Charles April "C.A." Lloyd was born April 1, 1926, in Wake County, 18 miles east of Raleigh, North Carolina, to Maggie Pearce Lloyd and Leonidas D. Lloyd. He enlist- ed in the U.S. Navy September 15, 1944, and was sent to Bainbridge, Maryland for 14 weeks of"boots." After a 12- day leave, he volunteered for the USN Armed Guard Unit upon the advice of his brother, Whitson, who served as an Armed Guard from January of 1942 until May 5, 1945, when he was killed in the torpedoing and sinking of the SS BLACK POINT three miles off Port Judith, Rhode Island. Charles attended Camp Shelton, Virginia Gunnery School and was sent to the Brooklyn, New York Armed Guard Center, 1st Avenue and 52nd Street. He went aboard the SS MIAOULIS to England in convoy with food provisions and over to Antwerp, Belgium in time for VE Day. He returned to the States in June and to learn of his brother Whitson's death, and after a 12-day emergency leave, he was sent to Baltimore, Maryland, and joined the crew of the USAT J.W. McAndrew. The McAndrew was in drydock for a bow replacement for damage caused by ramming the French Carrier BERNE off the Azores. After repairs were complete, he sailed to Newport News, Virginia, to pick up provisions and 2,800 troops waiting in Naples, Italy, for the Japan invasion. Thanks to President Truman's orders, the Atomic Bombs were dropped, saving millions of American and Allies lives, plus the enemy. The MCANDREW was loaded with troops and ready to sail when the news arrived. Orders for the troops on board were changed and they returned to Newport News. C.A. stayed aboard, and helped bring back two more loads of troops before being removed and assigned to the SS PHILLIP BARBOUR until guns were removed from that ship. C.A. returned to the States and married Hilda Juanita Perry, who had written to him every day while he was in service. They have two daughters, Kaye L. Gattis and Car- olyn L. Williams and three grandsons, Trent, Jason and Brad. C.A. served as captain of the Raleigh Fire Depart- ment for 23 years. He is a charter member of the James B. Green Masonic Lodge #735 and also is a charter member of the Amran Shrine Temple. According to C.A., his greatest achievements in life were to serve his country in time of need, marry a wonderful person, and rear two wonderful daughters who gave life to three grandsons. He also said it was an honor to serve the City of Raleigh and its people for 23 years and to serve the USN Armed Guard WWII Veterans Association as chairman in an endless task of locating other shipmates. He recorded names and ships into a computer in order to "match-up" shipmates, put together the "Pointer" and mailed out information to over 6,900 of the original 144,970 who served in the Armed Guard. To the 1,810 Armed Guard who died in the line of duty and all men from all branches of the service who served and those who died, the Pointer is dedicated. C.A. now lives at 115 Wall Creek Drive, Rolesville, North Carolina 27571.
Leonidas David "L.D." Lloyd,Jr. was one of five brothers serving in World War II. L.D., C.A., and Whitson Lloyd were in the USN Armed Guard, Jack in the Merchant Marines, and Codee in the Marines. Codee was an MP at Treasure Island before and after World War II. He had mostly gate duty, so he probably checked a lot of service- men in and out during the war. A brother-in-law, Frank Palma, from the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, was on the BB WISCONSIN for over four years. His sister, Vera Palma, during this time, was a nurse at Carson C. Peck Memorial Hospital as well as hostess to her brothers L.D., C.A., Whitson and Jack. Jack passed away before being declared a military veteran of World War II, so he did not receive any benefits or flag. He was thankful to be free and lived a full enjoyable life. He was mess cook for A G to Italy-Japan on the SS WILLIAM D. HOARD. After playing high school and sandlot baseball together, L.D. and C.A. took boots together at Bainbridge, Mary- land, gunnery school at Camp Shelton, Virginia, and went together to Brooklyn Armed Guard Center. They asked for the Armed Guard at boot camp at their brother Whitson's request. They were assigned to the SS MIAOULIS, a Greek Liberty Ship. While waiting for the ship to finish loading, they took in the sights and sounds of New York City. They also visited with their sister and dated some Brooklyn beauties nearby. C.A., Whitson, Jack and L.D. met at Vera's home, not knowing that this would be their last get-together, as Whitson was to become the last Armed Guard killed by a German sub in World War II on May 5, 1945, in the sinking of his ship SS BLACK POINT. The brothers learned of his death in 1983 from Captain Art Moore's Book "A CARELESS WORD -- A NEEDLESS SINKING" and verified by ship Captain Chas Prior of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, then 82 years of age. Captain Prior told Mary and L.D. that Whitson was required to keep more records for the Armed Guard Center than his ship company required. Whitson, BM 2/C, was in charge of a five-man gun crew. L.D. and C.A. sailed out of New York in a large convoy to Cardiff, Wales, through the cold North Atlantic. Depth charges were dropped throughout the trip, keeping L.D. awake while C.A. slept, a case of big brother trying to look after little brother. Brothers Lawrence and Clyde Camp of Shelby, North Carolina, also were in the aft focsle. The brothers drew a Mason-Dixon line on the deck in their corner and told the "Yankees" to keep out. The ship reloaded in Liverpool and sailed up the English Channel among the hundreds of masts, sterns and bows of sunken ships of the D-Day era protruding above the waves. During the day, the sky was darkened by thousands of Allied planes going to and from missions over Germany. The MIAOULIS was rammed while at anchor in a heavy fog, waiting to go by canal to Ghent, Belgium. At first the crew thought they had been hit by a buzz bomb. After Ghent, the ship sailed to Ant- werp