Personal History of Bangust Sailors

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      Jack Hansen SOM1 was born in Oakland, Cailfonia on October 24, 1923 Jack enlisted in San Francisco, California in December, 1942 He went to boot camp at Farragut, Idaho then attended Sound School at San Diego, California. Jack then reported on board the USS Bangiust DE 739 in San Pedro, Califonia in 1943 His on board watch station was the Sound Gear or Radar. For general quarters it was usually the Sound Gear. Jack was discharged at Shoemaker, California in 1945. Jack and Barbara were married in 1949 and had Ten children. In December of 1999 they resided in Patterson, California



      Patrick Curtis EM1 was born in Carthage, New York on April 24, 1925 Patrick enlisted in Watertown, New York in December, 1942 He went to boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois then attended Electricians School at Purdue University. Patrick then reported on board the USS Bangiust DE 739 in San Pedro, Califonia in 1943 His on board watch station was the IC Room or Gyro Compass. For general quarters it was usually the Repair, Midships. Patrick was discharged at Philadelphia, in November 1945. Patrick and Harriette were married in 1946 and had Four children. In December of 1999 they resided in Columbus, Ohio

      The Columbus Dispatch

      Patrick N. Curtis, 79, died September 6, 2004 at Westminster-Thurber Care Center. Resident of Grandview Hts. Retired from Westinghouse Electric Corp. after 36 years. Veteran of U.S. Navy, WW II. Graduate of Purdue University. Past Chairman of American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Preceded in death by brothers Melvin and Paul Curtis. Survived by wife Harriette; children, Linda (Frank) Ray, Mike (Cynthia) Curtis, Mel (partner, Carter Foreman) Curtis, Steve (Julia) Curtis.



      William (Bill) Fairlee MOMM1 was bom in Schenectady, New York on July 07,1923 William (Bill) enlisted in Schenectady, New York in He went to boot camp at Sampson then attended Destroyer Escort School at Norfolk, Virginia. William (Bill) then reported on board the USS Bangiust DE 739 in San Pedro, Califonia in 1943 His on board watch station was the engineering areas. For general quarters it was usually the In charge of Repair 3. Other service stations were none and other branches of the service were none William (Bill) was discharged at Philadelphia, in November 1945. William (Bill) and Eleanor then Galley were married in 1942 then 1966 and had Five children, 12 grandchildren, 4 greatgrand children., In December of 1999 they resided in Alvadore, Oregon



      Edward Capraun SF3 was bom in Trenton, New Jersey on February 6,1919 Edward enlisted in in May 6 1944 He went to boot camp at Sampson, New York then attended unknown at unknown. Edward then reported on board the USS Bangiust DE 739 in August 20, 1944. His on board watch station was the 40 MM Heavy AA Gun. For general quarters it was usually the 1st loader on the 40 MM AA gun. Other service stations were none and other branches of the service were none Edward was discharged at Lido Beach, New York. Edward and Frances were married in 1940 and had two daughters. In December of 1999 they resided in Toms River, New Jersey.

      The Toms River Times

      Edward "Cappy" Capraun, 87, of Toms River, died September 28, 2006 at Community Medical Center, Toms River, New Jersey. Formerly of North Arlington and Mountainside, Capraun made his living first as a home builder, then as a manager of Jaeger Lumber Co., Union and Stirling, for 27 years, retiring 25 years ago. Known by many as "Eddie the Sailor," he participated in many parades in Seaside Heights and was a decorated World War II Navy veteran and awarded the Bronze Star. Capraun was a member of the Destroyers Escort Sailors Association (DESA), past president of the Passaic Lions CLub and the Chamber of Commerce, a founding parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Mountainside, a member of the V.F.W. Post 6063, and a volunteer fireman in North Arlington for seven years.

      Capraun was predeceased by his wife, Frances in 1996. Surviving are two daughters, MaryAnne Arlotta of Linden and Sharon Beamonte of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.



      Michael Preseren QMI was bom in Yukon, Pennsylvania on January 19, 1915 Michael enlisted at Greensburg, Pennsylvania in February 10 1943 He went to boot camp at Sampson, New York then attended Quartermaster School at Sampson, New York. Michael then reported on board the USS Bangiust DE 739 in San Pedro, Califonia in 1943 His on board watch station was the Signal Bridge. For general quarters it was usually the Helmsman Other service stations were USS Joseph P Kennedy DD850 and other branches of the service were None Michael was discharged at Quincy, Massachucetts December 26 1945. Michael and Frances J were married in 1946 and had Five children. In December of 1999 they resided in Quincy, Massachucetts.


      Robert A Zuercher Lt. was born in Brodhead. Wisconsin on November 11, 1914 Robert A enlisted at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He went to boot camp at Great Lakes then attended Officers Training School School at. Robert then reported on board the USS Bangust DE 739 in San Pedro, California in 1943 His on Board watch station was the Bridge. For general quarters it was usually the CIC room or Sonar hut. Other service Stations were none and other branches of the service were None. Robert was discharged at unknown. Robert A and Isabelle were married in November 20, 1941 and had Five children. In December of 1999 they resided in Unknown


      Robert L Johnson FC3 was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 13, 1921 Robert L enlisted at Boston, Massachucetts in March 31 1944 He went to boot camp at Sampson, New York then attended Fire Control School at Newport, Rhode Island. Robert L then reported on board the USS Bangust DE 739 in Eidetic, December 1944 His on board watch station was the Control Talker. For general quarters it was usually the Bridge Other service stations were None and other branches of the service were None Robert was discharged at Philadelphia, January 21 1946. Robert L and Barbara were married in April 25, 1905 and had Five children. In December of 1999 they resided in Woburn, Massachucetts



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