Argus Unit 17

Commanding Officer – Lt.Comdr. Dave H. Coddington

Left Port Hueneme – 15 October 1943

Locations: Port Hueneme, CA – NAS Puunene, Maui, T.H. – Guam

Campaigns:  The Recapture of Guam

Known Officers:          Roll of  Officers aboard the USS Curtiss

en route Pearl Harbor 17 October 1943

*Bartness, Meigs W.   Ens – Brown, Hiram S.   Ens – Burgess, Allen W.  Ens – Burgan, John D.  Lt(jg) – Chubrilo, Emil M.  Lt(jg) – Coddington, Dave H.  LtComdr – Craft, John H. Jr.  Lt – Eaton, Richard B.  Ens – Fletcher, Alexander C.  Lt(jg) – Holmes, Wayne H.  Lt – Holzman, Robert C.  Ens – Markham, Richard A.  Ens – Mallu, Wallace B.  Ens – Mauzy, Robert M.  Lt(jg) – McNary, Hugh A. Jr.  Lt(jg) – Molpus, Edward L.  Ens – Patterson, Horace J.  Lt  – Chey, Anthony V.  Lt(jg) – Siddall, Thomas H.  Lt(jg) – Trenary, Donald C.  Lt(jg) – Young, Clarke M.  Lt(jg) *

*rank as of 17 October 1943

Others:

John W. Veil,  Lt.

Known Enlisted:         Roll of Enlisted Personnel on board USS Curtiss

en route Pearl Harbor 17 October 1943

Enlisted Personnel at NAS Puunene, Maui, T.H. – from Unit 17 Muster Roll dated 31 December 1943

Benson, John V  StM1c – Bowen, Robert L.  Cox – Burke, Francis D.  RdM3c – Cook, Avon L.  S2c – Copp, James W.  S2c – Cutting, Dale E.  ART2c – Donnelly, John B.  PhM3c – Edwards, James C.  MoMM3c – Ellzey, Charles H. Jr.  F1c – Ettinger, Morton  S1c – Fain, Pal R. S2c – Fanelli, Anthony E.  S2c – Firenze, Salvatore P.  RdM3c – Fontana, Eugene A.  S2c – Garrison, William N.  CRM(PA) – Gehbauer, August H. Jr.  MoMM3c – George, Howard F.  ART1c – Goble, Herbert F.  S2c – Hamm, Lee C. SC2c – Hardy, Auer M. ART2c – Hardy, Edmund E.  RdM3c – Howard, Harry M.  RdM3c – Huddy, William P.  RM3c – Hummel, Jack  S2c – Isaacs, Marion C.  RM3c – Jackson, Jack V.  S1c – James, Junior G.  S1c – Jugert, Dallas O.  S2c – Kessler, Edward J.  RdM3c – King, Edward F.  S2c – Kirch, William C.  S1c – Kirk, George J.  S1c – Konneker, Charles G.  RM3c – Kupferer, Richard A.  S2c – La Franier, Francis A.  S2c – Lambert, Austin M.  S1c – Laster, Robert T.  S2c – Lawrence, Leslie E.  ARM2c – Linde, Reuben C.   S1c – Lyon, Richard J.  RdM3c – McClelland Leon  S1c – McCoy, John F.  S2c – McDermott, Gerard H.  RdM3c – McKeithen, “O” “A”  RM3c – McKinstry, Thomas W.  RM3c – McMillian, Andrew J.  S2c – Meighen, Winthrop A.  SK3c – Merritt, Cecil E.  RM3c – Messmer, James J.  S1c – Meyers, Kenith G.  RM3c – Miller, Warren B.  RM3c – Milliron, Donald M.  S1c – Mitchell, Woodrow W.  S2c – Mobley, John E.  S2c –  Morgan, John G.  S2c – Morvant, William J. RM3c – Musgrove, Jackson D.  RM3c – Myers, Jack D. Jr.  RT1c – Nahmias, Isaac  SC3c –  Nelsen, Robert r.  S2c – Nelson, Gerald N.  RM3c – Nugent, Edgar C.  MoMM3c – Ogle, Posey E.  S2c – Oliver, Roland A.G.  S2c – Otey, Glasgow L.  CK3c – Padden, Thomas J.  GM1c – Paris, George H.  S2c – Parish, Hubert L.  S2c – Peters, John A. 111  S2c – Prather, Lester V.  ART1c – Ramsey, Charles F.  EM1c – Redington, Albert R.  S1c – Reger, William C.  S2c – Rettke, Vernon W.  S2c – Roof, Charles W.  RdM3c – Roth, Raymond  S2c – Sams, Fay R.  ARM2c – Schore, Bernard E.  S1c – Schue, Calvin R.  S2c – Schultz, Charles A.  S1c – Screws, Buford J.  S2c – Self, Maxie E.  S2c – Shelton, Robert K. S2c – Sherman, Donald H.  RdM3c – Shield John C. Jr.  RdM3c – Simpson, William R.  S2c – Smith, Kenneth M.  S2c – Smith, Thomas L.  RdM3c – Snipes, Burton C.  S2c – Sokovich, John  RdM3c – Sparks, Ellis J.  S2c – Sparks, John E.  S2c – Stackpole, Delbert  S2c – Steffen, Lloyd J.  RT1c – Stumbo, Jack  S2c – Swindell, Franklin C.  S2c – Taylor, James F.  S2c – Terp, Robert P.  S1c – Treadwell Weman E.  S1c – Walters, Edward A.  RdM3c –  Whitcomb, Kent B.  S1c – Williamson, Wayne B. Jr.  RT1c – Wright, Robert P.  MoMM3c – Wyant, Donald J.  S1c

