Navy Club Ship 40

Kenosha Wisconsin

 

Red Witch Sail – July 27, 2018, 1700.  Meet at Navy Park
Kingfish Game – July 29, 2018.   1605 first pitch by Dick Stader
Christmas Party - December 1, 2018 1200 at Fireside Restaurant
Christmas Veteran Bag handouts - First part of December, information to follow.

Welcome to the Web of Navy Club Ship 40

Our mission is to honor our country and the American Flag, to aid veterans in securing the benefits they have earned, including medical aid, which are due to them for unselfishly serving this country in peace time and war time. We strive to bring together those men and women of our country’s waterborne services, to be a gathering place for active, retired and former Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and to interact and socialize with one another.

 

Ship Meetings

Meetings are at 1930 hrs on the 4th Monday of each month at the Junker-Ball VFW Post 1865 located at 6618 39th Ave, Kenosha, WI. except in May, November and December.

 

On December 7th 1941 at approximately 7:55 A.M. at Pearl Harbor Hawaii the US Naval Fleet, US Marine Corps barracks as well as US Army Air corps planes were attacked by Imperial Japanese Naval forces. The result was that America was now at war in Europe and Africa against Germany and in the South Pacific against the Japanese.

At that same time and place an 18 year old Kenosha sailor, Stanley N. Valentine, was aboard the USS Whitney (AD-4) a destroyer repair ship and witnessed the attack at Pearl Harbor. Stanley Valentine had quit Bradford High School at age 17 to join the Navy. Valentine was born in Racine in 1923 the son of Danish immigrant parents, his father Magnus was a fisherman and mother Ruth a homemaker with brothers Leo and Richard and a sister Kathryn. They moved to Kenosha and lived on Kenosha’s north side.  Valentine spent much of his young life playing around Kenosha’s harbor area with his “River Rat” friend, Eugene Malsack. 

Valentine witnessed firsthand the devastation at Pearl Harbor and had worked on a burial crew laying coffins of American Sailors, Marines and Airmen in long “trench” graves for many days after the attack. Valentine volunteered for the Submarine Service and finished WWII on a submarine in 1947 when he was Honorably Discharged. 

Home from WWII and the Navy, in Kenosha Valentine married his wife Grace Pahl Valentine on February 26, 1949. They had met on a ship, not a Navy Ship but a passenger ship going to Europe. They did not really know one another before the cruise but as chances were, they were both from Kenosha. They had 3 children and 2 grandchildren. 

 Stanley N. Valentine joined the US Naval Reserve in Kenosha after his discharge from the Navy in 1947 and was reactivated for the Korean Conflict serving on the USS Nereus (AS-18) a submarine repair ship in 1950 - 1952.

 Valentine worked for Nash Motors, American Motors and finally Chrysler as a machine maintenance man for 33 years. After retirement is when Valentine really became interested in Veteran’s Affairs. He belonged to several Veterans groups and other organizations.

An idea becomes a plan

 Valentine, who never forgot his duty in the US Navy during WWII and Korea, and the men and lives that were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor, had an idea in the back of his head to somehow memorialize those lost at Pearl Harbor. In the late 1990’s the City of Kenosha was proposing to re-build Navy Park. Valentine met with city officials and parks committee members with his plan for a “Pearl Harbor Memorial.” The city planners developed a plan which included his memorial, at this site at 52nd Street and 6th Avenue, overlooking the entrance to Kenosha’s harbor for the memorial. When construction started, Valentine spent many hours at Navy Park watching construction and when he saw construction plans changing, immediately took action, sometimes ending up in the mayor’s office to get assurance that the memorial and park would be constructed as per the city’s plan. While Valentine was busy with the park and memorial construction he asked his Kenosha Navy Club Ship-40 Shipmate Tom Fredericksen to find information of those from Wisconsin who died as a direct result of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941. Valentine’s plan for the memorial would be a staff of an anchor constructed of 4 inch by 8 inch bricks each inscribed with the name, branch of service and hometown of those from Wisconsin killed at Pearl Harbor. Valentine, Fredericksen and a close friend of theirs, Paul Shockley also a Navy Club Ship 40 member and also a submariner, took the CD with the information of the 50 men from Wisconsin killed at Pearl Harbor to a company that made memorial bricks and had the bricks produced and transported to the Kenosha Parks Dept. Valentine and Fredericksen then went about getting sponsors for the bricks to cover the cost of producing the bricks. On the date of the park dedication, each of the 52 bricks in the memorial anchor, owned by a sponsor and each sponsor was given a “Certificate of Ownership” to the brick(s). The certificates were produced by Fredericksen.

