Wednesday, April 24, 2019

USS Pope --- Aftermath .... a report

POSTED FROM EMAIL from Druann Eaton Andrecht

Below is an email that I sent to the WWII Museum in New Orleans. I wanted to share it with any survivors from the sinking of the USS Houston and their families/legacies.

In this email I included the obituary of William “Bill” Robert Penninger who died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at the age of 98. Although he and my father, Andrew Delos Eaton, deceased May 4, 1981 at 64, did not serve aboard the USS Houston, they were crew members of the DD225 USS Pope when it was sunk on March 1, 1942. They also were survivors of the Japanese POW Camp on Makassar Celebes. I would hope that those responsible for the USS Houston website would find the appropriate location on the website. There are few survivors still living

Thank you,

Druann Eaton Andrecht

From: Adrienne Andrecht
Date: January 28, 2018 at 8:29:38 PM CST


Subject: Asiatic Fleet

The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is truly a tribute to all that served, were imprisoned and gave their lives to insure freedom not only for America but all of her Allies.

Our visit was special but I have to admit I came away very disappointed and saddened. Except for mention of the USS Houston and the profile of a crew member, there was such a void on anything pertaining to the Asiatic Fleet and all of the battles they fought between December 2, 1941 and April 1942. Their heroic stand slowed down the progress of the Japanese Navy, to give the allies time to regroup and improve strategies. Even the bookstore was void of books regarding this very important period of WWII. Is that because there wasn’t a “true victory” but instead the destruction of so many Dutch, Australian, American and British ships, not to mention the number of lives lost at sea, the number of Americans and allies sent to Japanese POW Camps, the live lost there, and the lives forever changed for those that managed to survive.

It has been mentioned that there was a documentary made regarding the Asiatic Fleet but I did not see it nor have I been able to find a copy to purchase.

If I am incorrect in my assessment of the lack of information on the Tin Can Sailors, I apologize. If I am correct, I plead on the behalf of my father, Andrew Delos Eaton, that this over-site be corrected.

My father was only 64 when he died. Recently one of his crew mates passed at 98. How many are left. Will their stories be forgotten? Please do not let that happen.

We have lost another true American Hero from WWII and the Korean War. William "Bill" Penninger served on the DD225 USS Pope during WWII, and was a crew member when the Pope was sunk by the Japanese on March 1, 1941. He and my father, Andrew Delos Eaton (deceased 5-18-1981) were shipmates on the Pope and spent from March 3, 1941 to late August 1945 in a Japanese POW Camp in Makassar Celebes. How many "Tin Can Soldiers" are still living? You hear so little of the heroic activities from December 7, 1941 till April, 1942 when the Asiatic Fleet was destroyed. Such a shame more of their stories have not been told. Sharing with those that still care. May these men and their actions and service NEVER be forgotten.

William Robert "Bill" Penninger
View Obituary

From: Adrienne Andrecht
Date: January 28, 2018 at 10:11:12 PM CST
Subject: Asiatic Fleet

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Destroyer Squadron 29 - Remembered

“Old enough to vote,” said Adm. Thomas C. Hart, Commander in Chief, US Asiatic Fleet of the thirteen destroyers under his command—Destroyer Squadron 29—“not only inadequately armed for the warfare of the day but sadly in need of overhaul,” yet “manned by rock-hard veterans of the China Station who, under relentless, nerve-racking pressure, fought them with fierce determination and courageous abandon against fearful odds* . . . ”
Destroyer Squadron 29
24 November 1941
USS Paul Jones, DD 230, flag
Destroyer Division 57
USS Whipple, DD 217, flag
USS Alden, DD 211
USS John D. Edwards, DD 216
USS Edsall, DD 219
Destroyer Division 58
USS Stewart, DD 224, flag
USS Parrott, DD 218
USS Bulmer, DD 222
USS Barker, DD 213
Destroyer Division 59
USS Peary, DD 226, flag
USS Pope, DD 225
USS John D. Ford, DD 228
USS Pillsbury, DD 227
In 1941, the Asiatic Fleet was a navy all to itself. All of its thirteen destroyers had been stationed in the Far East beginning in 1922. Over the next 19 years, they had conducted disaster relief missions to Japan following earthquakes in 1923 and ’25 plus diplomatic and rescue missions stemming from an unsettled political situation in Asia. During this time, none of them had returned to the United States or been modified on station: with the exception of of jury-rigged sonar, they were equipped as first commissioned.

