Argus Unit 14

Commanding Officer – Lt. Harry L. Curtis

Left Port Hueneme – 16 September 1943

Locations: Port Hueneme, CA – Noumea, New Caledonia – Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands – Ameliorate, Falalop Island, Ulithi Atoll

Campaigns:  Operation Stalemate II

Known Officers:

Curtis, Harry L.  Lt     (detached as CO  18 December 1944)

Sitterley, Eugene F.  Lt

Cole, A.J. Lt   (Acting CO 18 December 1944 until detached 18 April 1945)

Long, J..J.  Lt

Kregelius, G.P.  Lt

Robertson, T.M.  Lt   (Officer-In-Charge 18 April 1945  to decommissioning  19 June 1945)

Known Enlisted:                 Upon Commissioning

Ahillen, Gerard W S2c – Anderson, Theodore S2c – Beasley, Hobart E S2c – Bennett, William A CPhM(AA) – Billings, Richard L S2c – Bolland, Gordon L S2c – Boraz, Martin L S2c – Bower, Kenneth E S2c – Bowman, Kent C RM3c – Brady, John S II S1c – Bryant, Doris N S2c – Campana, Joseph S2c – Caprioli, Frank GM3c – Carlson, August T Jr S2c – Carter, Wilburn R S2c – Casey, Charles R Jr S2c – Cassidy, Francis R ART2c – Chancellor, Delbert C S2c – Chipman, Carl L S2c – Clark, Edwin C S2c – Clark, James L S2c – Click, Robert E S2c – Coleman, Legrand Ck3c – Conley, Claud W S2c – Coventon, Raymond E S1c – Cox, Jack S S2c – Cronin, Joseph M S2c – Crossen, Kenneth L S1c – Cummings, Robert W S2c – Curry, Alfred D S2c – Davio, Louis M S2c – Dodge, Jack C RM3c – Dors, Philip T S2c Dozier, Charles R S2c – Durfee, Everett W EM1c – Edwards, Donald R S2c – Eliseian, Alexander D S2c – Eskildsen, Raymond N S2c – Fessler, Joseph M S2c – Fleming, Joseph H S2c – Frank, John S2c – Gannon, John H SC3c – Garrett, Albert L S2c – Gaston, Stanley L RT2c – George, John Z F1c – George, Zigmond ART2c – Grayson, Alton W S2c – Greathouse, Harry B ARM3c – Guimont, Richard E S2c Harsh, Robert D S2c – Hahn, Francis P S2c – Hayes, Lawrence T CRM(PA) – Hendricks, Robert B S2c – Hennum, Robert L S2c – Henoch, Dean U S2c – Herman, Robert J S2c – Hickenbottom, Robert B S2c – Holden, Alva G S2c – Hussey, Walter C S2c – Ingram, Edwin E F1c – Inman, Harold F Cox – Iverson, Arthur E S2c – Jones, Austin M ART2c – Jones, Clarence C S2c – Keller, Upton E S2c – Killigrew, William J PhM1c – Koller, Frank R RM3c – Kotrba, Joseph V S2c – Lathrop, Paul D S2c – Lee, Albert G S2c – Lee, John G S2c – Lovell, William W S2c – Lucas, Hascall H S2c – McCann, Frank F ART2c – McConner, Edward R S1c – McEuwee, Oren L S2c – Mahder, Thomas H F1c – Mart, Denzel W S2c – Martin, Robert C Y3c – Mazotti, Arnold F S2c – Morrow, George D Jr RT2c – Mead, Harold L S2c – Mueller, Richard J S2c – Murto, Wesley V S2c – Nelson, Carl C Bkr3c – Niles, Lloyd R S2c – Ogden, Thomas L S2c – Olson, Arnold R S2c – Palughi, John F Jr RT2c – Parker, Tom E F1c – Paul, George W PhM2c – Pettis, Jesse J StM2c – Rea, Max A S2c- Redden, Carl R S2c – Reed, Richard H RM3c – Richmond, Howard D S2c – Robinson, Charles W StM2c – Schlecht, Frederick J ARM3c – Schmidt Donald J S2c – Shaw, John L StM2c – Taylor, Phineas A S2c – Thomas, William R S2c – Thompson, Richard A S2c – Tinson, Henry StM2c – Toft, William L Jr Y3c – Welch, Norman F PhM2c – Wieland, Robert M S2c – Williamson, Thomas J F1c – Wynn, Hardy O StM2c – Young, Dallis J S2c – Thompson, William SK3c

