Argus Unit 13

Commanding Officer – Lt.Comdr. J.E. Lockwood

Left Port Hueneme – 20 September 1943

Locations: Port Hueneme, CA – Noumea, New Caledonia – Emirau, St. Matthias Islands

Campaigns:  Operation Cartwheel

Known Officers:

Roll of Officers aboard the USS Mount Vernon (PA-22)

en route to EPIC #63  (Noumea, New Caledonia)  –  21 September 1943

Barber, Alvin Thomas, Lt, A-V(S)USNR – Corbett, Thomas Patrick, Ens, A-V(S)USNR – Damaske, Fred George, Lt(jg), A-V(S)USNR – Franks, Thomas Edward, Ens, O-V(S)USNR – Fronk, Edward Joseph, Lt, A-V(S)USNR, – Garver, Burdette Aleer, Lt, A-V(RS)USNR, – Godfrey, Robert Kenneth, Lt(jg), D-V(S)USNR – Jensen, Johannes M.L., Lt, MC-V(S)USNR – Lockwood, Joseph Edwin, LtComdr, A-V(S)USNR – Macdonald, Albert Bruce, Lt(jg), A-V(S)USNR – Montgomery, Peyton, Lt(jg) D-V(S)USNR – Parker, John Leggett, Lt(jg), A-V(S)USNR – Polk, Issac Wendell, Lt(jg), C-V(S)USNR – Shannon, William Dwight, Lt(jg), E-V(S)USNR – Sjobring, John Albert, Lt(jg), D-V(S)USNR – Waymack, Edward Randolph, Ens, A-V(S)USNR – Wiggin, Lewis M., Ens, A-V(S)USNR – Williams, Thomas Aloysius, Ens, A-V(S)USNR

*rolls transcribed courtesy of Arica Wilson

The following officer’s names and ranks are taken from entries included in the war diary of “NAVAL CENTER COMMAND, ESPIRITU SANTO”, Fighter Direction Center, dated 1 June 1944 –

Delay, R.  Lt

Grace, F.  Lt

Known Enlisted:

Roll of Enlisted Personnel aboard the USS Mount Vernon (PA-22)

en route to EPIC #63  (Noumea, New Caledonia)  – 21 September 1943)

