Argus Unit 16

Commanding Officer – Lt. James R. Hendrix

Left Port Hueneme – 13 October 1943

Locations: Port Hueneme, CA – Barbers Point, T.H. – Tarawa

Campaigns:  Operation Galvanic

Known Officers:

*Arcier, Joseph W.  Lt(jg) – Coggeshall, Harris M.  Lt(jg) – Dillingham, Matthew P.  Lt(jg) – Brien, Shirlyn G.  Ens – Bush, Ambrou J.  Ens –  Dew, James C.  Ens – Goldman, Virgil L.  Ens – Kiraly, Joseph L.  Ens – McDonough, George A.  Ens – Timmons, Jerome D.   Ens*

*From the Muster Rolls of the USS LST #179 dated 15 October 1943 enroute from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor – rank shown as of that date

Other Known Officers:

Akerblom, Iver C. – Anderson, Robert E. – Eddy, Willard T. – Favier, Parker – Hendrix, James R. – Nassimbene, William G. – Quirk, Charles J. – Rusby, Robert C. – Schmidt, Herbert T. – Stevens, Donald R.

Known Enlisted:

Upon Commissioning

Aakhus, Ralph K  S2c – Allred, Elton R  S2c – Auclair, Omer S  F1c – Ball, George R  F1c – Belding, Wallace F  S2c – Bishop, Dale G  S2c – Brooks, “H” A  ART1c – Brown, William T  S2c – Burton, Francis E  S2c – Carman, Robert B  S2c – Cassidy, Edward J  EM3c – Coe, Robert L  StM2c -Crouse, Melvin J  S2c -Crouter, Jerry R   ART1c – Cutty, Kenneth F  RdM3c – Day, Willie G  S1c – Defilippis, Joseph E  S2c – Deters, Leopold J Jr  S2c – Didlake, Patrick H Jr  S2c – Doll, Henry W  S2c – Dryzmkowski, John J  F1c – Duncan, Peyton D Jr  S2c – Elkins, Joe G  RM3c – Enos, Manuel  S2c – Fann, Brooks A  F1c – Frank Reuben L  ART1c – Foster, Arthur J  CK3c – Garry, Bernard V  S2c – Gensel, Delissa C  CRM – German, Roy J  Y2c – Gibson, Charles E  RdM3c – Graham, Earnest C  S2c – Griffin, Robert L  S2c – Hall, Ben B  ARM3c – Hans, Osborne E  RdM3c – Hanson, Melvin A  S2c – Harris, Reginald D  S2c – Hayse, Clifford J E  S2c – Hildebrand, Willis L  S2c – Hoberhouer, Edward F  RdM3c  – Hyde, James A RdM3c – Holmes, Joseph B  PhM3c – Irvin, William F  RM3c – Jenkins, Earl L  S2c – Johnson, George R Jr  RM3c – Jones, Robert L  S2c – Kane, Edward J  RdM3c – Kern, Ellis L  RdM3c – Kilgore, William R  S2c – Kisselman, A  S2c – Kitson, Bernard J  S2c – Lambert, Joseph M Jr  RM3c – Landrum, Paqul W. Jr  RM3c – Landstrom, Paul N  S2c – Lanzarotta, Natale F  S2c – Law, Thomas R  PhM2c  – Leeds, Robert M  RM3c – Leffert, Donald E  SVS2c –  Lewis, George R  RM3c – Liedes, Elmer  RM3c – Liggett, James H  RM3c – Lightfoot, Orie W  RdM3c – Lisonbee, Galen A  RM3c – Longwell, Robert E  S2c – Love, Billy L  RM3c –  Ludlow, Warren R  S2c – Lyman, Frank P Jr RM3c – Maher, William J  S2c – Maloney, William W  S2c – Mandelco, Arthur D  RT1c – Markley, Bill E  S2c – Marshall, John O  S2c – Martin, Joseph W  S2c – McCrury, Curtis O  F1c – McFadden, Edward J  S2c – McGourty, Robert F  S2c – McKeever, Donald W  S2c – McKibbin, Bill B  S2c –   Miller, Melvin A  S2c – Morgan, Thomas A  S2c – Mowry, Clifford J  S2c – Nelson, Donald M  S2c – Nordquist, Howard F  CK3c – Olberding, Loyal B  S2c – Olds, Lester E  S2c – Owens, Robert R  S2c –  Pearson, Norman R  S2c – Peterson,  Jack M  S2c – Petzo, Paul E  RM3c – Pierce, Kenneth S  RM3c – Pierce, Roby W  S2c – Rabb, Roland R  S2c – Rainey, Walter D  S2c – Reed, Leo F  S2c – Richardson, Willard S  S2c – Roberg, Robert R  S2c – Rogers, William E Jr  S2c – Ross, Melvin R  S2c – Royal, William E  S2c – Rudee, Milton  RdM3c – Russell, Maynard M  S2c – Schab, Leo F  S2c – Schwan, John M  Y3c – Smith, Kenneth V.  S2c – Smith, Robert Jr  S2c – Snyder, Walter H  PhM1c – Stamos, Gerald C  S2c – Stanley, Matthew F  ART1c – Stiffler, Robert R  S2c – Strand, Ernest G  S2c – Suellentrop, Myron D  S2c – Tenbrink, George L  S2c -Thompson, James L  S2c –  Tice, William T  S2c – Trega, Frank S  RT1c – Trout, Horace I Jr  RdM3c – Virchow, Vernon F RM3c – Wagoner, Raymond H  S2c – Weeks, James D  PhM3c – Welch, William R  S2c – Willbanks, Harold L  GM3c –  Wood, Leonard W  S2c –  Wright, Walter T  RT1c – Wunsch, William T  S2c – York, Thomas E  ARM3c – Young, William R  S2c

