Pharmacists Mate Sully Sullivan of Wonder Lake shared the Pacific Campaign photos his doctor took during World War II.
Below this weekend’s comment from a daughter of another Pharmacist’s Mate, Kim Yeager Cutcliffe, I shall publish them again.
My father Winham E. “Pete” Yeager was also Pharmacist’s Mate aboard the Barnwell.
He never spoke of the events he witnessed during his service of WWII in the Pacific.
After seeing the pictures in your blog, I now understand.
I am very proud of my Dad and his service to his country.
There were five Yeager brothers, all served in the US Navy during WWII.
They have all passed now, my Dad in 2002, the others before and after.
The men of this war were a breed of extraordinary gentlemen.
This memorial day, 2014, I want to say thanks to all who have served our United States of America for my freedom as well as my children’s freedom, and God willing their children.
We must keep their memories alive, even though when living, they wished to forget the horrors of war.
My Dad carried in his wallet, until his death, a small I.D. card bearing: The Secret Order of the Deep, longitudes and latitudes. and the year, but not a specific date, upon crossing the equator while on the Barnwell.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to post.
World War II Navy Pharmacist’s Mate Sully Sullivan, RIP
A Wonder Lake man who went through hell as a World War II Navy Corpsman in the Pacific has returned to his Maker.
I met Sully Sullivan at my father-in-law’s kitchen as the two had one of their frequent discussions last spring.
He told me he had been out on Thompson Road collecting money and giving away poppies for McHenry VFW Post 460.
He was so excited that a young woman had stopped to drop some money in his can and thanked him for serving his country.”
Sullivan said he had never been thanked before.
We have all heard the abysmal way Vietnam Veterans were treated when they returned home.
World Two Veterans were welcomed as heroes, the history books taught me.
But, from Sully’s revelation, it seems that expressing gratitude to the men who fought to keep Japanese from obtaining its Emperor’s and generals’ world domination ambitions in check would be appropriate.
Sullivan was 85.
Sully was a Navy Corpsman.
The title then was “Pharmacist’s Mate.”
He assisted a doctor who had a camera, the source of the WW II photos you see posted here.
The physician must have been well-placed, as his photos of the surrender of the Japanese place him on the ship where the Emperor signed the surrender papers.
The two served on the USS Barnwell. There is a video tribute to the ship’s service here. It was amphibious attack transport ship.
The sailors seem to have had fun in Hawaii. There were girls at home who sent their photos with letters to Sullivan.
They had fun on the ship, especially crossing the International Dateline.
It appears there was a wet towel gauntlet during the International Dateline initiation, plus a butchering of the sailors’ hair.
Neptune presided over the ceremony.
Perhaps someone can explain in the comment section what happens in the Navy when a ship crosses the International Dateline.
The docs on the ship also had some fun.
The docs had some fun, too.
It appears that even non-combatants posed with the ship’s guns.
Pharmacist’s Mates were apparently lab techs, as well as battlefield assistants.
The article below gave those on the USS Barnwell some publicity:
The memorabilia box also had some graphic battlefield photos, which prompted the first sentence of this article.
Before I show them, here are the funeral arrangements:
Visitation – from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., in Woodstock, and from 10-11 before the funeral mass at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock on Wednesday, July 27. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Woodstock with military honors provided by Woodstock VFW Post 5040.