I’m currently working on development of crew profiles as well as attempting to verify the living status and unknown status of many. While the site stats show 76 living, the vast majority of those shown as living have not been in contact for 10 years or longer. At the current time I can only verify nine are still living at this time based on personal contact within the past three years. Seven of the nine I have personally visited with within the past two months and of the remaining two one in the past 14 months and the other three years ago.
Eugene “Gene” Clift
Charles “Chuck” DeMann
Irving “Bill” Gale
Russel Norris Grunhuvd
Ignatius “Iggy” Guillaumin
If you are aware of others who are still verified as living and can provide me with contact information or obituary information please contact me so I can update our site to provide as accurate information as possible.
July 11, 2012
The brief entries for all crew who served aboard the U.S.S. Little (DD 803) at one point in time or another have been added.
As per several official USN documents I have been able to determine that on May 3, 1945 there were 339 individual aboard the DD 803 when she was attacked. 320 enlisted men and 19 officers manned their battle stations in a valiant effort to fight off the incoming Kamikaze attacks. When all was said and done the DD 803 was lost. 31 of her crew were killed as a result of action on this day along with another 52 suffering physical wounds.
In addition to these 339 individuals we currently have a list of 26 others who served aboard the DD 803 prior to that fateful day in May. I have verified that 13 of these men were on-board (transferred off before May 3, 1945) via USN documents, while the remaining 13 were talked about by former crew. I will continue to adjust this area to best reflect and give credit to time served aboard the DD 803, as my goal is to maintain a site that is as historically accurate as possible.
July 1, 2012
The U.S.S. Little DD 803 website you are now seeing is the “New” and hopefully “improved” site! My goal was to release my 6th redesign of the site at the DD803’s Survivors’ Reunion in May but life and work prevented it from happening.
While I had hoped to have the crew profiles implemented by the release a server failure with the last site version has forced me to migrate to the site you are seeing today. I’m working at getting the crew added as fast as I can, so I appreciate your patience as well as your feedback on the new site layout.
Welcome Aboard and enjoy your visit to the DD 803!
January 8, 2012
Worked on the crew list and wish list for the museum project today. Official U.S. Naval documentation shows, at the time of sinking, a crew compliment of 340: 7 dead, 29 missing and 63 wounded.
The final survivors roster shows that there were 339 crew on board at the time of sinking and of those 30 were lost and 52 wounded due to action during the battle.
US Naval ships participating in the transfer of survivors were the U.S.S. Solace, USS Crescent City (APA-21) and U.S.S. Gosper (APA-170)
January 7, 2012
This weekend I have been working on site cleanup, reorganization and adding new information. My goal continues to focus on providing a clean, easy to use and informative site.
I’ve added two new areas this weekend. First you should notice the WORKING ON page from the top right menu. This page will provide you with an overview of items I have yet to add to the site. As you navigate the current site you will notice that some links will take you to blank pages or pages with limited information. Typically those are the pages I have yet to complete. Check the WORKING ON page and if you see those pages still listed there be assured that the information I have for those pages is still in the development and data entry stage.
Finally I have added the A Dream section. My overall goal is not only to provide a digital web-based perspective of the U.S.S. Little DD 803, but to also develop and eventually open the U.S.S. Little DD 803 Museum & Research Center. To find out more on that project click on the A Dream link at the top left of the page main menu bar.
Thanks for continuing to visit the DD 803!