Leland Dale Radeleff

Leland Dale Radeleff







Leland Dale Radeleff






Leland Dale Radeleff served honorably in the WWII Navy Armed Guard Service. He served on the SS Mauna Willi from May 1943 to February 1944, the SS John Muir from March 1944 to October 1944, and on the USAT Yarmouth from November 1944 to October 1944. Leland died 27 December 1980 but his son, Dale Radeleff, may be contacted at DALE_RADELEFF@YAHOO.COM.




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Picture below: Left to Right: Leland Dale Radeleff, L L Richards, A D Adkins and C L Mickelson, 25 May 1943 at Treasure Island


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Certificate below is from the collection of Dale Radeleff


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			The Life Line

Written by an Armed Guard. Copy given to Leland Dale Radeleff

The Armed Guard on Merchant Ships,
Are the bravest men we've ever met.
In convoy packs that move like snails
Over strange and hazardous ocean trails
Where the dread U-Boats wait in the dark
For a chance to fire and break them apart.
On the Murmansk run, with its ice cold,
The U-Boats lurk for these sailors bold.
Scanning the sea for a sight of the foe,
Day after day, they onward go.
A long and dangerous journey done,
When the land appears in the morning sun.
Then their glances turn into the skies,
For the enemy planes that might arise.
For they're never safe, even close to land,
New dangers lurk on every hand.
It may be an enemy mine they fear.
Or a Jap bomber hiding near.
But waiting for them are fighting men,
Happy to see the supplies come in.
There's food and clothing, guns and tanks,
Letters from home for which he thanks.
Cigarettes, candy and chewing gum,
Cookies from friends and games for fun.
When the ship is empty they leave again
Maybe with wounded fighting men.
And the fun they get is nothing more
Than an hours leave on a lonesome shore.
And then there are some from sunken ships
Lost to them on other trips -
With just the clothes they're standing in,
But glad to be safe on deck again.
They're even proud of an old life raft
That kept them safe and they even laugh
At the funny things they've said and done.
While waiting at sea for some help to come.
They're ready to go to sea again.
To help get food to our fighting men.
So, remember the boys, who man the guns
On the ship that takes food
To your brothers and sons.
They may even guard that letter from you
And give their life to get it through.


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