USS MAHAN ASSOCIATION
DD-102 DD-364 DLG-11 DDG-42 DDG-72
July 5, 2010
Well, it looks like that time of the year again and I guess, considering everything that has happened over the past year, it hasn’t been too bad.
I guess that I will kick this edition off with a complaint. The last mailing of the newsletter ended with 57 returns as undeliverable as addressed and several had e-mail addresses that were no good. I would like to let everyone know that returned mail not only costs the price of postage to send it the first time but also costs the price of postage to return it. That amounts to 88 cents per newsletter. Please, if you have a change of snail mail or e-mail address, let me or the webmaster know so that we can get it incorporated into the system. Thanks again in advance.
In March the ship’s store got an order for a coffee mug from David W Russell from the 364. He sent a note about the passing of Margarito Gamboa and an article on the 364 on 7 Dec 44.
I’m so sorry to see Gamboa’s name on the obituary list.
Gamboa saved my life and gun crew the day we were sunk. Two bombers came at us and Gamboa was 40 mm director operator. He hit the plane that exploded just before it hit us. Another plane came at us and he hit it also. I could see the pilot was trying to get the plane down to hit us but he missed by a few feet over our heads. I was the gun captain on number 3 5 inch 38. The pilot wanted to knock out 3 and 4 guns. That is what happened to 1 and 2. I have an article you might like about MAHAN 364 I am doing ok, however I am slowing down. I am pushing 90 years. DWR
And now the article: I don’t know what pub it comes from, it is a photocopy from page 125, Comets Ascending.
This incident of course, was Admiral Osishi’s answer to the complaints from the army and navy about the waste of suicide attacks. The fact was that they were not a waste at all.
Compare the 40 allied warships that were casualties during the first month of the Philippines operations to the zero damage suffered by American forces in the last big battle for the Marianas. The Kamikazes were doing better than the carriers had since the Pearl Harbor attack.
The agony of Leyte did not end easily. On Dec 7 the Americans staged a new amphibious landing at Ormac Bay on the west coast of the island. A little before 10 AM ten planes of the Tsutoko (Emperor’s Service) combined attack squadron appeared above Ormac, led by Lt. Takutsuku Yamamoto. They came in using the torpedo attack technique against two destroyers, the MAHAN and WARD. Several of the fliers opted not to drop their bombs but to fly them in. The first was shot down fifty yards short of the MAHAN. The second struck the destroyer on the forward side. The third and fourth planes were shot down, and the fifth hit the destroyer just abaft of her bridge. The sixth hit her at the waterline. The seventh plane, which had dropped a bomb earlier, strafed and turned away. The eighth plane was hit, but the pilot tried to crash into MAHAN. He missed by only a few yards. The ninth plane passed over, dropped a bomb and disappeared in the clouds.
The MAHAN crew struggled to save the ship, but the flames were too fierce, and before long she was abandoned and sunk by US gunfire.
That meant nine of the ten planes of Lt. Yamamoto’s unit had attacked the MAHAN but several of them had also attacked the WARD. Three of them attacked the destroyer straight away. Lt Yamamoto was probably the first. This plane dived straight in on the WARD, came down in a fast forty five degree dive and struck the ship on the portside above the waterline. The other two were caught by gunners of the American flotilla and crashed before hitting the ship although one did get in a strafing attack on the deck first. LT. YAMAMOTO’S UNIT HAD INDEED GONE TO GLORY.
Quite a story to those who were there, and the rest of us.
A message from our president:
The reunion plans are complete. Check the website, ussmahan.org, for details and to register. We will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington Cemetery this year. It is an impressive ceremony and one you won’t want to miss. Russ Owens is loading up the Ship’s Store so let him know if there is something you want, to make sure he has it in stock. See you in D.C. this fall
All the best,
The following is from the ship’s store:
I would like anyone planning to attend the reunion, who has a need for any of the store items to let me know in advance so I can order their sizes and have them in stock for October. I will be preordering about a month before the reunion, and want to be sure that those who have not attended before, or do not have a polo, hat, etc. to tell me what they will need. I plan to have a restocked store along, but advance orders would be greatly appreciated. So take a look at the store on the website or call Russ at 414-425-9213 for what is available and the costs.
The following are new members since the last newsletter:
Edward H. Redlin RD3 DLG-11 Robert Phillips BM2 DDG-42 Doug McComas BT1 DLG 11
Scott Brownheim BT2 DDG-42 Jefferson Yoder MMC DDG-42 Tony Hawkins BM3 DDG-42
Richard Evans ETN2 DLG-11 Rick Austin MM2 DDG-42
The following were unable to answer roll call:
Michael G. Fleming SN1/c, 20 Jan 2010 DD-364 William Gilliland GMGC, 5 Oct 2009 DLG-11
Jack C Page FN1/c, 26 Feb 2010 DD-364 Capt Frank G Edwards, 9 Jun 2009 DD-364
Bruce "Dukes" White BM2, 1 May 2010 DD-364 A.O. Watts SC1, 8 May 2010 DD-364
May they rest in peace.
I have tried to get in touch with DDG-72 for some information on the ship and their operations but can’t seem to get any information back. Even so, I hope they have smooth sailing.
Dick has informed me that there will be an updated roster available with all the new members. If you have had a change of information please let the webmaster know.
To each and all take care and we’ll see you in DC.
USS MAHAN ASSOCIATION 2010 REUNIONTOUR RESERVATION FORM