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March 3, 2021

Michale McCarty will be taking over with the USS Underhill site management in the near future. Thank you Michale for taking over the very worthy site in representing the sailors that survived and also died in July of 1945.

January 25, 2021

Received new information on Herbert Wayne Patton (KIA) from his niece Nancy Winkler. Than you Nancy, very much.

Nov 10, 2020

Information on Electricians Mate Warren Matheny was provided by his Grandson David.

October 22, 2020

A new link submitted by Kerri on military vehicles.   Thanks  you!

July 24, 2020

William Varosso passes at 94. Survivor of the USS Underhill

June 5, 2020

USS Underhill Family, It is with deep regrets that after giving serious thought and consideration to our reunion/memorial service for July 24, that we will have to cancel it this year for the first time since we began the reunions. The reason is obvious due to the Corona virus. The majority of our attendees are senior citizens and people who must travel from out of state and must deal with conditions where hotels or restaurants may not even be available. Paula

February 25,2020

I new website on related WWII Ships was suggested by Meg in Vermont. Thanks Meg for help keeping our site alive.

August 7, 2019

A picture of Joseph Zakutny (S) was submitted by his great-nephew Mike Paintner.

July 13, 2019

See new entry on James Wilbert Jiggetts (KIA) HERE

July 4th, 2019

This information was submitted by Graeme Noseworthy who has been doing research on 12 people who died during WWII. George Toomey is one of those 12. Thanks Graeme for bring this to our attention.
George Toome

June 22, 2019

Reunion information for 2019 has been posted HERE

April 27, 2019

Received a note from Tim McCarthy(19Yrs). His Grandfather was on the LST-768 and who played a big part in providing assistance and  help rescuing sailors from the Underhill. APPRECIATION

Mar 22, 2019

Update and added pictures of Edwin Smith (KIA). Submitted by his niece.

Mar 12 2019

Updated USS Underhill photo album

Mar 11 2019

A new LINK submitted by Alex, a 6th grader working on a school project on WWII. He sent me this link about the vehicles of WWII that is very interesting. Thanks Alex (sorry for the delay)

Feb 12, 2019

A new link about ships submitted by Morgan, a 6th grader doing research on this topic for school.  Thanks Morgan  Famous Historical Ships

Dec 2, 2016

Larry Zini sent me some information about his uncle Leonard Frank Howard

Nov 25, 2016

Received  photo from Larry Zini recently of a Kaiten being released. Also mentions the Underhill .

Nov 19,2016

Received email from Stephen Jiggetts regarding his grandfather James Wilbert Jiggetts (KIA)

December 21, 2015

Picture of Tony Maio submitted by his daughter.

Nov 16, 2015

Information and Picture of Vincent Joss (KIA)

July 9, 2015

Andrew Praskevich passes on.

June 28, 2015

Link to “Air Raid ” Warden Obituary

June 6, 2015

Reunion information for 2015 has been posted HERE.

May 13, 2014

Added picture of Norman F. McCarty HERE

May 13, 2014

Updated “after” picture of Waggy posted HERE

May 13, 2014

Reunion information for 2014 has been posted HERE.

June 20, 2013

Quilt Raffel at the Reunion

June 20, 2013

Received photos of Richard Keneipp from his nephew Bill Moss

June 20, 2013

Received information about Robert Lacey  from David Young

May 25, 2013

Added the information on the 2013 Reunion.

August 26, 2012

Added the Memorial information about the death of Phil Hanlon earlier this year.

August 26, 2012

Added pictures of Phil Hanlon to the crew photos section.

August 26, 2012

Added pictures of Norman Ackerman to the Crew Photos section

May 27, 2012

Information on the USS Underhill Reunion can be found here.

April 10, 2012

I received a new WWII site on our links page from a special group of children using the Underhill site for research.  My thanks to them for helping add to our material.

March 4, 2012

Phil Hanlon died Friday March 2,2012 (For More Information)

December 22, 2011

Don’t forget to always read the latest Guest Book entries.

