Sunday, October 10, 2010

284th Port Company roster


In September, 2010 I had the good fortune to receive an email from Donald Hemphill. Don served in the 284th Port Company. This company trained and worked in many of the same places as my grandfather, so my book is a good reference for the 284th's service. Although in different battalions, Don and my grandfather both served in Boston, Bristol, Normandy, and Antwerp.

The 284th started out as attached to the 505th Port Battalion, which was activated in the spring of 1943. They trained at Camp Myles Standish and worked in the Port of Boston. On November 5th 1943 the battalion boarded the SS Explorer and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on November 16th. On the 18th they arrived at Camp Sea Mills to work Bristol's Avonmouth Docks. In April of 1944 the company moved to Transportation Corps Training School at Mumbles, Wales. It took part in Exercise Tiger, the ill-fated invasion practice off of Slapton Sands.

In May of 1944 the 284th joined the 517th Port Battalion which was attached to the 6th Engineer Special Brigade for the normandy Invasion. They worked Omaha Beach from June to November 1944. When Antwerp opened to shipping the battalion was transferred to work the Port of Antwerp. In fact, his company was living in the same apartment building as my grandfather's company, Tampico Flats. In June 1945 the company was reassigned to the 487th Port Battalion and moved to Bremerhaven, Germany.

I sent Don a copy of my book and he sent me a copy of his company roster. I am posting the names here in the hopes that veterans or their families may get in touch with me. The list organizes names by home state, but omits rank.

Alabama
Clarence L. Filyaw

California
Robert Bonsells
Clark H. Hibell
Sergio L. Moreira
Emilo Y. Renteria

Colorado
Melvin C. Swanson

Connecticut
Connis B. Boccuzzi
Frank A. Cassetta
Ralph L. Cipriano
Robert Drapatin
John F. Dessereau
Edward M. Grifa
Frank O'Brien
Jerry M. Raimo
Clair B. Roys, Fr.
William A. Sabetta
Maro Samela
Michael D. Santone
Arnold J. Scriven
Boleslaus J. Sowal
Frank S. Tarrasewicz
Frederick D. Trowbridge

Florida
Vernon R. Elarbee
George W. Floyd
Vernon Hartlene
Julian Keathley
Luchen B. McCracken
Pervis Roach
Orlo W. Smith
Keith C. Whitlock
Charles R. Whittaker

Idaho
Stanley J. Black

Illinois
Russel R. Antler
Stanley A. Rzewnicki

Indiana
Alexander L. Bride
John T. Wilson

Kentucky
Benton M. Mullins

Lousiana
Stewart M. Beatty
B.M. Sumrall
Edgar B. Wroten

Maine
Keith R. Calef
Clarence E. Childs
Herman A DeRasier
Earl F. Dore
Joseph B. Kelly
John L. Nadeau
Robert Whiting

Maryland
Karl J. Wheeler
Harr J. Dempsey

Massachusetts
Lionel S. Andrade
Victor G. Barrett
Joseph Barys
Louis Bonavire
Roger Bonneville
Richard A. Boscardin
Armand J. Boucher, Jr.
Roland A. Boucher
George F. Boufreau
Anthony Brzostecki
Charles E. Buxton, Jr.
Francis E. Byrne
Albert E. Chretein
Fred Clifford
William Cloutin
Albert M. Colonna
William R. Crevier
Joseph H. Diaz
Joseph A. DiStasio
Joseph E. Ferriera
Clarence Fournier
Robert E. Gelinas
William B. George
Edward V. Goff
Valmore R. Gonneville
John Hagerty
Louis Joseph
Raymond A. LaRue
Chester G. Long
Charles J. Morris
John J.P. Morrison
Charles E. Powell
Boleslaw P. Przydzials
Thomas Ruta
George M. Sahilakas
Daniel J. Salmon
Anthony A. Sannicandro
Raymond A. Savary
Walter J. Silva
Joseph R. Soares
Francis Stimporziewski
Thomas J. Sweeney
Hagerty Tilkin
Kenneth H. Sennett
Clayton L. Vaughan

