|Matthew-Crawford Post 131|
|Pvt. Charles Edward Matthews|
DOW 20 Sept 1918
The Evening Missourian., October 15, 1918
Russell Levan Crawford
|Russell Levan Crawford|
|Birth:||Jun. 11, 1925|
|Death:||Nov. 1, 1943|
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
Plot: C, 706
Operation Goodtime commenced. The Third Amphibious Force, U.S. Navy Task Force 31,
under command of Rear Admiral Theodore S. Wilkinson, landed the U.S. 1st Marine Amphibious
Corps, under command of Lt. General Alexander A. Vandegrift, at Cape Torokina, Bougainville,
Solomon Islands. The assault by the Third Marine Division, under command of of
Major General Allen H. Turnage (USMC), was covered by TBF Avengers and destroyer gunfire.
During Japanese retaliatory air strikes that caused delays in unloading cargo, the destroyer
USS Wadsworth (DD 516) was damaged by near-miss of a bomb.
RUSSELL LEVAN CRAWFORD - Johnson, MO (SEAMAN SECOND CLASS) WWII
CRAWFORD, RUSSELL LEVAN
Service Branch: NAVY
Rank: SEAMAN SECOND CLASS
Date of Death: 1 November 1943
Home of Record City/County: Johnson
Home of Record State: Missouri
FATHER MR ROSCOE CRAWFORD
409 MCGOODWIN ST
Beam: 39.7 ft.
Draft: 13.0 ft
Speed: 37 knots
Armament: 5 5" dual purpose guns.
--------- 6 40mm AA guns.
--------- 8 20mm AA guns.
--------- 10 21" Torpedo tubes
--------- 2 Depth-charge racks.
--------- 6 Depth-charge pods.
They (DESRON 45) formed the escort for the invasion of Bougainville, 1 November 1943 and then earned stars for operations in the Pacific war including the consolidation of the northern Solomon Islands, the Bismarck Archipelago operation and the invasions of the Mariana Islands and Palau.
The first troops put ashore on Bougainville were 13,000 Marines and a convoy of 12 transports screened by 11 destroyers under command of Commander Ralph Earl, ComDesRon-45. Ships were, USS Fullam, Guest, Bennett, Hudson, Anthony, Wadsworth, Terry, Braine, Sigourney, Conway and Renshaw.
A few Jap aircraft struck D-Day morning, but were intercepted by our fighters. The only ship casualty was a near hit to the Wadsworth that killed two of the crew. On D-Day afternoon about 100 Jap Carrier planes were intercepted by our pilots. Not one ship or landing craft was hit by the attacking planes.
private, of Leeton, Mo.
[01-6235] William Thomas, George W., Stephen, John, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John
He served in Co. B, 356th Infantry, and Co. E, 138th Infantry, He was killed in action. His tombstone is at Pleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Warrensburg, Mo.
Birth: 1891 Death: Sep. 29, 1918
Parmley, David T S/N 2,184,071
Residence : Maryville, Nodaway County, MOInducted at: Maryville on 9/19/1917
Place of Birth: Iron Town, MO
Age or date of birth: 26 1/3 years
Organizations served in: Co B 356 Infantry, Co E 138 Infantry
Served Overseas from 5/3/1918 to 9/29/1918
Remarks: Killed in action 29 SEP 1918; Father, William T Parmley, Leeton, MO notified
Source: Missouri Digital Heritage
Matthews-Crawford Post 131 Inc, American Legion
ca1968 Past Commanders and SP4 Thomas "Tommy" Bright r., KIA March 12, 1969 Vinh Binh, Alex Nassif 2nd from right top row next to Garrett Crouch
Front Row 1. Fred B House 2. Tommy Bright, Jr. 3. H. G. "Tab" Taubert, Lonnie DesCombes 5. W C "Bill" Lee 6. H. H. Russell
2nd Row 1. Mr. L Phillips 2. Dr. Emmet Ellis 3. Dr. A. L. "Stevie" Stevenson 4. Horace Cash 6. Ralph Martz 6.Thomas Dunham
3rd Row 1. Earl Priest 2. Mr Claude Grainger 3. Floyd Fewel 4. Bob Theiss, 5 Aleck "Alex" Nassif, 6. Garrett Crouch