Items of Interest to our Shipmates



Our shipmate, Sterling Funck served on both the Lee and the U.S.S. Calvert (APA-32).
Our friend, Chris Funck, Sterling's grandson, is the webmaster for the Calvert website (, and he has found some interesting camoflage design
drawings and photos of the Lee, and he has sent them to us.

To view a larger version of this drawing, go to this link:

...and photo links to the Naval History website:


by Dr. Allan Callow

One of our late shipmates, DR. ALLAN CALLOW, had published a book about his combat experiences aboard the Lee!

"The Man On The Ground" is available at and other bookstores.


Sheboygan, WI now boasts the largest flag and flagpole
in the United States.

Located at:

2800 S. Taylor Drive
Sheboygan, WI
The Flag measures 60 ft. x 120 ft. and Pole is 400 ft. tall !
See Link: Roadside America
Submitted by: Mike Heili

Another website to visit...
One of our shipmates, BILL TAYLOR has entered his profile
on this website. You can find Bill's story by clicking 'Browse"
on the MyWarHistory website, or just use this direct link:

Thanks, Joe and Joanne!!

A Copy of the
USS Harry Lee

sent to us by Shipmate Joe Miceli
and his daughter,

"Wackiest Ship the Navy Ever Saw"  
HERE for a  
Newspaper Article from 35-40 years ago
about the USS HARRY LEE!

sent to us by
daughter of Shipmate ARTHUR L McELHINEY

Here is the story of the Battle of Antietam.

Antietam resulted in nine times as many Americans killed or wounded (23,000 soldiers) as took place on June 6, 1944--D-day, the so-called "longest day" of World War II.* Also consider that more soldiers were killed and wounded at the Battle of Antietam than the deaths of all Americans in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, and Spanish-American War combined.

Read this   Battle of Antietam

It must have been an awesome scene!

Submitted by Warren Mooers



Any photos of any of the
first four reunions
would be greatly appreciated.

Photos can be e-mailed,
preferably as jpegs or gifs:

Jim Saldutti


Help preserve our Sea Service Veterans’ military history
by enrolling them in the U.S. Navy Memorial’s


Click HERE for more details
26 Shipmates are currently listed in the NAVY LOG

To view the list of USS Harry Lee members:

1. Click on this link:
2. Scroll down to "Search by Duty Station".
3. Type in: "USS Harry Lee  APA-10"
4. Click on "Find It"
5. Scroll down to list of Lee crew members.

Click on "View Log" to see each shipmate's entry



Flag Made of Flowers!

Between the field where the flag is planted there are 9+ miles of flower fields that go all the way to the Ocean. The flowers are grown by seed companies. It's a beautiful place close to Vandenberg AFB.

Checkout the dimensions of the flag.  The 2002 Floral Flag is 740 feet long and 390 feet wide and maintains the proper Flag dimensions as described in Executive Order #10834.

This Flag covers 6.65 acres and is the first Floral Flag to be planted with 5 pointed stars comprised of White Larkspur.

Each star is 24 feet in diameter; Each stripe is 30 feet wide.

This Flag is estimated to contain more than 400,000 Larkspur plants with 4-5 flower stems each for a total of more than 2 million flowers.

You can drive by this flag on V Street,  south of Ocean Ave. in  Lompoc, CA.  

Photo courtesy of Bill Morson


Before You Go

The elderly parking lot attendant wasn't in a good mood. Neither was Sam Bierstock. It was around 1 a.m., and Bierstock, a Delray Beach , Fla., eye doctor, business consultant, corporate speaker and musician, was bone tired after appearing at an event.

He pulled up in his car, and the parking attendant began to speak. "I took two bullets for this country and look what I'm doing," he said bitterly.

At first, Bierstock didn't know what to say to the World War II veteran. But he rolled down his window and told the man,
"Really, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you."

Then the old soldier began to cry.

"That really got to me," Bierstock says.

