September 2008 Two addition photos have been posted to the William B. May Collection: A studio photograph of crewman Ross DeMonburn, who was at the helm during the incident in which SC 292 assisted in evacuating troops from the grounded USS Northern Pacific, and a nice shot of the SC 292 officers in whites on deck. If you haven't seen the SC 292 sets yet, take a look. There are some excellent photos.
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September 2008 Newly posted are two images showing the launching of submarine chaser SC 288. SC 288 was built at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, and served in the Canal Zone during the war.
In this case the launching was accomplished by lowering the chaser by crane into the water.
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September 6, 2008 marks the 80th anniversary of the death of my great uncle, Lt. George S. Dole, who served as CO of submarine chaser SC 93 during the war and as CO of SC 354 after. He died young, only 43 years old.
There is disagreement among family members as to the cause. While some attribute it to complications from a smallpox vaccine, I have found no evidence of that. His father, Rev. George Henry Dole, believed that his time in the frigid waters of the Atlantic in the winter of 1917-1918 had damaged his circulatory system. Then-Ensign Dole spent time in the water at New London, CT, working to free the rudder of stray cables that had entangled it.
Service on a chaser in WWI certainly took its toll on many sailors. Lt. Dole fell ill at the family's summer camp in Maine, and died shortly thereafter. The camp was passed along to my uncle George, George S. Dole's namesake, and now and then I spend a few days there, and think about the twins -- George and Louis Dole -- and how WWI separated them, and perhaps later took one of them.
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