The following men were transferred from Argus Unit #5 to Argus Unit #14 on 24 February 1944:

Profitt, F.H. S2c – Ramirez, R. DeLat S2c – Ramsted, C.O. S2c – Cash, H.R. RT1c – Coforth, T.M. RT1c – Martell, A.N. RM2c – Kelsey, O.E. RM3c – Russell, W. S1c – Abernathy, G.R. MoMM2c – Carkhuff, T.G. MoMM2c – Winkler, R.E. MoMM2c – Mullins, E.H. SK3c – Reiker, P.J. RdM3c – Velasquez, R.C. RdM3c – Wilcox, D.W. RdM3c – Baker, J.W. RdM3c – Aplin, G.H. RdM3c – Carter, D.D. RdM2c – Caudle, W.R. RdM3c – Cronin, J.E. RdM2c – Erickson, R.h. RdM3c – Gallaher, M.G. RdM2c – Kelter, J.H. RdM2c – Kuehline, W.H. RdM3c – Patterson, L.F. RdM3c – Pidd, J.K. RdM3c

Additional Enlisted Personnel                                                     Date Assigned to Unit 14

                                            Rating/Rank as of date assigned

Bruns, Frederick J                            S2c                                                      13 Dec 43

Cartwright, Charles E                       RT2c                                                    16 Dec 43

Daniels, Gordon A                           S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

Daniels, Victor J                               S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

Drexler, Merle L                               S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

DuPran, Jack F                                S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

Hammes, Herbert N                         S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

Hutchcroft, Robert L                         S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

Kauzlarich, Walter                            S2c                                                       13 Dec 43

McBride, France                              MoMM2c                                               13 Dec 43

Merchant, Pearl J                            StM2c                                                    12 Dec 43

Pilaszewski, John S                         S2c                                                        13 Dec 43

Rohn, Fred C                                   S2c                                                        13 Dec 43

Sabers, Edwin A                              S2c                                                         13 Dec 43

Wisniewski, Irwin C                          S2c                                                         13 Dec 43

Browning, Richard R                        S2c                                                          6 Jan 44

Burford, George D                           S2c                                                          6 Jan 44

Hayden, Francis L                           S2c                                                           6 Jan 44

Abernathy, Gilbert R Jr                    MoMM2c                                                24 Feb 44

Aalpin, Gerald H                              RdM3c                                                    24 Feb 44

Baker, John W                                 RdM3c                                                    24 Feb 44

Boon, Clarence A                            RdM2c                                                     25 Feb 44

Brigs, Henry M                                SC2c                                                        25 Feb 44

Carkhuff, Thomas G                       MoMM2c                                                  24 Feb 44

Carter, David D                               RdM2c                                                     24 Feb 44

Cash, Harry R                                 RT1c                                                        24 Feb 44

Caudle, William R                            RdM3c                                                     24 Feb 44

Coyle, Edwin B                                 S2c                                                          25 Feb 44

Cronin, John E                                 RdM2c                                                     24 Feb 44

Erickson, Ralph H                            RdM3c                                                      24 Feb 44

Goforth, Thomas M                         RT1c                                                         24 Feb 44

Gollaher, Max G                              RdM2c                                                      24 Feb 44

Hartman, Gilbert M                          F2c                                                            25 Feb 44

Huddleston, Robert H.L.                 RM2c                                                          25 Feb 44

Kalpakoff, John W                           S2c                                                             25 Feb 44

Kelsky, Orville E                              RM3c                                                          24 Feb44