Auguet 31, 2011

I received some pictures of Frank F. Grandinetti (KIA) from the family

August 30, 2011

Received a picture of John D. Nutter and posted to the crew photo section.  Received this from Mark Nutter

August 8, 2011

Received information from Lisa Barbaro that Frank F. Grandinetti (KIA) is memorialized in the Wall of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines

August 3, 2011

Received some information from Clarisse McDonald daughter on George Kearney Thompson.  Pictures to follow.

June 6, 2011

Received Obituary for Elwood M. Rich

June 6, 2011

Added new link to list of links mentioning the USS Underhill.  Visit the Remembering The War Years and Memorials The way We Were.

June 3, 2011

Download Reunion 2011 information HERE.

June 3, 2011

Visit/join the new USS Underhill facebook page created by Tim Gibson

April 16, 2011

Received a couple of pictures from Bob Baumgartner of his father Carl Baumgartner (S) of Underhill sinking.

October 5, 2010

Received a picture of Robert Evert Burkett, (KIA) from his nephew Steve Burkett. R.E. Burkett was also mention in a section of the ships log we had from the USS Walke on picking up three bodies after the sinking.  Thanks Steve for the picture of Robert.

August 10, 2010

Received information from John Grandinetti on the USS Underhill hats. Check link HERE.

August 10, 2010

Serena Hale sent a picture of Gordon McCarty to add to the Crew photo section.

July 26, 2010

Link the 2010 Reunion Pictures is here.

May 26, 2010

I received a picture of Donald Lee Davis (KIA) from Donald’s sister.

November 30, 2009

Pictures of John S. Murray (KIA) from Peter Boniface.  Thanks very much Peter.

August 2, 2009

2009 Reunion Photo Album (Please send me photos to add to the album)

July 18, 2009

Information about the death of Ken Statler submitted by his Niece Stephanie M. Crunkleton. Also see link to his Crew Photo submission.

July 14, 2009

Early Days and Memories of the USS Underhill Reunions, A reprint of the USS Underhill Newsletter.

July 13, 2009

Received a letter from Joe Ball, Nephew of Albert “Buddy” Friel (KIA).  The letter was written by Buddy a month before the sinking of the USS Underhill.

July 6, 2009

The picture of Albert (Buddy) Friel was submitted by his nephew Joe Ball.

May 21, 2009

New Underhill art work released by Mark Churms and available to Underhill family.

May 20, 2009

Passing of Earl Arnold

May 1, 2009

Reunion 2009 Information available here.

April 30, 2009

Please help identify this photo.

April 12, 2009

USS Underhill tribute being organized by Just Estep

July 29, 2008

Added a story about the USS Indianapolis that mentions   the USS Underhill in a couple of places.  I have highlighted the USS Underhill references to make then easy to find.

July 27, 2008

The USS Underhill reunion photos have been posted.

July 27, 2008

I have created a Picasa WebSite for many of the USS Underhill photos.  Over the next few weeks I will be uploading many of the photos I have on the website to this album.  Please also send your photos to me.  Email me first at

July 18, 2008

The USS Underhill Guest Book is back on-line.  Please visit our guest book and leave a message.

July 4, 2008

Updated the link to

June 20, 2008

I received an additional eyewitness account of the sinking of the USS Underhill.from the son of Benjamin Hubbard (KIA)

June 13, 2008

Updated narrative from the son of Benjamin Hubbard.

June 08, 2008

Added picture of Benjamin C. Hubbard sent to me by his son.

May 13, 2008

USS Underhill Reunion Information added to web-site.

February 19, 2008

Additional Underhill Art Work from Mark Churms.  Looking for assistance on ship pattern prior to sinking.

February 19, 2008

Postal Marking from the USS Underhill from Jon Burdett

September 20, 2007

I received a picture today of Cecil Heming (KIA) to be added to our site.  This information came from his brother Rick and Duane Carney

August 19, 2007

I recently received a picture and message from the nephew of John Raymond Boyd (KIA).  Please read the attached message and try to help David out with any information you may have.  Thanks for you help Jay.

