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Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 111X, USS Monterey (CVL-26)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Plank Owner

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Contact Info
Home Town
New Orleans, Louisiana
Last Address
Nashville Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana.

Date of Passing
May 09, 2012
Location of Interment
Metairie Cemetery - New Orleans, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Naval Reserve Honorable Discharge Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Post 114
  1950, American Legion, Post 114 (Recorder) (New Orleans, Louisiana) [Verified] - Chap. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
John Francis Latham (Senior) was a life-long resident of New Orleans. Born October 4, 1920 he graduated from Fortier High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, '42, and LLB, '47, from Tulane University and served in the Naval Officers' Training Corps at Tulane University. He was commissioned an Ensign, in USNR in 1942 and saw active duty in the U. S. Navy as a Deck and Gunnery Officer on the USS Cincinnati CL-6 and USS Monterey CVL-26 (Plank Owner). In August 1944, Mr. Latham was advanced to full Lieutenant, USNR. Following the War, he practiced as an Average Adjuster for over 45 years. He was a member of the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association. Mr. Latham died May 9, 2012.

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WWII, 1943-1945: USS Monterey was reclassified CVL-26 on 15 July 1943, shortly before commissioning, and after shakedown, departed Philadelphia for the western Pacific. She reached the Gilbert Islands on 19 November 1943, in time to help secure Makin Island. She took part in strikes on Kavieng, New Ireland on 25 December, as part of Task Group 37.2 (TG 37.2), and supported the landings at Kwajalein and Eniwetok until 8 February 1944. The light carrier then operated with Task Force 58 (TF 58) during raids in the Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, northern New Guinea, and the Bonin Islands from February-July 1944. During this time she was also involved in the Battle of the Philippine Sea on 19-20 June.

Monterey then sailed to Pearl Harbor for overhaul, departing once again on 29 August. She launched strikes against Wake Island on 3 September, then joined TF 38 and participated in strikes in the southern Philippines and the Ryukyus. October through December 1944 were spent in the Philippines, supporting first the Leyte, and then the Mindoro landings.

Though enemy planes had been unable to damage Monterey, she did not complete her first full year of service unscathed. In December, she steamed into the path of Typhoon Cobra, with winds over 100 knots (190 km/h; 120 mph). At the height of the storm, which lasted 2 days, several planes tore loose from their cables, causing several fires on the hangar deck. During the storm future US President Gerald Ford, who served on board the ship, was almost swept overboard. Ford, serving as General Quarters Officer of the Deck, was ordered to go below to assess the raging fire. He did so safely, and reported his findings back to the ship's commanding officer, Captain Stuart Ingersoll. The ship's crew was able to contain the fire, and the ship got underway again.

Monterey arrived Bremerton, Washington for overhaul in January 1945. She rejoined TF 58 and supported Okinawa operations by launching strikes against Nansei Shoto and Kyūshū from 9 May to 1 June. She rejoined TF 38 for the final strike against Honshu and Hokkaido from 1 July to 15 August.

USS Monterey received 11 battle stars for World War II service while Mr. Latham was on board.
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Tulane University NROTC (Cadre)US NavyUSS Monterey (CVL-26)
  1938-1942, 116X, Tulane University NROTC (Cadre)
  1942-1943, 111X, USS Cincinnati (CL-6)
  1943-1945, 111X, USS Monterey (CVL-26)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Kwajalein Atoll (Operation Flintlock)
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Leyte Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Mindoro
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 Okinawa Gunto Operation/East of Kyushu
 Colleges Attended 
Tulane UniversityTulane University
  1938-1942, Tulane University2
  1945-1947, Tulane University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  May 06, 2016, General Photos
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