Rayburn C. Waldrop, MoMM2c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC..."Enlisted Navy"...Rayburn Cole Waldrop, MoMM2c
Rayburn C. Waldrop passed away on Mar. 3rd, 2011. Information from dau., Martha Babb
Rayburn Cole "Ray" Waldrop, of Clinton, passed away peacefully at age 89, on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home while
surrounded by family and friends. Mr. Waldrop was born in Giles County, TN, October 12, 1921 to the late Claude Alvin Waldrop and Florence Roberta Barlar Waldrop.
July 3rd, 2000
My father, Rayburn Cole Waldrop, served on the ship during WWII and was in
the battle at the Komandorski Islands. He joined the Navy on Sept. 5, 1942
and was discharged from the ship on Nov. 4, 1945.
Jul. 27th, 2000...Message from Ray
The nick name "Rebel" was hung on me by Dementro Glinzak, who was Russian.
He came from Stubenville, Ohio & was a coal miner before joining the navy.
We were very good friends. He had a girl friend who he called Little
Rabbit. He was about five feet eight and all muscle. I have never heard
from him since the war was over.
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the great job you
are doing for the guys and their families of the SLC. A great majority
of us often fail to give credit to people who do so much for others.
These are often called "thankless jobs".
Jan. 28th, 2001 Message from Ray
As I continue to read the stories of my shipmates and look at their
pictures I never cease to be amazed at how young we were. We were just
young kids. The officers were just a little older but not much and of
course the "Old Man" (captain) was our elder, probably in his forties or
so . I was twenty one when I came aboard. My duty was in the A division
and my living quarters was the Boat Shop located aft of the galley on
the starboard side. We had a section leader who was around thirty five
and we called him "Pappy". I made friends with the cooks and bakers and
consequently got some hand outs. I am still planning to write you a
brief story of some of my experiences and what I saw while I was on the
SLC. Please keep up the good work Sandy. I am so glad that you are doing
what you are doing with the SLC web site.
Oct. 28th, 2001 Message from Ray|
Well I just realized it's time I got off my duff and started to do some taping of my SLC experiences for my kids and grand kids and my great grand kids of which I have two.
My wife Betty was just asking me when I got off the SLC, where I was and
how I got back to the States from Japan. I had never told her any of the
details. I won't bore you with these details but I will tell you what I
told Cindy regarding her father
SLC Deck Logs Feb. 1943 May 1943
1979 SLC Reunion
Rayburn C. Waldrop|
Group ID #114
A-Division, Jan. 1, 1944
Funafuti, Ellis Islands
Stoffer, Conn, Hettesheimer
Imry & Westerman
Rayburn C. Waldrop
Ray & Family
Medals & Ribbons
received during WWII
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