Argus Unit 5

Commanding Officer – Lt. Comdr. Charles W. Mitchell Jr.

Left Port Hueneme – 3 July 1943

Locations: Port Hueneme – New Caledonia – Bougainville

Campaigns:   Operation Cherry Blossom – Bougainville Campaign

Known Officers:

Ansel, Leon Lt* – Atwell, Clyde Franklin Ens* – Baumrucker, Irving John Ens* – Bronstein, Gerald Leonard Lt jg* – Carter, Chester Allen Lt jg* – Cheney, John William Ens* – Charleton, Robert Henry Lt jg* – DeLay, Roy Earl Lt jg* – Diehl, Charles Stowe Lt jg* – Dornemann, Frederich H Lt jg* – Dorsey, John W Ens* – Frechtling, David D Lt jg* – Garrity, Robert Emmet Lt* – Gibson, Norman James Ens* – Hanna, Mathew S Lt* – Jennett, Norman E., Jr. Ens* – Jordan, William Marcellus, Jr. Ens* – Lewis, Arthur Clarence Ens* – Mitchell, Charles W., Jr. LtCmdr* – Moore, James Edward Ens* – Murray, Robert John Ens* – Munger, Wesley Ens* – Schubert, Walter Mitchell Lt* – Shattuck, Lucien Rowland Lt jg* – Winfrey, Alfred George Lt jg*
*Officer’s rank as of the commissioning date of Argus Unit #5 – 1 July 1943

Known Enlisted:

Abernathy, Gilbert Ray Jr. F3c* – Allenbaugh, James Payton S2c* – Aplin, Gerald Harry S2c* – Aronhalt, Carl Spurgeon S2c* – Ashely, Hayden Eugene RM3c* – Ashley, Norman Oscar S2c* – Baker, John William S2c* – Bath, Harry S2c* – Bodey, Robert Victor Jr S2c* – Burke, Raymond John RM3* – Carlton, Robert Samuel S2c* – Caudle, William Raymond S2c* – Carter, David Doyle S2c* – Clinkingbeard, Robert Ralph S2c* – Collona, Anthony Albert F1c* – Crocker, David Curtis ARM3c* – Curtis, Donald Victor RT2c* – Daquino, Nunzio Joesph S2c* – Dierkes, Sylvester John S2c* – Donohue, John Francis RM3c* – Dunn, Henry William F1c* – Elam, Charles James S2c* – Ford, James Samuel S2c* – Fry, Hal RT3c* – Fryrear, John Burr S1c* – Gibbs, Ernest Earl S2c* – Goforth, Thomas Matthew Jr. RT3c* – Gollaher, Max Gordon S2c* – Guglielmo, Victor Raymond S2c* – Guptill, Harold Benjamin S2c* – Hagerbaumer, Myron August ART2c* – Hamby, Harold Wayne S2c* – Hammer, Jack Ely S2c* – Hansen, Carl Sigurd Y3c* – Hansen, Gordon Elmer Y3c* – Harrison, George Francis S2c* – Harvey, James Cardwell S2c* – Hoffman, Walter Junior S2c* – Horman, Calvin Charles S2c* – Howerton, Kenneth S2c* – Jenkyns, Chris Henry Jr. RM3c* – Jensen, Clifton Max EM1c* – Kaplan, Harry RT2c* – Keklak, Walter F1c* – Kerins, Clarence Clark Jr. RM3c* – Leabo, LeRoy Howard S2c* – Lestrade, Frank Melvin S2c* – Littrell, Lawrence Edward S2c* – Lopez, Miguel S2c* – Lynch, Walter S2c* – Markin, Charles R S2c* – Manis, Hugh Edward S2c* – Marquis, Roberto Alfonso S2c* – McKanna, N.W.  S2c*- McKelvey, Edgar Marshall S2c* – McPherson, Ronald I Y2c* – Mills, Kendall Jack S2c* – Minick, Israel S2c* – Mongold, Kenneth Earl ART2c* – Mullins, Earnest H S2c* – Mullins, Emil E S2c* – Murd, Frank Anthony ART2c* – Newman, Wendell S2c* – Patterson, Brendan James F1c* – Patterson, Loren S2c* – Peck, Robert Henry S2c* – Phelan, Verland Dean S2c* – Pidd, Joesph Kenneth S2c* – Powell, Chester Maxwell Jr. S2c* – Privett, Theodore Norman S2c* – Purser, Calvin Miles S2c* – Queirolo, Frank Michelo S2c* – Quinn, Philip Francis Jr. S2c* – Reiker, Paul Joseph S2c* – Richards, Donald Charles S2c* – Robertson, Welburn Edison ARM3c* – Sawyer, Earl Frederich S2c* – Sheets, Oscar Quinn RM3c* – Smith, Dean Bennett S2c* – Sparks, Russell Alexander S2c* – Stasco, Raymond Rene F1c* – Straka, Mike S2c* – Theis, Norbert Carl S2c* – Trout, Philip Anthony ART2c* – Vega, Guillermo Sam Jose S2c* – Velasquez, Raymond Carrillo S2c* – Webnar, Ernest S2c* – Welnick,Richard Anthony S2c* – Whittaker, Virgil Wayne S2c* – Wilcox, Donald Wallas S2c* – Winkler, Ralph Edward S2c* – Wolf, Leonard Henry S2c* – Wenrich, Russell Charles GM3c* – Yates, James Alva S2c*

