High School Wall of Honor
Edwin Francis Hays
Received diploma for June, 1946 graduation
|Research done by Claradell Shedd, Class of 1953. PAGE IN PROGRESS
|Edwin Francis Hays
Edwin enlisted in the US Navy in 1943. His service number was 3220184. Edwin's next of kin was listed as _______ Hays, XXX Ascension Street, Des Moines, IA. The entries below will be substituted for the correct information, when received, for Edwin Francis Hays.
E. Peary, DE-132, Destroyer Escort
Following shakedown off Bermuda, Robert E. Peary made her first run as a convoy escort to North Africa, arriving at Casablanca 13 August. By the end of the year, she had made two more runs to Casablanca, and was returning to New York with her third westbound convoy.
Early in 1944, Robert E. Peary crossed the Atlantic with a "hunter-killer" group, and upon returning to the United States shifted to the northern sealanes. Between 28 March 1944 and 7 June 1945, she escorted 10 convoys to the United Kingdom and, after June 1944, to France.
Rescuing Survivors in the Water
While returning to New York on 2 March 1945, Robert E. Peary and Hammann were diverted to aid two merchant ships which had collided. After the destroyer escorts rescued survivors, Hammann stood by SS Lone Jack, while Robert E. Peary escorted SS Frontenac Victory to New York, arriving on the 6th.
AKA-19 (Andromeda-class attack cargo ship)
USS Thuban (AKA-19/LKA-19) was an Andromeda-class attack cargo ship of the United States Navy. Named after Thuban, the brightest star in the constellation Draco, at one time the pole star and was important in ancient Egyptian religion. USS Thuban served as a commissioned ship for 21 years and 3 months.
Transferred to the Naval Transportation Service early in 1946, she operated between the west coast of the United States and various Pacific island groups, including the Marianas and Japan, participating in occupation duties until the outbreak of the Korean War in the summer of 1950.
APD-42; Buckley-class Destroyer Escort
For the next three years she was based at San Diego, largely employed as an amphibious warfare training ship for Marines. From 26 January to 6 March 1946 she made a cruise from San Diego with the 1st Marine Division Reconnaissance Detachment for cold weather maneuvers that took her to Kodiak, Juneau, Tolstoi Bay and Clarence Strait, Alaska. Her amphibious schedule on the California coast was again interrupted on 28 October18 November 1948 by a cruise northward to act as guard ship on weather and air-sea rescue patrol station for Navy patrol planes scouting north to Seattle, and thence back to San Francisco.
Gantner resumed her amphibious training out of San Diego until 19 January 1949 when she sailed for Shanghai, China. She reached her destination on 14 February and served on station at the Chinese ports of Shanghai, Nanking and Tsingtao. Departing the last named port on 7 April, she accompanied the escort carrier Rendova (CVE-114) to Yokosuka, Japan, then sailed via Guam and Pearl Harbor for the west coast, arriving at San Diego on 4 May 1949.
Gantner was decommissioned on 2 August 1949, and was assigned to the San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet.
USS Mount McKinley (AGC-7/LCC-7) was the lead ship of the Mount McKinley-class of amphibious force command ships. She was named after the highest mountain in North America. She was designed as an amphibious force flagship, a floating command post with advanced communications equipment and extensive combat information spaces to be used by the amphibious forces commander and landing force commander during large-scale operations.
.On 20 May 1950, Mount McKinley was underway for WesPac to conduct training operations with the 8th Army. On 26 June, the ship proceeded from Japan to direct the landing of American reinforcements at Po Han at the beginning of the Korean War. In early September 1950, General Douglas MacArthur was on board, directing the amphibious assault at Inchon which forced the Communists to retreat north. The next assault was against the heavily mined port of Wonsan.
|USS Orca; AVP-49
The second USS Orca (AVP-49) was a United States Navy seaplane tender in commission from 1944 to 1947 and from 1951 to 1960.
Peacetime service 1945-1947
On 26 September 1945, Orca arrived at Okinawa to assist in the occupation of Japan. She was soon detached to proceed to the United States.
Orca's next big assignment was furnishing services for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. Orca then decommissioned on 31 October 1947 and joined the reserve fleet in San Francisco, California.
|09/22/10. Resides in CA.
|Music: "Anchors Aweigh"
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