USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Edward M. Kronberger, BM2c
Edward M. Kronberger passed away on August 7th, 2004
Article written by Sandy Oppenheimer in the April, 2000, Vol. 1, #2
USS SALT LAKE CITY CA25 Association Newsletter
It was the Japanese and a mistake that made Ed Kronberger a crew member
of the USS SALT LAKE CITY. When the bugle sounded for general quarters,
Ed headed for his turret. The sailors found the magazine locked. Ed
climbed up through the escape hatch to the well deck and escaped. His
father, Sam Kronberger and brother, Robert S. Kronberger
who were also stationed on the WEST VIRGINIA, also escaped....
Read A Family's Brush with Infamy
Additional Information has been added to the WEST VIRGINIA website for
Robert S. Kronberger. There's also a picture of him shaking hands with President Clinton...
On the USS WEST VIRGINIA Website
Pearl Harbor talk presented to San Bernardino Elks Lodge #836 by
Commander Robert S. Kronberger, US Navy Retired, Americanism Chairman
California - Hawaii Elks Association, December 5th, 1993...
On Dec. 7th, Ed was sleeping on deck of the WEST VIRGINIA because he pulled
a night watch and was tired. The first torpedo woke him up, however, nobody
knew at first that it was a torpedo. Some guys yelled that they had run
Later that week Ed was sent to the USS SAN FRANCISCO, but the seaman handling
the boat made a mistake and delivered Ed to the SALT LAKE CITY where he
stayed the remainder of the war.
Ed knew the USS SALT LAKE CITY because his father Sam Kronberger and
brother, Robert J. Kronberger had served aboard her in earlier years.
He was aboard for four and a half years until the ship went to Japan
immediately after the war.
Ed was regular Navy and served until retiring in 1960.
Battleship USS WEST VIRGINIA BB-48 Website...
#21 in "R" Division, 1944
SLC Deck Logs Dec. 1941