USS Savannah hit by German glider bomb

11th September 1943: USS Savannah hit by German glider bomb

The explosion blew open both the #2 and #1 magazines forward, and killed most everyone in the bow forward of the #3 turret. There were a few exceptions, and there were some guys that were trapped in compartments that we couldn’t get to because they were surrounded by water on 3 or 4 sides. Once the #3 magazine exploded, the blast continued to travel towards the bow. Almost everyone forward of the boiler room that were below deck were killed.

USS Savannah (CL-42) is hit by a German radio-controlled glider bomb,
USS Savannah (CL-42) is hit by a German radio-controlled glider bomb, while supporting Allied forces ashore during the Salerno operation, 11 September 1943. The bomb hit the top of the ship’s number three 6″/47 gun turret and penetrated deep into her hull before exploding. The photograph shows the explosion venting through the top of the turret and also through Savannah’s hull below the waterline. A motor torpedo boat (PT) is passing by in the foreground.

The slender bridgehead that the Allies had established at Salerno remained under contention as the Germans prepared to counter-attack. Off shore the Allied Naval force continued to provide much needed firepower in support of the troops on land.

Overhead the Allied airforces, operating from Sicily and North Africa, were very far from establishing the virtually complete air superiority that would later be seen at Normandy. The Luftwaffe was able to break through often enough to cause significant problems.

New Germans technology, the remote control glider bomb, which had first been seen in mid August, proved to be a potent weapon against the invasion fleet. Frank Romano was on board the USS Savannah:

On September 11, 1943, we were cruising off shore preparing for a fire support mission when German bombers appeared overhead. They were at very high altitude, so we didn’t bother firing the smaller AA at them.

In the past, we’d watch them drop their bombs, and once they were falling, the captain would change course or increase speed, and they’d miss. We also had friendly fighters in the area so we figured that we were ok. So we’re all at our guns stations, sitting around.

We had one kid in the gun crew, his name was Douglas Centers, got real nervous when the bombs starting falling and the bigger AA guns starting going off. He lied about his age when joined up, and convinced his mother to sign the papers and he joined up at 16. Once the Navy found out, he had already turned 17 so they allowed him to stay in. Centers kept telling the Chief he was sick, he needed to go below, and we kept telling him, ’Just relax, you’ll be fine’. He persisted and the Chief finally got tired of his whining, so he went to the gun Captain, who gave him permission to go below to the forward sick bay. He left. About 5 minutes later, the bomb hit, and everyone in the forward sick bay, including Centers, was killed. If he’d only listened to us, he’d have survived.

We had another guy on board, Emmanuel Blankenship, who was aboard the USS Pennsylvania during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was one of the ‘old salts’ at 21 because he’d been in the Navy since before the war. He was killed when the bomb hit.

The bomb impact was initially a huge crash, followed seconds later by a massive explosion that lifted the ship right out of the water, and knocked everyone to the deck. The bomb passed through the turret top, killed everyone inside, and exploded at the keel, blowing the bottom of the ship out and causing a huge geyser of water and debris to come out the port side a little forward of the bridge. It covered us with water, and almost immediately smoke started pouring from the hole in the turret. We all figured the magazine would explode at any second, but it didn’t. When the bomb exploded it blew out the keel directly under the magazine, and the water flooded the magazine before it had a chance to go off.

The explosion blew open both the #2 and #1 magazines forward, and killed most everyone in the bow forward of the #3 turret. There were a few exceptions, and there were some guys that were trapped in compartments that we couldn’t get to because they were surrounded by water on 3 or 4 sides. Once the #3 magazine exploded, the blast continued to travel towards the bow. Almost everyone forward of the boiler room that were below deck were killed. There were 4 sailors trapped in the Auxiliary Radio Room, 2 men that got out of the #2 turret, and 5 or or 6 guys that escaped the #1 turret. One of the men who got out of the #2 turret held the hatch open for his brother. They argued about who should go first and the one holding the hatch was killed. The men in the magazines were killed by blast and concussion. Most of those killed in the turrets died from lethal gas caused by the exploding powder.

