Dec 092013
U.S.S.. Raven


War Diary and Log Book of the U.S.S. WAINRIGHT (419),

Destroyers Rate, Commanded by R.H. Gibbs, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. NAVY, Division eight Squadron, Squadron, Atlantic Fleet, Commencing December 1, 1942 at Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York and ending December 31, 1942 at Sea. (This printing only includes December 31, 1942.    CONFIDENTIAL DECLASSIFIED


0-4 Underway.  0020 SS LANCASTER stranded on reef off Point El Hank; distress signals sighted.  0300 Air raid alert sounded.  Sounded general quarters.  Set material condition “Afirm.” Enemy planes attacked Casablanca, French Morocco with bombs.  Planes were illuminated by searchlights and fired on by shore batteries and ships in harbor.  This ship did not participate in the action.  Results were not observed.  R.C. Smart, Lieutenant, USNR.

4-8 Underway.  0508 Secured from general quarters;  set condition of readiness #2MA and material condition “Baker”.  0550 Single enemy bomber was engaged by shore anti-aircraft batteries, and departed with no apparent results.  0655 Commenced raining.  Fog setting in.  Visibility decreased to about 1 mile.  o755 Ceased raianing.  Fog lifted.  Visibility increased to about 5 miles.  F.R.S. Sellers, Ensign, U.S. Navy,

8-12 Underway.  0845 Commenced steaming on various courses at various speeds proceeding to vicinity of Point El Hank.  0906 Motor Whale Boat and Gig left the ship in charge of Lieutenant R.C. SMART, USNR, to assist in rescue of crew and armed guard of SS LANCASTER which was grounded on reef off Point El Hank.  0914 Commenced patrolling vicinity of harbor mouth on various courses at various speeds.  F. KING, jr, Ensign, USNR.

12-16.  1300 Received communication from U.S.S. RAVEN that one of three boats sent in to remove crew and armed guard from SS LANCASTER had capsized in heavy surf.  1400 Received communication from U.S.S. RAVEN that the boat which had capsized with Motor Whale Boat from U.S.S. WAINRIGHT.  Following named men from U.S.S. WAINWRIGHT who were in Motor Whale Boat reported missing:  PEARSON, D.H. #393-54-08, USN; STORY, N.D. Jr. #668-11-43, F3c, USNR; MORGAN, J.R., #342-51-81, S1c, USN.  signed by A.P. SIBOLD, Jr., Ensign, U.S. Navy.

16-18.  1600 Received communication from U.S.S. RAVEN that Lieutenant R.C. SMART, USNR and crew of Gig had completed rescue of personnel from SS LANCASTER and proceeded with RAVEN into port of Casablanca, Frenchb Morocco.  F.R.S. SELLERS, Ensign, U.S. Navy.

18-20. Underway  F. KING, jr., Ensign, USNR

20-24 Underway A.P. SIEBOLD, jr., eNSIGN, U.S. Navy.

Approved R.H. Gibbs, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, Commanding

Examined V.J. SOBALIM, Lieutenant




Joseph Orleck

Lt. Joseph Orleck

 When Joseph Orleck was commissioned Ensign he was ordered to the USS RAVEN and it was during this time that he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal from the President of the United States.

“The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEDAL to


for service as set forth in the following citation:

For extremely heroic and courageous conduct in effecting the rescue of personnel of the S.S. LANCASTER, aground off El Hank at Casablanca, French Morocco, December 31, 1942.  In spite of mountainous seas and exceptionally adverse weather, Ensign Orleck took charge of a motor whaleboat and crew of the U.S.S. WAINRIGHT, and successfully completed one trip to the stranded LANCASTER, bringing approximately twelve men to safety.  Although his boat capsized during the second trip, he swam to another motor boat and continued directing rescue operations.  As a result of his gallant action, twenty persons were saved.  For the President, Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy


Dec 062013


Captain E. L. Yates (CO USS ORLECK DD 886)

Captain E. L. Yates (CO USS ORLECK DD 886)

War Diary


Commander Task Element 95:28

22 OCTOBER 1952

Commander E. L. Yates, USN, 90836/1100, Commanding Officer, USS ORLECK (DD886) relieved Commander Destroyer Division ONE TWELVE (112) at CTE 95.28 at 1530 this date.  A turnover file was received and receipted for in accordance with current directives.  CTE 95.28 is under the operational control of CTG 95.2, Commander East Coast Blockading and Escort Group.  CTG 95.2 is under the operational control of Commander Task Force 95, Commander United Nations Blockading and Escort Force.  TE 95.28 is currently operating under CTG 95.2 Operation Order 2-52 (Revised) dated 18 August 1952 and consists of ORLECK (DD 886) and ROKNAN YMS 514.  ORLECK at bombline, ROKNAN YMS 514 departed to the south this afternoon without relief.

