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VC 38 of Bougainville and New Britain - A Tribute to VC 38

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#26 djltucker

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 08:50 AM

The USS Longview (CVE-1) was lead ship of her class and the first escort carrier of the US Navy.  

correction:  The USS Long Island (CVE-1) was lead ship of her class and the first escort carrier of the US Navy.



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Posted 25 November 2017 - 06:28 PM

Commander Charles E Brunton also served in Korea and became a Rear Admiral.  Picture is prior to his injury - likely at Munda Airfield. 

 

During the mission where he was injured dive attacking Rabaul Harbor, his radioman had the following comments in his diary (Richard Wagner)  -

 

"Today was another bad day.  The skipper was hit by machine gun fire breaking his arm and a flesh wound in the leg.  He made a direct hit on a DD and was hit about the same time.  There was plenty of AA both heavy and light, also saw a few zeros.  I saw at least twenty float type airplanes in the bay near the ships.  The skipper did a wonderful job flying the plane back in his condition.  Both Kemper [TBF gunner] and I were afraid he was going to pass out from loss of blood and spin in all the way back."



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Posted 25 November 2017 - 06:34 PM

reduced Brunton.jpg

 

Here's the photo



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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:45 PM

Brunton was wounded in the arm and leg on a bombing run,  below are pics of Brunton with wound,  page from his flight log that was to be his last missing during WW2 noting his wounds and picture of his purple heart.  last picture is of his card file showing his assignments.   

 

Thanks for posting Brunton's group!  I loved seeing it!

 

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:09 PM

Commander Charles E Brunton also served in Korea and became a Rear Admiral.  Picture is prior to his injury - likely at Munda Airfield. 
 
During the mission where he was injured dive attacking Rabaul Harbor, his radioman had the following comments in his diary (Richard Wagner)  -
 
"Today was another bad day.  The skipper was hit by machine gun fire breaking his arm and a flesh wound in the leg.  He made a direct hit on a DD and was hit about the same time.  There was plenty of AA both heavy and light, also saw a few zeros.  I saw at least twenty float type airplanes in the bay near the ships.  The skipper did a wonderful job flying the plane back in his condition.  Both Kemper [TBF gunner] and I were afraid he was going to pass out from loss of blood and spin in all the way back."


Good information again, Ill see about getting better pics you requested when I get a little time.

His wounded arm seems to have ended Bruntons combat time during WW2, his flight log dates send in 1944 after wound and note the wound and more flying does not pick up again until 1945 state side.
I believe he became a Captain just after WW2. Did not know he became a Admiral!

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 08:11 PM

 
Thanks for posting Brunton's group!  I loved seeing it!
 
Kurt


Thanks Kurt, sorry it took so long to get pics loaded. I know you have a good number of similar groups and I have enjoyed your group listings over the years.


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