USS Euryale Official Website


Only those deaths reported since The Gorgon went online are included on this page. If you know of a passing that occurred before this time and would like for that person to be included, please use the "Email" link on the right-hand side to send to me. Please include any information you would like, such as obituary or pictures.This service is also extended to spouses of crew.

Taps, performed by the USAF Heritage Band

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest.
God is nigh.

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The following was submitted by Warren Kurtze who wished to remember all who have left us. Thank you, Warren, it's so beautiful and cannot be read without tears:

I'm Free

Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free.

I'm following the path God laid for me; I took his hand when
I heard him call,
I turned my back and left it all;
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love or play; tasks
left undone must stay that way.

I found a place at the close of the day;
if my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy; a friendship shared, a laugh, a
kiss, ah yes, these things I too will miss;
be not burdened with times of sorrow.

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow; my life's been full, I
savored much good times and loved one's touch;
perhaps my time seemed all too brief.

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief; lift up your heart
and share with me,
God wanted me now, he set me free.

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Ed Kaye

In an email from Bill Bradfield, dated 3 December 2004:

Eva Jakubowicz called to report that Ed Kaye, a frequent attendee of our reunions, and brother of Leo Kucharski, died this week as a result of a fall from a ladder at his home. Funeral was today (Friday), in Longmeadow, Mass.

William J. Davies

In an email from Tom Solosky, dated 22 May 2005:

From this morning's paper--
William J. Davies died Friday at home. Bill proudly served his country in the Pacific Theatre during WWII as a signalman aboard the submarine tender, USS Euryale.

Ken Poffenberger

In an email from Walter Teidemann, dated 12 June 2005:

I received a call from Paul Powers who had just had just been told by Dorothy (Dottie) Poffenberger that Ken had succumbed to Alzheimer's in late May and had been buried the first week in June.

The USS Euryale Reunion Association owes its existance to Chuck Vithum, Ken, John Schulz and Don May. Without telling any of the other Euryale crew members, they got together in Youngstown to arrange a reunion. (Don had also been aboard the USS Chicago and knew the Ins, Outs and Pitfalls of a reunion association.) The crew members at the first meeting in Pittsburg were the small number who saw Chuck's ad in the VFW and American Legion magazines along with crew members from Christmas card lists.

Ken was the first elected Association President. He served that term and two others. Spent countless hours on advance scouting, and planning details of, reunion meetings. He was blessed with a phenomenal memory - if you had forgotten the name of a crew member or wanted verification of how and where something happened, Ken was the man who knew.

San Diego was the last reunion that Ken attended, in future reunions we were to be deprived of the company of a great friend.

Paul and I both thought Ken deserved more than just a line that he had died. I pass to those who have the ability to say it more clearly. I know Father Hunter will say a prayer for him.

Bill Bradfield wrote:

Ken was a EURYALE pioneer- and one to whom I turned early in my association. A really good man who did much to get us up and keep us going. Remember him.

Caroline Schultze Teichler

In a letter from Betty Gondola, dated 23 November 2005:

Enclosed is a copy of a notice/information Al and I received recently--sad information. Please post it in the next issue of the Gorgon. I've included a picture of Carol,she was known to us and her husband, Warren, as "Teich." Warren passed away on 3/20/01. Everyone was very fond of the two of them. They were truly admired for the way they conducted themselves despite all their many health problems. Carol lived in a nursing home in Issaquah, Washington, not far from her son, Steve, and his family. She had moved to that state from South Holland, Illinois after Warren passed away.

Caroline passed away on October 18, 2005. Click HERE to view her memorial notice.

Stanley Lopes

In a card from Debra Whiting, dated 22 December 2005:

Sadly, Stan Lopes passed away 11-18-05. Thank you for remembering him.

Jim Boyd

In a letter from Powell Black, dated 31 December 2005:

Jim Boyd was a Chief Shipfitter on the Euryale. I succeeded him as Mail Clerk. For months we were just off the Equator. The sun beat down on the steel deck above us. I can see him now, as sweat rolled down his forehead onto his nose from the heat as we processed the mail and as he swiped the sweat off saying how hot it was. And it was hot!

He was a first class Shipfitter when I began working with him in the Post Office opposite the ship's galley but when he became Chief, he promoted himself out of the Mail Clerk billet and returned to the Shipfitter's gang. He and I became fast friends and was one of several shipmates with whom I continued our friendship after the war. At the time, the Navy used my first name, Ralph, but Jim could never stop calling me Blackie, and it was picked up by many of our shipmates. Even my good friend, Bill Bradfield, still uses it.

Jim and his wife, Cratice, lived in Austin, Minnesota where Jim, after many years at Hormel Meat Packing Company, finally retired several years ago. For years we have continued to swap Christmas cards with each other. On a business trip back in the sixties I flew to San Francisco but diverted my trip through Minneapolis. Jim met me there and I spent a wonderful weekend with him reminiscing our good old times. And Cratice was a good listener.

When I sent them a Christmas card several weeks ago, I had no idea he had passed away. I knew he had suffered a stroke, and it came as a complete surprise when I read the enclosed letter from Cratice. It occurred to me that the other shipmates might remember Jim. Jim was such a nice guy and a real gentleman. I will miss him.

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Richard J. Munkes

In an email from Rose Munkes, dated 11 February 2006:

Boatswainsmate Richard J."Dick" Munkes passed away Wednesday, January 25th, 8pm after a long courageous battle with emphysema.

In an email received on 24 February 2006 from Rose Munkes:

We would like to thank the Euryale Reunion Association for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at St.Mary's Church, 231 Church Street Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601, also for all the wonderful reunions across the country that my father, Dick, attended along with my mother Reta, and after Mom's passing, his special friend Eleanor Howe. They truly enjoyed and cherished each and every one. My father was so very happy to reconnect with his younger days at sea, and his shipmates. We miss him. God bless you all. The Richard J.Munkes family, David, Rose, Sophia, Brianand Eleanor.

Edward Jakubowicz

In an email from Ed and Eva's daughter, Evelyn Walsh, dated 19 February 2006:

We have sad news about Ed Jakubowicz . . . he passed away Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 3:25 a.m. He was diagnosed 18 months ago with mylofibrosis and he fought the good fight until he was just so tired he couldn’t fight any more. His funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa. There will be a viewing in St. Anne’s Chapel prior to Mass. Anyone who would like to attend will be warmly welcomed.

Keith Lyman

In an email from Howard Hartwell, dated 25 June 2006:

My name is Howard Hartwell a former torpedoman and crewmember of the USS Euryale. About two weeks ago I received a phone call from the daughter of Keith Lyman; another crewmember and torpedoman. She advised me that he had passed away at his home in South San Francisco, Ca. I talked with his wife, Mildred, about a week ago and she advised me that he had been seriously ill with emphesema for the past two or three years. Keith and I worked together aboard the Euryale for well over a year but had lost contact after the war. We were able to reestablish contact when I came across a Euryale reunion site about three years ago.