23 OCTOBER 1952

ORLECK patrolled vicinity NANDO.  During daylight ORLECK conducted indirect fire mission at bombline in support of I ROK Corps.  Six (6) rounds five (5) inch ammunition expended on machine gun  installation and bunkers.  SFCP evaluation 50% coverage.  Late afternoon and evening conducted NANDO patrol.  HELENA and destroyer OBRIEN at the bombline.

24 OCTOBER 1952

ORLECK conducted NANDO patrol till daylight.  Dring daylight house ORLECK conducted indirect shore bombardment at the bombline in support of I ROK Corps.   Thirty-eight (38) rounds five (5) inch ammunition expended.  Six (6) direct hits on bunkers observed by SFCP..  ROKNAN YMS 518 arrived bombline 1200 and was assigned NANDO support and defense patrol.  ORLECK conducted resupply and patrol of NANDO.

25 OCTOBER 1952

 ORLECK on patrol at the bombline except when relieved by DDR FRANK KNOX for replenishment during morning hours.  ROKNAN YMS 518 on NANDO support and defense patrol.  ORLECK conducted indirect shore bombardment in support of I ROK Corps.  Sixty-eight (68) rounds five (5) inch ammunition expended.  SFCP observed (2) bunkers destroyed and three (3) damaged.  CHIEF (am 325) AND impeccable (AM 320) in area during night..  LOS ANGELES and FRANK KNOX relieved HELENA and OBRIEN at bombline.  ORLECK on NANDO patrol during the evening.

26 OCTOBER 1952

ORLECK reported to CTE 77.17 at 0001 Item and relieved FRANK KNOX as escort at 0630 Item.  FRANK KNOX departed to TF 77.  ORLECK replenished NANDO and returned to bombline in evening as ASW screen for LOS ANGELES.  ROKNAN on NANDO support and defense patrol.  ORLECK took trucks on beach under direct fire.  Four (4) rounds five (5) inch ammunition expended..  Results not observed.  ORLECK conducted indirect fire mission in support of I ROK Corps at bombline.  Thirty-nine (39) rounds five (5) inch ammunition expended.  SFCP observed two (2) bunkers destroyed, three (3) damaged.  One (1) mortar and one (1) 76MM artillery piece neutralized.  Shortly after dark ORLECK detected an enemy covert boat attempting landing behind our lines.  ORLECK closed boat to navigation limits and launched ship’s armed boat in effort to capture enemy personnel and equipment.  Enemy boat with ship’s boat in pursuit, returned to communist held territory to make escape.  No casualties.  Three (3) illunination shells expended.  ORLECK continued to screen LOS ANGELES throughout the night at the bombline.

27 OCTOBER 1952

ORLECK at the bombline for fire support and escort in the morning, at NANDO for resupply and patrol in the early afternoon, returning to the bombline shortly before dark.  ROKNAN YMS 518 on NANDO support and defense patrol.  A helocopter from the LOS ANGELES, in attempting to transfer personnel to the ORLECK, crash landed on the ORLECK’s fantail resulting in slight damage to the helo and no personnel casualties.  The helo was returned to the LOS ANGELES.  ORLECK remained at bombline as screen and gunfire support ship.

helicopter from Los Angeles crashes on DD 886

helicopter from Los Angeles crashes on DD 886

28 OCTOBER 1952

ORLECK t bombline as gunfire support and screen ship during daylight hours.  ROKNAN YMS 518 on NANDO support and defense patrol.  ORLECK conducted indirect shore bombardment in support of I ROK Corps AT BOMBLINE.  Eighteen (18) rounds of five (5) inch ammunition expended.  No damage observed.  After dark ORLECK on NANDO patrol.

29 OCTOBER 1952

ORLECK conducting NANDO patrol until daylight then at bombline for fire support, screening and re-0arming.  ROKNAN YMS 518 conducting NANDO support and defense patrol.  During daylight ORLECK conducted indirected fire mission in support of I ROK Corps.  Twenty-two (22) rounds of five (5) inch ammunition expended.  SFCP observed 70% coverage incuding destruction of one (1) supply house with damage to three (3) others and destruction of two (2) bunkers.  While proceeding to rendezvous with ORLECK for transfer of fueld, ROKNAN YMS 518 was fired upon by shore batteries on Suwon Don.  The shore battery was immediately taken under fire and silenced by the ORLECK.  Eleven (11) rounds five (5) inch ammunition expended.  ORLECK on NANDO patrol after dark..  LOS ANGELES at the bombline.