Kelter, John H                                 RdM2c                                                        24 Feb 44

Kuehling, William H                         RdM3c                                                        24 Feb 44

Lewis, William T                              S1c                                                             25 Feb 44

Martell, Alfred M                             RM2c                                                          24 Feb 44

Mullins, Ernest H                            SK3c                                                           24 Feb 44

Patterson, Loren F                         RdM3c                                                        24 Feb 44

Patterson, William G                      RdM2c                                                        25 Feb 44

Pennock, Thomas K Jr                  RdM2c                                                        25 Feb 44

Pidd, Joseph K                              RdM3c                                                        24 Feb 44

Platt, William H                              RM2c                                                          25 Feb 44

Profitt, Frank H                             S2c                                                              24 Feb 44

Pugh, Donald R                            RdM3c                                                         27 Feb 44

Ramirez, Ramiro de la Torre        S2c                                                              24 Feb 44

Reiker, Paul J                               RdM3c                                                         24 Feb 44

Russell, Wade                              CM3c                                                           24 Feb 44

Shea, Francis E                            RdM2c                                                         25 Feb 44

Velasquez, Raymond C                RdM3c                                                         24 Feb 44

Webster, William L                        MoMM3c                                                     25 Feb 44

Wilcox, Donald W                          RdM3c                                                        24 Feb 44

Wimpee, Mark S                            F2c                                                             25 Feb 44

Winkler, Ralph E                            MoMM2c                                                    24 Feb 44

Wood, Vance W                             S1c                                                             25 Feb 44

Perszyk, Valentine R Jr                  S2c                                                            17 Mar 44

Salberg, Emmett D                         S2c                                                            17 Mar 44

Schneider, Thomas G                    S2c                                                            17 Mar 44

Chipman, Carl L                             S2c                                                             2 Apr 44

Hatden, Francis L                          S2c                                                              2 Apr 44

Platt, William E. B.                         RM2c                                                           2 Apr 44

Ashton, Grover N                          PhM2c                                                         5 May 44

Barber, Ernest L                            S2c                                                             27 May 44

Benge, Curtis D                             S2c                                                             27 May 44

Brenner, Jacob J                           S2c                                                             27 May 44

Calhan, Edward W                        RT2c                                                           27 May 44

Doran, John P                               S2c                                                             27 May 44

Fein, Henry                                   S1c                                                             27 May 44

Gensburg, Otto                              S2c                                                            27 May 44

Gillaspie, George H Jr                   S1c                                                             27 May 44

Hernandez, Manual L                    S1c                                                             27 May 44

Huber, Leonard W                         S2c                                                             27 May 44

James, Harry F                              S1c                                                             27 May 44

Koher, Howard C                           S1c                                                             27 May 44

Linn, Ernest C                                S1c                                                             27 May 44

Przanowski, Stanley W                   S1c                                                            27 May 44

Radoza, John E                              S2c                                                            27 May 44

Seboldt, Carl F                               RT2c                                                          27 May 44

Smith, Billy M                                  S2c                                                            27 May 44

Thrasher, Clarence W                    S1c                                                            27 May 44

White, Kenneth E                            MoMM1c                                                   27 May 44

Woolard, Rudolph G                        S2c                                                           27 May 44

Flack, Foy W                                   S1c                                                            24 Jun 44

Mullen, Robert A                             PhM2c                                                       4  Jun 44

Peel, Doyle J                                   S2c                                                            24 Jun 44

Thompson, William                         SK2c                                                          20 Jun 44

Wynn, Hardy O                               St3c                                                           1 Jun 44

Gbur, Michael                                 F1c                                                            5 Jul 44

Savoie, Hector F                             F2c                                                            5 Jul 44

Shapiro, Richard K                          S1c                                                            7 Jul 44

Adams, Arthur E                              ARM2c                                                       2 Aug 44

Augustyn, Stanley D                        ARM2c                                                       2 Aug 44

Bolland, Gordon L                           RdM3c                                                       29 Aug 44

Buckley, Dennis                               MoMM1c                                                   22 Aug 44