Additional Known Enlisted                          Date Assigned to Unit 17

                                      Rating/Rank as of date assigned

Barela, Elfego – S2c                                   5 October 1943

Collins, Thomas J. – PhM2c                        5 October 1943

Groshong, Derald W. – S2c                        5 October 1943

Hannigan, Frank B. – S2c                          5 October 1943

Hassell, Walter -S2c                                   5 October 1943

Jackson, Virgl E. Jr. – S2c                           5 October 1943

Jouffray, Victor M. – S2c                             5 October 1943

Mattox, Lawrence E. – S2c                         5 October 1943

Miller, Eulice P. – S2c                                  5 October 1943

Newman, Henry B. – S2c                             5 October 1943

Paynter, Victor D. – S2c                              5 October 1943

Robinson, Richard V. – S2c                        5 October 1943

Salvo, Joseph C. – S2c                               5 October 1943

Smith, Andrew F. – PhM1c                          5  October 1943

Smolinski, Stanley B. – S2c                         5 October 1943

Stokes, John W. – S2c                                5 October 1943

Fanelli, Anthony E. – S2c                            5 October 1943

Aiani, Joseph J. – S2c                               10 January 1944

Anderson, Lyle T. – S2c                            10 January 1944

Anderson, Virgil L. – S2c                           10 January 1944

Anderson, Warren V. – S2c                       10 January 1944

Athens, Max W. – S2c                                10 January 1944

Avera, Donald M. – S2c                             10 January 1944

Ayotte, Franklyn L. – S2c                           10 January 1944

Barscz, John W. – S2c                                10 January 1944

Beck, James F. – S2c                                 10 January 1944

Behymer, Georgie T. – S2c                        10 January 1944

Bennett, Delmas – S2c                               10 January 1944

Berends, Kenneth C. – S2c                        10 January 1944

Bills, Charles R. – S2c                               10 January 1944

Bowman, Edwin E. – S2c                            10 January 1944

Bradley, Charles H. – S2c                         10 January 1944

Buskirk, Willis R. – S2c                              10 January 1944

Byrd, Charles  – S2c                                  15 January 1944

Ciato, Anthony C. – S2c                             11 January 1944

Carlson, Carl C. – RT2c                             11 January 1944

Carlson, Roy E. – S2c                                11 January 1944

Carter, John N. – S2c                                 12 January 1944

Caviar, Lee – S2c                                       15 January 1944

Chamberlain, Darl H.  – S2c                       13 January 1944

DeMarco, Francis J. – S2c                         13 January 1944

Demery, Robert L. – S2c                            14 January 1944

Denny, Robert F. – S2c                              13 January 1944

Freedman, Marvin – S2c                             15 January 1944

Hopps, Gamaliel F. – S2c                            14 January 1944

Mahaffy, Grant N. – ART2c                         15 January 1944

Malone, William N. – S2c                             14 January 1944

Metzger, George E. – S2c                           15 January 1944

Moore, Amos – S2c                                     15 January 1944

Newell, George B. – S2c                              15 January 1944

Oliver, Jay M. – PhM1c                                15 January 1944

Peterson, Winfield A. – S2c                         15 January 1944

