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Name: John B. Jost

Place of Birth: Washington D.C. 

Interesting Home State History: U. S. National Capital

Place of Recruitment: Washington D.C.

Branch of Service: U.S. Navy 

Service History, Stateside or Abroad: From December, 1943 to October, 1945
The USS Weaver (DE741) was commissioned 31 December 1943 at the Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Pedro California. After the customary shakedown period at San Diego she sailed to San Francisco and on 2 March 1944, from there to Pearl Harbor and the forward area. Except for routine assignments in the spring of 1944 and the recent evacuation of allied prisoners of war from. Japan, all operations were with the 3rd and 5th fleet Logistic Support groups. These groups provided the needs of the fleet in the immediate vicinity of offensive operations, and thus the track of Weaver closely follows that of the 3rd and 5th Fleets.

The Weaver has participated in eight star operations with the Fueling groups and rates the Philippine
Liberation ribbon with one bronze star. The stars have been awarded for the following:
1. Truk, satawan, Ponape Raid 4-29-44 to 5-1-44
2. Marias operation.
3. Western Caroline Islands Operation.
4. Third Fleet Supporting Operations in Okinawa attack, for OSA attacks and northern Luzon, Ormoc
Bay Landings, 10-10-44 to 12-16-44.
5. Third fleet supporting operation Luzon attack, Formosa attack, China Coast attack, Nansei Shoto attack
and Bataan-Corregidor landings, 1-6-45 to 2-18-45.
6. Iwo Jima operation.
7. Okinawa operation.
8. Japan operation.

In mid-January 1945, the Weaver was with the Third Fleet near Hong Kong and is thus probably the first, and possibly the only, destroyer escort to be in that part of the area. Attacks on submarines were conducted off Mili Island in April 1944 and in Ulithi Harbor, November 1944. An Assessment of "probably damaged" was given for the Mili action. None has been received for the Ulithi action to date.

On December 18th, 1944 this ship passed through the center of the typhoon and recorded an aneroid barometer reading estimated to be 26.80 inches. The wind force on this date was estimated to be 120 knots, and the ship registered rolls up to 61 degrees. Although fighting to save the ship, the Weaver stayed with and escorted a single oiler which was partially broken down and separated from the main body throughout the entire storm. In 18 months the Weaver had never been nearer home than the Marshall Islands. During this time she has logged six crossings of equator. Three times personnel of downed U. S. aircraft have been picked up by this ship and returned to their bases.

The memory of the late Ernie Pyle is still fresh in the minds of Weaver personnel, for in February 1945 he was aboard this vessel while conducting his tour of the Pacific in the role of war correspondent. He is warmly remembered by all hands as really being "one of the fellows." A prize crew from the U.S.S. Proteus (AS19) was placed aboard the surrendered Japanese submarine 1-400 by the Weaver off the northeastern coast of Honshu August 28, 1945. This ship then escorted the submarine, which is said to be the world's largest, into Sagami Wan, Honshu, Japan arriving there August 29, 1945.

The Weaver is one of the first units comprising Escort Division 32 which was the first DE division to enter the home waters during the occupation of Japanese Homeland. In early September 1945 the Weaver assisted in evacuation of prisoners of war from the island of Honshu, Japan and traveled to Shiogama and Kamaishi Ko during the operation. On October 2, 1945, exactly nineteen months out of the United States, the Weaver departed from Yokosuka, Japan for her new home Navy yard in Charleston, South Carolina.

Present Location: Dallas, TX
Last updated: 11/17/2009 10:37:16 AM