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 This page is dedicated to those who's service aboard the USS Manatee AO-58 will never be forgotten.

We, here at the USS Manatee website, wish these families our most sincere condolences upon the loss of our beloved shipmates.  We commit their bodies to the deep and their memories to our hearts forever...

Recent deaths of shipmates from the USS Manatee:

It is with a heavy heart we note the passing of Royce Godwin on September 3, 2017.  Royce was an original plankowner of Manatee and was a beloved attendee at our annual reunions. His wonderful smile and presence will be missed at all future reunions...

Joseph Ricci Served 1945 - 46 Passed Away October 18, 2014  A great shipmate who will be greatly missed.

Wayne Howe   Served 1944 - 1946  Made final muster October 7, 2014  He'll be sorely missed at our 2015 reunion which will now be held in his honor.

Doyle Pratt  Served aboard as a RD1 from 1957 - 1959  Passed away May 28, 2012     

Capt. Richard H Engelbrecht served 1969 - 1973  Passed away in 2009

Charles Coureton  served 1952 - 1954

My grandpa Charles Coureton of Moberly Missouri served aboard the USS Manatee from 52-53. He passed away on May 13. He held all of his shipmates in high regard.

SSgt Kyle Scott

        Ferrell Barrett  served 1951 - 1955

        David Titchenal  served 1954 - 1955

         Robert Reed  served 1968 - 1969

        Thomas Luney  served 1959 - 1962

        Ed Suvoski  served 1961 - 1962

        William Nay  served 1966 - 1968

        James Scott  served 1943 - 1947

        Bobby Gates  served 1951 - 1955

Please list my father Theodore (Ted) Kunkel in the taps section of your website. My father served the best I can tell from 1952-1954 aboard AO-58 as a boilerman.  While he did not tell many stories about his service I always sat wide eyed as he talked to friends about typhoons, boredom, Sasebo Japan and shelling the coast of North Korea with the only deck gun they had. Thanks to your site I able to download some pictures to show him as he neared the end of his life. At one point close to the end, he raised his hand in a salute to those only he could see. I prefer to believe that he was being welcomed home by those shipmates that have gone before him.  Dad was 80 years old and will be sadly missed by his wife of 61 years and the rest of us. Thank You for your service.
 Jeff Kunkel

I just wanted to notify you that my Father, Herbert Atkins Britt, has passed away as of October 25th, 2013.  He passed just 59 hours after his wife of 59 years passed Virginia Mae Britt. My parents were wonderful people and my Father proudly served in WWII with the U.S. Armed Forces Air Force March 1946 through February 1949 discharged honorably as a Sergeant.  He rejoined the U.S. