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.
   
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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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World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
Start Year
1944
End Year
1945

Description
On December 15, 1944, landings against minimal resistance were made on the southern beaches of the island of Mindoro, a key location in the planned Lingayen Gulf operations, in support of major landings scheduled on Luzon. On January 9, 1945, on the south shore of Lingayen Gulf on the western coast of Luzon, General Krueger's Sixth Army landed his first units. Almost 175,000 men followed across the twenty-mile (32 km) beachhead within a few days. With heavy air support, Army units pushed inland, taking Clark Field, 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Manila, in the last week of January.

Two more major landings followed, one to cut off the Bataan Peninsula, and another, that included a parachute drop, south of Manila. Pincers closed on the city and, on February 3, 1945, elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division pushed into the northern outskirts of Manila and the 8th Cavalry Regiment (organized as infantry) passed through the northern suburbs and into the city itself.

As the advance on Manila continued from the north and the south, the Bataan Peninsula was rapidly secured. On February 16, paratroopers and amphibious units simultaneously assaulted the islet of Corregidor. It was necessary to take this stronghold because troops there can block the entrance of Manila Bay. The Americans needed to establish a major harbor base at Manila Bay to support the expected invasion of Japan, planned to begin on November 1, 1945. Resistance on Corregidor ended on February 27, and then all resistance by the Japanese Empire ceased on August 15, 1945, obviating the need for an invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

Despite initial optimism, fighting in Manila was harsh. It took until March 3 to clear the city of all Japanese troops, and the Japanese Marines, who fought on stubbornly and refused to either surrender or to evacuate as the Japanese Army had done. Fort Drum, a fortified island in Manila Bay near Corregidor, held out until 13 April, when a team of Army troops went ashore and pumped 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the fort, then set off incendiary charges. No Japanese soldiers in Fort Drum survived the blast and fire.

In all, ten U.S. divisions and five independent regiments battled on Luzon, making it the largest American campaign of the Pacific war, involving more troops than the United States had used in North Africa, Italy, or southern France.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1944
To Year
1945
 
Last Updated:
Oct 16, 2011
   
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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  • Bagby, Henry Lawton, CAPT, (1941-1970)
  • Block, Charles John, CPO, (1938-1945)
  • Bolmgren, Mary
  • Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945)
  • Brewster, Donald, PO3, (1943-1946)
  • Campbell, Donald Christenberry, ENS, (1943-1945)
  • Colvin, Victor Morgan, F1c, (1944-1945)
  • Crookshank, Irvin, PO2, (1942-1946)
  • Crowley, Art Smith, PO2, (1944-1946)
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