USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Melvin Philip Thurlow, RM2c
Melvin Philip Thurlow passed away May 10th, 2001
8 May 2001
I am the oldest son of Chief Petty Officer Radioman Melvin
Philip Thurlow, who served on the Salt Lake City for about a year,
ending shortly after Pearl Harbor.
Dad was also the unofficial photographer on board. There are several
binders comprising the five years of his service, some of which I know are
from the cruiser.
Dad is very ill, but I'm sure he would love to hear from any of the guys.
He has no email, but all 7 of his children do. He is W9NPL on shortwave.
The ship's log on your page starts on Nov. 28, 1941. I believe Dad was on
the ship much earlier that year.
He says they were patroling the shipping lanes. He has quite a few photos
of the "crossing the equator" initiation, and I'm sure my brother Jon has
the whole story on his verbal history recordings.
I believe he left the ship when it put in to Pearl on Mar 4, 1942. He went
stateside to (radar?) school and was assigned to the Titania when it
launched from NJ. I'm assuming the promotion to Chief Petty Officer
Radioman was concurrent with the assignment.
He left the Titania at Pearl in Aug 1946 and finished out his service on the
Davy Crockett, waiting rotation home to Kansas. He took his BSEE at
Manhatten, worked briefly for RCA in Marion, IN. (where he met and
married Naomi Faye Powell of Asheville, NC), and in the summer of 1953
moved to Wabash, IN to take a job with a start-up company called Wabash
Magnetics. He retired from there at the age of 62, after suffering a heart
All 7 of his children adore him. He's a good storyteller.
He has been an active member of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church
since they first broke dirt for the Wabash Church. Two of his children
have been missionaries. As W9NPL, he has been an active ham his entire
life, and 3 of his sons are now hams.
As a side note: Whenever we drove to NC to see my Mother's folks, we always
stopped in Cherokee so Dad could see a Navy buddy. The man was the fire
chief on the reservation. I don't know which ship he was on or his
assignment. I wonder if there's any way to find out (if I
don't get the chance to ask).
Dennis Erwin Thurlow, son
Jon Thurlow, son
Listed with Radio Gang from WWII
SLC Deck Log Mar. 1942