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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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BOSAMAR logo:  USS GAMBIER BAY (CVE 73)
takes a pounding 
from the IJN heavy cruiser CHIKUMA

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

U.S.S. SAINT LO (CVE-63)

"THE END OF A FIGHTING SHIP"
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.


USED BY PERMISSION

In remembrance; Lost October 25, 1944

Lost in action, 126 men

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3 Comments
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 mrdad56@gmail.com
Thank you so much
John Aycock

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