This isn't exactly a mystery picture. That's Vern
Moberly, deceased, of Laramie, Wyoming, on the far right in the dark jacket.
The picture was provided in July, 2003, by his son, Jim. But who are
the rest of the men? Any ideas?
July 28, 2003
I received the following information just the other day:
HI BILL, BINGO I WAS JUST ABOUT TO SEND A LIST OF SOME OF
IN THAT PICTURE. THEY ARE TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT:
2 <Rollin Nordeen>
3 Brink, ETM 3rd class
4 <Gilbert Brittain>
5 <William Anders>
13 ENSIGN GOLDSTEIN
14 JOHN H. MIEG (not MEADE)
16 MAC DONNELL
18 KNEELING MAN Circo, yeoman 3rd class
19 MAN WITH 5" POWDER CANISTER: KERNS
REGARDS, TOM MCKENNA
And here's a note I received on August 31, 2003:
I just ran across your
Santa Fe website, and I can help with the identification of a couple of men.
I was on the Santa Fe late in the war 1945-46. I was a radar technician, 2nd
class. The "Gunnery Division Mystery Photo" was actually taken in l945.
There are four radar tech gang members on the top row. Second from left is
Rollin Nordeen. I can't recall the name of the third from left, but he was
a tech. Fourth from left is Gilbert Brittain, fifth from left is myself.
It brought back a few memories of 58 years ago.
With a follow-up later in the day:
I have just come across the exact photo in my almost
forgotten files. I can now fill in: #3-Brink, ETM 3rd class, #18-Circo,
yeoman 3rd class.
William S. Anders
So I suppose this is no longer a "mystery picture."
I received this note on November 16, 2006:
I just saw your web
site of the Santa Fe and spotted my dad in one of your mystery pictures.
He is in the gunnery division, in the bottom row -- 11, Lozano. His
full name is Edmond Lozano, and he died in 1998. I am his daughter Lydia
Lozano Gonzalez. Thank you
And here's another note from March 29, 2015
I have my Dad here with me for the weekend and he wanted to see some of the
info online concerning his ship the Santa Fe.
As we worked our way through some of the photos we came across the mystery
photo section and there was my Dad in the photo titled "Gunnery Crew"
He is the blond standing behind the crewman with the charge can on his
shoulder. I believe that he has been identified as a crewman named Meade
from the caption.
Actually he is John H Mieg, a Santa Fe plank owner. Initially assigned to
the 3rd Division and later became trained and assigned to radar.
My Dad is now in his 90th year and is not very spry any more. He has in the
past attended some of the reunions but he will not attend any more I'm
I wish I could furnish you more info, or maybe identify some of the others
in the photo, but Dad says he was not in that division at the time and
cannot remember the names of the few he knew. He believes he was assigned to
the crew that was trans-shipping the powder charges at that time because
they were involving all able bodies not previously engaged with duty.
I would be glad to pass any other info on to you that I can find.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime