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Topic: Finding Info About My Uncle
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My deceased uncle Robert Laroza was a career navy man who retired a chief petty officer. He spent most of his career on aircraft carriers servicing aircraft. He was in the navy prior to WW2 and claimed to have served with PT boats 'because they had Alison engines'. He did not talk much about the war with one exception.

He stated:

1. That his boat sank a Japanese cruiser at night and that he was wounded in the stomach.
2. He was bayoneted in the foot by a Japanese in the Philippines.

He did have scars in these locations!

Although I am next of kin - he had no children, I would not qualify to apply for his service records.

Has anyone any suggestions?

Thanks,

Rich

Posted By: Rich Farr | Posted on: Nov 11, 2011 - 12:30pm
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Rich

You are correct that you are not next of kin, however, as your uncle had no direct descendants, you may be able to apply for his records anyway, specially if there is no one living who is next of kin. I suggest you send an application to the National Archives with an explanation of your situation. It'll only cost you a stamp. Of course, if there is living next of kin, you could ask them to apply for you.

Keith



Posted By: kgretter | Posted on: Nov 11, 2011 - 1:29pm
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Was his full name Robert Lincoln Laroza?


Charlie

Posted By: 29navy | Posted on: Nov 11, 2011 - 1:55pm
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My uncle's middle initial was L.



Posted By: Rich Farr | Posted on: Nov 13, 2011 - 3:09pm
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Rich,
May want to look into PT -8. It was a prottype aluminum PT Boat built in the Philadelphia Naval Yard in December of 1939 but reclassified as YP110 in October 1941. She was powered by 2 3600 HP Allison engines. He may have been involved with her. Were was your Uncle from. Charlie you got me curious about where you came up with the middle name of Lincoln.
Gary



Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 - 7:42am
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I searched the muster reports available on Ancestry.com. It was the only one that popped up on a search. It showed he was on the USS Pocomoke (AV-9) in 1945. He was an Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd. then 2nd. I found him arriving at the receiving station, Norfolk, in September 1941 (enlisted 2-14-41). So I was trying to confirm if it was him. Still searching for him between 1941 and 1945.

(by the way, was he from Connecticutt?)

Charlie

Posted By: 29navy | Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 - 4:05pm
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Charlie,

Thank-you very much. This is definately my uncle. He was from Connecticutt and was in the service before Pearl Harbour. He was an aviation machinist.

Rich



Posted By: Rich Farr | Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 - 9:07pm
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Charlie,

I did not know what type of ship the USS Pocomoke was. I justed looked it up and found that it was a sea plane tender. My uncle said he served on a tender after he was wounded in a PT boat attack on a Japanese cruiser.

Rich



Posted By: Rich Farr | Posted on: Nov 25, 2011 - 9:15pm
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Rich,
The Pocomoke was known to assist PT Boats too. Check out photo on page 65 in At Close Quaters for picture of Ron 5 boats refueling from her.
[url]http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/CloseQuarters/PT-2.html[/url]
Gary



Posted By: Gary Paulsen | Posted on: Nov 26, 2011 - 5:26am
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