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Old 8th August 2012, 13:08
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SS Augustus Thomas: Liberty freighter


On October 24 1944 the Augustus Thomas, carrying 3,000 th tons of ammunition along
with a 1,000 barrels of high octane gasoline, military equipment and 548 men, was in the San
Pedro Bay, Leyte. Along side of her was the USS Sonoma (ATO-12).

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Old 8th August 2012, 19:31
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I, too, was there at the same time. I was a wiper in the blackgang, and a loader on a twenty mm for the US Navy Armed Guard, aboard the Liberty Ship S.S.Augustus Thomas."

"We were at anchor on the morning of October 24, 1944, when we were hit by a twin engine Japanese Betty Bomber. The US Navy tug USS Sonoma was tied up taking on fresh water from us. We were loaded with aviation gas and ammo, and a deck cargo of landing mats for the air field. They got us good, the plane hit us at midships.

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I just found this recently, it is my whole Geocities account preserved.

This section was about the S.S. Adoniram Judson and her Captain Charles Jarvis. I met Captain Jarvis at a local Merchant Mariners Club meeting. He had kept all those years carbon copies of after action reports and such he had keyed on his wide carriage masters typewriter.

He leant them to me while I ran downtown and had full size copies made then returned them to him. I scanned the copies and they are at this URL along with a lot more.

I attach Howard's discharge and two awards along with a uniformed picture taken of him when he got back home to the states.

Greg Hayden
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Old 8th August 2012, 19:48
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Wow!!!.....This is pretty darn neat. Super that you commented....this is exactly why I wished to 'post' histories on this site.... I just think it is awesome that you seen this....and that you took the time to share your info........

Thanks again.
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