Lester Vongroven

Lester J. Vongroven







Lester J. Vongroven






Lester J. Vongroven served on the SS Tecumseh, SS Seaman Knapp, SS Samuel H Walker and the SS Justo Arosemena. Lester lives with his lovely wife, Alvina in Spring Grove, Minnesota. You can contact him by email at lesnvina@means.net.



The picture below is Lester and Alvina Vongroven


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The picture below is the Armed Guard crew of the SS Tecumseh, taken sometime between June 1943 and February 1944.


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The picture below has three members of the Armed Guard crew of the SS Tecumseh, taken February 1944 in San Francisco


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The picture below shows sunken Jap ships in Manila Bay


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The picture below is of the SS Seaman A Knapp, taken sometime between April 1944 and March 1945.


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The picture below is of the Armed Guard Crew attached to the SS Justo Arosemena sometime between April and November, 1945.


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The picture below is Lester Vongroven showing the proper form for firing a 20 MM


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Pictured below is a copy of the Armed Guard Watch schedule for the SS Tecumseh, liberated from a bulkhead as a war souvenir.


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Pictured below is Japanese POW's being allowed to fish to supplement their Navy rations of rice and regular rations. Taken near Manila Bay.


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Pictured below is Lester Vongroven unloading ammo and supplies onto a barge in Manila harbor for hauling out to the 250 fathom line and dumped, approximately VJ Day plus 5. The ship is the SS Justo Arosemena.


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Pictured below are Lester Vongroven, Clinton Elton (Blooming Prarie, Mn) and a crew member named Batchfield pulling into Everett, Wa for wgat turned into a 46 day ordeal to get loaded with lumber. VJ day occurred and they went back to the Philippines with running lights on.


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Pictured below is what every West Coast seaman wanted to see - the Pilot Boat for the port of San Francisco. Taken from the SS Justo Arosemena in early November, 1945.


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Pictured below is believed to be the carrier USS Franklin making a hard turn into anchorage.


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Pictured below is of the P-51


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Pictured below is the gun crew of the SS Justo Arosemena between April 1945 and November 1946.


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Pictured below are William Benedict of Sparta, Wisconsin and Lester. Benedict survived the war and went back to college in La Crosse, Wisconsin after he was discharged. While traveling to an out of town ballgame he would have played in he was killed in a car accident.


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Alcatraz


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Corregidor


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Going Home


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SS Justo Arosemena in Seattle, Washington


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Philippine Nationals


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"Red"


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Natives of New Guinea


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William "Flags" Benedict and the Second Mate, probably on the SS Justo Arosemena


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Left below: Cookie - Cook on the SS Seaman A. Knapp and Right below: Lester and his friend "Flags" Benedict on a pass in Seattle, Washington. Seattle survived


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