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    • Greetings, Doug!

      My father-in-law, Erwin Schroder, may have known your father. Erwin came aboard the Patterson a little over a year before you father arrived. From what I can tell, your father came aboard on 9/23/44 as a S2c. Muster rolls indicate that your father was on the Patterson until decommissioning in late ’45. During his time on the Pat, he had a change in rating to S1c. My father-in-law was an officer who finished up his time on the Patterson as its first lieutenant. If your father was on the deck crew, he would have likely known Erwin.

      Dave

      • Eynon,
        Many thanks for your reply
        What you have told me is the sum total of what I know about my father except I have seen his name on the ship’s crew roster years ago, as well as a payroll list.
        I really appreciate your reply
        Sincerely,
        Doug Brangan

  1. Eynon,
    Many thanks for your reply
    What you have told me is the sum total of what I know about my father except I have seen his name on the ship’s crew roster years ago, as well as a payroll list.
    I really appreciate your reply
    Sincerely,
    Doug Brangan

    • You are welcome, Doug! Do you have a copy of your father’s DD-214?

      I did not find much more on my searches for your father’s records. He showed up on all the Patterson Muster Rolls from the time he came aboard until decommissioning. I sent Navsource a photo of the crew in NYC at the decommissioning party. If you have not seen it, here is a link. http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/pix2/0539231.jpg

      Dave

      • Hi Dave
        I have nothing at all
        I checked the link you sent and was surprised at the resolution, I was able to blow the photo up and have checked every face with a magnifying glass. Nope, nothing familial. My father didn’t sound the type to attend a function.
        OK… this was just another burst of many trying to come up with something.
        Many thanks for your interest and kind assistance,
        Sincerely
        Doug B

        • As a next of kin of a deceased veteran, you can get a copy of your father’s DD-214 that will tell you information such as enlistment/release dates, ratings, and awards that he is entitled to. His awards would certainly include the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal and WWII Victory Medal and possibly others. He would likely have at least 4 campaign stars on the A-P ribbon because he was on board the Pat during the Western Caroline Operation, Leyte Operation, Luzon Operation, Iwo Jima Operation, Okinowa Operation, although that would have to be verified by the DD-214. eVets has a form to fill out to get the document. It requires proof of death of the veteran (copy of death certificate would work). See this LINK. Having his service number would be useful for the Archives. If you are interesting in pursuing this, I can provide that number.

          Dave

          • Hi Dave
            Many thanks for your latest link which I will pursue.
            After that I think it’s time to close this search. I know there were battle ribbons but like photos and the stories he might have told it’s gone.
            I am genuinely surprised at amount of interest you have shown which I appreciate so much.
            Many Thanks,
            Doug B

  2. My dads best friends dad served abord the USS Patterson DD-392 his name was Leroy Edwards Had 6 Bronz stars 1 Purple heart. From what i know is something happened to ship been many years ago when he told story but boiler room was on fire engines were out several guys rushed in to get men out some got out then him and another sailor got rest out while Leroy got engines back on line burning the bottom of his feet badly also passed out and was rescued.Also told a story when the patterson and their sister ship guarded the Ben franklin and it was kamikazied one managed to hit the ship the other flew over leroy was on 20mm he said the only jap he ever had respect for pilot of the plane flipped them the bird as he flew over and hit the water. Wish he was still here thanks

    • I did a little research on Mr. Edwards. He came aboard the Patterson on Christmas Eve, 1943 as a Fireman3c. He quickly had a rate change to F2c on 1/1/44. He must have been very close to promotion when he came aboard. By July, 1945 he was a Machinest Mate 3c on the Patterson. He rode the Patterson back home for decommissioning and was transferred off of her on November 8, 1945. He then spent a very short time on the USS Kingsbury (APA 177) in 1946 and then the USS Eastland (APA 153) as a MM2c. The Patterson was indeed involved in the action that led to the Franklin being hit by Kamikaze planes. The Belleau Wood was also hit and the Patterson picked up 12 of her survivors from the sea. Some were badly burned and at least one died. According to the Patterson’s War Diary, her position kept her from taking the planes under fire, but there was plenty of metal being thrown up by the very large Task Group 38.4.

      Dave

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