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USS Thomas Jefferson Muster Rolls, Operation Husky


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#1 kerrd5

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:48 PM

I have downloaded from Ancestry.com the Muster Rolls
of the USS Thomas Jefferson for June and July 1943.

The TJ participated in Operation Husky, the allied invasion
of Sicily on 10 July 1943. One of its crew, Seaman John Henry
Jones of Louisville, KY, was lost on the beaches near Scoglitti when
two landing crafts in the second wave collided, spilling GIs of the 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, into the water. Twenty-three men
of the 157th drowned.

Samuel Eliot Morison and Rick Atkinson (citing the former) state
that 38 men drowned but they did not consult the regimental casualty
or MIA lists or the Morning Reports of E, F and H Companies, which I have.

If anyone had a relative on the TJ then, I will be glad to provide a copy
of the Muster Roll.


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 03:53 AM

john Henry Jones was my grate uncle i would love to have any info on this    

 

 

 

jeff jones



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Posted 13 July 2013 - 04:33 AM

Jeff,

kerrd5 does visit often, but I'd shoot him a private message to ensure he get's your note. He might not stop in on this thread unless he's somewhat looking for it.
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Posted 13 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

Jeff,

 

Do you have any photos of your great uncle?

 

Give me your email address and I will send you the documents I have on the TJ,

 

 

Dave

 

 

john Henry Jones was my grate uncle i would love to have any info on this    

 

 

 

jeff jones


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Posted 13 July 2013 - 03:21 PM

Since my original post, I have now determined that 25 men of the 157th Infantry Regiment drowned

during the landings on 10 July.

 

Seaman Jones is the 26th confirmed fatality.

 

 

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 06:02 PM

The transport USS Thomas Jefferson (APA-30) has a nice wiki page (with information probably lifted from HyperWar).

http://en.wikipedia....ferson_(APA-30)

I gather the Jefferson was carrying the 2d Battalion, 157th Infantry for HUSKY.  

From the official history (gratis HyperWar)

From the transport Jefferson, Lt. Col. Irving O. Schaefer's 2d Battalion started toward shore at 0303. Battling wind and sea, grazed by what appeared to be friendly fires from supporting warships, the control vessel veered off course and at 0355 finally touched down, not on GREEN 2, but on the southern end of YELLOW 2 close to Point Braccetto. A few scattered rifle shots greeted the first Americans ashore but caused no casualties. A machine gun crew surrendered without firing a shot. There was little will here to contest the invasion.

The Jefferson's second wave veered off even farther to the right. About fifty yards offshore, the boat crews finally woke to the fact that they were heading straight for the rocks at Point Braccetto and into a ten- to twelve-foot surf. Too late to change course, the first two landing craft went broadside into the rocks and capsized. Twenty-seven men drowned, weighed down by their equipment and pounded against the submerged rocks. The other landing craft managed to get to the point without capsizing, and their passengers with some difficulty crawled ashore.



Map link (45th ID bottom right):
http://www.ibiblio.o...O-Sicily-IV.jpg

Does Morison provide any details about all the ships/craft carrying the 157th RCT?  Transports, LCI's, LCT's, escorts, others?

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Posted 13 July 2013 - 11:52 PM

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Left is Leroy Jones (my grandfather) and to the right is Seaman 1st class John Henry Jones (my great uncle),

 

 

My email address is foreman_41164_4x4@yahoo.com.  I would appreciate any information you can send me about July 10, 1943, Operation Husky.

 

 

 

Thanks,

Jeff Jones



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:20 AM

Jeff, I sent you the page of the Muster Roll.  Let me know if you get it. 

 

Also, I just uploaded the USS Thomas Jefferson Operation Husky Action Report to Dropbox.
It is 66 pages and 54 megabytes.  In 2010, I paid a researcher to scan it for me.


https://dl.dropboxus...ation Husky.pdf

 


 

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:37 AM

Jeff, I sent you the page of the Muster Roll.  Let me know if you get it. 

 

Also, I just uploaded the USS Thomas Jefferson Operation Husky Action Report to Dropbox.
It is 66 pages and 54 megabytes.  In 2010, I paid a researcher to scan it for me.


https://dl.dropboxus...ation Husky.pdf

 


 

Dave

thanks Dave   i got it



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Posted 14 July 2013 - 12:47 AM

Great, Jeff.

 

I sent you a couple more pages of John Henry's MR records.

 

 

Dave


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