by Vincent L. Saldutti


September 26-29, 2018
Springfield / Branson, MO


I am very sorry to report that my dad, Vincent L.Saldutti,
passed away on Wednesday morning, December 6, 2017.

We had celebrated his 98th birthday the previous Saturday, and we had enjoyed a very happy Thanksgiving. He was in good spirits and really enjoyed being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But he had been battling congestive
heart failure so his passing was not a complete surprise.

Besides his family, one of his greatest joys was creating this website. He loved his days on the Harry Lee, and he loved
the shipmates that he served with. Many of his friends
discovered the site and contacted him by email. He
cherished each and every one of those contacts.

If you were one of the shipmates or family members who contacted us over the past twenty years, thank you so much! Your messages, the information you provided, and the photos you sent, brought great joy to Vince.

Jim Saldutti


Dedicated to all who served aboard the USS Harry Lee  

This website is dedicated to the officers and enlisted men 
who served aboard the USS Harry Lee, APA-10,
an Assault Tranport during the Second World War.

The USS Harry Lee participated in seven (7) initial invasions:

  • the first on July 10, 1943, in the landing at Scoglitti, Sicily.

She returned to the States with German prisoners, who were units of "The Desert Fox" Rommel's famed "Afrika Korps", which boarded in Mers El Kabir, North Africa. 
Soon after her arrival in the States, the Lee was assigned to the Pacific theater, where she participated in six more invasions:

  • Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, 20 November 1943, Kwajelein, Marshall Islands, 31 January 1944, Aitape,New Guinea, 19 April 1944, Guam, Marianas Islands, 21 July 1944, Lingayen Gulf, Philippines, 7 January 1945, and
  • Iwo Jima, 19 February 1945.

After months of transferring and training, the Lee moved from island
to island in the months that followed.  Then on 20 July 1945, she got
underway for San Francisco, CA, proceeding independently, arriving
 8 August 1945 - a great day - V.J. Day!

On 29 September, the long-awaited destination: Tokyo, Japan.

I would like to express thanks to Patrick Smith of Saxton, PA, Eugene McAndrews,
Walter Ward, Colby Hinton, Don Tracy, Bob McCarty, Jim Vannest,
and to all others who have contributed to locating and bringing together shipmates,
and remembering those who have passed on.

Thank you, Pat, for that phone call I received from you that evening in 1992, initiating the reunion
of those of us who shared a great comradery onboard the USS Harry Lee.
Your newsletters that we receive are a great comfort for those of us who cannot
physically get to meet each other in person.

Your friend and shipmate, Vince Saldutti, PhM/2C
August 8, 2018
We have been notified by our friend Glynna Morse via the USS Calvert 'Calversion' Newsletter that our shipmate Emery Parker had passed away on September 22, 2017. Emery's obituary has been posted on his roster page. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emery and Delores' wonderful family.
July 17, 2018
Sgt. Fred Ott, US Army, was aboard the Lee when it deployed to the Philippines. Fred's son, Calvin, provided information which is posted on Fred's page.
June 13, 2018
We have been notified by Mike Heili, son of Shipmate Robert D. Heili, that Robert had served aboard the Lee for all 7 invasions. Robert's page has been added to the Roster.
June 6, 2018

Our good friend Dwayne Bartley has sent a photo of his father, which has been added to Charles' page. Dwayne would love to hear from any Lee shipmates or their families. Dwayne can be contacted by email at dwayne_bartley@hotmail.com

June 6, 2018

Dwayne Bartley has also sent photos of a 1944 War Ballot completed by Shipmate Michael Bauderer. The photos can found on Michael's page.

January 19, 2018
We have been notified by our good friend, Dwayne Bartley, son of shipmate Charles Bartley, that another shipmate LEON COOPER, author of the documentary "Return to Tarawa" and his book "90-Day Wonder - Darkness Remembered" had passed away on November 16, 2017 at age 98. Our thoughts and prayers are with Leon's Family. LEON COOPER's OBITUARY

Other News About Our
Shipmates Can Be Found On
The News Page.

USS Harry Lee Crew - 1946
Photo sent to us by Randy Tucker, son of shipmate Julius H. Tucker
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: http://www.navylog.org/
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


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:


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 (www.usscalvert.com), 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: http://usndazzle.com/1Web/DrawingsAK/4T%20APA10.html

...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 Amazon.com and other bookstores.


A Copy of the
USS Harry Lee

sent to us by Shipmate Joe Miceli
and his daughter, Joanne

Thanks, Joe and Joanne!!
"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


NEWS about our Shipmates

E-Mail Jim!

This site was last updated on
Friday, January 19, 2018