Jonnie Ruys

In an telephone call from Betty Gondola, dated 27 August 2006:

After a long and brave battle with illness, Jonnie Ruys passed away on 18 August. Jonnie was married to Ken for 57 years and he told me that they had a wonderful life together.

From Bill Bradfield:

Very sad news. Jonnie was such a great hostess at the Nashville Reunion. With Ken, she made it an event to remember.

From Sheri Lytle:

I first met Jonnie at the 2003 Philadelphia reunion. She was one of the first to greet me upon my arrival and made me feel so welcome and wanted there. I found her to be warm and funny and I knew instantly she was one of those rare "deep down" good people. I will miss her greatly.

Roland Pepin

In an telephone call from Father Jack Hunter, dated 20 December 2006:

I received a telphone call from Roland's wife that my best friend and shipmate had gone home to the Lord on Monday, December 18th.

Charles A. Tarleton

In an email from Henry White, dated 17 January 2007:

For those of you that don't recall the name, Charles A. Tarleton was one of the men in the laundry room that kept our skivvies and uniforms washed and clean.

Known better to me as Rabbit when we were boyhood friends together in Gastonia, N.C., you can imagine my surprise and delight when I boarded the Euryale as part of ComSubDiv 131 and saw Charles was part of the Euryale crew.

From the time we spent together on the Euryale, I remembered he had told me he had married a lady in New York. Therefore, armed with this data, I assumed he probably settled in that state after his discharge from the Navy. Not knowing for certain, however, I decided to initate a search on the internet and found a Charles A. Tarleton listed with an address in Port Byran, NY. Hopeful, I called the telephone number listed, and found it was indeed the home of my old friend. A lady answered when I called, and I learned I had located the residence of my old chum. However, to my dismay, the lady, Charles' widow, told me that my old buddy, the same one with whom I gone swimming many times in the neighborhood mill pond years earlier had died on July 6, 2000.

For those of you who might be interested, Charles has a son, Charles, jr that lives in Gastonia, NC. If you're interested in contacting him or Charles's widow, I have the names, addresses and phone numbers.

Richard Hayle Colenso

In an email from Eugene R Ulrich II (SKCM) (SS) Retired, dated 14 February 2007:

I do indexing for one of the Rootweb sites (Obituary Daily Times) and someone who is sending me his indexes knew I was a 30 year vet in the Submarine force so sent me this obit, for Richard Hayle Colenso.

Richard Hayle Colenso of Naples, also known as "Dirty Dick from Solomon Creek," "The Great White Hunter," "The Oldest Bar Back in Southwest Florida," and "The Popcorn Boy" died peacefully on Tuesday, February 6, 2007 at Hospice of Naples. He was 93. Richard had been a fulltime resident of Naples since 1991 and a part-time resident since 1974, spending the other half of the year in Beverly Hills, MI. Richard was a proud veteran of WW II where he served first on the U.S.S. Bowfin and then in the engine room of the submarine U.S.S. Euryale. He worked for many years at Manus Products, first in Birmingham, MI as the plant manager, then coming to Naples to manage the newly opened Naples plant back in the 1970s. Until two years ago, Richard "worked for beer" at Pippin's restaurant in Naples, "bar backing" and making popcorn during happy hour. He always had a joke and a smile for the customers, proudly wearing a tie and one of his many hats. Those that knew him knew he was one of a kind, a world traveler with a zest for life. His beloved wife, Arloa "Sandy" Colenso preceded him in death on January 28, 1988. Richard was dearly loved by his family and will be missed. At his request, there will be no formal funeral service. Instead, there will be a party to honor him at Pippin's, 1390 Tamiami Trail North, (U.S. 41), Naples, on Tuesday, February 20th starting at 6:00 p.m. Come and join us for food, beer, and friendship. Bring your favorite story to share. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to Hospice of Naples, Inc., 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. Fuller Funeral Home Pine Ridge Rd. 592-1611

Walter "Oz" Ostapeck

In an email from Grant Ostapeck, dated 26 March 2007:

Just wanted to let you know that my father, "Oz," passed away on Saturday night of complications from COPD. He was only 81.

Mom is doing OK, and we are busy making arrangements for "Oz" to be buried at Riverside National Cemetery (Veterans) here in California on Monday, April 2. They didn't have a current e-mail or land-line telephone, but mom can be reached on her cell phone. They have just recently moved to an assisted-living facility closer to me.

From Sheri Lytle:

I am saddened beyond belief to hear of this news. From the moment I met Oz at the Philadelphia reunion I liked him as well as his sweet wife, Kay. Oz was warm and funny and had one story after another to tell. Seeing him again at the San Antonio reunion filled me with delight just to see his wonderful, smiling face. The world is a little colder now that his light has gone out but oh how bright are the heavens. My sincerest condolences to Oz's family.

From Janice (Blondel) Crowe:

I also remember Oz's smiling face, as well as my Dad's smiling face when speaking of Oz. My condolences to Oz's family.Kind regards,Janice

From Powell Black:

He is one I thought would "last forever," but such was not to be. He and his family will be in our prayers, and we will remember him at Mass. Oz was a good shipmate.

Jim Reisch

In an email from Bill Bradfield, dated 22 April 2007:

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Here is a tough one. Jim's daughter called me last night to say that he passed away Saturday morning. Fran will be sending me information about the funeral details some time today (Sunday) I believe.

Bill's email dated 23 April 2007:

Jim's obituary speaks for his life. A very special man.

Although Jim and I were "liberty buddies" with Peniston, Crump and a few others, we fell out of touch after we came home to this other life. Always the gentleman, a really "gentle man", I never heard him say anything unkind about anyone or anything. In Sasebo, I left the ship and felt we surely would meet again.

He found EURYALE reunions at Buffalo in the rain. Jeanne recalls his tender side...when they met after my years of speaking about him, he put his arms around her and, literally teary-eyed, spoke of our days in the Navy. At last, the Reischs and Bradfields made a liberty together, at the Jacksonville Reunion. Gloria was all we thought she would be.

On his way home, Jim had a heart attack and never fully recovered his health. I spoke with him last month and he said not one word about his health. He told me about his going to the grammar school to help (really, they helped HIM). How fitting that he should spend his last days with the children he cared for so much.

As many of you know, Jim ran the GORGON after I induced him to so. His reportorial skills made him excel in our world as in his larger one. He pursued (with vigor) our entitlement to the Occupation Medal and saw that we all knew how to apply for it. He made GORGON a better thing.

Thanks, Jim. We will all take another liberty some day in that better place.

From Sheri Lytle:

Jim was my first contact with the Euryale family way back in 1999. I found his name and address in a web search and wrote him a letter inquiring about my father. He promptly replied and gave me some much appreciated information as well as put me in touch with Bill Bradfied. Between the two of them they headed me in the right direction. The rest is history as they say.

I will always remember Jim's kindnesses to me and I credit him with uniting me with my new family. I will think of him often and remember that, had he not answered my letter, I would not have the great fortune to have personally known so many heroes, including him. Rest in peace, Jim.

Click HERE to view Jim's obituary.

