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This is a nice group that belonged to Edward Goessel from Beloit, WI. He entered active duty on 11/3/1942. Following boot camp he went on to complete Radioman and Submariner school by September 1943. He was briefly assigned to the SS-87, which was an old coastal and harbor defense submarine based out of Key West, Florida. Goessel and a number of other SS-87 submariners were then resigned to the newly commissioned SS-242, USS Bluegill, on November 11,1943. Goessel would serve on 5 of her 6 war patrols. Luckily, Goessel recorded a very detailed report on the day by day, and frequently, hour by hour detail of the Bluegills patrols.

After her commission the Bluegill sailed for the south pacific. She commenced her first war patrol out of Milne Bay, New Guinea on April 1,1944. They sunk 1 Yubari class cruiser and 2 freighters while surviving 69 depth charges and 2 aerial bombs. Her second successful patrol started on July 6, 1944 resulted in the sinking of 2 AKs, 1 Chidori type TB, and a sailing coaster. The Bluegill endured 68 depth charges on this run. The third patrol would prove to be the most successful and trying for the Bluegill's crew.

She sailed out of Fremantle, Australia on September 18, 1944. On October 12th she sighted 3 heavily loaded Japanese sea trucks. Not wanting to waste their fish on easy prey the Bluegill surfaced. The sea trucks took evasive maneuvers are turned to fight. Goessel and other men of the Bluegill went topside to man the deckside guns. the 20mm gun quickly jammed while the boys manning the 4 inch gun opened fire. Goessel states that the three sea horses opened up with 50 caliber machine guns. F.H Gold had a bullet pierce his helmet lacerating the top of his head. Goessel was grazed, lacerating his left elbow, with T.H. Cerreto and H.W. Harmon receiving shrapnel wounds. They decided to retreat and fight another day, as Goessel states "The whole three of them not worth one US sailor being wounded". Goessel also says "We could have blasted all three if them out of the water in short order, but we probably would have lost several good American lives doing it. All hands from the Skipper down are mad as hell".

The third war patrol would be their most successful, sinking 1 destroyer, 1Smc, 3 AKs, 1 AP and damaging 1 AK and 2 SMCs (sea trucks). The Bluegill survived 98 depth charges. Goessel sat out the fourth patrol but participated in the 5th and 6th patrols. He married in 1945 and returned to Beloit after the war. he passed away in 2008.

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Goessel is holding the right side of the "Kill the Bastards" banner. His face is above the "ill" in kill

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The picture on the bottom was taken in Subic Bay, Phillipines 1945. Goessel sporting a mustache in these pics.

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Kurt Barickman

Kevin,

 

 

That is a really cool group. How did this sailor find his way in among all those gyrenes?

 

Kurt

My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

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Kevin,

 

 

That is a really cool group. How did this sailor find his way in among all those gyrenes?

 

Kurt

. Those are all Sailors. Just dressed Undress Tropical Pirate as we used to call it.
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Kevin,

 

 

That is a really cool group. How did this sailor find his way in among all those gyrenes?

 

Kurt

Kurt, I hold our Submariners on a pedestal. Its hard to fathom all the things these men went through.

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. Those are all Sailors. Just dressed Undress Tropical Pirate as we used to call it.

 

 

Not in this group but was speaking to the vast majority of Kevin's collection are USMC.

 

Kurt

My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

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That’s a fantastic grouping you’ve got. Truly top notch.

GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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I am 99% sure I have the uniform of the man holding the right side (as you are looking toward it) of the "kill the bastards" banner. Nicholas P. Ferro. I hadn't seen that picture before now.

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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Not in this group but was speaking to the vast majority of Kevin's collection are USMC.

 

Kurt

. Where are the pics of Marines?
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I know Kevin well and in this thread, he does not have any of his USMC groups photoed.

 

Kurt

My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

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Thanks for the nice comments fellas. I could have done a much longer post on Goessel and the Bluegill but didnt want to make it too long winded.

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Not in this group but was speaking to the vast majority of Kevin's collection are USMC.

 

Kurt

. Ahhh. Got it.
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Please be long winded!

 

It is interesting to note that both sub flags are similar but different.

 

Are they the same one with modifications?

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Wonderful group! Was his purple heart medal or service paperwork included?

-Specializing in WWII (and earlier) Submarine material. Enthusiast of history and artifacts from all service branches.

 

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Thanks for the nice comments fellas. I could have done a much longer post on Goessel and the Bluegill but didnt want to make it too long winded.

A submariner wounded by direct fire in a gunfight with Japanese ships? Make it long winded! Thats a fascinating story and it should be completely told. Amazing group.

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