Dedicated to the men who manned the ships
and the embarked composite squadrons
of Task Unit 77.4.3 (Taffy III)
on October 25, 1944


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takes a pounding 
from the IJN heavy cruiser CHIKUMA



Copyright U.S.S. Saint Lo. CVE 63/VC65 Association


by Richard C. Moore

The first U.S. naval vessel to be sunk by a kamikaze,
the SAINT LO is abandoned by her crew as her own
ammunition  blows her apart. 
Commissioned as the
U.S.S. MIDWAY, CVE 63 and a member of the thirteen-ship
task unit Taffy III, the SAINT LO was one of five ships in the
group sunk on the 
same day in the Battle of Leyte Gulf
off the island of Samar  in the Philippines,
October 25, 1944.


In remembrance; Lost October 25, 1944

Lost in action, 126 men

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Added by Anonymous
March 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing these amazing photos. My uncle, James O. Sheldon, was on board the USS St. Lo when she sank in the Battle of Leyte off Samar. He was in the water for four hours before being picked up by the USS Dennis. Jim was an 18-year-old Aviation Mechanic. He passed away on March 20, 2013.
Added by rmf222
September 20, 2013

To the person who's uncle is James Sheldon. Every year there is a reunion for the men of the St. Lo and the men of the USS Dennis. If you would like further information let me know. Sorry to hear about the passing of your Uncle, everyone of them are certainly heroes.
Added by Anonymous
December 17, 2013

Hi, my uncle, Elmer O. Aycock was killed when the ship was struck by the kamakazi. If it would be possible I would like to get the information about the reunion. My e-mail is
Thank you so much
John Aycock

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Added by jj-juju
November 29, 2014

I have just found that my brother Jesse E. Jones of the U.S.S. Kitkun Bay and my brother in law Glennon Joseph Walsh of the U.S.S. Kalinin Bay, was both in the battle of Samar in the Leyte Gulf, at the same time. Unfortunately my Brother passed away 6 weeks ago and has never talked about this battle. He was 88 when he passed and was 17 when he enlisted in WWII. Retired after 20 yrs active service and 10 yrs reserves. Jesse is now buried at the National Cemetary in Portland Oregon. I wish he would have told me about some of his "secrets" but I do (kind of) understand, him not saying. I idolized my two older brother both of them served Honorably and retired from the service of their country. Snubby my other brother was in Korea and saw a lot of fighting, wounded once and lost presumed dead another time. He was found after 6 weeks in the jungles there. I wish I had only known some of what they went through so I could have honored them even more.
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