VERDERBER, Paul, RM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
RD-0000-Radarman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1944-1946, RM-0000, USS Laurens (APA-153)
Service Years
1943 - 1946
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Decommissioning
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
RM-Radioman

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Home State
Illinois
Illinois
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Lincoln, Illinois
Last Address
Paul was buried at St. Mary's Cemetery in Lincoln, Illinois, with full military rites accorded.

Date of Passing
Sep 25, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star




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Last Known Activity

RM 3/c Paul Joseph Verderber
USS
Laurens, APA-153
Commission to Decommissioning

WORLD WAR II SERVICE:

Paul entered the Navy in December 1943 and trained as a Radioman. He served on the USS Laurens in the Pacific Theatre from the time the ship was commissioned, September 1944, until decommissioning in April 1946.

He was awarded battle stars for the Landing in the Philippines, January 1945, and
Landing troops onto the beaches of Okinawa, March/April 1945.

PAUL'S STORY:

I was born in Lincoln, Illinois on May 30, 1923 and entered the U.S. Navy in December, 1943. During World War II, I served aboard the USS Laurens APA-153, an attack transport ship, commissioned in Portland, Oregon, September 1944. On October 26, we departed Oakland, California for the southwest Pacific. We carried troops and 15,000 bags of Christmas mail arriving in Lae, New Guinea on November 12, 1944. For the next month we operated out of New Guinea and Nomea, New Caledonia training for the Lingayen Gulf operation. At Guadalcanal, we loaded 1400 troops and departed for Manus Island in January, 1945. We arrived in Lingeyen Gulf to land troops off San Fabian, Philippines 9 days later.

We returned to New Guinea on the 27 January, 1945 and left in February on another cruise to the Philippines transporting troops to Leyte in preparation for the Okinawa campaign, the doorstep to Japan. The first wave of troops from our ship hit the beach on April 1 while the Laurens stayed in the transport area offshore. We continued landing troops and cargo until we sailed for Saipan on April 6, 1945.

During May, 1945, the Laurens was under repair at Pearl Harbor and San Diego before returning to Eniwetok on June 15. For the next 6 weeks the transport operated among the islands, transporting troops and supplies to various staging areas. After loading veterans at Ulithi, the Laurens sailed the same day for San Francisco arriving one day before the end of the war. Following the Japanese surrender in August, 1945, the Laurens carried occupation troops to the Japanese home islands. We joined a unit called the “Magic Carpet” fleet assigned to bringing the fighting men home. The Laurens returned to Portland, Oregon on her final run from the Far East.

The following month the Laurens sailed through the Panama Canal for the eastern seaboard. The Laurens was decommissioned on April 10, 1946 at Norfolk, Virginia. I had served aboard the Laurens from the day she was commissioned until the day she was decommissioned. One of the highlights of our first trip was crossing the Equator on November 4, 1944 and being initiated into the "Realm of Neptunus Rex". Total mileage traveled was over 70,000 miles. After my discharge, I returned home to Lincoln, Illinois where I met and married my wife, Betty Burns. We married on 27 November 1947 and raised 3 sons and 4 daughters.

I received the following awards during my service years: American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 2 Stars), World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) and the Philippine  Liberation Medal (with 1 Star).

   
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USS Laurens, APA-153

WORLD WAR II SERVICE:

After shakedown along the California coast, Laurens departed Oakland, California, 26 October 1944, arriving Lae, New Guinea, 12 November. For the next month she operated out of New Guinea and New Caledonia, training in preparation for the Lingayen Gulf landings. Forwarded to Guadalcanal in mid-December, Laurens loaded over 1,400 troops and proceeded to Manus, Admiralty Islands.

LANDING TROOPS IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS:

Laurens departed Manus 2 January 1945 and arrived in Lingayen Gulf to land troops off San Fabian, Philippine Islands, 9 days later. She stood out of Lingayen Gulf on the 12th, returning to New Guinea 27 January. During February she made another cruise to the Philippines transporting forces to Leyte and remained there in preparation for the Okinawa campaign.

LANDING TROOPS ONTO THE BEACHES OF OKINAWA: 

On 27 March 1945 Laurens steamed out of Leyte Gulf for Okinawa, doorstep to Japan. The first wave of troops hit the beach 1 April 1945 while Laurens arrived in the transport area 9 miles offshore. The continued landing troops and cargo until she sailed for Saipan, 6 April arriving there 4 days later.

END-OF-WAR OPERATIONS:

During May Laurens was under repair at Pearl Harbor and San Diego, California, before returning Eniwetok 15 June 1945. For the next 6 weeks the transport operated among the islands, transferring troops and supplies to various staging areas. After loading war veterans at Ulithi 31 July, Laurens sailed the same day for San Francisco, arriving there 1 day before the end of the war.

   
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 Duty Stations
RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Bainbridge, MDNaval Reserve Readiness Center (NRRC)US Navy
  1943-1944, RTC Great Lakes, IL (Company Commander/Staff)
  1944-1944, RM-0000, (RM) Radioman A School
  1944-1944, Portland, OR
  1944-1946, RM-0000, USS Laurens (APA-153)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
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  Apr 10, 1946, RM 3/c Paul J. Verderber - USS Laurens3
  Sep 25, 2009, Obituary Paul J. Verderber
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