Dec 052013

Below you will find a list of primarily shipmates from USS ORLECK that we have lost track of.  The address shown is their last known mailing address.  If you have any details that will assist in getting their current information to get enable me to get them back on the roster, I would appreciate if you would post a comment below detailing the information you have.  An address.  A phone number or email address.  Any or all could be helpful.  If you know that the person is deceased, please let me know that.

When you post a comment your message will not be seen by the public until I authorize it.  I will probably not post the information unless it looks like something I should post.  I will use the information to track that person down and contact them.  If you post something and for sure you would not want it made public, please make a note to that effect.

Also if you have some shipmate that you are in contact with or know information on and that person is not in our roster that you can find on our website, let me know that information and I will follow-up on that person.

last_name first_name address city state
Aalseth Alvin 105 Mesa Dr. Gillette WY
Ahlers Thomas W. 2220 Spencer Road Spring Valley NY
Alley Robert L. 4265 E. 309th St. Melvern KS
Allison Robert J. 1504 Canyon Edge Dr. Austin TX
Amavisca Joseph P.O. Box 1002 Pine AZ
Ambach John W. 18 Deerfield Shrewsbury MA
Atkins Travis L. 420 Greystone Dr. Birmingham AL
Balian Alexander G. PO Box 10025 Marina Del Rey CA
Birdsong Billy Craig 18901 Valley Cir Apt C Huntington Beach CA
Blot Robert D. 412 Entrada Dr. Golden CO
Blythe James 1417  1/2 Lindberg St. Baytown TX
Bonner Larry G. 15736 W. Watson Ln. Surprise AZ
Bortels Richard (Dick) 20600 Grandview Dr. Bend OR
Bouler Hugh J. 5425 Feliz Real Las Cruces NM



Orra J.