Leslie Keith Baldwin

In an email from Saralee M. Baldwin, dated 20 Aug 2007:

You have done an unbelievable tribute and honor for all the men who served on the U.S.S. Euryale during WWII. My husband was one of them and he spent many hours telling me about his time on board in Perth and then when the war ended how they were sent to Sasebo in Japan to break up the mini sub fleet.

This was a second marriage for both of us and at the time he was in the service I was a mere toddler of about 2and a half years old at the start of his time in 1943. He just passed away this last 4th of July and if we had known of your website earlier, I know it would have given him great pleasure to have seen it and all that you have included. The brave boys and men of that era, served proudly and carried that pride with them through out their lives.

In November, 2 months after 9/11, we happened to be in New Orleans for a few days vacation and went to see the World War II Museum that had just opened earlier that year. At the time, they were still raising funds and trying to build out the Navy portion with the material they had. They did have a guest book for the Navy veterans and my husband who was a very quiet man and very humble about his service, did very proudly step up and sign it.

Thank you for your tribute.

I remain,

Mrs. Leslie Keith Baldwin (Saralee)

P. S. Most shipmates probably knew him as Keith, as that was the name he went by in all he did. Only governmental documents used the Leslie.

John Edward Houghton

In an email from Eileen Schulz, dated 21 Aug 2007:

Mr Houghton passed away in the Jackson Madison County General Hospital, Jackson, Tennessee, Friday, July 27, 2007.

Memorial services were conducted in the Brownsville Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, July 30, 2007. Internment will be at a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven, Ohio.

Survivors are his wife Patricia Ann Carroll Houghton, Brownsville, TN; son Mark Houghton, Willard OH; son Thomas, Brownsville, TN; daughter Kay Paden, Fairfield Bay, AR; daughter Diane Weaver, Venis FL.

Memorials may be made to:

Haywood County Humane Society
P O Box 565
Brownsville, TN 38012

Lorin Stoddard

Post on the Message Board from Jeffrey Stoddard, dated 31 Oct 2007:

My Father, Lorin Stoddard born in San Francisco died October 29, 2007 from Respiratory complications. He was 86 years old and served as Motor Machinist Mate, 2nd Class aboard the USS Prairie & USS Euryale from 8-28-42 to 12-14-45. He was passionate about having served his country and loving his God, Family and Friends. He was at peace knowing that he would receive a new life in that Kingdom that is to come.

Jack Elmer Trent

In an email from Walt Tiedmann, dated 1 Jan 2008:

Both Paul Powers and I received a Christmas card from Elizabeth Trent. Last year the news was reasonably good - this year not good. Thought we should wait till after the holidays to tell you so as not to interrupt your good times.

Jack Elmer Trent died on July 10th. His wife said Jack was able to stay at home until about two months before he passed.

Jack was a plank owner, a ships company electrician mate and a good friend. The Euryale Epic has a picture of Jack, the only face seen amongst the group standing at keel of the ship, in the dry dock at Guam. After discharge he bought a motorcycle and traveled around the western states for months. Returning home he used the GI Bill to study funeral director and embalming. He was still active at the time of our reunion in Louisville.

Charles W. Vizthum

On the Message Board from Charles R. Vizthum, dated 14 Jan 2008:

My dad, Charles W. Vizthum, passed away on October 20, 1992 after major surgery. I know dad loved your ship and was involved in early reunions. I would love to hear any stories you may have about my dad.

Member's may request Charles' email address by clicking on the "Contact Me" link on the right-hand margin.

Donald H. Main

In an email from Rev. Larry Crider, dated 30 Jan 2008:

This is to inform you that my father-in-law, Donald H. Main, who served on the Euryale, died today from complications from his Alzheimers. Don't know how many knew or will remember him. He served on the Euryale when she was in Sasebo, Japan near the end of the Second World War.

Thomas B. Keenan

In an email from Joseph Roy, dated 5 Feb 2008:

Thomas B. Keenan died April 04, 1981 in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. He is my uncle.

Robert W. Best

In a Message Board post from Q.G. Best, dated 13 March 2008:

"My uncle Bob died 1 Aug 1994."

John Coughlin

In a Message Board post from Jeff Coughlin, dated 2 Sept 2008:

To fellow shipmates,

Yesterday my Dad John Coughlin started his Eternal Patrol. He passed away 1 Sept. 08. He lost his fight with Emphysema. My Dad truely loved the Euryale. I can't tell you how many times I was told of her and his shipmates.
Take care to you all.

John was very special to me. We had many wonderful email conversations over the past few years and he contributed greatly to the site. He became so dear to me and I will miss him. My deepest sympathies to his family.--Sheri Lytle

Nicolla L. Espisito

In a Message Board post from Donna Hughes, dated 4 Sept 2008:

My dad, Nicolla L. Espisito, passed away in '03 and wanted to "go home" to the Veteran's Hospital near Chicago, Illinois his hometown. He was a police officer for the city for 35 years and was proud to have served and been one of the youngest guys at the last attended reunion. Dad was only sixteen when he enlisted.

Kathryn White

In a telephone call from Henry White, dated 29 Dec 2008:

Henry called me this morning to tell me that his beloved sweetheart died at home yesterday after a long illness. They celebrated their 66th anniversary on December 11, 2008. Kathryn was born on January 31, 1924.

Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear wife, Henry.

William J. Ranallo

In an email from Jake Ranallo, dated 21 Feb 2009:

Sadly my grandfather, William J. Ranallo, passed of natural causes in the early hours of February 12th 2009. He was a great man and an influence to all of our family. He will be missed and always thought of.

Joseph P. King

In an email from Tom Solosky, dated 22 Feb 2009:

Another passing. Joseph P. King, 85, of Scranton, PA. The only former shipmate of Hank's that we ever met up until the 2000 reunion in New London. He came to my Dad's funeral and asked to be a pallbearer. He never expressed interest in joining the Euryale Association. Saw Mom today and she gave me the obit. Joseph P. King, 85 of Scranton. A retired lieutenant in the Scranton Fire Dept., veteran of WWII serving in the Pacific. Was the last survivor of 11 brothers and sisters. Survived by his wife, Helen.

Arthur Montroy

In an email from Sandy Eisenhart, dated 24 Feb 2009:

More sad news to pass on. My father Arthur Montroy has also passed. Feb 16th. He now rests with his beloved wife whom he lost 3 1/2 years ago. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and neighbor and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. If anyone wants any information regarding my father it is ok to contact me.

Michael Buglio

In a phone call from Fran Buglio, dated 12 April 2009:

Mike passed away on Saturday, April 11, of congestive heart failure. He is at peace now.

From Sheri Lytle:

Words cannot begin to express my deep sorrow at the loss of Mike. He was a dear friend to me and one of those rare people who radiated warmth. The world seems a little colder now. My deepest sympathies to the family. May your memories of Mike sustain you through this difficult time.

You can view Mike's obituary here. There is also a link in here to leave a sympathy card.

