Northey, Wesley, PO1

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Last Rank
Boatswain's Mate 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
BM-0000-Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1945, BM-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
BM-Boatswain's Mate

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
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Casualty Date
Apr 06, 1945
Hostile, Died
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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1943-1945, BM-0000, USS Bush (DD-529)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Cape Gloucester
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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USS BUSH Profile

"Wesley Northey - BM1c"

Silver Star Recipient and New Father

Bo'sun Mates & Coxswains
From Left to Right:

Front Row

Second Row
Wesley Northey*, BM1c - Herbert Dost, Cox - Russell Daly, BM2c - Duard Martin, Cox - Freeman Yates*, Cox - John Mart*, BM2c

*Lost with sinking on April 6, 1945

Carmen Miller, Cox - Herschel Northcutt, S1c - John Spears, BM2c - Wilfred Huard*, BM1c


 In March 1945, just three weeks before his death, Wesley Northey composed a letter that someone hand delivered for him to his wife, Mary Ann. The letter noted his obvious pride in his wife and new son; his enthusiasm for what their future held; answered a few of his young bride's questions; noted his expectation that his rating would soon increase to Bosun's Mate 1st Class. The letter also provides a glimpse into the routine censorship that took place for mail that traveled through normal channels, and Wesley Northey's desire to bypass the normal channels. The letter would reach his wife after she'd received word of his death. She would not remarry. Below are excerpts of the thoughts shared in this letter

  March 18, 1945

My darling wife & son:

Today you know I am the happiest man alive. Never in my life (have) I ever felt like I wanted to get on the roof tops, and tell the world oh what a wonderful wife I have and all that she means to me. How she keeps me alive now waiting to be near her. Always think of me.

You write, why should I worry about you? If anything happened to take from me all of my happiness - the only one who understand me - I couldn't stand it. But I know something told me you were well. How do I know? I can see it in your writing. The excitement to tell me of our son. - I knew that it was love at first sight. Even when we first met. I want you just like you were then. A laughing and carefree girl. - I wanted to be loved by this person so much. Never did I think that I would be lucky enough to have her for a wife. I have been in a trance ever since until now she makes me blind with happiness by giving to me my only desire, a son. I have always wanted a son. To see him grow, and to try to make his life easy for him as he grows up. And now my only wish is that I will be able to see him when he is small. So that I may enjoy being a father.

Now you may think this letter is funny. Nothing like I have ever written before. But you can only keep something like this locked up inside for awhile. Then it has to come out. And this letter is the only way I have at my disposal at the present of letting you know how I feel. Nothing could be any greater. I would ask for nothing more to be home with you now.

I am sending you this letter by means of slow travel. So when you receive it let me know. I am in the Philippines. In Leyte, as a matter of fact. We expect to move soon. And as to where I don't know. It may or not be long before I am home again - depending upon how this next operation comes out. We are well here. But the weather is hot and it rains every day - that's why I had a cold. Was never much of a man for rain. Makes me blue. And gives me too much time to think of you and to worry.

As for the rate Hon, I will make it this time. Just for you and Dennis. Glad you are well, and came through everything alright. Do you feel like you want to have another? Or is this one enough? Just in case we do, I want to wait until I am home for good before we do. As it takes all the kick out of married life.

Hon, I can't think of any way of writing to tell you how much I miss you.

I will explain why I write this letter to you, and sending it to you the way I am. I have a bunch of officers. Just kids. No fooling, I am at least ten years older than most of them aboard ship. And when they censor a letter like this, it is the talk among them for weeks. It gets around. After awhile it makes a person feel he has no private life.

Must close now. Miss and love you always.

Yours with love to my wife & son,

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