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CVE 21/106 Personnel


“A” Division


Radio & Signalmen


Back Row: Robert E. Wolf, William C. Tritt, David W. Harrington, William Williams,

    Louis H. Hellwig, Edward V. Kluss, William H. Davis, Charles C. Foster, Ames F. Ahren,

    J.D. Chamberlain, Arthur R. Devanna

Middle Row: James E. Nipper, Chrisostomo Georgeadis, Harry R. Sharak, James Knapp Jr.,

    Joseph W. Connolly, Stanley J. Maslanka, Robert E. Walsh, Henry Decelles, Virgil J. Colbert,

    JJ Browne, Francis J. Lindgren, Preston T. McManus

Front Row: William C. Colvin, Frances M. Fabian, Gestalter, Gene Brown,

    George P. Overstreet, Claude D. Cairns, Arthur D. Duggan, Martin Weiss, Allen H. Lair,

    Donald M. Cousineau, Miller, Jesse L. Watson




“E” Division

Back Row: Bowman, Hall, Putnam, Urquhart, Schmidt, Bair, Myers

Third Row: Walsh, Firebaugh, Steward, Hurtt, Pattat, Kneip

Second Row: Bergstrom, Kulik, Armstrong, Breen, Booi, Steer

Front Row: Kroner, Weed, Piper, Orsini, Gronau

(Names courtesy of Joe Booi)


“B” Division


“2nd” Division




“K” Division


In the process of creating this website Jack Greer spent much time going over rosters and personnel photos of each ship. Within the Division pictures shown on this page he found that there were three brothers, Clyde, Jack and Gordon Cannon and a brother-in-law of Jack Cannon, Joseph Allen, who all served on these ships at the same time. Such was also the case of George, Henry and James Brasher who were brothers.  They did not serve in the same work divisions nor did they have the same duties. The unusual part of this circumstance is that  Naval Regulations did not permit such multi family service.  This regulation was adopted when the Sullivan family lost five sons that were serving on the cruiser USS Juneau that was sunk during WWII in the Pacific theatre operations.

Brothers following brothers and sons following fathers serving on the same ship is not unusual. An example would be  Captain Logan Ramsey serving as skipper of CVE 21 and then later Ensign Logan Ramsey, Jr serving on CVE 106. The Cannon Brothers and the Brasher Brothers skirted around those regulations. At this late date in time the mystery of why this was allowed will probably never be answered.

Five Chiefs (left)

Back Row:  Larry Kroner, John Amis, Isadore Herbst

Front Row: Joe Booi, Norman Carl Lee


Block Island Band (left)   String Band (right)


Combat Info Center (left)               Catapult Crew (right)


Gunners & Strikers


VC-58 Pilots

First rocket attack on sub 11 Jan 1944. ARM3/c Gertsch; LtJG McFord;

AMM2/c Ryder (VC-58)