3107 N. Old Fort Knox Road

4167 New State Road





Brinkley William E. 12 San Pable Circle N. Jacksonville FL
Buhl Bill 103 10th St Belgrad MT
Buist William D. 9 Forest St. Belville NJ
Buren Francis W. 12400 100th St. Unit 110 Postville IA
Burks III John E  (Jocko) 3302 Soundview Dr W University Place WA
Cameron Dave 64024 E. 165 Rd. Wyandotte OK
Carpenter John PO Box 561 Auora OR
Carson Richard F. (Arturo) 937 Holbrook Cir. Ft. Walton Beach FL
Carter III Frank S. PO Box 462 Lewes DE
Clawson Ron General Deliver Dauphin Island AL
Coash Terry 17117 134TH Avenue Ct. E Puyallup WA
Collins Clarence L. 3257 Fish Canyon Duarte CA
Colston Monroe P.O. Box 157 Kellyville OK
Crawley Robert E. 101 Evergreen Ln. Apt 228 Glen Carbon IL
Cubbage Don
DeWoody Carl J. RT 1 Box 341 Cooperstown PA
Dillon Alexander F. 2715 Country Road 8 Montour Falls NY
Dinan Paul C 1843 Central Ave. Albany NY
Doss Jr. William H. 2100 Valley View Pkwy Apt 134 El Dorado Hills CA
Dunn William J 11333 Palmers Green Drive Peyton CO
Dutton David A. 4708 Peartree Ln. Gilbert AZ
Edge Larry K. 10267 Mast Blvd #207 Santee CA
Farmer Gilbert A. 9711 Birch Lane Wichita KS
Finch Charles E. 32 Pemberton Pl Laguna Niguel CA
Fitzgerald John R. PMB 213 9888 W. Belleview Ave. Littleton CO
Fogg Raymond O. 212 Mason Ct. Laconia NH
Folker Eugene 4971 N 4880 W. Kearne UT
Forrest Glen E. 12 Westwoo Pkwy Naples TX
Furlin Louis 4799 Garfield Rd. Apt 10 Auburn TX
Gallaher Hubert P. RR1 Box 103 A Collinwood TN
Gibeau Steve 3604 Fairbanks Way Antioch CA
Gingras James George 832 Vassor Dr Vacaville CA
Greenfelder Joseph D. 742 E. Lawnbrook Dr Coral Springs FL
Griffiths Paul D. 135 Fairway Dr. Harrisburg IL
Gudikunst John I P.O. Box 342 Schroon Lake NY
Hachey Kenneth C. 55 Montclair Ave. Roslindale MA
Hanks Steve 3126 Bethel Rd. SE Port Orchard WA
Hanson Tom 16241 Santa Bianca Dr. Hacienda Heights CA
Hartney Jr. Martin F. 725 Lori Dr. #314 Lake Worth FL
Hines Byron R 100 W Monroe St #1201 Chicago IL
Hoeme Jerry 109 Curtis St. Liberal KS
Holbrooks Randy 32 Eagle Dr. Littleton CO
Holbrooks Hubert Wade RT 3  Box 3074  Long Circle Taccoa GA
Howell Richard B. 441 General Gage Ct. Virginia Beach VA
Hruniak Francis 66 Mayflower Ave. Apt 7 Middleboro MA
Hudson William S. 545 Pamela Rd. York SC
Jennings David Eugene P.O. Box 52 Baltic OH
Jimenez Walter David 452 Canal Quinlan TX
Jolly Jerry E 241 S 102 East Ave Tulsa OK
Jones Michael
Jones III Iryll W. 300 Kenyon St. NW Apt T6 Olympia WA
Karnitz Melvin H. 25 Kinney St Candor NY
Keenan William S. 1913 Castle Pines Dr Raleigh NC
Kendall Walter C. 912 Strawberry Lane #45 Clayton NY
King Gordon J. 612 East Demade Drive Lafayette LA
Kirby Moffitt D. 1680 S New Hope Rd. Rm. 49 Gastonia NC
Kirkus Bill 194 Winding Way Logan UT
Knox William W. 9508 E. Riggs Rd Unit B111 Sun Lakes AZ
Knudsen Larry P.O. Box 714 Homedale ID
Lachowicz Leo V. 436 Gayleview Dr. Clarksville TN
Lavelle Lawrence A. 1617 S. 11th St. Wilmington NC
Layne Elbert A. 1433 Picadilly St. Norfolk VA
Ledden Jr Jay H 54 Orchard Lane Levitttown PA
Lee Leroy 87110 Kulapa Pt. Waianae HI
Lestrade Jr. Oscar P. 92tt Riverlodge Dr. Moss Point MS
Linn Claude. Mel RR 1  Box 286 B Brownwood TX
Linn Manual 2413 Monti Cello Brownwood TX
Lockhart Gary K 3310 W Echo Dr Post Falls ID
Lodahl Robert 3136 Brian St. Eau Claire WI
Medler Roland L USNH< PSC 475 Box 1807 FPO AP CA
Melvin Virgil B. 2910 Pleasant St. Hannibal MO
Miller Rodney 20009 Behan Ct. Port Charlotte FL
Miller Earl Y. 2839 W Kennewick Ave  / PMB 200 Kennewick WA
Mirra Vince F. 2341 Sugar Tree Ct. Pensacola FL
Mitchell William O. 20 Franklin Ct. Naples ME
Moreno Les 27861 Bascayne Ave Hayward CA
Morrical Brian 4075 Winterset Dr. Burns WY
Moser Gerald C. 1320 S.E. Second St. Rm 211 Evansville IN
Motley Howard M. 534 Allison St. NW Concord NC
Myers William O. 12285 Glen Ridge Ct. Glen Ridge PA
Nalder Steven E. P.O. Box 97 Layton UT
Nance Pascal (Pac) 1028 N Eddie St Carlsbad NM
Nance David 1401 Alvarado Carlsbad NM
Nelson Lewis 5401 Camapus Dr. Virginia Beach VA
Nenke Jim 3321 Dumas St San Diego CA
Newell Donald M. 8822 W. Valley Palms Dr. Spring TX
Nickett John R. 4201 Union Hills Dr Glendale AZ
Niebauer Michael E 2816 E. 5th St. Apt 18 Vancouver WA