Adamczyk, John Max, S2c – Ard, Therman Jerome, CK3c – Backus, Arthur George, S2c – Becht, William James, S2c – Bennett, Tilley Lynn,  S2c – Berry, John Douglas, S2c – Boyle, Richard Lawrence Jr., Flc – Brouillette, Norman Jerome, S2c – Brown, Harold Robert, PhM2c, Buckley, Dannie (n), S2c – Burnett, Robert Edward, S2c – Carter, Bill Perry, S2c – Casey, Marvin Orr, S2c – Chesnut, Joseph Wilbert, S2c – Clack, Ryman Radford, S2c(GM) – Cottingham, Page Henry, S2c(GM) – Culhane, John Michael, Flc – Cunningham, Linton Merrill, S2c – Dalrymple, Louis George, ARM3c – Danner, Charles Albert, S2c – Davis, Arthur (n), S2c – Davis, Robert Clair, ART2c – Divito, Louis Frank, GM3c – Dodson, Vernon Edgar, S2c(GM) – Downing, Wilbur Daniel, S2c – Dowzycki, Anthony (n), F2c – Duffy, John James, S2c – Dunklee, Richard Lyman, ART2c – Dyer, Charles Edward. S2c – Edwards, Robert Ray, S2c – Elbert, Virgil Peter, S2c – Engstrom, Frank Godfrey, RT2c – Eskovitz, Harold Eugene, S2c – Farmer, Clarence Windle, Flc – Fife, James Simon, S2c – Galloway, Earl (n), PhMlc – Gasser, Russell Walter, S2c – Giudici, James Francis, S2c – Granger, George Walter, S2c – Gremillion, Cornelius Madison, S2c – Haglin, Robert Fritz, S2c – Hammond, Loryll (n), S2c – Harden, Alex (n), StM3c – Hardin, Herman Ray, S2c – Harris, Bernice (n), StM3c – Hauk, Dorsal Ray, CPhm(AA) – Henry, Rex (n), S2c – Herman, Melvin Floyd, S2c – Hernandez, Francisco Jr. (n), S2c – Hinzey, Charles Hiram, S2c – Holt, Robert Aaron, RT2c – Iles, Edward Joseph, S2c – Ingram, Charles Glenn, S2c – Inskeep, Darrell Kirk, S2c – Jensen, Holger Axel, S2c – Jones, Donald “M”, S2c – Justice, Stanley Eugene, Flc – Kamisar, Leo (n), S2c – Kelley, Thomas Eugene, S2c – Kopper, Harvey Reuben, RT2c – Krause, Fred Isael, S2c – Levendoski, Paul James, S2c – Lewis, Fredrick, William, S2c – Linden, Ralph Edward, S2c – Long, Eugene Leon, S2c – Lutjemeter, Marvin Martin, S2c – Martin, “W” “C”, S2c – Marvin, Clair Levere, CRM – McCoy, William Jackson, S2c – Mitchell, Elmer (n), StM3c – Moldovan, Ramus John, S2c – Munson, Harold Theo Jr., S2c – Neal, Robert Emanuel, PhM2c – Norred, Richard Edward, S2c – Oberhedman, Eldred Charles, S2c – O’Donnell, Richard Raymond, Cox – Olen, Joseph Fredrick, S2c – Peterson, Stanley Albin, S2c – Pitman, Lester John, Slc – Plattel, Emil Joseph, Y3c – Purlee, Knoefel Larue, S2c – Sanford, Marvin Dale, S2c  – Sarno, James Sam, S2c – Schiffer, Quinten Monroe, S2c – Schiumo, Louis John, Y3c – Schneff, Johnnie Anthony, S2c – Seri, James Joseph, S2c – Shimp, Danald LeRoy, S2c – Singletary, Elmer Lee, Flc – Skreen, Alden Irving, S2c – Smith, Arthur G., S2c – Smith, William Hamilton, F3c – Snodgrass, James Max, S2c – Soule, Elmer Emmett, ART2c – Stolzenberg, Francis Emmett, S2c – Swain, Roger Shelley, ART2c – Thommes, Elmer Mathew, SC2c – Toomay, David Harding, S2c – Totten, Christopher Philmore, SK3c – Townsend, Frank LeRoy, ARM3c – Townsend, George Watson, S2c – Vogen, Kermit Ellsworth, S2c – Watz, Eric Joel, S2c – Welke, Kenneth Ewald, S2c – Yeager, Harry Arthur, S2c

*rolls transcribed courtesy of Arica Wilson

The following men were transferred from Argus Unit #5 to Argus Unit #13 on 24 February 1944:

Smith, D.B. EM3c – McFarren, G.E. S2c – Patterson, W.C. S2c – Fry, Hal RT1/c – Trout, P.A. ART1c – Knight, R.T. RM2c – Littel, R.N. RM3c – Mills, K.J. RM2c – Ford, J.S. S1c – Lynch, W.w. S1c – Newman, J.D. Bkr3c – Pruett, C.F. GM3/c – Wolf, L.H. GM3c – Sinatra, A. S2c – Quinn, P.F. RdM2c – Scott, B. RdM- – Bath, H. MoMM3c – Patterson, J.B. MoMM2c – Allenbaugh, J.P. RdM2c – Bowker, R.A. RdM2c – Bumgardner, P.H.L. RdM2c – Delavalle, A.J. RdM2c – Durand, E.J. RdM2c – Guglielmo, V.R. RdM2c – Newman, W.J. S1c – Phelan, V.D. RdM2c

Additional Known Enlisted:                                                      Date Assigned To Unit 13

                                     Rating/Rate as of  assigned date)       

Hand, John L                          S2c                                                                    9-10-1943

Malewig, Raymond T              S2c                                                                    9-10-1943

Marler, Harlan D                     S2c                                                                    9-10-1943

Sugarman, Jesse                   EM3c                                                                  9-10-1943