Michigan
Glenn J. Rice
Vernon H. Zahl

Minnesota
Winifred B. Johnson

Mississippi
Robert C. Alexander
George L. Arnett
Rex Butler
Henry D. Callicutt
James C. Clark
James F. Coleman
Thomas L. Cook
John Davis
John W. Edwards
Melvon R. Eldridge
Robert L. Goff
Forrest L. Grisham
Vester R. Hallmark
Thomas A. Harris
Donald A. Hemphill (Don gave me this list)
Alvin Howard
Samuel R. Liddell
Jessie M. Martin
Waldo C. McClamroch
Lester S. Nicholson
Robert W. Pollard, Jr.
Ernest L. Smith
Richard A. Stulman
Keylon C. Randle
David W. Shilton
Basil M. Sumrall
John P. Thomas, Jr.
Walter L. Tribble
William F. Tyer
Hugh C. Wallace
Clifton Williams
Dewey B. Windham
Edgar B. Wroten
Thomas P. Yates

New Hampshire
Jpseph N. Anton
J. Antony
George Beckwith
Russell C. LaClair
John E. Travia

New Jersey
John J. Farley
Charles Mershon

New York
Thomas M. Aiello
Lawrence W. Agoney
Rolf C. Anderson
Howard Bensen
Irvine Charles
Alexander Goldman
John "Irish" F. Haren
Charles J. McGroarty
Laurence P. Ritcha (spelling?)
Leonard L. Rosenberg
Carl R. Schwartz
Edward J. Simmons

Pennsylvania
Miller C. Baumgardner
Walter E. Consylman, Jr.
Lewis H. Eshbach
Landis H. Eshelman
Jacob Fritz, Jr.
George C. Herzberger
Steven E. Jacobs
Sameul Lowery
Victor A. Mahdad
James Mitchell
Michael Proch
Andrew Spero
Steve Torau
Anthony Zahorian, Jr.

Rhode Island
Walter E. Barber
Harold E. Briggs
OScar L. Bruvere
Carmine Catola
Lew H. Chin
Henry Costa
John Costa
George M. Cunha
Lawrence Diaz
William S. Edelman
Jack Feldman
George Fitzsimmons
Charles N. Fuller
Sherman N. Greengus
Mever Grossman
John E. Hague
Herbert Hiatt
Russell F. Hamieson
Frank A. Joyner
Francis J. LaLiberte (LaLiberté ?)
Eugene N. Larence
Joseph F. Laurie
Enville P. Leueille
Arthur Lori
Duane W. Kelley
Leonard K. King
Robert L. Lomas
Andrew T. Mignacca
Joseph Morrisey
George H. Potter
John Silva
Chester Swiszcz
Maurice Turgeon

South Carolina
Harol J. Rowell

Tennessee
Floyd Willis

Texas
Robert L. Ward
Oscar O. Gibson
Theodore N. Hine

Vermont
Francis C. Stack
Edmiund F. Short

Virginia
Harvey Durham

Wisconsin
Eugene G. Denio
Leonard A. Ruzinski

7 comments:

  1. My father was Robert L Goff from Mississippi. I don't know too much about his military service other than he served in Europe and Korea. He wasn't one to talk about it too much. He passed away six years ago so the opportunity to ask him about it is gone. He did have five Koren Bronze stars, and a number of European service medals. I can be reached at pansltzz@hotmail.com. Thank you, Greg Goff

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  2. Do you have photos of James Coleman? I'm trying to find my granddaddy.

    AgencyAloha@aol.com

    Sincerely,

    Jon

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  3. my dad was arnold scriven waterbury ct. Passed away 1996 miss him every day I'm his eldest son I am also a vietnam veteran thank you

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  4. My great grandpa was Vernon R. Elarbee from Florida :)

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  5. My great-grandfather was Vernon R. Elarbee from Florida :)

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  6. My father was Frank A Cassetta from Waterbury CT. Note the correct middle initial.

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  7. Jerry M. Raimo was my beloved Grandfather, who passed away in 1996. He was from Waterbury, CT. and wranked Staff Sgt. in the 248th. I am fortunate enough to have inherited a huge collection of photographs he took during the war, in addition to other important mementos, including love letters to my grandmother and his uniform, among other things. I am hoping to compile these in some order and share them publicly at some point and would love your suggestions about how I might proceed.

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