Since I was one of the small guys, I was lowered into the hole on top of turret 3 to inspect the damage and look for survivors. Once we got the turret opened up, of course, no one was left, only some pieces and charred remains. I was part of the crew that went below, again, because I was little and could squeeze into places most couldn’t.

The ship had a 30 foot hole in the side of her hull, and we didn’t know what kind of damage the keel had received until after we’d put in to drydock at Malta. We found out that most of the keel in the bow was gone, and we had a 25 foot split in the side of the hull.

Read Frank Romano’s whole account at Model Warships.

The bodies of dead crewmen are laid out on deck as rescue efforts continue.
The bodies of dead crewmen are laid out on deck as rescue efforts continue.
Corpsmen attend to casualties on the USS Savannah, 11th September 1943
Corpsmen attend to casualties on the USS Savannah, 11th September 1943
Fighting fires on the USS Savannah.
Fighting fires on the USS Savannah.

Contemporary newsreel of men trapped below decks for 60 hours:

Two "Liberty" ships afire in Algiers harbor, following a German air attack, 16 July 1943. USS Savannah (CL-42), in the foreground, had a narrow escape.
Two “Liberty” ships afire in Algiers harbor, following a German air attack, 16 July 1943.
USS Savannah (CL-42), in the foreground, had a narrow escape.
The first capital ship to be lost to a guided munition attack was the 45,000 tonne Vittorio Veneto class battleship RN Roma, which burned and sank after being hit by two PC1400X Fritz X radio-controlled glidebombs on the 9th September, 1943. The Roma was en route to Malta to surrender as part of the Italian Armistice. This attack killed 1352 personnel, including Admiral Carlo Bergamini, Chief of Naval Staff of the RN (RN).
The first capital ship to be lost to a guided munition attack was the 45,000 tonne Vittorio Veneto class battleship RN Roma, which burned and sank after being hit by two PC1400X Fritz X radio-controlled glidebombs on the 9th September, 1943. The Roma was en route to Malta to surrender as part of the Italian Armistice when she was attacked by the Luftwaffe. This attack killed 1352 personnel, including Admiral Carlo Bergamini, Chief of Naval Staff of the RN (RN).

48 thoughts on “USS Savannah hit by German glider bomb”

  1. My father, Robert (Bob) Ingle was on the Savannah and survived. He never talked about it, but said so many had died.

  2. My dad had a vhs video about the Savannah bombing that he received at one of the ships reunion events. He has since passed away and I do not know what happened to the tape. Does anyone know where a copy can be obtained?

    Bob Smith

  3. Hello all, my great grandfather was Willie Rich. He worked in the engine room from what I was told. He stayed below deck and took action to assist in saving the ship. If anyone has any information or maybe even pictures of the crews I’d love to know. Thank you all.

  4. Hello all. My grandfather the late Tom Kelly from Massachusetts served on the Savannah CL-42 as a Machinist Mate 3rd Class. He worked mostly in the engine room. When I was a boy he had a model of the Savannah and showed me where the bomb hit on the ship. I wonder if he knew any of the above mentioned names. Thanks to all who served.

  5. I just learned about the Savannah while listening to Rick Atkinson lecture about the Italian campaign.
    I don’t know if my Dad was aboard the Savannah; I do know that he was injured, off the coast of Salerno or Palermo, sometime in the first two weeks of September, 1943. My grandfather, Dad’s father, (who was born in L’Aquilla), died in that same period, Sept. 9, 1943, but Red Cross could not find Dad to tell him that his father was dead, leaving Dad an orphan at 20.
    My father never talked about anything that happened while he was in the Navy. After he died, my sister told me had had been assigned to be aboard a Landing Ship Transport, and to lower the gate to let the soldiers disembark. Was the Savannah a Landing Ship transport carrier?

