(Edit 12/16/2015) — I have created a new weblog specifically for discussion of the USS Belknap. Please visit ussbelknap.wordpress.com! I have posted an updated crew list with the names of 176 men who served aboard the Belknap.
My grandfather, Lewis Swart, served aboard the U.S.S. Belknap during WWII, and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
In the last few weeks, I’ve been corresponding with descendants of other gallant sailors who were aboard this vessel. We’ve discovered some fascinating stories and uncovered a few mysteries!
I’m looking for other shipmates who served with my grandfather or their descendants. Please contact me if you are connected to the Belknap!
The ship served as an escort vessel in the Atlantic during the early years of the war, but was involved in the liberation of the Philippines in 1944 & 1945.
While in the Lingayen Gulf in January 1945, she was struck by a Japanese kamikaze, which exploded on the deck of the ship.
Thirty-eight men died and 49 were wounded.
Also aboard the Belknap were the “frogmen” of Underwater Demolitions Team 9 (UDT-9). Several of these men were also killed.
I have been compiling a list of the crew, and I would like to make it as complete as possible. Please help if you can! I’m also seeking stories, photographs, and other documents.
Crewmen of the U.S.S. Belknap (names found to date.)
LAS= Lost at Sea. MIA= Missing in Action.
|Alfonso||John Fransisco||SC 2c.||5515374||MIA|
|Bessom||Edward F.||SOM 2c.||2037384||Killed1/12/45|
|Constantine||Alfred F.||F 3c||8989796||LAS||Killed 1/12/45|
|Cook||Lewis D.||Sea 1c.||8944544||MIA|
|Dossett||Luther D.||WT 1c||6343372||Killed1/12/45|
|Hoffman||Kenneth L.||MM 2c||3378325||LAS|
|Kimble||Edward Wilson||Sea 1c.||9274705||KIA 1/12/45|
|Mattes||John J.||EM 1c||7075794|
|Moon||Harvey R.||WT 2c||2691321||LAS|
|Oliver||William G.||WT 3c|
|Parker||Robert M.||Y 3c||2023341||LAS||KIA 1/12/45|
|Pietrowski||John S.||GM 3c||6084926||LAS|
|Ponder||Roy R.||WT 3c||6043384||LAS|
|Rodriguez||James L.||MOMM 2c||5556107||LAS|
|Shumaker||Richard A.||Sea 2c||7236732||LAS|
|Skeen||Charles A.||F 2c||8898416||Killed1/12/45|
|Snow||Francis C.||F 1c||2091912||LAS|
|Swart||Lewis Lester||CPO||wound 1/12/45|
|Sweeth||William J.||Sea 2c||8102894||LAS|
|Trainor||James J.||GM 2c||6467382||LAS|
|Volters||Charles A.||F 1c||2247120||MIA|
|Warren||Cedric T.||Std 2c||8151246||LAS|
|Weider||Frank P.||F 1c||7624575||LAS||Bur @ Sea.|
|Wilmoth||Reubin M.||Sea 2c||6597464||LAS|
|Withers||William||StM 1c||9068093||Died 1/12/45|
Members of UDT-9 aboard the U.S.S. Belknap during the fall of 1944 and January 1945.
|Dickson||Hiram B.||Ensign||Still Living|
|Hopkins||Robert Lee||CM 3c||8872391||LAS|
|Lewis||William R.||SM 3c||8768328||LAS|
|Rossart||Joseph William||MM 2c||8906175||MIA||Killed1/12/45|
|Scoggins||F. P.||SK 1c||8473300||MIA|
|Sugden||William Lloyd||GM 3c||8709316||LAS|