Paul W. Powers

In an email from Walt Tiedmann, dated 18 May 2009: I received the following on Saturday from Paul's wife, Ruth:

"Paul passed away April 16th and we are still having a hard time dealing with it.He went into the hospital with pneumonia and was there for two weeks. He was on oxygen most of the time but he still could drive and get around so we were still expecting him to come home, as was he, but it was not to be."

From Walt:

"P.W. and I were in boot camp together. I had been invited to meet Ruth and her family while we were in St. Louis. Paul spent just about every liberty while in Brooklyn & Long Island eating and sleeping at my house and he was welcomed."

Arnold Tirsch

In an email from Powell Black, dated 22 May 2009:

"Arnold Tirsch and I were good friends. We maintained contact after discharge. He settled in the garment district in NYC. I met him there several times when on my two weeks required training duty to keep current in the Naval Reserves.

Arnold moved to Florida when he retired maybe ten or fifteen years ago. When he died, his son called me and told me but I did not get any info from him as to details nor his phone number, but that his dad had wanted him to let me know; otherwise, I'd never know of his passing."

Blaine Oscar Richards

In a post on the Message Board from Jeff Richards, dated 27 June 2009:

Subject: Deceased

"I was wondering if anyone who knew my dad, Blaine Oscar Richards. My brother, Randy and I just discovered the website with my dad name on the list. We were joyful to learn a few things more about dad. He had the Christmas menu from the ship that led us to search for this ship."

Kaley Erickson

In an email from Dick Millington, dated 11 June 2009:

"I read the memorial listing you sent and I noticed one missing as he never participated with us. His name was Kaley Erickson, believe his name also Rick? He lived in Quincy, CA. He was a member of the Sub relief crew and when the war ended and we headed for Japan he was transferred to the ship's main engine room where I worked. He passed away many years ago, I would guess 20 or so. I tried to contact him while I was in Quincy and his daughter told me of his passing."

Raymond Ragati

In an email from Robert and Carolyn Culp, dated 11 July 2009:

"Bob was talking to Mrs. Ragati and it seems that Ray (Rags) passed away about 3 months ago. There was no specific reason other than he just went down hill very quickly."

Marcel Giroux

In a phone call from Betty Gondola, dated 25 August 2009:

"I received a card from Jeanne Giroux informing me of the death of her husband, Marcel, who passed on August 8, 2009. You might remember them from the reunions, as they were the first ones on the dance floor and they danced beautifully."

Chuck Marshall

In a phone call from Betty Gondola, dated 5 February 2010:

"I wanted to let everyone know that Chuck Marshall died of cancer on January 16. We all will remember him as a wonderful fellow and the one who sang along with the band at the reunions."

Monroe Lefkowitz

In an email from Leo Dauzat, dated 8 February 2010:

"I've received word from Donna Lefkowitz that Monroe Lefkowitz, her husband, passed away on December 7, 2009."

Donna Lefkowitz sent Monroe's obituary on 6 March 2010:

Monroe M. Lefkowitz, 86, died peacefully in his sleep on Dec. 7, 2009, at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Fla., surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He resided in Lenox for 45 years and wintered in Florida.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 20, 1922, son of Harry and Sadie Weiss Lefkowitz, Monroe enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served until 1945 in the South Pacific Theatre on a submarine tender. Returning from World War II, he went back to school on the GI Bill, earning a Bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a Master's and Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Texas, Austin. During his student years, he worked as a merchant mariner, a cross country truck driver, and on tugboats in the Port of New York.

After earning his Ph.D., he became a research psychologist and university professor, doing major work in childhood aggression and childhood depression. He retired in 1986 from Long Island University, Brooklyn. He was an avid reader of classic literature, a theater buff, and a lifelong scholar and educator.

He was a loving husband and devoted father who played a strong role in the growth and development of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He loved walking, skiing, and playing tennis. His charm, sense of humor, and joie de vivre will be keenly missed by his wife, family, colleagues and friends.

He and his wife, the former Donna Jean Drall, were married in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 16, 1950. Besides his wife, he leaves his sister, Birdye Dropkin of Rego Park, N.Y.; daughter, Jane Lefkowitz of Pittsfield; son Richard and Cathy Lefkowitz of Gilbertsville, N.Y.; son Kenneth and Galina Lefkowitz of Sofia, Bulgaria; grandson, Jason Smith of Pittsfield; granddaughters Leyanna George Lefkowitz of Philadelphia, Penn., and Allison Lefkowitz of Gilbertsville, N.Y.; grandsons Alex Jay and Ray Daniel Lefkowitz of Sofia, Bulgaria; great-grandsons Levi Burton and Brodie Monroe Smith of Pittsfield; niece Helene and Norman Leavitt of Rego Park, N.Y.; and niece, Shawn Robbins, and her partner, Barbara Kane, of New York City.

Funeral Notice: Funeral services will be held at Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Rd., Pittsfield, on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 1:30 p.m., Rabbi David Weiner officiating. Burial will be in Mountainview Cemetery, Lenox, with Spritual Leader Barbara Cohen conducting the burial service. Shiva will be observed and condolence callers received at the family home, 142 Cliffwood St., Lenox, on Thursday evening 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial service for family and friends will take place in the summer of 2010 at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lenox Library, Congregation Knesset Israel, or the Jewish Federation Senior Lunch Program.

Lester Hauck

In an email from Tami Hawkins, dated 6 March 2010:

"This is to inform you that Lester Hauck, who served on the USS Euryale, passed away Oct. 19, 2009 due to a massive stroke. He was 89. His service was held on Oct. 25, 2009 in Danville, Pa."

Earl Kazmier

In an email from Charlotte Kazmier, dated 6 March 2010:

"Earl Kazmier passed away on January 14, 2010."

Eugene Thomas Colgan

In an email from Mary Colgan-Bennetts, dated 31 March 2010:

"I am the daughter of Eugene Thomas Colgan and I stumbled across your site while doing some genealogy (a new endeavor for me). My father Eugene T. Colgan served on the Euryale and he sadly passed away on March 11, 2009. My father served in WWII as well as Korea and was a brave and patriotic man who is sorely missed. Thank you for your efforts on creating this site."

Ron Clark

In an email from Mark Clark, dated 20 April 2010:

"Thanks so much for your efforts in putting together this website. I just found it tonight! My dad, Ron Clark was a SIc on the Euryale in 44-45. I have a ton of letters and photos that he gave me shortly before he died. I also have several Orders of the Day that were posted. One of them says that he is to do 5 days in the brig for sneaking alcohol aboard...interesting stuff."

Luther F. Bailey

In an email from Kay Bailey Jemison, dated 21 April 2010:

"My Father, Luther F. Bailey, served on this ship and passed on in November 1997. Thank you so much for this site! This is the first time I've looked up the ship he was on and to find his name has touched my heart deeply! God bless you!"