 

Additional Known Enlisted Personnel                                       Date Assigned To Unit 16

Rating/Rank as of date assigned

Avory, Edward Jr                                                 S2c                                                  6 Oct 43

Bartlett, Robert E                                                 S2c                                                  6 Oct 43

Coe, Robert L                                                      S2c                                                  6 Oct 43

Eulitt, Roy O                                                        PhM1c                                              6 Oct 43

Foster, Arthur J                                                   CK3c                                                 6 Oct 43

Griffin, Robert L                                                  S2c                                                    6 Oct 43

Heflin, Paul M                                                     GM3c                                                 6 Oct 43

Holmes, Joseph B                                               PhM2c                                               6 Oct 43

Kisselman, Aalexander                                       S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Leffert, Donald E                                                S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Ludlow, Warren R                                              S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Mowry, Clifford J                                                S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Orr, Donald L                                                     S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Pearson, Eugene E                                            S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Plaggerman, Richard C                                      S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Prideaux, Marion C                                             S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Raper, Lewis F                                                   Cox                                                     6 Oct 43

Richardson, Willard S                                         S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Robertson, Joseph E                                          S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Reppas, Michael S                                             S2c                                                      6 Oct 43

Russell, Eldridge C                                             S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Shields Joseph T                                                S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Sienny, George Jr                                              S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Smith, James P                                                  S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Smith, Robert Jr                                                 S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Thompson, Harry A                                            S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Wayman, Kenneth A                                          S2c                                                     6 Oct 43

Whitman, Kenneth L                                          SC3c                                                   6 Oct 43

Wilson, Joseph L                                               S2c                                                      6 Oct 43

Wolfe, Max E                                                     S2c                                                      6 Oct 43

 

Narrative:

Unit 16 commissioned – 1 October 1943

Arrived Pearl Harbor, T.H. – 25 October 1943

Embarked for Tarawa Operations  – 15 November 1943

Decommissioned – 15 April 1944

Unit 16’s radio call sign at Tarawa was  “Turkey”  later changed to “Pastel”

Photos and Documents:

Maps and photos from “This Was Pastel”, courtesy of Larry M.

Map utilizing tactical names for the islands – Helen (Betio) , Ella (Buota)

Location of facilities on Ella (Buota)

CIC

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11 comments on “Argus Unit 16

  1. My father E.J. Cassidy EM3c was a member of Argus 16. I will see if I can upload some pictures from “This was Pastel”. Dad passed away on 01/05/2002.

    • Paul,

      Thank you for your contact. I have corrected the spelling of your father’s last name as requested. I will send you a copy of the Muster Roll from LST#179 with the incorrect spelling for your records. A check of additional unit muster rolls shows the correct spelling.

      Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

      Larry

    • Steve,

      A check of Argus 16 Muster Rolls shows the following information:

      Brown, William Thomas Service number 605 08 57
      Entered the service 9 October 1942 at NRS (Naval Reception Station/Naval Receiving Ship) Birmingham

      Received 2 Sep 43 by Argus 16 from USNABD (United States Navy Advanced Base Depot) Port Hueneme, CA Rate/Rating Sea2c (Seaman 2nd Class)

      Change of Rate 28 Oct 43 to GM3c (Gunner’s Mate 3rd class)

      Change of Rate 1 Mar 44 to GM2c (Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class)

      Transferred 15 Apr 44 upon Decommissioning of Argus #16 to USN Air Base Mullinix Field – Tarawa

      From Mullinix Field Muster Rolls:

      Transferrred 17 July 44 to ComAirPac (Commander Air Pacific) for further assignment

      I did not find any further information for him after this transfer from Mullinix Field.

      Larry

  2. I am just finding this site through a family member and have already learned more than i did when contacting the navy records department directly. My grandfather was Edward j. Kane RM3C of ARGUS unit 16 on Tawrawa during operation Galvantic. I have limited information aside from his discharge papers and would like to find out more about the details of his time on the island. If anyone has suggestions on how to find out more it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to all that have served and or posted information and keeping this history alive.

    • Jason,

      Thank you for contacting the site. I am glad you found the information here of value.

      I will check my references for additional information about your Grandfather’s service with Unit 16 and contact you by e-mail. I do have some additional information regarding Unit 16’s operations and will discuss this with you also.

      Larry

  3. I’m pretty excited to find this forum! I have a treasure trove of photographs and other memorabilia that my grandfather, Raymond Wagoner, had from his time here, including many original photographs that were included in the “This Was Pastel” 1947 sort of “yearbook” that was produced after the war (a complete copy of which I also have). His wife, my 96 year old grandmother, is still living and in fabulous mental condition – remembers every detail (she was a B-2 bomber assembly crew member – a real Rosie the Riveter in Berkley California). This past weekend while helping my grandma declutter the home she and my grandpa built in Rochester, MN after the war, we uncovered a trunk and a box from WWII that my grandpa shipped home. It includes pristine condition woven items from the islands (grass skirts, mats, handbags, wallets, etc.) as well as a near mint condition model of an outrigger canoe.
    I will be happy to share the original photographs from the collection if helpful to anyone here! There are many handwritten notes (and names) in my grandpa’s handwriting identifying others in the unit!

    • Nice find Scott. My father told me lots of stories about Tarawa and Argus 16. I have a complete “Pastel” book also. He said he was known as “Fast Eddie” because he could dig a foxhole faster than anyone there. He was also in the Battle of the Lingayen Gulf where his escort carrier the USS Salamaua was hit by a Kamikaze and almost sunk. The USS Salamaua was the only “escort carrier” in Tokyo Bay at the surrender ceremony.

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