Burnett, Robert E                            RdM2c                                                       22 Aug 44

Duncan, Hugh K                              S1c                                                            2 Aug 44

Early, Hugh Jr                                  S1c                                                            2 Aug 44

Granger, George W                         RdM2c                                                       22 Aug 44

Griffith, Wilbur L                               PhM2c                                                       5 Aug 44

Hamlin, Joseph G                            S1c                                                            2 Aug 44

Handley, William C                          S1c                                                             2 Aug 44

Harlow, Elmer L                              S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Harpster, Melvin L                          S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Harwood, Eddie L                           S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Hastings, George W                       S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Hearn, Ralph E                               S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Heath, Wilmot C                             S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Heaton, Samuel R                          S1c                                                              2 Aug 44

Ingram, Charles G                         MoMM2c                                                      22 Aug 44

Inman, Harold F                             BM2c                                                           5 Aug 44

Kamisar, Leo                                  RdM2c                                                         22 Aug 44

Karbowski,Benjamin A                    ARM2c                                                         2 Aug 44

Kauzlarich, Walter                          RdM3c                                                          24 Aug 44

Langlie, Joseph T                           ARM3c                                                         2 Aug 44

Martin, W C                                     SC3c                                                            22 Aug 44

Miller Allen E                                   ARM2c                                                         2 Aug 44

Moldovan, Ramus J                        RdM3c                                                         22 Aug 44

Murto, Wesley V                             RdM3c                                                          6 Aug 44

Summers, Floyd W                         S1c                                                               2 Aug 44

White, Kennetth E                           MoMM1c                                                      16 Aug 44

Lee, John G O                                RdM3c                                                          17 Nov 44

Carter, Wilbur R                              Bkr3c                                                            27 Dec 44

Gannon, John H                             SC1c                                                             27 Dec 44

Thompson, Richard A                     EM2c                                                             27 Dec 44

Tinson, Henry                                 Ck3c                                                              27 Dec 44

 

Narrative:

Argus Unit 14 was commissioned                    10 September 1943

Argus Unit 14 was decommissioned                    19 June 1945

Unit Muster Rolls dated 31 May 1945 show all enlisted personnel transferred to other locations for duty as of 16 May 1945.

Unit Chronology:

  • Unit Commissioned                                                   10 September 1943
  • Departed for Overseas Duty                                        2 October 1943
  • Arrived New Caledonia                                            20 October 1943
  • Ordered to Guadalcanal                                                  5 March 1944
  • Embarked for Ulithi                                                   26 September 1944
  • Relieved from Duty                                                        15 May 1945
  • Decommissioned                                                           19 June 1945

Photos and Documents:

 

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Aerial photo of Falalop Island – November 1944

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ARGUS 14 Area indicated by red pointer


Photos courtesy of  Susan Durfee Andrews

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No one identified – note 527 antenna in right background

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Left to right – William A. Bennett, Everett W. Durfee, ? Steele, ? Bartlett, Charles E. Cartwright

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16 comments on “Argus Unit 14

  1. I have my father’s personnel records for his service in the Navy. Has anyone else ever tried to reconstruct a timeline on their father to see just where he may have been? I am trying to find out what battles my father may have been in – more specifically the location. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal along with 2 others. When I look up the Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal, I get several different battles. Though I have his records, there has to be more papers. Perhaps they were “secret” years ago, but are the papers still today? I sent his records to a gentlemen that served in the Argus Units like my father and it was he who pointed out that my father was eventually part of the ComAirPac. Interesting as my father had always told me that he had flown during the war – which never made sense to me as I thought he was aboard ship – and didn’t care to fly again after the war. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • Nan,

      If you have your Father’s records you have everything you need to establish the where and when of his service. Take a look at the Argus 22 page for an example of the records for Charles P. Church. Are your documents similar to these? If so, one of the last pages is a “Summary Of Service” which shows the vessel or station the person was assigned to , the dates, and rate for each assignment. The record will also have pages for awards authorized such as the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon and notations for star attachments authorized for “battles”.