  6. This was an article written about my grandfather Lawrence Chircop, foreman at H.M. Dockyard in Malta.
    Joyce, the incident you mention was on an American Light Cruiser USS SAVANNAH (CL-42) she was hit by a bomb from a Dornier Do 217. It pierced through the armored turret roof of the No3 Gun Turret, passed through 3 decks into the lower handling room (magazine) where it exploded. 197 men were lost 15 were seriously wounded, while 4 were sealed in a water tight compartment for 60 hours until your grandfather and his gang rescued them on 12/14 September 1944. I remember the ship berthing at BoatHouse wharf In the Dockyard, was a shipwright apprentice at the time. Your grandfather was a chargeman of shipwrights. Remember him but don’t remember his gang number. All Shipwrights were in gangs of about 30 and numbered
    The Americans are indebted to the skill of Maltese dockyard workers

  7. My uncle, John Leonard Williams, WT2c, joined the crew of the USS Savannah in May, 1941 while she was stationed in Pearl Harbor. He served on her until April 2, 1945 at which time he was transferred to USNH in Newport, RI for treatment of a mangled ankle wound he received during the 11 September, 1943 bombing which had healed poorly. He had a distinct limp and walked with a cane the rest of his life. He passed away in 1973.
    I have his framed photograph of the USS Savannah and a few other mementos and, until today, thought he had been injured during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December, 1941. I realized after a little research that the Savannah left Pearl in June, 1941 for a new station in New York and then on to the Atlantic and Mediterranean. It is very interesting to read all the comments on this site and I’m pleased to have joined the Facebook page as well.

  8. My father, William P. Shea, Sr., was on the Savannah off Salerno when the Luftwaffe bombed her. I read with interest Ron Anzivino’s account of 3 April’17, where he spoke of meeting a Savannah Vet- Arthur Palmer. This past Veteran’s Day, I met then Seaman 1st Class Palmer wearing a WWII Navy cap & he sat w/ me to eat. He was good pals w/ my dad & enjoyed lots of trouble on shore leave! I’m to meet Mr. Palmer here in Clearwater, FL for lunch soon & will share your posts w/ him.

  9. My Dad, Cletus (Skip) Kinsey was a young “ship fitter first class” in the Navy on the USS Savannah.

    We were glad to find this website. In fact myself and 5 siblings were wondering if the young man with hand on hip, light hair in the 2nd photo might be our father. Might any one know the identities of the men in the photo.

    My Dad did not talk much about his experience on the USS Savannah. He did receive a citation from his commanding officer for entering smoke filled turrets and helping in the removal of his shipmates, without regard for his own safety.

    Dad died in 2008 having lived a faith filled life of hard work, helping others and raising 7 very successful children. He always taught us family first.

    Dad and Mom, his lovely and loving wife of 64 years, Florence Wheel, are both laid to rest in the Rock Island National Cemetery on the Arsenal Island in the Mississippi river.

  10. My grandmothers twin brother was killed in the explosion. Not known where he was in accordance to the ship. Name was Noel Fisher.

  11. My dad Luke served on the USA Savannah. He had nightmares almost every night since the bombing. He would shout out whatcha out Joe! He died in 1968. Miss him. Luke Duryea was the name of this sailor!

  12. My Father, Edgar Morrison, was on The Savannah as well. Hè was assigned to that turret but when a crew mate asked him to switch jobs so that crewmate could work in the turret with his buddy he went topside, only days before the attack. Both crewmates were killed. Dad was actually listed as killed since he was still on record as being assigned to that turret.

    Like another poster’s father, dad went on to serve on the USS Wisconsin and was one of 22 original enlisted plank owners, putting her into commission and staying aboard till she was first mothballed in 46. He often told me about that time and I never tired of hearing his stories.

