Bumstead, Raymond, RM3c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
RM-0000-Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Radioman
Primary Unit
1943-1945, RM-0000, USS Starlight (AP-175)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
RM-Radioman

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Last Address
Martinsville, Virginia

Date of Passing
Feb 15, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Honorable Discharge Emblem (WWII)


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
Post 3
  1947, American Legion, Post 3 (Member) (Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan) [Verified] - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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.
   
Other Comments:

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).

Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
Marianas operation
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944
Luzon operation
Lingayen Gulf landings, Binmaley Beach, 9 to 12 January 1945
Leyte operation
Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944
Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 18 April 1945


   
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Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
Start Year
1944
End Year
1944

Description
The Battle of Leyte Gulf, also called the Battles for Leyte Gulf, and formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the largest naval battle in history.

It was fought in waters near the Philippine islands of Leyte, Samar and Luzon from 23–26 October 1944, between combined US and Australian forces and the Imperial Japanese Navy. On 20 October, United States troops invaded the island of Leyte as part of a strategy aimed at isolating Japan from the countries it had occupied in Southeast Asia, and in particular depriving its forces and industry of vital oil supplies. The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) mobilized nearly all of its remaining major naval vessels in an attempt to defeat the Allied invasion, but was repulsed by the US Navy's 3rd and 7th Fleets. The IJN failed to achieve its objective, suffered very heavy losses, and never afterwards sailed to battle in comparable force. The majority of its surviving heavy ships, deprived of fuel, remained in their bases for the rest of the Pacific War.

The Battle of Leyte Gulf consisted of four separate engagements between the opposing forces: the Battle of the Sibuyan Sea, the Battle of Surigao Strait, the Battle of Cape Engaño and the Battle off Samar, as well as other actions.

It was the first battle in which Japanese aircraft carried out organized kamikaze attacks. By the time of the battle, Japan had fewer aircraft than the Allied forces had sea vessels, demonstrating the difference in power of the two sides at this point of the war.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1944
 
Last Updated:
Nov 2, 2014
   
Personal Memories

Memories
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, Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 to 29 July 1944; Leyte operation, Leyte landings, Dulag, 20 October and 18 November 1944; Luzon operation, Lingayen Gulf landings, Binmaley Beach, 9 to 12 January 1945; Okinawa Gunto operation, Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 11 to 18 April 1945; - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal (2).

   
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  386 Also There at This Battle:
  • Adling, Richard
  • Ball, Robert, PO1, (1942-1945)
  • Baxter, James
  • Bedrosian, John, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Blanton, Osie, CPO, (1931-1952)
  • Breaux, Calvin, SN, (1944-1946)
  • Clonts, Alpheus Eugene, PO1, (1942-1948)
  • Cote, Arthur, S1c, (1943-1946)
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