Lyle D. Ramsey
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...Officer...Lyle D. "Ace" Ramsey, Lt. Comdr.
Mentioned in Story told by John E. Coie, Jr., Lt. Comdr. USNR (Ret.)
#4 in picture taken in Brisbane, Australia, 1941
#?17 in picture with Group in Port Moresby, 1941
Story from the USS SLC Cruise Book
Received the Letter of Commendation
Epic of the USS SLC
Savo Island Victory & Rescue of the BOISE by Joseph Driscoll
Mentioned in Jake Jaekel's "Saga of the Swayback Maru"
Tidbits from Gordon E. Hill, FC1c
Tidbit from A. J. "Jack" Bennett
SLC Deck Log Officer's List
SLC Deck Logs May 1942 Sep. 1942 Oct. 1942 Aug. 1943
Lt. Lyle B. Ramsey, U.S. NAVY for service as set forth in the following Citation is awarded a Letter of Commendation.
"For meritorious conduct as spotting officer of a heavy cruiser during operations of U. S. naval forces against superior enemy surface units off ____. Against an enemy completely alert and already shooting, Lt. Ramsey made observations that caused early damage to an enemy cruiser at a range of twenty thousand yards; and during the ensuing three hours or more, further damage to that and other ships. During part of the action, Lt. Ramsey's visibility was restricted by smoke pipe gases. Lt. Ramsey was charged wit the laborious duty of repair, upkeep and alignment. The excellent state of readiness of the main battery of his ship was evidenced by its outstanding performance in action. The conduct of Lt. Ramsey was at all times in keeping wit the highest traditions of the naval service."
The Abilene Reporter-News
Tue. Feb. 23rd, 1943
So they called USS SALT LAKE CITY 'One-Ship-Fleet'-
Lyle Ramsey, Abilene Naval Officer, hailed as Best Gunner
Contributed by P. Dorr, Langhorne, PA.
A thrilling story of the USS SALT LAKE CITY, whose "boys" declare they have "fought more action than any other ship in the present war, and have sunk more ships than any other surface vessel in the history of the United States Navy," has just come through in a dispatch from an Advanced South Pacific Base, that adds more distinction to the part Abilenians are playing in the global war.
It has tackled the enemy at Wake, Wotje, Marcus, Guadalcanal and Savo Island, and in the Savo Island battle of Oct. 11 and 12 came into line to rescue the light cruiser BOISE, another hero of the same engagement.
"However as luck could have it, the BOISE went into the Philadelphia Navy yard for repairs, and received national publicity, whereas the USS SALT LAKE CITY remained word censored in comparative obscurity until now, when Navy chiefs arranged to accord her honors that are her due.
Driscoll explained that gun crews had been in training for two years, and on the particular night of the second battle of Savo were "as cool and efficient as though at a practice session."
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