 85028. To sign the guestbook online, and to share your memories, and send condolences and well-wishes to the family, please visit, www.surprisefuneralcare.com.

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