Crew of the Underhill,
I was wondering if anyone knew my granduncle Stanley J. Abcunas. As I research and document my family tree, I've become interested in the story of DE-682. As I was born almost 23 years after he gave his life, I never knew Stanley. If anyone has any stories or pictures of him, I would be must grateful. Thank you for defending our great country.
I recently learned about the bravery and sacrifice of the crew on the USS Underhill. I must say that I am extremely proud of the men who saved the lives of thousands at the hands of their own. This type of bravery are stories our children need to hear about war, not the tragedy, but the honor. I am looking for anyone who might remember my uncle Stanley Abcunas, from Lynn, Massachusetts. My father was youngest of 10, so, he also knew little of his own brother. He perished with the USS Underhill on that fateful day, and we still remember him fondly today. If you remember Stanley, who was said to be the ships cook, please share those memories with me, as it would really mean alot to me. Thank you, Stanley's neice, Leslie Abcunas
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To Bill Lange
I get several request from relatives about loved ones that didn't survive the July 24 1945 attacked on the Underhill. I only wish that I could remember more about the crew. You would think that living with 230 men on a small ship for almost three years, a person would get to know every one. In a way it was like a large family, with Captain Newcomb and the other officers telling us what to do each day. It got to be routine and even boring. The only things that became etched in my memory are the unusual and even shocking happenings.
Like Lt. Joe Timberlakes drawing his 45, and telling me "no one leaves the ship." Then afterwards seeing our own gunfire sink what was left of the Underhill.
Before they opened fire, they circled the ship for anymore survivors. There were several bodies floating in the water. I may be wrong, but the name "Abcunas" was stenciled on the shirt of one of the bodies. They were given orders from Convoy Command to leave the dead and just pick up the living. Later another ship picked up some bodies in the area. I could not say if Abcunas was with them.
I wasn't able to view the picture you put on the web. The"names" of the crew members are what I recognize most. Just can't put a face on them. Aboard the ship they always said "Abacunas."