Just surfed in after reading about the Battle of Leyte Gulf and seeing this previously unheard of (by me) island group mentioned. I have a history and geography academic background, so I always get sidetracked to such byways. Interesting bit. I hope your book goes well. --Dan
I stumbled across this page when looking at the history of your Ulithi. I have studied the Pacific War since I was 13 and I'm 42 now. I'm all interior with a man at a small museum who was at the Battle Leyte. he was on the airfield that refueled Taffy 3. I'm anxious to read any book on this forward base is little is known about it. can't wait to see it next year all success
My father BMCM John F. Kennedy USCG Ret. was a young sailor in the USN serving aboard the USS Miami as part of Halsey's Task Force 38 in 1944 when he went to Ulithi Atoll. He is alive and well and often speaks with me regarding his military experiences. I look forward to reading your work. I can't wait to tell dad about your book and web site. Great news for dad to get on this Veteran's Day 2014.
As an electrician on the carrier USS Wasp I had a liberty on Ulithi in 1944. Adm. Bull Halsey had ordered us to go there from operations off Leyte Is. In P.I. though later it was clear we were badly needed in the greatest naval battle of WW11. The fleet in Uliithi lagoon was huge, a great sight. I am now age 88.
I was on a destroyer escort in ww11 and we escorted many convoys to their invasion stations. after ulithi we went to Iwo Jima then too okanawa.
My uncle (Lige Syzdek) was a US Navy Seabee. He was stationed in the Solomon Islands during WWII. He passed away a while ago, so I don't know much else about what islands he was on.
Is there any news on the Ulithi Book?
I was a 17 year old ordinary season aboard the SS Conestoga, a T-2 oil tanker, May 1945..anchored at Ulithi...where I was to witness the largest concentration of US Navy warships ever! As far as the eye could see! At age 18, i would enlist in the US Ary and after basic training at Camp Roberts in California, I would be lucky enough to be transferred to the Air Force and would spend the following two winters on Baffin Island...in the Arctic! Go figure!
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