May 25, 2007

Details of the 2007 Reunion

December 29, 2006

Baxter Wayne Garrett’s picture was added to the Crew Photo Section.  The picture was submitted by his Nephew Adam Garrett

July 30, 2006

Pictures of the USS Underhill Reunion 2006

May 15, 2006

Added picture of John Maki

May 12, 2006

Reunion Information Added

May 12, 2006

Update on the death of John Maki

April 9, 2006

Jacob Golba passes away.  Other link to crew photos here.

April 9, 2006

George Wooten passes away on February 18th.  Other link to George on crew photos.

April 9, 2006

Gus Valsamedis passes away.  Other link to Gus on crew photos.

January 3, 2006

Added Google search box to main page to be able to search for any words in the USS Underhill site.

December 16, 2005

Added John D Houglin to the crew picture section.  Thanks very much Tim

Nov. 29, 2005

Received picture of Richard Jackson Ward from his nephew.  Picture and details located here.


I just received notification of the death of Bill Kreider.  Bill had written one of the eye witness accounts of the sinking of the USS Underhill.  More information available here..

August 15, 2005

Reunion photos available HERE. Please send any additional pictures or video you would like to add.

August 11, 2005

A school report done by Marc Hendrickson about Frank Dougherty.

August 1, 2005

Henry A Lord article

July 29, 2005

Sailors remember fallen comrades Eugene Wagstaff

July 27, 2005

History Channel Clip featuring the USS Underhill

July 6, 2005

New link to Underhill found on Wikipedia Free Encyclopedia

June 25, 2005

Please check out the great painting of the USS Underhill and how you can get your copy.

April 20, 2005

Pictures/story from Richard William Timmons

April 20, 2005

USS Underhill may be mentioned on History Channel

April 8, 2005

USS Underhill Reunion Information 2005

August 29, 2004

The Japanese Connection.  A Japanese Video from the reunion this year.

August 26, 2004

I have received another Eyewitness Account of the sinking from Bob Netko.  An interesting account and story.

July 12, 2004

Highlights From the Underhill Guest Book a message from Eric Duchess

May 22, 2004

The Old Guest Book archives were added to the web site.  You can go back it time....  Just read these comments from the USS Underhill friends from all over the world.

May 15, 2004

I added a story sent out by Waggy about the Underhill’s namesake Samuel Underhill.  I also added two links about the Kaitens.

May 8, 2004

Reunion 2004 Information added.

April 25, 2004

Added 8 new pictures to the USS Slater Visit

April 24, 2004

Register your crew member at the Tin Can Sailors, only two people registered so far...

April 23, 2004

Remembering Stanley J Abcunas, two family members are looking for information.

April 23, 2004

A note and some pictures from Ernest Clackum, son of Ernest Clackum Jr.

April 23, 2004

Newspaper clippings from Camden Courier-Post about the USS Underhill, Frank Dougherty and Richard Hogus.

April 17, 2004

Photo of LST-647 supplied by Earl & PA Arnold.  He indicated that the 647 was the only ship in the group that had a doctor at the time of the explosion.

April 12, 2004

New photo received from Larry Zini of the Underhill plaque at Arlington from July 2001

April 12,2004

Just heard that Norman McCarty passed away.  If anyone has any details please pass them along.

April 12, 2004

USS Underhill new web site is activated

April 11,2004

Create an In Memory page for information on deceased survivors of the USS Underhill sinking.

April 2, 2004

Be sure to enter our National Hero’s into the WWII Memorial.  Look for the section on WWII Registry on the left side.

March 2004

Picture from Waggy (In his younger days, thanks)

July 26, 2003

Joseph Zakutny Died

July 26, 2003

Michael Zimmerman Died

July 2002

Rodger Crum Died


Torpedomen Pay Visit


Underhill Newsletter Volume 12 Number 3 April 2001

May 2003

Personal story from Earl and P.A. Arnold



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