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Gordon M. Wallace, PhM2c
USS Salt Lake City CA25


USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Gordon M. Wallace, PhM2c
US FLAG Gordon M. Wallace passed away on August 2nd, 2014. Information from daughter, Doreen Thawley
See Obituary Below

Note from S. Eskew
Feb. 15th, 2007

I received a phone call from Gordon Wallace & he was very excited about finding the USS SLC CA25 Website. He & his wife, Patricia, have joined the SLC Association & sent in the pictures & information below.

Gordon M. Wallace was a 17 year old single man from Forks, WA. when he entered the Navy in 1942. He went to Boot Camp & Hospital Corps School in San Diego, CA. He boarded the USS SLC CA25 on Dec. 26th, 1942.

He was assigned to the Medical Division on the SLC with a rating of PhM3c & then promoted to PhM2c.

He left the USS SLC CA25 in late 1945. From June of 1955 until June of 1980 he worked for the San Jose, CA. Fire Dept.

Gordon has stayed in touch with ball-red-02 Deceased Donald E. Wharff, PhM1c throughout the years & after finding the SLC website, he has been able to visit with other shipmates... ball-red-02 Deceased Lamar R. Brunson, PhM1c & ball-red-02 Harold L. Duncan, PhM2c

#4 in picture with Medical Dept....Contributed by Gordon Wallace
#11 in picture with Medical Dept., 1945
SLC Deck Log Dec. 1942


Message from daughter Doreen Thawley
August 6th, 2015
Hi Sandy:

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of my father, Gordon Matthew Wallace.

Following is his obituary:

Gordon Matthew Wallace
December 1, 1924 – August 2, 2015
Resident of Morgan Hill

Gordon Matthew Wallace, 90, passed away peacefully at his home on August 2, 2015.
Gordon was born in Forks, Washington to William Matthew Wallace and Una Benner Wallace.

Gordon’s love for life was tremendous. Through good times and bad he always had that upbeat attitude. He never complained, well except if the Giants lost a game, or the US President made a bad decision. Even during the last days of his life, if you asked him how he was doing… he’d always say “I’m fine” and then he’d flash that smile.

Gordon and his sister Goldie were raised in Forks, Washington. Before going to school every morning, Gordon’s chore was to milk the cows Sally and Bossie. Gordon attended and played football at Forks High-school. He was also a prize fighter in the smokers. At age 17 he joined the Navy. Taking a train from Seattle, WA to San Diego, CA where he boarded a ship to Hawaii where he then boarded the USS Salt Lake City. He was a Pharmacist mate on board the ship for four years. Being a typical sailor back in the day, tattoos appeared on his arms and a pierced ear. In fact, he pierced quite a few sailors’ ears while on board. He was very proud to be a WWII Vet.

During the war, while on leave from the USS Salt Lake City that was docked in San Francisco, he met his “future bride” Doris Riley. They spent every minute they could together during the one week they had. They wrote letters and Doris sent Gordon cookies during the year they were apart. They were married one year later upon Gordon’s departure from the Navy. After the war, in Seattle, WA Gordon worked in a sawmill and also painted houses for a living. He moved to California in 1947 and worked for Associated Oil Company. In 1955 Gordon joined the San Jose Fire Department, and after 25 years, in 1980, he retired as Captain. During this time he and Doris raised three sons, Daniel, James and Craig and one daughter, Doreen, and cherished the time spent with their seven grandchildren. Doris and Gordon were married for 57 years until Doris’ death in February, 2003.

Gordon loved retired life. One of his memories was hiking Mt. Lassen at age 65 with his daughter and her family. This traditional will be carried on by his daughter who plans to hike this mountain at age 65 with her family in tow as well. Gordon enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, gardening, visiting friends and family, road trips, camping, fishing and most of all “building”. Gordon and Doris built and fixed up 12 houses, and he lived in each of them. The homes were located in Ben Lomond, Scotts Valley, Grass Valley, Lincoln, Santa Rosa, Kelseyville, Aptos, Paradise and Magalia.

After Doris’ demise, Gordon and his son James, moved to Morgan Hill to be closer to his daughter and son Daniel. Shortly after moving into his new home in the Woodland Estates park he met Patricia Nigh, a widow. They had so much fun together. They traveled, they danced, they sang… they just had fun! They were married at the park among family and friends in October, 2004. Patricia’s two sons and three daughters extended Gordon’s family. Life was good!

Gordon had seven grand-children and 13 great-grandchildren. Between he and Patricia that number grew to 19 grand-children and 24 great-grandchildren.

Gordon’s goal was to live at least until 2018. That would have been 200 years since the birth of his grandfather Hugh Berry Wallace who was born in South Carolina in 1818. Well, he almost made it.

Gordon was predeceased by numerous loved ones, including his parents, his first wife, his sister, half-sisters, half-brothers, his in-laws, and two of his sons, and numerous good friends. He leaves behind, his loving wife Patricia, son Daniel, daughter Doreen, step-daughters Ruth, Debbie and Gail, and step-sons Tim and Tom, along with all his grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and a multitude of friends.

Gordon’s ashes will remain with his family until he is put to rest at the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Monterey.

There will be a celebration of his life in the coming month.


Gordon Wallace[left]
Lamar "Jake" Brunson[right] ball-red-02 Deceased
from the SLC CA25 Medical Division
were reunited in May of 2007 when
Gordon & his wife, Pat, made a long trip from
CA. through Oklahoma ....to meet me.... and on
to Alabama to meet Jake & Betty Brunson.
After 63+ years these two buddies
found each other
thanks to the USS SLC CA25 Website!
WOW! Love it when this happens! ;)


Gordon Wallace & Harold Duncan

Unknown,   L. H. Thompson, PhM3c   & Gordon M. Wallace



Does anyone want to "Identify" themselves?   



Wallace Gordon M. & Patricia Wallace
Married Oct. 24th, 2004
Picture taken in July of 2006



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