Lee Faucette's
LST-847 Photos

Lee M. Faucette, who enlisted in the Navy in 1943 at age 35, was born in Oneonta, Alabama, but moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, at a very young age with his widowed mother. New Orleans became his "hometown" as he lived there for the better part of his life. He was the Ship's Cook on the LST-847 and his French and Cajun seasoned meals were well received by the crew.

All photos are courtesy of his son, Lee M. Faucette, Jr.

 

Commissioning photo, Jan. 15, 1945, New Orleans, Louisiana. Lee Faucette is in this picture, in the third column from the left, third from rear (peering around the sailor in front of him whose hat is tipped forward almost touching his right eyebrow).

Thomas Osinski, S2c (left) and Lee Faucette, SC1c

This photo was probably taken in Corpus Christi, Texas, where Lee attended Cook and Baker's School. His handwritten caption on the reverse: "One in this photo is a dummy". He brought his wife, daughter Gloria, and young son Lee, Jr., with him to Texas where they lived just off the base in a cramped apartment for three months.

Left to right: Thomas Osinski, S2c (aka "The Great Ostinksy") and Robert "No Mail" Hauser, S2c

Left to right: Robert Greenwood, SC1c, John "Terrible" Toohey, S1c and Charles H. "Moe" Mobley, SK1c

 

Lee and most of the men aboard the LST-847 became members of the "Order of Neptune" on Sept. 2, 1945.

 

Lee Faucette (second from left) and two other unidentified sailors (likely from the LST-847) visited the Panama Nightclub on March 15, 1945. The Club's slogan was "Relax to the Music of the Electric organ."   The back of the picture is stamped "March 15, 1945, by Panama Pictures Dark Room, 14 Pine Street, Long Beach, California."

Below are scans of the cover and back of a similar photo taken at the Panama two nights later, when the parents of Sheldon Wolfe visited the nightclub (images courtesy of Sheldon Wolfe; click on image to enlarge).

Charles H. "Moe" Mobley, SK1c

Charles R. Cook, S1c RM (left) and
Clifford J. Anderson, S1c RM, "Static Chasers"

 

Undated photo taken in Naha, Okinawa

Leyte (Philippine Islands) "Glamor Goils"

 

This is a penny postcard that was mailed to Lee's wife by New Orleans radio station WNOE in early November of 1945. It advised her that Lee was a hero and would be recognized during a November 6, 1945, broadcast of the radio program "A Salute to New Orleans Heroes", which was sponsored by the D.H. Holmes Co. department store. The whole family listened in and were terribly proud. Lee Jr. was 9 years old then and he went to school the next day beaming. Lee Sr. knew nothing of his "hero" status at the time but when he came home he said it was probably for when he and others saved a man who had fallen overboard by throwing him a line. Lee Sr. never felt that he was a hero.   This incident probably occurred during one of the several typhoons the LST-847 rode out while in the western Pacific Ocean.

 

 

The U.S.S. LST-847 was in the port of Shanghai, China from 20 September through 10 October 1945.

 

Here is a photo of a "Native Bum Boat" taken from aboard the LST-847 shortly after it arrived in Shanghai, China.

From a letter written by fellow shipmate Robert Grobbel, S1c on Sept. 21, 1945:

"....we tied up to the dock at the US Navy operating base in Shanghai, where the Japs had their Navy Headquarters since 1941. There must have been 100 bum boats come along side to sell us whiskey and Chinese flags...... Most of the fellows bought whiskey from the bum boats yesterday and quite a few of the fellows got damn drunk........

This morning a fellow Sailor on a ship (LST) right astern of us died. He died from wood alcohol in bad whiskey he got from the bumboats.

This afternoon we were cleaning up the main deck and we have lots of lumber on it from where we had the gasoline stores. Well we piled it up and at about 1500 we started to throw it over the side. There must have been 10 bum boats there when we started. But when we finished there was at least 50 of them. A couple of them got knocked out when we threw the lumber over. They would not get away from the sides of the ship so we could throw it. So we broke out the fire hose, but they just laughed........

Well, everything went along swell till the last 2 by 4. I threw it and it went under the water and came out and hit a little girl in the head but never hurt her much because she got right up and helped pull it in. But the trouble was that about 10 different boats all wanted that same piece and they started to fight over it (boy what a fight). The men would hit the women and children in the face and all over the body and the women would hit them back with their oars. They also had some very sharp boat hooks which they [used to] split open two men and three women's heads with. Do not think they will die but it sure was a bloody battle.

They live like animals, these people who live on these bumboats. They come up to the ship in the morning and eat the food we throw over into the water. They wash it off in the river water...... "

 

Above is the front and reverse of a folded card advertising the Fook Weng & Company Chinese Art Shop, which was located at 51 Museum Road, Shanghai, China. They sold hand-made clothing, ivory ware, jewelry, lacquer ware, etc. that were manufactured at their factory in Swatow (Shantou), China.   Lee brought home silk, embroidered kimono's, jackets, lacquer ware, and ivory ware from Shanghai.

 

"Night Scene on the Race Course" - Shanghai, China postcard

 

"Wheel Barrows in the sort of transportation" (sic) - Shanghai, China postcard

 

Water Buffaloes with their owner - Shanghai, China postcard


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