*Rating/Rank as of the commissioning date of  Argus Unit#5 – 1 July 1943

Additional Known Enlisted:                            Date Assigned To Unit 5

Rating/Rank as of date assigned to unit

Durand, Emery J.                             S2c                       6 September 1943

Engelke, Walter C.                           S2c                        6 September 1943

Johnson, John “G”                           S2c                        1 July 1943

Kelsey, Orville E.                              RM3c                     6 September 1943

Knight, Richard T.                            RM3c                     6 September 1943

Littel, Richard H.                              RM3c                     6 Sepyember 1943

Martell, Alfred N.                              RM2c                     1 July 1943

Blevins, Harry                                   PhM2c                  20 October 1943

Bowker, Raymond A.                       RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Bumgardner, Paul H.L.                    RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Byrd, James J.                                  F1c                       17 October 1943

Carkhuff, Thomas G.                        F1c                       17 October 1943

Cash, Harry R.                                  RT2c                     31 October 1943

Cherry, Charles C.                            S1c                       17 October 1943

Culbreath, Robert L.                         GM3c                    17 October 1943

Davy, Charles S.                               S2c                       31 October 1943

Dellavalle, Albert J.  Jr.                     RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Donovan, William P.                         RdM3c                  17 October 1943

DuFresne, Benjamin O.                   RT1c                      17 October 1943

Erickson, Ralph H.                           S2c                        31 October 1943

Farrar, Thomas H.                           PhM2c                   20 October 1943

Harrell, Albert C.                              CPhM                    20 October 1943

Hester, Shaftner                               S1c                       17 October 1943

Horton, Glen G.                                S1c                       17 October 1943

Kelter, John H.                                 RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Kruse, Donald D.                              RT1c                     17 October 1943

Kuehling, William H.                         S2c                        31 October 1943

Mann, John F.                                 EM3c                     17 October 1943

Milholland, John H.                          Bkr3c                     19 October 1943

Mitchell, Leroy                                  S1c                       17 October 1943

Newman, John D.                             S1c                       17 October 1943

O’Brien, Charles D.                          RdM3c                  17 October 1943

O’Keefe, Joseph E.                          PhM1c                  20 October 1943

Owen, Arthor L.                               HA1c                     20 October 1943

Patrick, Harold M.                           RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Pruett, Cleveland F.                        S1c                       17 October 1943

Rowland, Alton D.                           S1c                       17 October 1943