Scott, Eldridge E                    S1c                                                                     12-25-1943

Cooper, Kenneth                   S2c                                                                      1-17-1944

Farley, James E                    CEM                                                                      1-12-1944

Gallegos, Henry A                 S2c                                                                       1-17-1944

Gammon, Lyman L               S2c                                                                        1-17-1944

Ashley, Norman O                RdM3c                                                                    4-2-1944

O’Brien, William F                 RdM2c                                                                    8-4-1944

Gardner, Donald W              S2c                                                                         1-17-1944

Ghiossi, Louis R                   EM3c                                                                      1-12-1944

Gillings, John E                    S2c                                                                          1-17-1944

Glowacki, George V             S2c                                                                          1-17-1944

Gooch, Delbert E                 S2c                                                                          1-17-1944

Grenier, Albert M                 S1c                                                                           1-17-1944

Herouk, George E               RdM3c                                                                     1-12-1944

Herren, Melvin W                 S2c                                                                          1-17-1944

Hewitt, Elliot B                      RT2c                                                                       1-17-1944

Holzer, Martin A Jr               S2c                                                                          1-17-1944

Jensen, Holger A                 F2c                                                                          1-19-1944

Jones, James C                   S2c                                                                          1-17-1944

Kepford, Donovan C           RM2c                                                                        1-12-1944

Kepford, Robert K               RM2c                                                                        1-12-1944

Kile, Richard L                     CRT                                                                         1-12-1944

Murray, Richard T               RdM2c                                                                      1-12-1944

Myrick, George E Jr            RT1c                                                                         1-31-1944

Ochoae, Jean M                  RdM3c                                                                      1-12-1944

O’Donohue, William T         S2c                                                                            1-17-1944

Patterson, Paul W              RM2c                                                                          1-12-1944

Phelan, Henry J                  RdM2c                                                                        1-12-1944

Rutherford, Elbyrt E           RT1c                                                                           1-31-1944

Ryan, Joseph A                  RT1c                                                                           1-12-1944

San Antonio, John A           MoMM2c                                                                      1-17-1944

Sando, Wesley L                RM2c                                                                           1-12-1944

Smith, Marshall V                RdM3c                                                                         1-12-1944

Stein, William V                   RdM2c                                                                         1-12-1944

Strime, Robert B                 RdM2c                                                                         1-12-1944

Thomas, Earl R                   RdM2c                                                                         1-12-1944

Vincent, Theodore R           SC3c                                                                            1-12-1944

Willett, Louis D                    MoMM2c                                                                       1-31-1944

Willis, Merle E                      MoMM2c                                                                      1-31-1944

Witmer, Charles A                RdM2c                                                                         1-12-1944

Young, Robert J                   RdM2c                                                                         1-12-1944

Buckingham, Edgar C          MoMM2c                                                                       2-18-1944

Daniels, James “A” Jr           S2c                                                                               2-18-1944

Gilbert, Bill J                        S2c                                                                                2-18-1944

Giroux, Vincent A                 RT1c                                                                             2-18-1944

Henry, Walter W                   S2c                                                                               2-18-1944

Holcomb, Daniel A                S2c                                                                               2-18-1944

Kelly, Lyle T                          S2c                                                                              2-18-1944

Knight, Edward J                   S1c                                                                              2-18-1944

LaBelle, Glen W                    S2c                                                                              2-18-1944

Lowes, James B                    S1c                                                                              2-18-1944

Moore, Charles M                 S1c                                                                              2-18-1944

McLain, Merrill T Jr               S2c                                                                              2-18-1944

O’Brien, William F                 RdM3c                                                                         2-18-1944

O’Connor, Michael W            S2c                                                                              2-18-1944

Pflieger, Richard T                RdM3c                                                                         2-18-1944

Van Sickle, Darrell A             S2c                                                                              2-18-1944

Burdsall, Gail Junior              RdM2c                                                                         3-2-1944

Carroll, Lester J                     RdM3c                                                                        3-2-1944

Drouillard, Clarence H           RdM3c                                                                        3-2-1944