Read the whole post.

In addition to other books noted in the post ... Make a point to read one of the best books on the four pipers and the loss of the USS Edsall.  

A Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsall Hardcover – January 2, 2009

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010


Great old photo with a sailor and his lady with USS Parrott and USS Francis M. Robinson (in background) appears shot near Walnut Creek in California. IF anyone wants to comment on the photo click the link to the blog (above).

Friday, June 25, 2010


USAFR, Combined Asiatic Fleet, Leedstown (APA-56) and Marblehead (CL-12) reunion reminder cards will or have been sent by Graylines Branson MO.

To make reservations: call1-800-542-6788, Registration code10097

Reunion package price includes 25-30 August 2010 lodging with breakfast, all shows, attractions and transportation to and from the airport.
Hotel lodging 3 days before and after the reunion is $83 per night, breakfast included.

There will be a reunion in spite of the economic situation.

I hope to see you in Branson.

Be Happy

Ray D Kester
         Reunion president-treasurer.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mentions of Asiatic Fleet

US Fleet - Asiatic Fleet, October 1, 1939
The organization of the US Navy's Asiatic Fleet in 1939.
The SteelNavy.Com Message Board: Re: The US Asiatic Fleet, 1941
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Rare 1920s Ticket U.S. Asiatic Fleet in Tsingtao China
Up for auction is a rare 1920s era ticket good for 10 cents in trade from the Commissioned Officers mess in Tsingtao China. This came with a US Asiatic ...
Detail: The Asiatic Wild Dog or Dhole Cuon javanicus
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The SteelNavy.Com Message Board: The US Asiatic Fleet, 1941
"The Fleet the Gods Forgot" W.G. Winslow - Jim Anderson Today, 11:59:04. Re: The US Asiatic Fleet, 1941 books on it - Gerry Today, 10:07:38 ...

A Los Angeles class USS Marblehead - Alternate History Discussion ...
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USS South Carolina in World War II - Page 3 - Alternate History ...
The third USS Marblehead, (CL-12), which avoided Japanese bombs and torpedoes, wasn't part of theAsiatic Fleet, but was on loan from the Pacific ...
Naval Warfare: June 2010
They were used as gunboats with the Asiatic Fleet and in the waters off Central ... Cleveland was part of the Asiatic Fleet for the next three years, ...
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tales of the Asiatic Fleet

Tales of the Asiatic Fleet -
A blog post on the USS Preston - one of the Asiatic Fleet's tenders.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A Blue Sea of Blood:

A Blue Sea of Blood: Deciphering the Mysterious Fate of the USS Edsall Book Reviews

Click above for an excellent review of the book by Don Kehn.
Reviewer: Tom Wisker, Host "Weaponry", WBAI, New York Buy it at

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Google Alert - "asiatic fleet"

Google News Alert for: "asiatic fleet"
Recent web entries ... Some are interesting.

Port Hope-born hero honoured on American postage stamp
Northumberland Today
... naval attache in Paris during the Spanish-American War, attache in St. Petersburg, Russia and inspector of target practice for the US Asiatic fleet. ...
Google Blogs Alert for: "asiatic fleet"
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By admin
It has a nice Coulthard "Asiatic Fleet in China" cachet. It is franked with stamp "Navy Heroes". This envelope is in good condition, but wrinkled. Member USCS #10385 (I also earned the stamp collecting merit badge as a boy scout!). ...
Facil Subasta -
Google Web Alert for: "asiatic fleet"
USS MCCORMICK DD-223 Naval Cover 1930 ASIATIC FLEET - eBay (item ...
eBay: Find USS MCCORMICK DD-223 Naval Cover 1930 ASIATIC FLEET in the Stamps , United States , Covers , Event Covers , Naval category on eBay.
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Wapedia - Wiki: Philippines Campaign (1941–1942)
The United States Asiatic Fleet and 16th Naval District, based at Manila, provided the naval defenses for the Philippines. Commanded by Admiral Thomas C. ...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Charlie Ankerberg - 2010

One of the most colorful of the Asiatic Fleet who served with distinction and filled many interviews with a clear perspective of the war and its tragic and human events.
Obituary Is HERE :