Ruskauff, Joseph A.                        S1c                       17 October 1943

Russell, Wade                                 S1c                       17 October 1943

Scott, Blake                                     RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Sheets, Marvin “D”                         RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Sinatra, Anthony                             S2c                       19 October 1943

Skinner, Adelbert                            S2c                       19 October 1943

Skinner, John W.                            S2c                       19 October 1943

Stewart, Jack L.                              S2c                       19 October 1943

Strating, Irving K.                            RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Vodden, Wallace H.                        SC3c                     19 October 1943

Wolf, Ernest L.                                RdM3c                  17 October 1943

Yeo, Philip J.                                   SC3c                     19 October 1943

Zechmann, Joseph L.                     RT1c                     17 October 1943

Hoffmann, Walter J.                        RdM3c                  17 February 1944

Kerins, Claarence C.                       RM2c                    15 February 1944

Littrell, Lawrence                            RdM3c                   15 February 1944

McFerren, George E.                      S2c                        15 February 1944

McPeek, John O.                             S2c                        15 February 1944

Oliver, George W.                            StM2c                    15 February 1944

Pagan, Herbert D.                            S2c                        15 February 1944

Patterson, William C.                       S2c                        15 February 1944

Payne, William A.                            StM2c                     15 February 1944

Proffitt, Frank H.                              S2c                         15 February 1944

Ramirez, Ramiro de la Torre           S2c                         15 February 1944

Ramstad, Clarence O.                     S2c                         15 February 1944

Ray, Joe B.                                      S2c                         15 February 1944

Reine, Alexander J.                         S2c                         15 February 1944

Rios, Rodolfo                                   S2c                         15 February 1944


The following US Marines were assigned to Argus #5 for duty 15 October 1943:  (source document – hand written ‘Log of Command’)

Kilduff, C.E.          T/Sgt

Dunlap, L. M.        T/Sgt

Minor, W.H.          T/Sgt

Cronwell, Gardner          S/Sgt

Davidson, Robert N.          Sgt

Bocklet, Joe F.          Sgt

Patterson, James E.          Sgt

Ploski, Harry A.          Pfc

Cantey, Will S.          Pfc

Herring, Walter G.          Pvt

The following US Marines were detached from Argus #5 13 December 1943: (no assigned date has yet been determined – source document – hand written ‘Log of Command’)

Meline, L.H.         Sgt

Pagos, T.P.          Sgt

Rogan,  C.F.          Sgt

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Narrative:                                  Chronology of Key Unit Actions

  • 26 May 1943                Unit in existance administratively
  • 1 July 1943                   Argus Unit #5 placed in commission at Port Hueneme, California
  • 3 July 1943                   Unit embarked from Port Hueneme
  • 4 July 1943                    At sea
  • 19 July 1943                  Arrived at destination – New Caledonia
  • 29 October 1943         Officers and Men embarked aboard USS Libra and USS Alhena attached to 1st MAC for initial landing at ‘Cherry Blossom’
  • 1 November 1943       Unit debarkation from USS Libra and USS Alhena – landed at Yellow 1 and Yellow 2 Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, Solomon Islands
  • 2 November 1943        Equipment placed into operation
  • 6 November 1943        Second echelon landed at Puruata Island, Empress Augusta Bay
  • 25 Jan 1944                 Personnel embarked from ‘Cherry Blossom’ on LST 472 for Noumea
  • 29 February 1944        Unit decommissioned at Navy Base Noumea
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4 comments on “Argus Unit 5

    • Wendy,

      Both myself and an Argus 5 veteran have sent e-mails with contact information to the listed address without a response. The first message was sent December 20. The Argus 5 vet indicated he knew your Uncle and is eager to correspond with him. Check your e-mail please.

      Larry

  1. My dad was Lt jg Gerald Leonard Bronstein. He passed away in 1987. He also was stationed for a wile in Tahiti. I would love to hear from anyone who remembers him!

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