      ComAirPac was short for Commander Air Forces Pacific which was a larger command overseeing many subordinate units. Not all were on flight status.

      Your Father’s rate in May 1945 was Radarman – 3rd Class. He may have operated radar systems onboard aircraft after his Argus 14 assignment. The records will clarify his assignments.

      If you can scan the records, please send a copy directly to my e-mail address and I will be glad to assist in your research.

      Larry

  2. Nan,

    Since I haven’t heard from you, here is information regarding your Father’s service found in other sources.

    Service Number 890 25 25

    Enlisted 10 May 1943 at Seattle, WA

    No information found on where he attended Recruit Training

    Assigned to Argus Unit 14 from Receiving Barracks, USNABD Port Hueneme, CA 10 Sep 1943 – Rate Seaman 2nd Class

    Promoted from Seaman 2nd Class to Seaman 1st Class 1 Jan 1944

    Promoted from Seaman 1st Class to Radarman 3rd Class 16 May 1944

    Promoted from Radarman 3rd Class to Radarman 2nd Class 16 Apr 1945

    Transferred from Argus Unit 14 to ComAirPacific for further assignment 23 Apr 1945

    Shown as a passenger onboard the USS Henrico (APA-45) 24 April 1945 and transferred to ComAirPacific for further assignment as of 4 May 1945 – note: rate shown on these entries as Radarman 3rd Class

    Source documents – USN Muster Rolls

    Argus Unit 14 went from Port Hueneme 16 Sep 1943 to Noumea, New Caledonia for additional training

    Unit 14 was ordered from New Caledonia to Koli Point, Guadalcanal as soon as possible after 15 Feb 1944

    Unit 14 and Unit 20 were scheduled to participate in Operation Stalemate (Palau Island Operations ) as of 3 Jul 1944

    Unit 14 was reassigned by orders dated 12 Jul 1944 to Ulithi Island, Caroline Islands operations, specifically Falalop Island, Ulithi Atoll, Yap Islands

    Source documents – operational documents Argus Unit 14

    Argus 14 would have been credited with combat operations (battles) associated with Operation Stalemate involving Ulithi

    No other information was found regarding his assignments after 4 May 1945. His records will show those activities.

    Larry

    • Did I ever thank you for this? If not, thank you! I do believe that the small island that my father talked to his kid sister about is Falalop Island that is listed above. His group photos that are posted on this site certainly looks like the same scenery. I have been in contact with George many times and he continues to help me look for more Argus 14 members or family.
      Nan

  3. I am checking into my dad’s actions in WWII. He was born in 1922. I don’t know his enlistment date. I also don’t know what he did. I remember him saying he was in the South Pacific. How much time would have spent on ship. I so have a photo of him, dressed very casually; i.e. shorts and white t-shirt, on a island, but other than that I am looking for any information I find out about his military service. Thank you, Sandy Harrison

    • Sandy,

      Thank you for your contact. I will contact you shortly via e-mail with some additional information about your father’s service in World War 2. The Historical Group has been fortunate in that our research has help build a good set of references for people who were once in Agrus units.

      Larry

  4. I have been chatting with George from one of the other Argus units. We were talking about why there have not been many children of Argus Unit members found. As I pointed out to him, they may not know that their father was in an Argus Unit. I would have never known had it not been for the group photo that I found in my father’s belongings when he passed away. If the group had not had a sign identifying themselves as an Argus unit, I would have never known. Like many of his generation, my father never talked much about his time in the Navy.

  5. Hello – I believe my father, John (Jack) Daniell Maurice, was assigned to Argus 14 for a period of time during WW11. He was from Charleston, West Virginia, at the time of his enlistment. He was a newspaperman having graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. All I really have is that info, but know he was a Lieutenant in the USN. I think I recognize his face among the officers in the two photos on the Argus 14 page. Anyone with any ideas on who, what, where, why & when I could get any information on his service? And, thanks in advance if you can help! Sincerely, Eve Maurice Young – daughter

    • Ms. Young,

      Thank you for your contact. I have checked my references for your father’s name and did not find him mentioned. Unfortunately, my resources for officers are not as complete as for enlisted personnel.

