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Lloyd Edgar Acree, AOM3c
USS Salt Lake City CA25


USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Lloyd E. Acree, AOM3c

Tulsa Sailor dies in Action...Lloyd Acree Fatally Wounded
Oct. 12, 1942

Another Tulsa family has received that dreaded message beginning with the words, "The U. S. Navy regrets to inform you..."

This time it was delivered to Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Acree, whose son, Lloyd Edgar Acree, "died from wounds received in action."

The telegram came about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, almost two years to the day, strangely enough, since he enlisted on Oct. 16, 1940.

A native of Beggs, Lloyd moved with his family to Tulsa in 1921 and attended school here, graduating from Central High School in 1939.

Another son, Paul Herschel Acree, 19, is also in the Navy, station on an aircraft carrier. The two brothers had not met since Lloyd enlisted. Paul joined the Navy on Dec. 1, 1940.

Surviving are two other brothers, Eddie and Ray, five sisters, Faye, Norma, Fern, Regene & Chlorene, all of the home.

When the Japs staged their sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Lloyd was stationed there, and there were many anxious days for his family before came through: "All OK."

Since then they had heard regularly. In his last letter received here September 21st, Lloyd wrote that he was feeling "okay" and like many a sailor, was looking forward to the day he would come home. "Someday, when the war is over...." he wrote. That day will never come.


USS WASP Survivor Carries out Tough Assignment

It was a "tough assignment" for 18 year old Jack J. Moore, dive bomber gunner, to bear a message from a sailor friend to his folks in Tulsa, but he carried it out. The message from Lloyd Edgar Acree, 22, who later was killed in a burst of shrapnel from Jap guns. "Tell the folks in Tulsa I'm all right," he told Moore, but by the time the youth arrived here for a visit with his girl friend, young Acree had been killed and his parents notified.

Moore is pictured here on his first visit with the Acrees.
Left to right are Rosa Lee Hayes, who was engaged to marry Lloyd; Mrs. Acree, Gunner Moore, Chlorene, Lloyd's younger sister, and Lloyd's father, E. A. Acree.


At the Acree home shipmates tell Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Acree of the heroic death of their son Lloyd during the sea battle in which all were engaged.
On the divan from left to right are: M. L. Holland, EM2c
James F. Hayes, Comdr.  Harold L. Lockhart, Ensign

Mrs. Acree holds the flag which draped the body of her son during burial
services at sea. Lloyd's father is seated beside her.

FLAGBAR 501x15

For One Missing
A Tribute by Toby Laforge

The ships return with their brave young crews
From the seas' grim battle track,
Yet of all who went there are some must stay
And never more come back
.....Victory Verse

It was a grim-faced little mission of three men that swung up the short walk of the modest home at 411 Sand Springs Rd., Tuesday afternoon. A mission of seasoned----if young----fighters, a marine and two navy men back from the Pacific war to give comfort to the parents of one of their fallen buddies.

The home was that of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Acree whose son, Lloyd Edgar Acree, 22, was killed in the Solomon Islands Naval Battle of last October 11th & 12th when 13 of 14 Jap warships and transports were sunk in one of the greatest battles of this Pacific war.

The three returning men were aboard Lloyd's ship. With bowed heads they were there when their buddy was buried at sea the afternoon after the battle.

Now, they are home on leave for the first time in more than a year and one of their first acts was to visit Mr. and Mrs. Acree and tell them how bravely and gallantly their son had died in the service of his country.

The three are M. L. Holland, EM2c, Navy Fireman 3c and son of Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Stephens; James F. Hayes, Comdr., son of Mr. & Mrs. Wallis Hays, and Harold L. Lockhart, Ensign, Navy Fire Controlman 2c, and son of Mrs. L. Lockart.

The three were reluctant to talk for publication but they paid high tribute to Lloyd who had been their shipmate for many months. At the Acree home were the mothers of the three and also Mrs. Elmo C. Puryear, whose son, Insull, 21, Navy Aviation Machinist Mate 3c, was also aboard the warship during the battle but who has not been home in two years.

Oddly enough there were at least eight Tulsa men aboard Lloyd's ship, an unusual circumstance for so many from one inland city. Besides the four mentioned here, there were Marine Corp. John Hancock, son of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Hancock, who was home Thanksgiving; Harvey Vickery, whose wife lives in Tulsa, and Victor Thompson, son of Mrs. Sarah Thompson, who lives in Tulsa also.

A touching tribute to Lloyd's memory was paid by the ship's Victory Division of which he was a member, in a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Acree in December. This division, which cares for the ship's planes and of which Puryear and Vickery also were members, sent two $50. war bonds as a token of their feelings. The letter was dated: December 7, anniversary of Pearl Harbor, "Somewhere?"

"These bonds are but a small indication of the feeling of the men of the Victory division in which Lloyd served," the letter stated.

"We feel his loss greatly and miss his winning personality and cherry greeting. We know how you both feel and can only add our sympathy at the loss of a real sailor."

The letter was signed by the ship's captain, division leader and members of that group. Lloyd's action during the battle is credited with having saved the lives of several shipmates during gun firing.

The Acrees have two other sons in the service. Paul, 20, is a Navy Fireman 1c and is stationed in New York City. Eddie, 23, is in the Army and stationed at Camp McCoy, Wis.

The mothers of the boys aboard Lloyd's ship had never met until they learned their sons were together on the ship. See Article

"We all became acquainted and when we received a letter from one of our sons we felt like it was to all of us", said Mrs. Puryear.

Article Index


Mentioned in Memories of Harold E. "Gus" Kronquist ball-red-02 Deceased
Six Mothers Trade News of Navy Sons
Destroyer Escort DE356 Lloyd E. Acree named in his honor-Picture
Memories of Pearl Survivor Live On from his sister Betty "Corky" Hunt
Mentioned in USS SLC Cruise Book
Those Who Died on the SLC
#29 in Victor Division, May 30th, 1942-Group ID# 126
Tidbits from the Toledo Blade News
To a Sailor's Child by Happy W. Harden, CBM ball-red-02 Deceased
Tidbits from a "SaltShaker", Ship's Newsletter
SLC Deck Log Information, Oct. 1942
Received the Navy Cross, (Posthumously)
Received the Purple Heart, (Posthumously)
#1 in Picture with Unknown Shipmate
#1 in Picture with Unknown Shipmate

Pictures & some articles donated by ball-red-02 Deceased Charles "Chuck" F. Kepper, AMM1c



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