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My uncle Thomas Howard Moriarty was serving on the Marblehead during the Japanese attack...a very strong swimmer he rescued several shipmates from the burning waters and possibly Dr. Wassell as there was much fuel and oil burning on the water. He then joined the other wounded when they put into Java. Some of the wounded were to be transported on the USS Pecos an Oiler...so my uncle was re-assigned to the Pecos...it was a short trip...without any air cover the Japanese planes spotted them and just took target practice on them. After taking a couple of bomb hits that Oiler started to sink with tremendous amount of fire and burning...once again he tried to pull people out of the burning waters when the ship rolled pulling him under killing him...

Added: July 24, 2019
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Great website. Does anyone know the name of the British officer or unit who helped Doctor Wassell on Java?

Added: June 27, 2019
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I was looking for the book "Where Away" when I found your site. I wanted to send it to my grandchildren. My father was John J. Kelly. He was a sailor on the USS Marblehead during the Java Sea action thru the return to New York City. My father would have been 101 years old next month. He died in 1977. God Bless them all.

Added: March 30, 2019
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Love this site and the dedication which helps keep alive an important part of Naval and WWII history. Your site helps give closure to the families of military personnel lost and understanding to those to young to to have lived through the events chronicled. Thank You.

Added: February 16, 2019
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For POW camps in relation to USS Marblehead and USS Houston see Facebook pages:

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Added: October 1, 2018
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Added: March 6, 2018
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I am a History buff and reading the book 'The Story of Dr Wassell' and watching the movie, has led me to be interested in the history of the Marblehead and Houston, and circumstances surrounding events. My Father fought in Burma but passed away when I was a teen. Keep looking for more information on the war there.
God bless all the men and women who fought in World War II.


Added: September 24, 2017
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I just stopped by to check out the web site and see how it is developing. I love that people are coming here and finding information. Thank you for keeping the web site up and for your updates to its contents.

Added: July 9, 2017
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On this day and others throughout the year,
my thoughts and prayers are with the sailors, marines and national guard members who were aboard the USS Marblehead and the USS Houston in the South Pacific
during February and March 1942.

We are so very grateful for your service.
God Bless you and God Bless the United States of America.

Martha McAlmont Seeton-Magee
granddaughter of Corydon McAlmont Wassell, M.D., USNR


Added: May 29, 2017
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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.

Be Happy,

Raymond D. Kester, CWO4, (USN RET)


Added: October 27, 2016
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