for repairs. Then VE day was announced and later the MIAOULIS sailed back to New York and to the beautiful statue of liberty. The brothers then learned that Whitson was missing in action. After a short leave to North Carolina, the brothers were assigned aboard the USAT JW MCANDREW in dry dock at Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore Street will always remain in L.D.'s memory as unforgettable liberty. They then sailed south to grit country, Newport News, Virginia, since the MCANDREW was a troop ship, enough supplies were taken to last to France and Italy to pick up troops for the hot Pacific. L.D. was taken off the ship with a kidney stone attack and sent to the hospital for 30 days. The ship's orders were changed in the mid Atlantic from the Pacific to Newport News. L.D. reboarded the ship later and went back to France with troops. He and C.A. worked out of nob unloading Navy gear ammo off a large number of merchant ships for three months and got home often. C.A. and L.D. then signed on different ships. C.A.'s ship went to Baltimore where the guns were removed and he was sent on to South Carolina for dis- charge. Meanwhile, L.D.'s ship, a tanker, the SS BLACK HILLS, was making four round trips from South America to Europe before anchoring near the Statue of Liberty for 30 days. If it wasn't for his sister in Brooklyn, L.D. said he sure would have become tired of the ever present sight of the Statue of Liberty. He was sent by first class pullman to Camp Shelton for his separation, duck, check and ticket to North Carolina. L.D. farmed during the summer of 1946 and met his future wife, Mary Freeman, at Hardbarget Business Col- lege in the fall classes. On December 22, 1946, L.D. and Mary started "World War Three" and after 43, their pow- der is still good. After business school, L.D. worked with Liggett Myers as a sales representative and then was a Greyhound bus driver for seven years. His last business venture is being a State Farm Insurance Agent. He is still going strong after over 32 years, with many more to go, God willing. Mary and L.D. were blessed with a daughter, Dale Thigpen, and a granddaughter, Kimberly Lloyd Thigpen. Dale's hus- band, Bill, was killed in the Vietnam conflict. Dale is working at Northern Telcom in Raleigh and Kim is a third year student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The family does not discuss basketball as Dale and Bill graduated from NCSU and Mary and L.D. are Wake Forest fans. Enough said. Mary and L.D. have attended all the national reunions and were co-hosts of the 2nd reunion in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1983 and the 4th reunion in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1985. They have missed only one NJ mini- reunion in eight years and have attended mini-reunions in San Diego and two Canadian reunions. They hope to be in Reno, Chicago, aboard the SS JOHN W BROWN on September 2, 1990. 1990 will be a busy year for Mary and L.D. with a company millionaires trip to Rome as an add- ed attraction. They live at 4832 North Hills Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina 27612. Their phone number is (919) 787-1527 and they have an "open house the year around, so y'all come."
Lonnie Whitson Lloyd, 656 20 68, BM 2/C, was born in Franklin County, North Carolina, to Leonidas David and Maggie Pearce Lloyd on November 26, 1918. Whitson volunteered for the U.S. Navy December 17, 1941, and was sworn in at Raleigh, North Carolina, December 30, 1941. He was sent to the Naval Training Center, Naval Operation Base, Norfolk, Virginia, and on to Armed Guard School, Section Base, Little Creek, Vir- ginia. Upon completion of three weeks training on January 22, 1942, he was assigned to gun crew No. 131E and the SS MORMACDALE to ports unknown until July 18, 1942. Whitson was appointed coxswain, October I, 1942, while aboard the SS EXPOSITOR and this voyage took them to Murmansk and Archangel, Russia. On the return trip in Convoy ON-166 from Belfast, Northern Ireland to New York, the SS EXPOSITOR was sunk February 22, 1943, in the North Atlantic when a torpedo struck the # 3 hold, causing the boilers to explode at 2131 GCT. The ship was abandoned at 2140 GCT. The ship had a crew of 38 Merchant Seamen and 17 Armed Guard. Six Merchant Seamen and three Armed Guard were killed. The 48 survi- vors were rescued from three life rafts and one lifeboat, the three other lifeboats were destroyed by the explosion. Two of the survivors died later, one aboard the corvette, HMCS TRILLUM, the other at St. Johns Newfoundland. Whit- son was knocked unconscious and was pulled into the life- boat by some of the crew. The HMCS TRILLUM was the rescue ship and put them offin St. Johns on February 27, 1943, and they transferred to the States on the USS PON- TIAC. After returning from rest camp at Pocono Manor Inn, Pennsylvania, Whitson was assigned to the SS JOSEPH P. BRADLEY on April 26, 1943. This was an ammo ship on which he spent five months and three days at sea out of sev- en and a half months, and 33,000 miles according to Whitson's diary. They returned home December 12, 1943, at New Orleans, Louisiana, and delayed orders and leave, and was assigned to the SS EUGENE HALE from February 11, 1944, until November 9, 1944. On December 15, 1944, Whitson was assigned to the SS BLACK POINT and was BM 2/C in charge of a five- man gun crew. The SS BLACK POINT was a coal collier on a coastal run from Boston to Galveston, Texas. On May 5, 1945, off of Point Judith, Rhode Island, and only three days before VE Day, a torpedo hit the stern. The SS BLACK POINT carried a crew of 41 Merchant Seamen and five Armed Guard. Eleven Merchant seamen and one Armed Guard, Whitson, were casualties. Note: This is a tribute to Lonnie Whitson Lloyd, BM 2/C Armed Guard and the eleven Merchant Seamen, by Armed Guard brothers, C.A. Lloyd and L.D. Lloyd, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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