U.S.S. HARRY LEE - APA-10
by Vincent L. 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
September 8, 2017

We have been notified by Amber Maurer, daughter of shipmate
DEL KUHN
that Del is currently living in Southern California.
Del's Page has been added to the roster.
Del is a former motocross racer and maintains a website:
TheGrandfathersofMotocross.com
Sept. 27, 2017 will be Del's 92nd birthday. Happy Birthday, Del!

 

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

NAVY LOG OUTREACH

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:
BILL TAYLOR
.
 
 

DRAWINGS and PHOTOS OF THE LEE

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:

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-107000/NH-107708.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/80-G-215000/80-G-215087.html

http://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/NH-47000/NH-47005.html

THANK YOU, CHRIS!

THE MAN ON THE GROUND
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
Magazine

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

Thanks, Joe and Joanne!!
"Wackiest Ship the Navy Ever Saw"  
Click
HERE for a  
Newspaper Article from 35-40 years ago
about the USS HARRY LEE!

sent to us by
H. HAWKEY
daughter of Shipmate ARTHUR L McELHINEY
 

SHIRTS from HULLNUMBER.COM

NEWS about our Shipmates

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This site was last updated on
Monday, March 13, 2017