Unfortuneately, I lost all entries prior to the ones displayed. A third party site that hosted the guestbook stopped supporting it. Only the last few entries were preserved.The guestbook now resides here.
Submitted by Name: Stan Knipp From: Laurel, Md. E-mail: Contact
Comments: I am trying to solve a small mystery concerning my uncle, Stanley W. Knipp, CW2, killed on the Marblehead in the Battle of the Massacre Straits. Looking him up on the WWII Memorial site shows him as a crew member of the USS Houston. Further, checking the USS Houston site, he is listed as a Houston crew member. I'm corresponding with the USS Houston site crew, and we're trying to determine if he (and others?) may have served on both ships, or one of the crew lists is in error? I have a letter from him to my father written on Marblehead letterhead, and my father told me he served on the Marblehead. And did anyone know my uncle (granted, not many left to tell that tale, but I thought I'd ask.) Thanks for anything anyone can contribute.
Admin reply: For Stan Knipp in Laurel MD from Ray Kester currently in Lake Ridge VA regarding your uncle Ships Cook Second Class, SC2, killed aboard Marblehead.
It is highly probable that he served aboard Houston, CA30 as well as Marblehead, CL12---I also served aboard Houston and was supposed to be at the same General Quarters Station where he was injured. I knew him but not well.
When ships were assigned to foreign stations they were usually full complement and then reassign people as needed. Most people served two year duty assignments.
Raymond D. Kester, CWO4, (USN RET)
Added: October 27, 2016
Submitted by Name: Jan Beames (nee Poe) From: Brisbane, Australia E-mail: Contact
Comments: My late father was John Dewitt Poe Jr. Dad came to Brisbane after being in hospital in Melbourne, Victoria recovering from burns sustained on the Marblehead. He married my mother in 1944 and they returned to San Diego where my sister was born in 1945. They returned to Australia in 1948 and Dad died in Brisbane in 1985. He never spoke much about the war at all and what I know I read in letters he sent back to his family in Arizona. I have a copy of the Story of Dr Wassell - a remarkable story. The story of the Marblehead is a remarkable story as well.
Added: September 24, 2016
Submitted by Name: Richard Brent Garmon, Jr. From: Bowling Green, KY. E-mail: Contact
Comments: My grandfather Andrew "Andy" Richard Garmon served on the USS Marblehead. My Papa was my hero and he unfortunately passed away in February of 1995. He did not speak very often of his days in the Navy but when I was 16 he told me the story of the Marblehead and the unbelievable voyage that it made. It was the only time in my life that I ever saw my Papa cry. He was the inspiration for my career in the US Air Force and I'm so grateful and so blessed to have had him as my grandfather. God bless the sailors of the USS Marblehead.
Added: July 4, 2016
Submitted by Name: James MacDonald From: Vancouver Canada E-mail: Contact
Comments: My Grandfather Frank Lien Mousseau Served On The Marblehead. He Lost Most of his hearing and a kidney while on board. He Unfortunately Passed on in 1999.
Added: May 10, 2016
Submitted by Name: Janice From: Leinweber E-mail: Contact
Comments: My father-in-law was Joseph Leinweber and he was on the Marblehead. He was burnt from head to toe when the phosphorous bomb first hit the Marblehead and he received schrapnel in his back & legs and lost part of both ears and when the 2nd bomb hit and he was burned again and thrown into the Java Sea his skin peeled off. Dr. Wassell saved his life on Java. Navy doctors told him he probably wouldn't live to 35 or ever have children. He was stubborn, he was an advisor to the movie, he got married and had 2 children. He had Joe Jr, my husband, and also had a daughter. Dad finally left this earth on Dec 15 at age 92 but meeting Martha McGee mad his day on an Honor Air Flight. His name was changed to Johnny Leinweber in the movie, but was shown chasing nurses because of his love of nurses.
Added: April 6, 2016
Submitted by Name: Jeanne Schaefer From: Illinois E-mail: Contact
Comments: Walter Jarvis, who was I believe a chief electrical engineer, was my landlord and friend for many years. He had mentioned being on the Marblehead, but no details. I found a website that described the battle and told that Walter Jarvis made his way down thru the ship to correct some electrical problems that saved some men and stopped a combination that would have caused additional explosions. Will try to relocate and post it very impressive article
Added: April 2, 2016
Submitted by Name: Sheri Hopkins From: Plattsmouth nebraska E-mail: Contact
Submitted by Name: Danny D. Meehan, SMC, USN (ret) From: Maricopa, AZ E-mail: Contact
Comments: My Father, James A. Meehan, was GM3 aboard Marblehead during the attack. He was a survivor. After the war he married and and had four children. He lived and worked in Northern Indiana. 09/20/1921-05/05/1964. This is a great website. Keep it up.
Added: June 7, 2015
Submitted by Name: Toni Hopkins From: San Diego, CA E-mail: Contact
Comments: I'm the youngest daughter of Benjamin Grover Hopkins (Hoppy). I had no idea about this site until my nephew googled my father's name. We are so pleased to know there is a rememberence out there for my Dad! His wife Rosemary Hopkins is still on this earth living in the same house they lived in together in San Diego. Thank you for honoring my Dad.
Added: April 28, 2015
Submitted by Name: harvey peskin From: nyc
Comments: I originally saw the movie "The Story of Dr Wassel" as a 10 year old in 1944 and finally was able to see it again today. After viewing the movie I wondered what became of the Marblehead. This website answered that question. Many thanks.