Glickman, Victor                     RdM3c                                                                       3-20-1944

Gross, James E                      RdM2c                                                                       3-2-1944

Guerrero, Manuel                   RdM3c                                                                       3-2-1944

Hamilton, Eugene F                RdM3c                                                                       3-20-1944

Hammond, George D              RdM3c                                                                       3-20-1944

Hartely, Harold G                    RdM3c                                                                       3-2-1944

Kampman, Robert L                RdM2c                                                                      3-2-1944

Kindervater, Lloyd C               RdM3c                                                                      3-20-1944

Lick, Charles S                        RdM3c                                                                      3-2-1944

Mabry, Thomas M                    RdM2c                                                                     3-2-1944

Meskan, Leonard F                  RM3c                                                                       3-2-1944

Minick, Israel                             RdM2c                                                                     3-15-1944

McPeek, John O                        S2c                                                                          3-8-1944

Pruett, Cleveland F                   S1c                                                                          3-20-1944

Shabazian, Jack                        RM3c                                                                       3-2-1944

Shatkus, George S                    S2c                                                                          3-15-1944

Singlar, Joseph J                       S1c                                                                          3-20-1944

Smith, Ray H                              S2c                                                                          3-15-1944

Vodehnal, Slavomir J                 RdM2c                                                                     3-2-1944

Weber, John W                           S1c                                                                         3-20-1944

Wetschka, Frank F                     RM2c                                                                      3-2-1944

White, James E                           S1c                                                                         3-15-1944

Smith, Dean B                             EM3c                                                                      5-9-1944

Narrative:  

ORDER OF BATTLE, EMIRAU LANDING

Emirau Landing Force – Brig Gen A.H. Noble

4th Marines (Reinforced)  –  LtCol Alan Shapley– Pioneer Co., 19th Marines- Co. D, IMAC Med Bn- Det, MT Co- Det, Service and Supply Platoon- Co. A (Lt Tanks), 3rd Tank Bn- Co. C (Reinforced), 3d Amphib Trac Bn- 2 Shore Fire Control Parties- Det. IMAC Signal Bn- 1 Platoon, 40mm, 14th Defense Bn- 2 Platoons, 20mm, 14th Defense Bn- Reconnaisssance Detachment, COMAIRNORSOLS
Air Command  –  Col W.L. McKittrick – Hq, COMAIR EMIRAU- Argus 13 Naval Base Unit , LtComdr Kelley, USN- Advance Echelon, NABU #8- Boat Pool 14

Unit #13 commissioned:             10 September 1943**

Unit #13 decommissioned:         16 August 1944**

**commissioning and decommissioning dates from Unit #13 Muster Rolls

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4 comments on “Argus Unit 13

    • Mr. Minick,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Regarding the roll of “Known Enlisted” shown above, this is a roster of the personnel aboard the USS Mount Vernon on 21 September 1943. Personnel who joined the unit after that date are not shown on that specific roster.

      A check of Unit 13’s Muster Rolls indicate you joined the unit 15 March 1944 and were transferred out of the unit on 28 June 1944.

      Updated unit member information will be added to the appropriate page as information is discovered and time permits. I will add your name to a new section of the Unit 13 page.

      I hope you have had the opportunity to contact Cal Horman of Unit 5. I will send you a private message regarding this soon.

      Again, thank you for contacting the group, and “Thank You” for your service in World War 2. I hope you find the information on the site of value.

      Larry

  1. I am trying to track down the experience of my uncle Ralph Edward LINDEN, listed on this website as assigned to Argus Unit 13, he has passed many years ago and would never talk about the war, which we of course respected. Can you steer me to any sources to find out what was Argus Unit 13 and maybe what his experience may have been. I do have his records from the Archives which indicate he was involved in the capture of Emirau Island, Operation Cartwheel. I do have some pictures he gave me of islands, tents, him and his buddies, and him holding a Thompson, but, he never explained them.

    Any help GREATLY appreciated! Dennis Paulson

    • Dennis,

      I have some additional information related to your Uncle’s assignment to Unit #13.

      I will contact you by e-mail.

      Larry

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