Patrick J. Kelly

In an email from John Kelly, dated 6 May 2010:

"Just happened to come across your web page. My dad, Patrick J Kelly served about the Euryale as a Ships Service (SH2) and passed away on 9/7/1996 from complications from Diabetes and Cardio Vascular Disease. After his release from active duty after WW 2 he was recalled as a reservist and served aboard the USS Columbus (CA 74) after the Korean War broke out. He ofter reminisced about his time on the Euryale and the fine men he served with. Say a prayer for him. He was a fine man and a great father."

William Parry

In an email from Shawn Parry, dated 7 May 2010:

"My grandfather, William "Bill" Parry, Sr. passed away a few years ago. Also, I think this site is a wonderful tribute."

Stanley Turco

In an email from Howard Turco, dated 11 May 2010:

"Ensign Stan Turco passed away today in the hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He was recovering from two operations to remove a benign brain tumor. At the age of 85 his body couldn't withstand the month-long ordeal. Although he didn't talk much about his service on the USS Euryale, when he did it was with pride. I wish our family knew more about his time aboard ship and the fine men with which he served. I googled my father's name and I found your site. It was a bit of nostalgia I found comforting."

Peggy Saylor

In an email from Dick Millington, dated 19 May 2010:

"Received word from Peter Saylor that his mother, Peggy Saylor, passed away peacefully at 0935 , 5-19-10 . Some time ago she became very ill and Peter had to move her from her home in Key West to Tallahassee so she would be near and he could help. Over the years I kept in touch with her after her husband, Bud, passed away. Bud was my Chief Petty Officer on the Euryale, we worked together in the main engine room and were both plank owners. As you know both were active in our ship's association and attended most reunions. Peggy was 88, a WWII veteran who served as a Wave Navy Pharmacist Mate from 1943-1946. There will be no service, she was cremated. Peggy was a real lady and good friend. Marion and I will miss her much."

Howard Hartwell

In an email from Beverly Hartwell, dated 4 July 2010:

"It is with tremendous sadness that we regret to tell all family and friends of the passing of Howard Hartwell earlier this morning. He was blessed to have all his children around him. The family thanks you for your loving thoughts and prayers."

John Rothermel

In a post on the Message Board from Heather Wong, dated 30 September 2010:

"I am looking for information or stories about John Rothermel. He was my grandfather and passed four years ago. I have a photo album that he carried with him during his journeys, and I am trying to gain context for some of the pictures. I appreciate any information that I can get on him. Thanks again!"

John Schulz

In an email from Carolyn Culp, dated 19 October 2010:

"I don't know if you have been informed of the passing of John Schulz. He was an electrician on the ship and I think died on October 6th. I'm not sure of the date. He was 89. Born February 28, 1921 in Youngstown, Ohio. That's about all I know. "

Thermon George Newman

In an email from Dorothy Anne Newman Hanna, dated 19 December 2010:

This is to let you know that Thermon George Newman died in his home in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday December 10th, 2010. He was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery (Gate 5).

Thermon George Newman, 89, who died Friday, December 10, 2010, will be held Tuesday at 10:00 AM in the chapel of George H. Hewell and Son Funeral Home, 4747 Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 with Pastor Ed Hall officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday (Today) from 4-6 PM at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Mr. Newman was born in Dowling Park, Florida. He was a longtime resident of Jacksonville residing in Bryceville the past 16 years. He was a past scout leader with the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows and the Church of God. He was Veteran of the U.S. Navy having served in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters during WWII and was a C.C.C.. He was a former P.O.W. Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Grace Lee Preston Newman; 3 daughters, Joyce L. Huckaby (John), Jenette Marie Peek (Sammie), and Dorothy A. Hanna (Bill); 1 son, Harvey C. Newman; 3 sisters, Myrle Morton, Irma Turner and Eloise Sanderson (Howard); 2 brothers, Raymond H. Newman and Dolphus B. Newman (Joan); 9 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter. Funeral Honors will be held graveside in recognition of his brave military service.

John E. Sedlack

In an email from John Sedlack, dated 5 February 2011:

"I regret to inform you, my father, John E. Sedlack, passed away 1-17-11 after a short illness. He would speak of his time spent aboard the Euryale with pride whenever we talked about it or shared his picture albums from his days in the service. Your web site is a fabuluous tribute to the many great men who served aboard her."

Ormond Vincent Oursler

In an email from Gayle Debenham, dated 2 March 2011:

"Not sure how often you update the list of servicemen, but my grandfather Ormond Vincent Oursler passed on April 14, 2000. Thanks for the information you provide on this website. I just found his official Navy papers after my grandmother passed just days ago."

Samuel "Sam" Sharak

In an email from Bob Sharak, dated 2 May 2011:

" My uncle Sam served aboard the Eurayle. He died last Saturday at the age of 89."

Sam Sharak
Samuel Sharak
Below is the obituary, courtesy of

Samuel "Sam" Sharak of Binghamton, passed away Saturday, April 30th, 2011 after a short illness at Wilson Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Lopez PA on Sept. 21st, 1922 to Mildred and Alex Sharak, the 2nd youngest of 13 children. He is survived by his devoted wife of sixty-two years, Helen Sharak; a daughter, Sandra (Ed) Abdallah, all of Binghamton; a son, Michael Sharak of Jamesville; three granddaughters, Emily Abdallah and Michaela and Meghan Sharak, and his sister-in-law Margaret Sharak. Also friends, several nieces and nephews, including an extra special nephew, Jack Sharak, whose weekly outings he always looked forward to.

Sam was the owner of the Hi-Way Meat Market & Deli in Greene NY for over 40 years. He was a Navy veteran of WWII serving on the submarine, USS Euryale. Sam loved sports especially the Yankees and was well known in his youth for his baseball skills, having received a minor league offer to play for the Chicago Cubs. He also coached Little League for the Nimmonsburg Youth Association. He was a member of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church and the Cadence Dance Club. Most of all, Sam was proudest of his family and found joy in their accomplishments, no matter how big or small and was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is now running with the angels and will be forever missed and loved.

Funeral services will be held 9am Wednesday at the Chopyak-Scheider Funeral Home, 326 Prospect Street, Binghamton, and 9:30am at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church, 52 Baxter Street, Binghamton, with the Rev. Ilya Gotlinsky officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Rev. Gotlinsky will conduct a prayer service Tuesday, 6:30pm, at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Tuesday 4-7 pm.

Merrill A. Landon

In an email from Patricia J. (Landon) Moffitt, dated 19 June 2011:

"I finally found the name of the US ship my dad was on. My dad, Merrill A. Landon, passed away September 30, 1975 of a heart attack."

Frank H. Stephan

In an email from Ron Lauer, dated 21 June 2011:

"I saw in our local news paper, (The Express Times, in Easton PA.) obituaries a Frank Stephan passed away June 8th--he was from Albany NY.--he served on the Euryale--thought you would want to know."

Following is Frank's obituary, taken from the paper:

Frank Stephen
Frank Stephen

Frank H. Stephan, 89, formerly of Albany, NY, died peacefully, Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the New Jersey Veterans Home in Menlo Park. Born: In Brooklyn on July 15, 1921, he was a son of the late Herman and Margaret Stephan.

