RM3 Raymond O. Bumstead
U.S. Navy WWII
U.S.S. Starlight AP-175
Raymond Oliver Bumstead, 85, of Martinsville, died February 15, 2011. He was born on June 5, 1925 to the late William Bumstead and Ada Mary LaFave Bumstead. He was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
Ray served in the US Navy during World War II as a radioman and teletype operator on the USS Starlight, an auxiliary (troop) transport. Ray retired from Montgomery Ward Company after a 35 year career managing the Automotive Department in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
He was a member of the American Legion and a life long member of the Elks Club. He moved to Martinsville, VA in 1997 and attended Clearview Wesleyan Church on Barrows Mill Rd.
Surviving are his dear wife Alice May Smith Bumstead of the residence. The couple enjoyed 64 years of marriage. Also surviving are two sons, Lynn Bumstead of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, Terry Bumstead of Martinsville, VA; three daughters, Sandi Dale and husband Robert of Olathe, Kansas, Trudy Quinlan and husband John of Bassett, VA; and Tonya Ziolkowski of Martinsville, VA; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Memories clear for vets
from a Veteran Appreciation Event November 12, 2009
Ray Bumstead, 84, of Martinsville, served in the Navy for three years during World War II, 1943-45, according to Bumstead and his wife, Alice. He was a radioteletyper, mostly on the USS Starlight in the South Pacific theater. A radio teletype is a teletypewriter equipped for receiving or transmitting messages by radio instead of wire.
The USS Starlight was engaged in battles but never took a direct hit by a kamikaze pilot, the Bumsteads said. But Ray Bumstead saw a U.S. ship that was struck by a kamikaze, and as a result the ship sank. He said sailors tried to help each other. “It was survival at the time,” he added.
Mr. Bumstead passed away two months later.
Radioman Bumstead was a Plank Owner on the U.S.S. Starlight AP-175 (February 1944). His WWII awards included: China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4): Marianas operation, Leyte operation, Luzon operation and Okinawa Gunto operation - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2).
Campaign and Dates
Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944
Lingayen Gulf landings, Binmaley Beach, 9 to 12 January 1945
Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944
Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 18 April 1945