    There was so much sacrifice, horror, valor, and teamwork that day one has to be amazed to consider that most of these guys were under 25 years of age. Dad was 21. Here I am at 55 and I have always asked myself if I would have passed the test these brave men passed that day.
    Every generation looks at previous generations and says something to the effect of kids today would never be able to measure up to those who came before. And probably that was said about dad’s generation until that myth evaporated in the fires of WW 2.

    I’d like to think that the youth of today would rise to the challenge like dad’s generation did, and based on the heroic tales brought back from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other troublespots our military serves in, I’m sure they would, and are. I salute these brave men and women and wish them and their families all the thanks and blessings they so rightly deserve. George Morrison

  13. I am writing a book on the 65 DeVilbiss HS graduates killed in WWII. WIlliam C Hall was gunners mate on SAVANNAH in turret 3. I will tell the story of the USS SAVANNAH in the book. If anyone has ANY info about the men INSIDE Turret 3… please contact me. I was hoping to find list of those in the turret. Thank you so much

    My email is HIGH SCHOOL HEROES

  14. My father served on the USS Savannah CL-42 during the war. I believe he was a turret gunner. He lost a considerably amount of hearing because of it. He kept a small journal of of his time in the service which my sister still has to this day. He died in 1995. I only wish I had my computer before he died. He would of loved to have seen all the websites on his two cruisers that he was served on during the war.

  15. I’m conducting research on a certain man that was aboard this ship the day of the explosion. His name is Winston Elijah Daniel, and he was a Kentucky boy from Lawrence county. He was assigned to me for a school project, to remember all of the people we lost in the war, and to remember that these lives are missed and will live on through our stories and memories of them. If anyone has any information about this young man and his story, I would love to hear it. May God bless all of their souls.

  16. Evening everyone,

    I run and host the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 page on Facebook. We currently have several family members of the crew on the page, from “Plank Owners” to “the lost”, to “the trapped” to “the replacements”.

    Feel free to join us on Facebook and join in any and all discussions regarding the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 here:

  17. My dad’s cousin, I think, John Muska, may have died on the Savannah. I think he was a ship fitter or turret gunner. My dad has been deceased for over 29 years. If anyone has anything on my dad’s cousin I would appreciate it. My wife and I live outside of Memphis, TN. and because of our southern/confederate family history, the local cities are taking down southern monuments to our soldiers. The monuments were all about the soldiers and not the things you hear on the news. In the 1950s US Congress made confederate soldiers veterans and gave them pensions. Now I am branded a traitor by the City of Memphis and so are all of my descendants who fought up through today’s wars. My dad, Andy, was one of seven male cousins who fought in WWII. Four of the boys died. That’s a 57% casualty rate. So much for being the son of a bunch of traitors.

  18. My father was standing on the bridge when the bomb hit Turret 3 in front of him. His brother was in Turret 4, behind the bridge. Late in his life, my father reluctantly shared a few stories from the war, and one of them was from the Savannah bombing. Several men were trapped below deck, in a compartment that was slowly filling with sea water, but they were in contact through the intercom system, which remained operational. The ship’s captain had the option of running her aground to stop the flooding, but the rest of the crew and the ship would have been sitting ducks for the German bombers. Rather than risk the ship and several hundred more lives, he made the command decision to take her to the repair docks in Malta. As the injured vessel limped its way to that port, my father sat next to the intercom on the bridge and transcribed the trapped men’s last letters to their loved ones. He also mentioned to me that he later accompanied one of the corpsmen as they attempted to identify some of their dead shipmates who were badly burned from the explosion in the lower decks. I believe that my father may be the man in the middle of the third photo in this link.

    Both experiences, and others during the war, I’m sure, haunted him for many years. He would not sit at the table when my mother served fried pork chops, chicken, or any food that had a charred appearance. My mother tried to explain his reaction, but it didn’t make sense until the night he shared his experiences on the ship that fateful day. He was also claustrophobic, which I now understand may have been a psychosomatic reaction to his interactions with men who knew they were about to drown in a cramped compartment. It’s unimaginable for me to consider experiencing these horrors myself now, as a middle-aged man, let alone as a 20 year-old country boy from the forests of Pennsylvania. God bless all the brave men who gave their lives on that day, and all of the others who suffered emotional anguish from the tragedy.

