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/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Start Year
1945
End Year
1945

Description
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of Japanese mainland (coded Operation Downfall). Four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army (the 7th, 27th, 77th, and 96th) and two Marine Divisions (the 1st and 6th) fought on the island. Their invasion was supported by naval, amphibious, and tactical air forces.

The battle has been referred to as the "typhoon of steel" in English, and tetsu no ame ("rain of steel") or ("violent wind of steel") in Japanese. The nicknames refer to the ferocity of the fighting, the intensity of kamikaze attacks from the Japanese defenders, and to the sheer numbers of Allied ships and armored vehicles that assaulted the island. The battle resulted in the highest number of casualties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Based on Okinawan government sources, mainland Japan lost 77,166 soldiers, who were either killed or committed suicide, and the Allies suffered 14,009 deaths (with an estimated total of more than 65,000 casualties of all kinds). Simultaneously, 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide, a significant proportion of the local population. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki together with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria caused Japan to surrender less than two months after the end of the fighting on Okinawa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1945
To Year
1945
 
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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