Lawrence J Heisserer

Lawrence J (Whitey) Heisserer





Lawrence J "Whitey" Heisserer


Lawrence Joseph "Whitey" Heisserer served in the US Navy Armed Guard Service and one of his ships was the M/S Rosemont. Lawrence now lives at the Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, MO. He can be contacted through his son at Heiss60@comcast.net, or at the Veterans home via e-mail (Gary.Helle@mvc.dps.mo.gov) or telephone, 573-335-1879. M/S Rosemont ("MS" stands for Motor Ship.) The M/S Rosemont was a German freighter. It was in a U.S. port when the war was declared and was taken over by the War Shipping Administration and registered to Panama. It had Danish officers and the crew was from all over. The bell in the wheel house was stamped "Aurora" which is assumed to be the orginal name. The Rosemont made four roundtrips to England-Bristol, Swansea, Wales, and two to Liverpool. Gene Huston relates the following story: He was a radioman making $78 per month. His counterpart in the radio shack was Carl Oksane/Oaksane/Osanan (?) who made +/- $800 per month. He was a Canadian from -originally- South Porcupine, Ontario. Some crew members would like to locate him also. Note: The Merchant Marine drew more pay but their pay stopped when the ship returned to the USA and did not start again until they went back to sea. They were not eligible for military health and hospital benefits and were not eligible for military insurance policies. Even those captured and put in Japanese and German prisoner of war camps had to get back home on their own when they were released at the end of the war. Considering this, the pay differential was very slight. This page is dedicated not only to Lawrence but to all his shipmates, living and deceased, on the M/S Rosemont. Here is what we know about the crew of the Rosemont: The crew of M.S. Rosemont (a ship of World War II) Revised November 7, 2007 Found Members: Roeder, Richard Clayton, Ensign Marcozzi ,Rudolph Fierella, S1/c Heisserer, Lawrence Joseph "Whitey", Cox Konopka, William Joseph, S1/c Ray, Manuel, S1/c Sparks, Leonard Alexander, GM3/c Truax, John James "J.J.", S1/c Massey, John L. "Flag", SM3/c Huston, Gene Herbert, RM3/c Wonderly, Leo Eugene, S1/c Members Known to be Deceased : Christenson, Lee Roy Walter, S1/c (10 Feb 1921 - 27 Sep 1997) Dewald, Darwin Franklin, S1/c (April 14, 1923 - August 2, 1991) Elles, David Emanuel, S1/c (Died 1992) Kaminski, Leo Steve, S1/c ( Deceased date unknown-per Trede 8/28/99 note) Lent, John Patrick "Shorty", S1/c Brooklyn, NY (Deceased April 16, 1989) Mallard, Herbert J, Lt (JG) (Deceased - Virginia - 1997) Moore, Gerald Chapman, SM3/c (10 Aug 1925 - June 1983) Morey, Franklin Willard, GM3/c (Deceased January 18, 1992) Smith, Paul Lee, S1/c (Deceased March 2, 2006) Trede, Vincent Donald, S1/c (Deceased November 11, 1999) Wandersee, Clarence Irwin, S1/c Zima, Henry Stanley, S1/c (October 2, 1919 - January 26, 1987) The following seven crew members have not been located at this time: Coleman, Lawrence Henry Jr., S1/c NYC Jenkins, Hobert Windsor, GM2/c NY Jones, Samuel, S1/c W VA Markovits, Edward Lewis, S1/c PA Meker, Clifford Woodrow, S1/c OH Spiker, Joseph Henry, S1/c Wardaugh,William Douglas, S1/c



This is Lawrence's Family


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg

Although this is Lawrence's page, shown below is Lawrence in the Navy, flanked by his oldest Brother, Joseph (Army) and his older Brother, Linus (Air Force/Army Air Corps)


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Below is a wedding picture of Lawrence and Wilma (Beard), married 19 April 1947 in Sedalia, Mo.

wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Below is a picture of Lawrence and Wilma made about 1995. Wilma died 24 May 1997.

wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Lawrence Heisserer in the US Navy


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Lawrence Heisserer "Before and After"


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Crew of the M/S Rosemont - Back L to R - Moore, Morey, Heisserer, Jenkins, Roeder, Huston, Sparks & Massey. Middle - three on far right (L to R) Paul Smith, Wonderly & Truax. Front (sitting) One in Middle is Manuel Ray. Wally Wandersee (deceased 5/25/86) is in the second row (standing) fourth from the right. Others not identified.


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


L to R -Son-in-law Russ Hodel, daughter Audrey Heisserer Hodel , their two children Ali and Chrissie Hodel, Lawrence Heisserer, grandson Danny Heisserer and son Larry Heisserer.


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Massey and Heisserer met for first time in 51 years!


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Vincent Trede and Wife - Vince has passed away


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg

Leo Wonderly and Lawrence Heisserer meet for the first time in 58 years


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg

Leo and Grace Wonderly and Lawrence and Larry Heisserer meet at Corky's in Memphis. First time meeting for Leo and Lawrence in 58 years.


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg

The Ocean


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Part of the M/S Rosemont Armed Guard Crew


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Part of the M/S Rosemont Armed Guard Crew


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


L to R - Morey, DeWald, Spiker and Smith


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


L to R - Back - Janice and Paul Lee Smith. Front - Dawn and Lee Smith


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Paul Lee Smith, Pete, Chad, Chuck and Kathy Smith


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Morey clowning around.


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


L to R -Massey, Moore, Huston, Jenkins, Morey, Heisserer and Sparks


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


M/S Rosemont Armed Guard Crew in all weather gear.


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Picture taken from the aircraft carrier USS Core


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Lawrence Heisserer


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Lawrence Heisserer, Euell "Tinker" Beard and Tinker's wife


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Lawrence Heisserer and his Grandson Danny (youngest son of Larry)


wood1.jpgwood2.jpgwood3.jpg
wood4.jpgwood5.jpg
wood6.jpgwood7.jpgwood8.jpg


Click to return to Home Page