  19. My dad was James Paul Walsh ‘Jimmy’. He had a friend on ship he called smoky, that was all he could remember. Dad was hit several times in the back and taken to the hospital. He was only sixteen. I thank God he lived. He never talked about what happened.
    God bless all that served and all we lost.

  20. My wife’s uncle was onboard that day and was killed by that fritz bomb, his name was Joseph Flynn. If there are any photos of him available I would love to hear back from you to see if we could make arrangements to get a copy.
    Thank you
    Joseph Gentleman

  21. my grandfather was on this ship he died about 10 years ago his name was Albert Delio he would never speak about his time in ww11 in the navy. Recently I have done some research because I found some old pictures of him in his navy gear.It turns out his first assignment was on the USS Marbelhead which got hit in java . Then he got transferred to the Savannah and was on it when it got hit. So after this research I completely understand why he was so quiet about his military time .

  22. My father was one of the four radiomen trapped for 60 hours in the radio room. I am doing research to recontruct the experience of the four trapped men. Can anyone provide any details that may help me reconstruct their experiences while trapped?

  23. My father, James Walter McKeever proudly served on the USS Savannah (CL-42). He was the ships tailor. After the Fritz X hit the light cruiser on Sept. 11, 1943, Dad and the other survivors tried to help the wounded. Sadly, nine officers and 195 men were killed and 15 others were wounded. After the hit, the crippled cruiser left Salerno and headed back to Malta. It returned to Phila. Navy Yard Dec. 23, 1943.

  24. I was visiting a friend at st. Petersburg Hospital in Florida and as I was walking into the waiting room I noticed a man with a World War II Navy hat. So I sat down next to him and introduced myself. It’s not often and I meet World War II veterans and as a veteran myself, I always like to hear their story. As it turns out he was telling me about his time aboard the USS Savannah when the radio controlled bomb hit. I sat and listened to him for a half hour and realized I could look up information on my phone. We looked up the ship on Wikipedia and he showed me it he was in great detail about the ship then we also looked up the USS Savannah on YouTube where he saw the footage of the Savannah and and videos of laying the dead on the dock he grabbed the phone out of my hand and shot sat straight up. He watched all the videos I did not making sound after he was done. He looked at me and said I saw the camera man filming but I never saw the actual footage until just now. The hair on the back of my neck stood up needless to say. We went back over the footage and he explained in great detail what happened his name was Arthur Palmer. We sat for a couple hours talking about the event it was an honor to meet this man and I do believe our meeting was meant to happen so he could share his experience with me and I was able to show him the footage. it was an experience I will never forget.

  25. My great-great uncle Nicholas Saban was on USS Savanah and was lost at sea. Our family has pictures of him and his wallet of his travels prior to his death. He really did travel the world and according to his wallet, had a few lady friends to go along with it. He was a young man, handsome, brave. He is our family’s hero. Does anyone on this post have family members who remember him? He was a kid from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania!

  26. My Dad Hugh W. Bird was in # 3 turret. He had just walked out it was his turned for a smoke. He did survive. The ship was hit on September, 11, 1943. I was born on September, 11, 1946. He was also on the USS Wisconsin.

  27. Hello all,

    My Father, Joseph. F McFadden, just passed away today on Veteran’s day. He served on Savannah during ww2
    His last request he wished for was a navy burial detail to play TAPS
    Does anyone know how or who I may contact to honor his last wish?

    I will be grateful for any responses

  28. Afternoon everyone…

    I am a docent at the Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah, Georgia, the ships namesake city.