Polichak, Paul – S2c                                    15 January 1944

Schobert, Joseph A. – S1c                          15 January 1944

Schreiber, William E. – S1c                         15 January 1944

Sheipe, Andrew J. – S2c                              15 January 1944

Stevens, Thomas H. – F2c                          15 January 1944

Stickney, Frank D. – PhM1c                        15 January 1944

Sullivan, Joseph A. – F2c                            15 January 1944

Tamborini, Arthur C. – RT2c                        15 January 1944

Venanzi, Andrew D. – RM3c                        15 January 1944

Wanamaker, Edwin A. – S2c                       15 January 1944

Premo, Howard L. – S2c                              21 February 1944

Fancett, Charles F. Jr. – RM1c                   10 March 1944

Nauseda, Clemens G. – MoMM1c               10 March 1944

Reed, James M. – RT1c                              10 March 1944

Schultze, Carl E. – RdM2c                           10 March 1944

Wimiecke, Clarence V. – MoMM1c               10 March 1944

Carlson, William H. – MoMM1c                      3 May 1944

Walters, Edward A. – RdM2c                        1 October 1944

 

Narrative:                                 Chronology of Key Unit Actions

  • 5 October 1943             Unit commissioned at Port Hueneme, California*
  • 15 October 1943          Left Port Hueneme for Oakland/San Francisco
  • 17 October 1943          Sailed aboard USS Curtiss (AV4) to Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii
  • 27 October 1943          Arrived Pearl Harbor
  • 28 October 1943          Transferred to Naval Air Station (NAS) Puunene, Maui, T.H.
  • 19 April 1944                Departed NAS Puunene
  • 1 July 1944                   At anchor Eniwetok
  • 17 July 1944                 Sailed from Eniwetok
  • 21 July 1944                 Advanced Echelon made assault on Guam
  • 26 July 1944                 SC-3 Unit on the air at Cabras Island
  • 7 August 1944              Garrison Radar arrived off shore
  • 22 August 1944            Assault Echelon dissolved to join parent unit
  • 1 November 1944        Unit 17 decommissioned at Pearl Harbor**

*note – commissioning date is from Unit 17 Muster Rolls

**note – decommissioning date is from Unit 17 Muster Rolls

other Unit 17 report comments:

from “STATUS OF NAVAL AIRCRAFT UNITS IN PACIFIC AREA – A.  ACTIVE UNITS”  :

Report date                 Present Location                                         Remarks

1 Sept 1944              Guam                                               Includes Casu 43, CB 72, Argus 17

1 October 1944        Guam                        (Unit 17) Scheduled to be relieved                                                                                                  & decommissioned about 1 November.

1 November 1944    Pearl (Harbor)     (Unit 17) To be decommissioned about                                                                                                                    5  Nov.   Formerly at Guam.

Photos and Documents:

document courtesy of Mark Fredericks and Rick M.
Photos courtesy of ‘Ed and Bea’, Larry, Dave V., and Rick M.

 

The following are copies of documents from the National Archives – (NARA).

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documents courtesy of Rick M.

 


The following documents are from the War Diaries of Marine Air Warning Squadron Two which include information on the Advance Echelon of Argus 17 in preparation for the assault on Guam. (Diaries for July and August are available by selecting the link above “Declassified….”)

 

HGWarDiary#17-1

 

HGWarDiaryUnit#17-2

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