Personal: Mr. Stephan served in Navy during World War II, onboard the submarine tender USS Euryale and on the destroyer, USS Kearny. He then pursued a career as the owner of a valve manufacturing company in Broadway, NJ, and later as a real estate investor on Long Beach Island. As a long time member of Brant Beach Yacht Club, he served as the harbormaster, treasurer and fleet captain and often served on race committees. He enjoyed participating in racing the family Lightning and ODay Mariner. Mr. Stephan retired to Albany, NY where he volunteered at the Albany VA Hospital for over 20 years.

Survivors: In addition to his wife Bernadette Brady of 69 years; seven children: Karen Goodhart of Cedar Knolls, NJ, Bernadette and husband Swain Fennimore of Easton, Frank Jr. and wife Christine Stephan of Manahawkin, NJ, Patricia and husband Gene Joyce of Albany, Robert and wife Anne Stephan of Fairfield, CT, Gertrude Anderson of Torrington, WY, Michael and wife Jadine Stephan of Pottersville, NJ; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; his sister Gertrude Forest of Heritage Village, CT; and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Home Based Primary Care programs of Albany VA Hospital and East Orange VA Hospital, and the caring staff of Menlo Park Veterans Home. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Our Lady of Mercy R.C. Chapel, Whippany, NJ. Arrangements were private under the direction of the Par-Troy Funeral Home, Parsippany, NJ 973-887-3235 or visit Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Franks memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or to the Homeless Veterans Program, Stratton VAMC, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208.

Hubert E. Moore

In an email from Steve Moore, dated 2 August 2011:

"Sadly I regret to inform you that my dad passed away September 24th 2001."

Hubert E. Moore
 Hubert E. Moore

Bill A. Nichols

In an email from Andrew Conklin, dated 18 August 2011:

"Bill A. Nichols passed away on May 13th 2006. I am his grandson and was named after his middle name. Today was his birthday so I was just looking at his obituary and I never realized he was on this ship until today. He was also on the Porterfield. Sure enough I looked on the crew list and he is there. He was from Chilicothe, MO. Thank you for keeping this information."

John J. O'Neil, Jr.

In an email from Patricia O'Neil, dated 19 August 2011:

"On behalf of the family of John J O'Neil, Jr., just wanted to say thanks for sharing this website. John was my grandfather and he passed away in June of this year. Grandpa never discussed the war, although he would proudly say he was a World War II veteran, if you asked him where he was, he would say, the Navy. We have found all his navy documents in his personal property, including his medals from his service in the Pacific. I have forwarded this website to my Dad, who is John J ONeil III, and we are really overjoyed to find this site and to learn more.

Thanks again, Patricia"

Wallace A. Kelsey

In an email from Suzanne Hall, dated 12 October 2011:

"My dad Wallace A. Kelsey passed away on Monday 10/10/11 at the age of 87. A good long life full of wonderful experiences and family! He up to the end, spoke fondly of his friendships with his shipmates. I don't think he would have changed a thing about his life if he could!"

William E. Bradfield

In an email from Mimi Bradfield Horstmann, dated 12 October 2011:

Bill Bradfield
Bill Bradfield

"I must inform you of the passing of my father just today, William Edward Bradfield. He did a lot for the USS euryale group. I am just going through his emails."

You may view Bill's obituary HERE.

Bill's Mass will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Palm City, Florida on Thursday, October 20 at 10 o'clock a.m. The graveside service will take place at the National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida at 2 o'clock p.m.

The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to:

Treasure Coast Hospice
1201 SE Indian Street
Stuart, FL 34997
Tel: 772-403-4500

Eileen Schulz

In an email from Sharon Schulz, dated 3 December 2011:

"Hello. My father also served on the Euryale and has enjoyed many reunions with shipmates (SCHULZ, John G. EM3c Cleveland, OH). He passed last year and I'm writing to let you know that my mom has recently passed as well. Several friends stayed in contact and this is the only way I can think of to let them know."

Joseph W. Acevedo Sr.

In an email from Arlene Acevedo, dated 15 January 2012:

"My dad also served on the USS Euryale and passed away on 1/30/11. His timed served was very special to him. It was when he met my mom as a penpal and was married for 65 years. My dad was Joseph W. Acevedo Sr., DOB 10/29/24. He was an awesome husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa and is survived by my mom Bea Acevedo... and us. His kids."

Frank A. Ambrosio

In a post on the Message Board from Joe Ambrosia, dated 20 January 2012:

"Dad passed early in 1980; mom lived until 101 years passing last year. A Navy man myself, I knew Dad served although he never discussed the War or experiences. Going through old boxes and papers just today, I found his Identification card, Shellback Ancient Order card and many other documents. I never knew the name of his two ships. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of crew and family members of the U.S.S. Euryale I have enjoyed reading all of the entries, articles and looking at photos. I can't tell you how appreciative I am of everyone's efforts. I remember as a small boy meeting another of the crew a Jimmy Carfagno (use to play the xylophone. I will make copies of some of the old photos and send them along. Again thank you."

Lee R. Kerstetter

In an email from Gary Kerstetter, dated 2 March 2012:

"My father, Lee R. Kerstetter, Seaman 2/c Deck and Navigation Division, passed away in 1991. I was just taking a break from work and happened on this site. Dad told me many stories about his navy days and I am glad to see that his ship and shipmates are not forgotten."

Gayle J. Davis

In an email from Kirk L. Davis, dated 30 April 2012:

"My father Gayle J. Davis served on the U.S.S. Euryale in 1944-45. He passed away in Lincoln, Nebraska, on September 2003. He was very proud of his service and his family was very proud of him. Thanks to all who served."

Susan DelMonte

In an email from Connie (DelMonte), dated 18 September 2012:

"This is Charlie Delmonte's daughter Connie ... I wanted to let you know my Mom, Sue, passed away on Aug 25th."

You may view Susan's obituary here.

Elise Giguere

In an email from Omer Giguere, dated 22 September 2012:

"To let you know that my wife Elise Giguere died of cancer July 11, 2012."

You may view Elise's obituary here.

Howard H. Hagman

In an email from Cliff Hagman, dated 23 September 2012:

"I found some USS Euryale material in my father's personal items after he passed in March. I am sad to report that you may add his name to the Tribute list on the website. It has been a pure pleasure to discover this information about Dad's ship, of which he spoke rarely, but obviously with great memories. Dad was Howard H. Hagman, Pharm Mate 1st Class. Thank you, Cliff Hagman."

Robert L. Culp

In an email from Dick Millington, dated 12 December 2012:

Robert L. Culp
Robert L. Culp

"Iv'e been asked by Carolyn Culp, Bob's widow, to infrom the USS Euryale crew, the passing of Robert L. Culp (Bob) on Dec, 7, 2012. Bob died of congestive heart failure and other complications.

It's been very difficult for me to remember and write about my best friend's passing. For starters, there were 5 of us crewmen, all plank owners, that palled around during our tour on the USS Euryale (AS-22), James Logan MOMM 2/c, Ray Ragati MMOM 1/c, John Schulz, EM 2/c, Bob and me.