    It is wonderful to see so many of Savannah’s lost and survivors family members here and wanting to know more of their service and sacrifice for the United States of America. We have at our museum the U.S. Navy Department’s model of the U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42 on display.

    We also have a rotating exhibit that will be on display throughout the rest of this year and for this particular month in honor of the bombing that took place aboard her we have a display of uniforms, photographs and personal items on display to honor the fallen of September 11th, 1943.

    We are always looking for more and more first hand accounts of the sailors from aboard the ship and any donations of items from the crew, are always a priority for us to help us interpret and tell their story so that they’re never forgotten.

    If you’d like to contact us at Ships of The Sea Maritime Museum in Savannah to relate any first hand accounts or make donations to our collection on the crew, you can contact our curator Wendy Melton at

  29. My father Elwood J McCann was a young Marine on the USS Savana. Growing up in New Jersey my dad had many stories about life on the ship. Not until later in his life did my Dad noticeably show signs of PTSD. He had talked about going below the flooded out decks to look for survivors , and I noticed that he was extremely claustrophobic . The events of that day haunted my father for his entire life.

  30. My father Gordon L Monks was an electricians mate on the Savannah when it was hit. He is the one directing the hose spray in the picture. He is now 92 years old and still living. The only thing he tellks us is that a lot og good men died that day.

  31. My father (Francis A. “Buck” Halverson) and my Uncle Dick (Richard Halverson) were both on the Savannah when it was hit. Dad saved a peice of the bomb that hit the ship.

  32. My father in law, Floyd Scharp was a signalman on the Savannah on that ill fated day.
    He told the story that he did not want to sleep in his bunk that night so he took the
    flags out and slept in the flag bag above deck. He survived because of that decision.
    He had a very hard time dealing with that episode the rest of his life. What a great man he was!

  33. My father was on board the Savannah when the bomb hit and was one of the lucky ones. His name was William Marshall Brooks, Bugle Master. If there is any one that has any information or knew him please let me know.


  34. My Father William Marshall Brooks was on board the Savannah when the bomb hit. He was one of the lucky ones and survived, he was a Bugle Master. If there is any one that knows any more about him I would greatly appreciate the information

  35. I am, in a way reluctant to intrude into the story of brave men. On the other hand my origins and my recollections tell me to honour them by writing and putting on record credit where credit is due.

    I come from Malta where the damaged Savannah found solace, welcome and help. During the war my father was in health and in civil defence in the cities round the dock area where the USS Savannah was repaired.

    At that time, we in Malta were happy because the surrender of Italy on the 8th Sept 1943 brought relative peace to us.

    The coming of the Savannah together with the news of the sinking of other ships including the Italian Battleship ROMA dampened our emotions.

    Now to the bit of honourable information which should warm the hearts of Americans. When the Savannah came in there were many dead, and injured.

    The Maltese Dockyard Workers, to add to their many acts of humanity and valour, offered to bring up the dead from below decks. My father, I remember came home to tell us about the ship. The American servicemen graciously replied to the kind offer by stating that the dead were their mates and they would do the honours of bringing them up.
    I hope that my note fills a gap in the story of the Savannah. Those relatives who lost dear ones have it confirmed that the dear ones died amongst good friends and mates. Those relatives whose close ones survived can think that they were amongst those who stood by their mates even in death.


    I am confident that the Maltese would have helped anyway as a sign of gratitude and comradeship.

  36. I have a relative who may have died on the Savannah. All I know is that his name was Hollis Cole Matthews and he died on September 11, 1943. Does anyone know where I could possibly find more information?

  37. Just want to know if anyone has anything on James E Ballew ( Red ) who served on the Uss Savannah during the war. I know nothing of my father who died when I was two years old in 1958.

  38. My uncle James Fischer was killed in this attack, I was told that he was buried at sea, I would appreciate any information about this, or if anyone knew him.

  39. I am searching for information on my uncle LT CMR J.O. Speer, who was KIA aboard the USS Savannah on 9/11/43. I know he was a graduate from the Naval Academy, had a son John while living in San Diego. But that’s about it. Any info would be appreciated.

