Wright, Charles E., MM3c

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Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1945, MM-0000, USS No Name ARD-9
Service Years
1942 - 1945
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Contact Info
Home Town
Big Fork
Last Address
P.O. Box 455
Darby, MT 59829

Date of Passing
May 10, 2010
Location of Interment
Lone Pine Cemetery - Darby, Montana
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Not Specified

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WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

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Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

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Post 47
  1984, American Legion, Post 47 (Secretary/Treasurer) (Hamilton, Montana) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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PO3 MM Charles Edwin “Charlie” Wright, U.S. Navy, age 87, of Darby, Montana, passed away Monday, 10 May 2010, at his home.  Charles was born 19 June 1922, in Big Fork, Minnesota, the 13th of 14 children born of Matt and Lena Wright.
At the age of 18, Charles went to California to work in an aircraft factory for a year and then to Redding, California, to work on the Shasta Dam.  Charles joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served on a floating dry dock in the South Pacific during World War II.
Charles married Ardith Nordin in 1947 and they had three girls, Judith Ann, Sandra Kay, and Kathleen.  They moved to California in 1953 and Charles worked in earth work driving heavy equipment.  Charles liked operating a motor grader the best.  Charles and Ardith divorced in 1977.  Charles continued to own and operate a motor grader until 1983.
Charles married Lena Mae Ikenberry Dembisky in 1981.  He introduced her to square and round dancing, which they enjoyed for 26 years.  Charles loved traveling in an RV.  They moved to Darby, Montan, in 1983 when he and his step-son Michael Dembisky brought Darby Distribution.  Charles worked at Darby Distribution until 1990 when he and Lena started going south in the winter.
Charles accepted the Lord as his Savior in the Lutheran Church in Minnesota and he attended church in Darby for 25 years at the First Baptist Church.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, play cribbage, and other card games, traveling, wood carving, working in his shop on his lathe, and gardening.  He especially enjoyed visiting with his friends.  He was a member of the Darby Volunteer Fire Department for ten years.  He was also a member of the American Legion.
Charles was preceded in death by six sisters, five brothers, and a daughter.  Surviving include his wife Lena of Darby; daughters Sandra (Dale) Ploung of Corona, California, and Kathy (Steve) Willey of Galt, California; step-daughter Marianne Cox of Lowell, Massachusetts; step-sons Michael (Rhonda) Dembisky of Darby and Charles (Vicki) Dembisky of Amherst, New Hampshire; four granddaughters, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Charles will be missed by many but not forgotten!
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, 14 May 2010, at the Daly-Leach Chapel in Hamilton, Montana.  Interment will follow at Lone Pine Cemetery at Darby with military honors presented by the U.S. Army, Hamilton American Legion, and Marine Corps League – Bitterroot Detachment.  There will be a reception following the committal service at the home of Mike Dembisky.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Darby Volunteer Fire Department.  Condolences may be left for the family at www.dalyleachchapel.com
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Service Number: 3771187

USS ARD-9 was an auxiliary repair drydock serving with the United States Navy during World War II.

ARD-9 was commissioned at Alameda, California on 25 September 1943, towed to San Francisco Bay, and anchored near the Floating Drydock Training Center at Tiburon, California. She had five dockings before leaving the United States.

ARD-9 left the US on 12 December 1943 in a convoy of five ships: A cargo ship (AK), the Navy tug USS YUMA towing the USS ARD-10, and the METAMORA, a Merchant Marine tug towing the ARD-9. At sea, the ship headed SSW and crossed the equator at 151 degrees and 50 minutes. She was 56 days at sea without seeing land. As the convoy entered the Coral Sea it was given an escort by an Australian warship. The ARD-10 then left the convoy and went onto Perth, Australia. ARD-9 anchored in Milne Bay, New Guinea on 6 February 1944.

ARD-9 was struck on 15 April 1976 and was transferred to the Republic of China in October 1976, where she served as Wo Fu (ARDS-5).Sold to the Republic of China in 1977

ARD-9 was built by Pacific Bridge Company, Alameda, California.
First Commander: LCDR Rommie Lee West, USNR
Post Office Established: 25 October 1943
Post Office Disestablished: 7 October 1946
Displacement: 4,200 tons (light)
Length: 483 ft. 7 in. (147.09 m)
Beam 71 ft. (22 m)
Draft: 5 ft. (1.5 m)
Complement: 131 (6 Officers, 125 Enlisted)
Armament: 2 x 20mm

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Overview of World War II 

World War II killed more people, involved more nations, and cost more money than any other war in history. Altogether, 70 million people served in the armed forces during the war, and 17 million combatants died. Civilian deaths were ever greater. At least 19 million Soviet civilians, 10 million Chinese, and 6 million European Jews lost their lives during the war.

World War II was truly a global war. Some 70 nations took part in the conflict, and fighting took place on the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as on the high seas. Entire societies participated as soldiers or as war workers, while others were persecuted as victims of occupation and mass murder.

World War II cost the United States a million causalities and nearly 400,000 deaths. In both domestic and foreign affairs, its consequences were far-reaching. It ended the Depression, brought millions of married women into the workforce, initiated sweeping changes in the lives of the nation's minority groups, and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life.

The War at Home & Abroad

On September 1, 1939, World War II started when Germany invaded Poland. By November 1942, the Axis powers controlled territory from Norway to North Africa and from France to the Soviet Union. After defeating the Axis in North Africa in May 1941, the United States and its Allies invaded Sicily in July 1943 and forced Italy to surrender in September. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allies landed in Northern France. In December, a German counteroffensive (the Battle of the Bulge) failed. Germany surrendered in May 1945.

The United States entered the war following a surprise attack by Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet in Hawaii. The United States and its Allies halted Japanese expansion at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 and in other campaigns in the South Pacific. From 1943 to August 1945, the Allies hopped from island to island across the Central Pacific and also battled the Japanese in China, Burma, and India. Japan agreed to surrender on August 14, 1945 after the United States dropped the first atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


1. The war ended Depression unemployment and dramatically expanded government's presence in American life. It led the federal government to create a War Production Board to oversee conversion to a wartime economy and the Office of Price Administration to set prices on many items and to supervise a rationing system.

2. During the war, African Americans, women, and Mexican Americans founded new opportunities in industry. But Japanese Americans living on the Pacific coast were relocated from their homes and placed in internment camps.

The Dawn of the Atomic Age

In 1939, Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt, warning him that the Nazis might be able to build an atomic bomb. On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi, an Italian refugee, produced the first self-sustained, controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago.

To ensure that the United States developed a bomb before Nazi Germany did, the federal government started the secret $2 billion Manhattan Project. On July 16, 1945, in the New Mexico desert near Alamogordo, the Manhattan Project's scientists exploded the first atomic bomb.

It was during the Potsdam negotiations that President Harry Truman learned that American scientists had tested the first atomic bomb. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29 Superfortress, released an atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan. Between 80,000 and 140,000 people were killed or fatally wounded. Three days later, a second bomb fell on Nagasaki. About 35,000 people were killed. The following day Japan sued for peace.

President Truman's defenders argued that the bombs ended the war quickly, avoiding the necessity of a costly invasion and the probable loss of tens of thousands of American lives and hundreds of thousands of Japanese lives. His critics argued that the war might have ended even without the atomic bombings. They maintained that the Japanese economy would have been strangled by a continued naval blockade, and that Japan could have been forced to surrender by conventional firebombing or by a demonstration of the atomic bomb's power.

The unleashing of nuclear power during World War II generated hope of a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it also produced anxiety among large numbers of people in the United States and around the world.
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