 Navy Chief Paul Shockley said “He wasn’t a showy type of person. He was the kind of guy who supported things. Stan was always right in the middle of it. He had a powerful reasoned voice. He was a good friend and a good man.” Shockley said it was Valentines idea and drive that led to the mast of flags and memorial that now mark Navy Park. “This was big to him. He was the spark to get the flags and bricks for the Wisconsin men who died at Pearl Harbor. He suggested how to go about it and pretty much handled the whole thing.”

On September 2, 2000, 65 years to the day after the official signing of the peace with Japan, the Pearl Harbor Memorial at now: ”Navy Memorial Park”, was dedicated. Fox tv6 Milwaukee sent Bob Moore, their reporter, and a cameraman to the dedication. Fox 6 produced a very moving video for their news cast that evening with the voice of Stan Valentine describing the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941 and showing film footage of the attack. At the dedication ceremony, Moore asked Fredericksen why he had gotten involved with the memorial project. Fredericksen said ” My Father was a WWII Veteran, serving with SeaBee’s in the South Pacific. Stan was a good friend of mine, the kind of friend that that you will do anything for. Stan asked me, so I helped. This is Stan’s tribute for Kenosha and to the 50 men from Wisconsin who died as a direct result of the surprise attack on the Naval Fleet and other services serving at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941.”

Stanley N. Valentine 

Stanley N. Valentine has a long history with the US Navy including many ship and “boats” (submarines). A family man who helped to coach little league and pony league baseball, coached basketball for kids, was active in his church, had been appointed to many positions within the veterans community, had served as Commander of the Navy Club Ship-40 in Kenosha and had served as a “Commissioner” on them Governor Tommy Thompson’s USS Wisconsin re-commissioning  commission. 

On September 2, 1945 (VJ Day) Valentine was honored to be on a ship in Tokyo Bay when the unconditional surrender of Japan was signed.

Stanley N. Valentine retired from the US Navy with the rank of Chief Petty Officer and rate of Engineman, Submarine qualified. 

Sadly Stanley N. Valentine passed away August 24, 2002 at age 78.

Author: Thomas Fredericksen

 

 

Commander: Jim Zeszutek

Senior Executive Officer: Richard (Dick) Stader

Junior Executive Officer: Dale Wellman

Shipswriter: John McCoy

Paymaster: John Miller

Chaplain: Robert(Bob) Brown

Historian: Dean Jensen

Trustee-One Year: Olvier Davidson

Trustee-Two Year James Goshaw

Trustee-Three Year:  Don Burns

 

Here are the names and home towns as well as the branch of military they served and their duty stations of the 50 men from Wisconsin who died as a direct result of the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7th 1941 retrieved from  US Archive Records.

Those who died from Wisconsin at Pearl Harbor were members of the US Navy(USN), US Marine Corp (USMC) and US Army Air Corp (USAAC)