  40. My father, James Vance Brannen, was a gunners mate on the USS Savannah and was badly injured when the bomb hit. It took him several months to recover in a Philidelphia hospital. He suffered from “shell shock” until his death in 1976. I wish I remembered more about the stories he told us relating to the attack.

  41. The kid, Douglas Centers, mentioned in Mr. Romano’s account of the bombing, was my first cousin once removed. I mention the generation because I was born in 1960, so this happened long before I was born. This is the first time I have heard of this story, and it breaks my heart that this poor kid was so scared. I would like to share a little more information on Douglas.

    This kid was the oldest of 4 children, and lost his father to illness at the age of 5. This left his 23 year old mother, Alma, devastated and little means to support them. She moved herself and children back home to her parents, who were also struggling through this depressed time. Her father was invalid, due to construction fall, and her mother opened a small restaurant to support her family. Their home was next to the small diner and she worked along side her mother to help. I am sure that the children worked as well.

    Another tragedy fell in 1936, when Douglas’ sister, Josephine, was playing near the road in front of the restaurant, was struck by a car and died from horrific injuries three days later. No doubt this affected the entire family, but Douglas would have only been 10 years old.

    I don’t know much about these earlier times or particulars since this way before I was born. I know that at 17, Douglas had faced many tragic things, and perhaps felt that serving his country was a positive direction. I honor him for this choice and mourn his memory now. God makes no mistakes. Bless all those who serve and served.

  42. The Douglas Centers mentioned was my cousin, and it’s sad to know that he was so scared. At 17 years old, this poor kid had seen enough death in his life. Before joining the Navy, he lost his father in 1931,and his sister was tragically killed in 1936, struck by an automobile in front of their home. I don’t know if anyone in my family was aware of this story of his death. All of his immediate family have passed, so I am the family storyteller left to record this. I am thankful that I found just a little of his story to be told. Thank you to those men and women that served in this war and to the ones that shared this story.

  43. My father was on the Savannah, 2nd class Signal man, and was there when that bomb hit, his nickname was juggy

  44. My dad, Electricians Mate 1st Class George Gordon, was aboard the Savannah that day. He told us the story many times of how only two weeks before, his battle station was changed from turret #3 to a searchlight platform overhead. He wasn’t happy about that. Not much protection up there like there was in a gun turret. Well, that move saved his life that day, and I wouldn’t be here today if not for it.
    My dad was tremendously proud of his service aboard the Savannah, and rightfully so. He went to every ship reunion until his health started to fail in 2001. He’s gone on to his eternal reward and I’m sure has spent much time since with his old shipmates….

  45. My Father (Delbert H. Collins) told me about the bombing of the USS Savannah in Selerno. I’ve read the stories and watched the videos looking for him. I think at that time he was a gunnery officer, but I’m not sure. Looking for any article mentioning him.


  46. Can’t stop crying. My brother EM1.Arthur J. Anderson was killed on the Savannah at Salerno, Italy 9/11/43 it was a Saturday. I too was in the Navy I was an AMM3/C, I have these pictures and some of the Savannah history. He and I graduated together in June 1941-he joined the Navy in Jan 1942 I joined on the 20th birthday 3/8/43. From a perfect stranger I learned that His name has been on the Tablet of the Missing in the Chapel of the Sicily/Rome American Cemetery since 1945 and I just recently found out about it. I am now sending money and they put flowers there in his memory and his shipmates (24 buried at se off the coast of Malta. Others were buried on Malta. My WAVE friend’s brother was one of the men (4) imprisoned below and I found this out at a WAVE meeting here in Tucson in 1985. This is a wonderful story of the Savannah. Thank you. We got the telegram from the War Dept Nov 5 1943. That was his 22nd birthday. I wrote of poem in his honor and won my first gold medal for it.

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