Bob was EM 2/c and I was MOmm2/c. We stood watch together in the ships main engine room. He had the ships generators and I had the engine room.

We were stationed togther at Long Island , while waiting for the Euryale to be finished at the shipyard. Bob lucked out and became a " Soda Jerk" , I became a Life Guard. I asked Bob to go for a swim, only problem was it was restricted to Officers hours only, and we got caught and were both fired then sent off to the marching grinder for punishment. Guess we "enlisted " sailors contaminated the pool water!

Bob's home was Norristown , PA, He played the trumpet in the all state high shool band, also he played reveille on the ships loud speaker to wake up the crew. We gave him a bad time for waking us so early. He also played in the ships dance band, and was very good. Bob took me home to Norristown to celebrate Christmas and meet his family.

After the war ended, we both had the required 80 points to be discharged, however, we both were frozen to our jobs and didn't get out until 2-27-46. Bob came home with me to Long Beach, CA for one week, then took a long hard bus ride to home in Norristown.

Over the years we visited back and forth. Communicated by E-mail and phone. Then along with others Bob helped for the USS Euryale Ships reunion association. Along with our wifes, we attended most of the reunions accross the country. had great times reminising only about the good times forgetting the bad ones.

My wife Marion, Bob's wife Carolyn along with Bob and I traveled togther, even on the ship "Disney Magic", maiden crusie, and couple time to Hawaii.

I could write a book on our Navy experiences, this has been extremely difficult to write but I'm very honored that Carolyn asked me. Bob will be missed by his many, many friends."

Best Friend,
Dick Millington

Theodore T. Aubry

In an email from Ted Aubry, dated 30 January 2013:

" My grandfather, Theodore T. Aubry, served on the Euryale 1945 to 1946. He passed away July 23, 2012."

Edward Michael Hines

In an email from Sandy Cole, dated 18 April 2013:

"While doing family research, I came across an honorable discharge certificate that belonged to my uncle, Edward Michael Hines, from 3/3/1946. He died in 1971 but I couldn't see from the picture of the 1970 reunion whether he attended or not."

Lt. George L. Carey

In an email from Bill Carey, dated 4 December 2013:

"It is with great sadness that I advise you of the death of my father, Lt. George L. Carey on December 3, 2013. He died peacefully at home with family at his side. He had many wonderful memories of his service in the United States Navy, and spoke frequently about his experiences."

Tom Jolly

In an email from Carolyn Culp, dated 10 January 2014:

"I received a Christmas card from Dolores Jolly, the wife of Tom. She informed me that Tom died on August 28, 2013."

Alfred Picciottoli

In an email from Joseph Papeo, dated 23 January 2014:

"I'm contacting you because I wanted to inform you about my grandfather. He died two years ago, but I can say he was happy and loved. However, I also wanted to say thank you. This page means a lot to me and I'm sure it means a lot to him in heaven. He always used to talk with pride about his service in the navy, and he's the reason I want to join when I'm old enough (I even have his rifle and his uniform). I've been looking for information on his ship for a while, and I'm so glad I found this page."

Alex A. Gondola

In an email from Susan (Gondola) Smith, dated 28 March 2014:

As you know from talking with my sister, Karen, my dad has passed away. It was such a long, painful process and difficult for our family to witness. We spent lots and lots of family time together over the last few months and tried our best to make him comfortable. He will be greatly missed by so, so many people.

Dad had a way of lighting up a room with his smile, making friends everywhere he went, and fiercely loved his family. Not long ago, he said to us that he wasn't afraid of dying, he just wasn't ready to leave his family.

He was always talking about his time in the Navy and proudly wore his various Navy hats with all their pins and service ribbons on them. He was a very proud American.

He is in a beautiful place now, with no more pain or suffering, joining all of the rest of his friends and family that went before him.

I am sending you his obituary with all the memorial services included as maybe someone still in the area may want to attend one of them.

Thank you for posting it for our family. We appreciate all that you do to keep this site going. Best regards, Sue

Alex Gondola
Alex A. Gondola

Alex A. Gondola

Worcester, MA--Alex A. Gondola, 91, died at the Health Center of The Willows on March 27, after a long illness. He was born in Fairfield, CT on February 27, 1923, the son of Alex and Szuzana (Tarnoczi) Gondola. He was raised in Bridgeport, CT and attended Bridgeport schools. Mr. Gondola was a veteran of WW II, serving in the Pacific Theater as a Petty Officer Second Class on the USS Eurayle, a submarine tender, and in occupied Japan. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Kassay on October 30, 1948 in Fairfield, CT.

Mr. Gondola was employed by Edgcomb Steel of New England for thirty-nine years, and participated in its growth from a small Nashua startup to the largest corporation of its type in New England. He organized the first Edgcomb warehouse in Nashua in 1951, and served as Edgcomb's Manager of Warehouses from 1951 to 1968. He was made Vice President of Plant Operations in 1968, and oversaw all Edgcomb facilities throughout New England, New York and Maryland. He received the Arthur W. Moody Achievement Award for service to Edgcomb in 1960, and was a regionally recognized expert in the metals service industry.

Mr. Gondola lived in Hollis, NH for fifty years. After retiring in 1985, he also maintained a winter residence at Circle Bay Yacht Club in Stuart, FL for twenty-seven years. In 2001 he moved his summer residence from Hollis to West Boylston, MA. He and his wife, Betty, moved to The Willows in May, 2013.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed watching sports, deep sea fishing, woodworking and gardening. Mr. Gondola traveled extensively, to all fifty states and eighteen foreign countries on six continents. He was an enthusiastic dancer, particularly in the polka and Hungarian csardas. He was devoted to his family. During his years in Hollis he hosted numerous family reunions, entertaining up to eighty relatives on his property for up to four days at a time. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Mr. Gondola was a member of the Hollis Congregational Church, where he served as a Trustee, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Sampson Veterans Association, Fraternal Order of Elks, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, New England Iron League, Boy Scout Troop 12 Committee, Nashua Country Club and was an Associate Member of the First United Methodist Church of Stuart, FL.

Family members include his wife of 65 years, three children, The Rev. Alex Gondola, Jr. and his wife Bonnie of Amherst, NH, Karen Midi and her husband Robert of Craftsbury, VT and Susan Smith and her husband Robert of West Boylston, MA; six grandchildren, Lauren Midi of Salida, CO, Andrew Gondola of San Francisco, CA, Kaitlyn Smith and her husband Andrew Grote of Weymouth, MA, Robyn Midi of Newport, VT, Megan LeClair and her husband Travis of Hopkinton, MA and Colby Smith of Milford, MA; and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elza G. Perigyi of Fairfield, CT and Eleanor G. Bodner of Queensbury, NY, and numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death in 1996 by a step-sister, Ethel G. Hunyor and a brother Josef Gondola in 2006.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Congregational Church of Hollis, NH on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11 AM., The First Congregational Church of Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, April 6, 2014 and on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11 AM at the Willows in Worcester, MA. There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be private at The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Gondola's name to the Beacon Hospice, 36 Williams Street, Leominster, MA 01453 or to the Capital Fund Campaign of the First Congregational Church of Milford, NH, PO Box 188, Milford, NH 03055 . Arrangements are in the care of the Neptune Society.