Bierstock, 58, and John Melnick, 54, of Pompano Beach - a member of Bierstock's band, Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Band - have written a song inspired by that old soldier in the airport parking lot.

The mournful "Before You Go" does more than salute those who fought in WWII. It encourages people to go out of their way to thank the aging warriors before they die.

"If we had lost that particular war, our whole way of life would have been shot," says Bierstock, who plays harmonica. "Every ethnic minority would be dead. And the soldiers are now dying at the rate of about 2,000 every day. I thought we needed to thank them."

The song is striking a chord. Within four days of Bierstock placing it on the Web, the song and accompanying photo essay have bounced around nine countries, producing tears and heartfelt thanks from veterans, their sons and daughters and grandchildren.

"It made me cry,"wrote one veteran's son. Another sent an e-mail saying that only after his father consumed several glasses of wine would he discuss "the unspeakable horrors" he and other soldiers had witnessed in places such as Anzi o, Iwo Jima, Bataan and Omaha Beach. "I can never thank them enough," the son wrote. "Thank you for thinking about them."

Bierstock and Melnick thought about shipping it off to a professional singer, maybe a Lee Greenwood type, but because time was running out for so many veterans, they decided it was best to release it quickly, for free, on the Web. They've sent the song to Sen. John McCain and others in Washington. Already they have been invited to perform it in Houston for a Veterans Day tribute - this after just a few days on the Web.  They hope every veteran in America gets a chance to hear it.


Turn up your volume and please visit:

Joseph L. Fromm

Wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery at Christmas Time


Today, dear Lord, I'm 80 and there's much I haven't done,
I hope, dear Lord, you'll let me live, until I'm 81

But then, if I haven't finished all I want to do,
Would you let me stay awhile, until I'm 82.

So many places I want to go, so very much to see.
Do you think that you could manage, to make it 83.

The world is changing very fast, there's just so much in store,
I'd like it very much to live until I'm 84.

And if by then I'm still alive,
I'd like to stay till 85.

More planes will be up in the air, so I'd really like to stick.
And see what happens to the world, when I'm 86

I know dear Lord, it's much to ask, (and it must be nice in heaven)
But I certainly would like to stay, until I'm 87.

I know by then I won't be fast, and sometimes will be late,
But it truly would be pleasant, to be here at 88.

I will have seen so many things and had a wonderful time,
So I'm sure that I'll be willing, to leave at 89……..maybe.

                                                                         Mark Corcoran

Submitted by another good friend, DON TRACY - shipmate, U.S.S. Harry Lee

Important Request: To all Shipmates 
From U.S. Dept. of Defense's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

October 25, 2012

As a former member of the Department of Defense's "Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command" (JPAC) in Honolulu, I investigated the case of a MIA from Tarawa who was buried at sea from the USS Harry Lee on November 21, 1943.  The only record that could be located in the archives pertaining to this burial at sea case was a notation in the Harry Lee's deck log listing this deceased individual as having a ring with the initials "WM". My service with JPAC has been concluded but my family charitable foundation has elected to continue the efforts to identify MIA's from WWII, including "WM" from the Harry Lee.  In addition, family members of one of Tarawa's unrecovered dead, may contact the Chief Rick Stone & Family Charitable Foundation for a comprehensive "Family Report" designed specifically for their missing serviceman. This report will contain information regarding any possible match to any of those interred as “Unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Our web site is

If possible, I would like to communicate with someone who might have information on this case.  Specifically, someone who was actually on board the Harry Lee at the time with information on how the casualties were processed, identified, etc. In other words, were the deceased casualties fingerprinted, photographed, described based on height, weight, race, hair color, etc. or any identifying information on their uniforms such as rank, stenciled numbers, etc.? Just something to help me know if a record even exists and any clues on where to look. 

If you have any information you feel is helpful, please contact me via email at
Rick Stone 
Chief of Police (Ret.)