Nielson Reed H. 2863 E Loran Htsdr Salt Lake City UT
Noland Gregory 2712 SW Kathy Ln. Saint Joseph MO
Norton Stephen 340-56 Isthmus Way Oceanside CA
O’Neill John P. 7211 Calamus Ave. Flushing NY
Oakley Danny  L P.O. Box 1655 Mineral Wells TX
Ott Ronald 1936 Wooddale Ave. Ypsilanti MI
Peay Leann 1923 Penny LN SE Marietta GA
Pendley Jim 1071 Fruit Tree Ln. St Louis MO
Perry Anthony 276 PLAIN ST TAUMTON MA
Peters Walter I. 5847 S Oakes Tacoma WA
Peterson Wayne E. P.O. Box 234 McGregor IA
Pettingill Lester 5021 Loma Alta Dr. Frisco TX
Phillips Doyce (Phil) 1401 So. Jefferson Suite 2 PMB 236 Mount Pleasant TX
Phillips Blake 5220 Feather River Dr. Stockton CA
Powell John 701 Barbara Waco TX
Powell Raymond C. 6001 Oakshadow St. Orlando FL
Putas Steve 9 East 43 St. Bayonne NJ
Reeves Oda V. 911 Fairway Dr. Huntsville AL
Reinert Erik 3280 SW 170th Ave. Apt 1707 Beaverton OR
Rodriguez Adolph 350 79th Ave N. Apt 302 St. Petersburg FL
Rylant Erie 3138 W Dakota Ave  Spc 224 Fresno CA
Sale Chick P.O. Box 35 Chandler NC
Samaras David 1220 W Monroe St.# 2 Springfield IL
Sandwell Frank 7519 Lakeside Dr Riverside CA
Schefcick Jr. Joe H. 7895 Coopers Hawk Trl. Machesney Park IL
Schmidt Myrle L. 503 3rd St SE Altoona IA
Secrest Curtis M 532 S. Washington Apt. 5 Bloomfield IN
Seevell Roger 251 0 Halibut Point Rd. Sitka AK
Sepulveda Raymond G. 11236 Butte Dr. SW Tacoma WA
Sergent Charles E. 1025 E 24TH National City CA
Settles Norman 102 Lorraine Dr. Gillespie IL
Shaneyfelt Ralph 420 Norman Dr. Leeds AL
Sharp Glenn 157 Roseland Rd. Galax VA
Simmons Kenneth G. 855 E. Basse Rd. Apt 250 San Antonio TX
Slabaugh George E. 1918 Greenbriar Road York Springs PA
Sloan Robert 2671 Anderson Ln Brentwood CA
Slyker Henry W. 3130 N. Denver Road Vermilion OH
Smith Frederick J 11407 Betsy Way Tampa FL
Smith Marion R. P.O. Box 579 (Winter) Salome AZ
Snyer Henry J. 2731 8th St. Monroe WI
Somera Albert L. 1769 York Mountain Ct. Tulare CA
Sparrow Russell B. 2812 Ridgewood Dr. Hilliard OH
Sperry Mike 3007 Webb Ave. Greenville TX
Spiering Clare P.O. Box 10544 Casa Grande AZ
Spitler Joseph C. P.O. Box 500061 Austin TX
Standley Jack 1208 Spring Lake CT. Morrow GA
Stillwell Avis W. 106 Bass Drive Fair Play SC
Stuebe Robert M. 7266 Spring Valley Victorville CA
Supulver Bob L. BOX 3587 Pojoaque Station Santa Fe NM
Takalo John E. 6048 SE Drake St. Apt 111 Hillsboro OR
Teneyck Gerald 310 W. Waring Street Valley NE
Thomas Dennis 517 E 4TH Lees Summit MO
Thompson John 1767 Lake Samish Rd Bellingham WA
Tinti Dominick 46270 Sandia Creek Dr. Temecola CA
Ueckert Harold W. 169 Fernwood St. Bridge City TX
Vivion James 1155 N E 36th Paris TX
Waite Douglas 222 Sunset Dr. Novato CA
Ward Thomas L. 39 Milton Loo Los Lunas NM
Whitehead Ronald (Whitey) 527 Manor Dr. Apt 205 El Cajon CA
Whittenburg Kenneth D. 10455 Gold Shadow Ave. Las Vegas NV`
Willey Gerald E 1258 Carlyle Park Cir Highlands Ranch CO
Wilson Robert E. 99 Spring Valley Road Sylacouga AL
Wilson Jerry P.O. Box 513 Buda TX
Winchell David G. 8817 W Etcheverry Dr. Tracey CA
Wray George PO BX 4808 Bremerton WA
Young Daniel W. 621 1/4 W Bay Ave. Newport Beach CA
Dec 052013

Dave Hummel sent a message   “I am looking for a shipmate , Fred C. Rameriz on board 1970, any help would be great.”

Note from Bob Orleck-I have checked the roster using different possible spellings and cannot find him.  If you might possibly know where he is please let us know by leaving a comment below.  That comment will not be posted unless you request that it is posted.   Before any post is public posted I have to authorize it.  The information will be used to try to track the person or in notifying the shipmate searching.  If you do not want your comment posted, please make it clear when you type in the comment.  You can also contact Bob Orleck at with information on this person.

12/07/2013  I just received a message from Dave Hummel about this posting I did to help him find his friend.

 “Thanks , last i knew he was in San fransico,  he also had a recording studio in L.A. maybe in the later 70s.  Fred was in our ships band in 1970 on board , with Dave Hummel , Dave Lovatto and Bill Smedburg …. thanks ,  hope we find him”