      You can get a copy of your father’s service record from the National Archives. It will contain detailed information about his time in the Navy. Here is a link for requesting those records –

      http://www.archives.gov/veterans/

      Service and response times will vary depending on several factors including the affects of ‘sequestration’.

      If you find your father was assigned to any Argus unit, please let me know and I will add his name to that unit page.

      Best of luck with your research.

      Larry

  6. Larry,
    Not sure if you knew, but a contact that I made through this site and the veteran’s site, passed away last year. George Costanich, who served in a different Argus Unit than my father, became a good friend. I even made the trip over to Auburn, CA to visit with him (I took a photo with him) and chat with him. He proudly showed me his photos from his time in the Navy. We had many phone conversations over the year or so that I knew him. What a great guy he was. My father has been gone for years, so it was a bit like having a Dad again. He wanted to reconnect with other Argus Unit men or even their family, but I was never able to do that for him. I came close though. I had put flyers up at the veterans home in Yountville, CA – which is not too far from me – and did get a response from a prior Argus Unit member. George made contact with him, but unfortunately Alzheimers was quickly taking the memories of this previous soldier. George tried several times, but each time, the gentleman was unable to recall his long ago memories.
    Anyway, my quest to find out more about my own father’s movements in the Navy continues.
    Hope all is well with you.

    Nan

    • Nan,

      Thank you for sharing this information with me. I am saddened to hear of George’s death. Unfortunately, the number of remaining World War 2 veterans decreases daily.

      I am sure George enjoyed your visits and was thrilled to find someone interested in his service. Thank you for being a friend to George and helping try to put him in contact with other Argus vets.

      My quest for Argus Unit information continues. Should I find anything new related to Unit 14 or your father’s service, you will get copies ASAP.

      Again, thanks for your commitment to George and the ARGUS story.

      Larry

      • What a great surprise to log into this site after some time to find some new photos! The group photo with the antenna in the background is great. The man on the back left, 4th in could be my father Walter Hussey. I can’t be 100% sure, but the features do look like him.
        I was wondering if anymore secret documents have been released regarding unit 14? If so, I’d love to see them.
        Thanks again,
        Nan

      • Nan,

        Welcome again. There have been a few additions thanks to ARGUS unit family members.

        I have not found any additional documentation on Unit 14’s activities. Should anything show up, I’ll send you copies.

        Larry

  7. Greetings to anyone who served with Argus 14, and a thanks for whoever put this site together and is maintaining it.

    I am a retired Naval officer (1979-2003) whose wife’s uncle, Kenneth Crossen served with Argus 14. He passed away at age 81 in 2009. He never spoke about his service but my father in law always believed that it might have been some challenging duty.

    On behalf of my wife’s family, any information regarding this unit or any information about Ken would be greatly appreciated.

    All the best;

    Kevin

    • Kevin,

      Thank you for your comments. I will be contacting you via e-mail with additional information related to your request.

      Larry

    • My father, Walter Hussey SR, also served with Argus Unit 14. I’m so happy to see a post from another family member regarding unit 14. Like your relative, my father also never spoke about his time in the Argus Units. As his kid sister told me, their work was secretive, so they probably kept that vow to secrecy and never talked of it. My aunt told me that my father was a changed man when he returned from the war. I would surmise that they had seen horrible things. I had contact with an elderly man, whom I met through a veteran’s site, who was a member of another Argus unit. He passed a few years ago, but I was able to meet him in person and had many phone conversations with him. He told me that the Argus Units stormed the beaches with the Marines and saw some fierce bloody battles. I have found an old edition of Popular Mechanics that has an article on the Argus Units. It is dated March 1946. I found my copy on Ebay. If you have any photos from your relatives service time, it would be great to share them on this site. I have posted the 2 photos that I have of my father’s. I found the pictures after he passed.
      Looking forward to hearing from you.
      Nan

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