 Name                             Service Unit     Home Town    Duty Station
 1. Amundson, Leo D.                USMC      La Crosse        Arizona
 2. Barber, Leroy K.                   USN        New London    Oklahoma
 3. Barber, Malcom J.                 USN        New London    Oklahoma
 4. Barber, Randolph H.              USN        New London    Oklahoma
 5. Bovial, Walter R.                   USN         Delavan          Arizona
 6. Boxrucker, Lawrence A.         USN         Stetsonville      Oklahoma
 7. Bruesewitz, William G.           USN         Appleton          Oklahoma
 8. Buss, Robert P.                     USAAC     Darlington        Wheeler Field
 9. Church, Leroy E.                   USAAC      Baraboo           Hickam Field
10. Clendenning, Leo I.              USAAC      Rib Lake           Hickam Field
11. Connelly, Keefe R.                USN          Markesan         Oklahoma
12. Cox, Gerald C.                      USN          Racine             Arizona
13. Curtis, Lyle C.                       USN          Glidden            Arizona
14. Davis, Frederick C.                USN          Orfordville        Nevada
15. Dieckhoff, Douglas R.            USN          Neenah            Utah
16. Doernenburg, Kenneth E.      USN          Antigo              Oklahoma
17. Drefahl, Elmer E.                  USMC        Milwaukee        Oklahoma
18. Ehlert, Casper                       USN          Sheboygan       Arizona
19. Field, Arnold E.                     USAAC      Beloit               Hickam Field
20. Gazecki, Phillip R.                  USN         Menasha           Arizona 
21. Geise, Marvin F.                    USN          Beloit               Arizona
22. Hansen, Harvey R.                 USN          Racine             Arizona
23. Hanson, Helmer A.                 USN         La Crosse         California
24. Heath, Alford G.                     USN         Spencer            Arizona
25. Herrick, Paul E.                      USMC       Kenosha            Arizona
26. Hess, Darrell M.                      USN         La Crosse          Arizona
27. Hilt, Frederick A.                     USN         Loyal                West Virginia
28. Juedes, William A.                   USN         Oshkosh            Utah
29. Karabon, Joseph N.                  USN        Milwaukee          Utah
30. Klubertanz, RodericK O.            USAAC     Sun Prairie         Hickam Field

31. Kramer, Harry W.                     USN         Chippewa Falls   California
32. Lewison, Neil S.                        USN         Melrose             Arizona
33. Mc Laughlin, Herbert E.             USAAC      Shawno            Hickam Field
34. Mulhofski, Joseph A.                  USN         Kewaunee         Pennsylvania
35. Naegle, George E.                     USN         La Crosse          Oklahoma
36. Newman, Laxton G.                   USN         Crivitz               NAS-Kaneohe
37. Nicoles, Frank E.                        USN        Eau Claire          Oklahoma
38. Nusser, Raymond A.                   USN        Oshkosh            Arizona
39. Philipsky, Thomas F.                   USAAC    Horicon              Hickam Field
40. Plant, Donald D.                         USAAC    Wausau              Wheeler Field
41. Przybysz, Alexander J.                 USN        Milwaukee          California
42. Riley, David J.                            USN        Juda                  Oklahoma
43. Rogness, Halcor E.                      USAAC    Frederic             Hickam Field
44. Shattuck, Robert R.                     USAAC    Blue River          Wheeler Field
45. Szurgot, Edward F.                      USN       Milwaukee           California
46. Thinnes, Arthur R.                       USN       Milwaukee           Oklahoma
47. Uhrenholdt, Andrew C.                 USN       Seeley                 Arizona
48. Walkowiak, Robert N.                   USN       Milwaukee           Oklahoma
49. Wallace, James F.                        USN        Adams                Arizona
50. Wallen, Earl D.                            USMC      Green Bay            California
51. UNKNOWN
52. REST IN PEACE

Each and every casualties name is on a brick which is fashioned into the "staff" of the anchor. Each brick was purchased by a Grateful Citizen or group.


On a motion before the Navy Club Ship 40-Kenosha, which was seconded and approved unanimously by the membership of Navy Club Ship 40-Kenosha, all names on the Pearl Harbor Memorial are Honorary Members of Navy Club Ship 40-Kenosha. This memorial was dedicated on September 2, 2000 (VJ Day) and Navy Club Ship 40-Kenosha has held Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremonies each year since.

 

Stanley N. Valentine was the "brains" behind this memorial and Thomas A. Frdericksen did all of the research. This was Stanley's memorial to all his "Shipmates" he left at Pearl Harbor.