Hugh Joseph Dougher

From an Online Search, dated 21 January 2015:

Hugh Dougher
Hugh Dougher

The obituary was taken from The Times-Tribune, Scranton, PA:

Hugh Joseph Dougher, age 88, of Stroudsburg, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

He leaves his devoted wife of 62 years, Joan (Early) Dougher; his six children, their spouses and his 19 grandchildren: Hugh Joseph III (Melissa) Dougher and their children, Hugh IV and Patrick of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; Victor Dougher of Stroudsburg, Pa.; Joseph (Laura) Dougher and their children, Kevin, Kelly, Kayla, Kaitlyn, Kenneth, Kristen, Kieran and Kara of Saylorsburg, Pa.; Shawn Dougher and his children, Kyle and Zachary of Stroudsburg, Pa.; Mauri (Michael) Sullivan and their children, Michael, Kathryn, Dylan and Andrew of Havertown, Pa.; and Amy (James) Clegg and their children, Jack, Diana and Ryan of Clarks Summit, Pa.

Hugh was born in Archbald, Pa., on May 23, 1926, the son of the late Hugh Joseph Dougher Sr. and Veronica Naylor Dougher. He was predeceased by his brothers, Gerard and Charles Dougher; and his sister, Ann Jeanette Moran.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served on a submarine tender, the USS Euryale. He and his fellow sailors were amongst the first Americans to occupy Japan after the treaty was signed.

Hugh retired from Patterson-Kelley Company as an electrician in 1992 after 42 years. He was a devoted family man and enjoyed traveling with his wife and participating in many outdoor activities with his children. He was especially proud of finishing the New York City Marathon twice in his 50's with impressive finishing times for his age group.

He was a member of Saint Luke's Catholic Church in Stroudsburg.

Irving Osborne Gore

In an email from Bob Gore, dated 11 February 2015:

"I just wanted to let you know of the passing of Irving Osborne Gore 1915-2008. I am his nephew and was researching our family tree when I discovered that my uncle "Bill" served on the USS Euryale from Dec 43 until Oct 45. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed life in his home state of Va. I am sure he would like to salute his mates and wish them the best of luck."

Fred J. Julien, Sr.

In an Online Search, dated 5 June 2015:

Fred Julien
Fred Julien

Fred Joseph Julien Senior, 91, of Atascadero, CA, died on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. He was a self-made- man who was quite a character. After meeting him, it was certain you wouldn't forget him

He was born in December, 1923 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Alfred and Rose Julien. He grew up with three brothers and one sister in Sparta, Illinois and served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Euryale during World War II. After the war he got married and headed out for San Diego, Calif., with his new bride, Rosemary Plew Julien.

Fred is survived by his 4 children: Lloyd Julien (Donna), Linda Neill (Robert), Fred Julien Jr. (Judy), and Mark Julien; 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren and his best friend, Buddy, his black lab retriever.

Harold George Roth

In an email from Gordon Roth, dated 15 December 2015:

"My Dad served on USS Euryale in 1945 joining her at Pearl and sailing to Sasebo to help prepare subs for disposal. The navy educated him in pharmacy which was his career. He passed October 28, 2015 at age 89."

Mr. Roth's obituary:

Harold Roth
Harold Roth

Harold George Roth, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Millcroft Nursing Home in Newark, DE. He was born December 5, 1925, in Camden, NJ, to the late George Henry and Laura May (Reppert) Roth.

Harold was studying pharmacology, when he entered the Navy in 1944. There he served for 2-1/2 years, on several ships and facilities. It was a time in his life that he looked back on with pride. He worked and owned various independent pharmacies before going to work for "Happy Harry's", from which he retired.

He enjoyed playing games with his family and friends, especially board games involving strategy, card games, ping pong or just relaxing in the yard, pitching horseshoes or some croquet. Harold served as a Scout Master for his sons' troop. He was a member of the Masons, St. John's Lodge #2 AF & AM in old New Castle, DE. He was known as a man with "a great sense of humor, kind and gentle, and well loved by all those who met him".

He survived by his sons, Daniel Roth and his wife Maria "Katy", of Hatfield, PA, Gordon Roth, and his wife, Doris, of Hockessin, DE, and Russell Roth, and his wife, Donna, of Lake Forest, CA; a brother, Roy Roth, of Chapel Hill, NC; six grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Jessie,

A Masonic Service will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, Inc., 122 West Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Funeral service will follow. Family and friends may visit one hour prior, beginning at 10:30. Burial will be 1PM at the Delaware Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Bear, DE. In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution checks can be made to "Wounded Warrior Project" or "American Cancer Society" and sent c/o the funeral home. To send an online condolence, visit

Richard Millington

In an email from Carolyn Culp, dated 8 April 2016:

Richard Millington
Richard Millington

"I got a call from Marion Millington this morning regarding the passing of Dick on his birthday, April 6, 2016."

From the ChicoER obituaries: Richard Lyle Millington, 92, of Oroville, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Oroville. Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society of Northern California, Chico Branch.

Chester a. Coulter

In an email from Michael Coulter, dated 26 May 2016:

Chester Coulter
Chester Coulter

My father Chester A. Coulter passed away in his sleep, at home, early May 12, 2016. He had been dealing with COPD for about 6 years.

He was drafted into the Navy Feb. 1944, when I was 2 years old. After "boot camp" at GLNTC he reported to Fire Control School in San Diego, CA. After FC School, a troop transport under contract took him and others to Melbourne, Australia to report aboard the U.S.S. Euryale. But the Euryale had been ordered to Perth, in western Australia. The Navy put them on a train to go to Perth. Boy, the stories he told me about that trip ! After that he never ate mutton again! I have many items he made from used material, in his off duty hours.

After he was Honorably Discharged in January, 1946 at Samson, N.Y. he returned home to Mom and me and all the family in Greenville, PA. He became a journeyman carpenter with help from the G.I. Bill. In July, 1949 a second son came along. In 1954 he formed his own contracting business. In the summer of 1959 we relocated to warm, sunny Tucson, AZ. He became a building inspector for the City of Tucson. After retiring in September, 1980 he took up woodturning as a hobby. In 1992 he and Mom moved to Tempe, AZ. to be nearer my brother and I and our children.

His wife of 61 years preceded him in death, Dec. 2002. He was a great Dad and I'll miss him. This September he would have been 99 years old.

Jeanne Bradfield

In an email from Bill Bradfield, dated 10 July 2017:

Jeanne Bradfield
Jeanne Bradfield

"My dad was a radioman on the Euryale. He passed in 2011 at age 89, a true hero to me. His bride, my mom, Jeanne, passed this Spring on Easter Sunday at 92. They were bricks in the wall of the greatest generation."

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