In writing Bird in the Deep, my blog was incredibly helpful in getting information from family members and surviving crew from the Partridge.  Now the that book is finished, I wanted to transition to telling the story rather than solely asking for questions.  I also wanted to retain the archive of the comments section.  If you want to read the archive blog, feel free to visit usspartridge.wordpress.com.  More news is coming here shortly.

Admiral John Wilkes

Admiral John Wilkes was the Commander of Landing Craft and Bases Europe (ComLanCrabEU) in 1943-44.  This was the command that the Partridge operated under for most of its time in England.    I have pasted a bit of information on him below.  I have scant little...

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Photo from New York Harbor

  I wanted to post this photo of New York Harbor in the 1930s because it shows the area where Joe Cooney operated tugs and ferries before he served aboard the Partridge.  It's amazing the number of docks that line the island and how many ships are visible.  It's easy...

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Lt. Frank Lafavor

I'm looking for more information on Lieutenant F. A. Lafavor.  He's listed as the executive officer of the Partridge in 1944 but I believe he was transfered off before the ship sunk in June of that year.  In the ship's log his wife is listed as Helen Marie Lefavor....

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Action Report from TF 128

I've attached a JPG scan of one page from the action report for Task force 128.  This was the TF that towed the Mulberry and Whale unite to create an artificial harbor to feed the invasion of Normandy. I've posted the action report from the Partridge but this  report...

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Correction on Uniwaleco

I had previously recorded the British Oil Tanker that the Partridge rescued survivors from as Uniwalico as it appears in the ship's log. However, this is incorrect. The correct spelling is Uniwaleco. Bud Froelich, who was a SM2c at the time of the rescue on March 7,...

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Crewman Added: Ike Eide

I received a wonderful note from Betty Eide whose husband Ike was aboard the Partridge. Ike wasn't on the crew list because he was not aboard when the ship sank. But he is, of course, a part of the ship's history. Actually, Betty's note pointed out what I've left out...

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The Northern Barrage

I did some research into the early days of the Partridge. As a Lapwing minesweeper or "Bird Boat", the Partridge was built as a special class of minesweeper to clear mines laid in the North Sea by the U.S. Navy. This was a massive mine field of over 80,000 mines. Most...

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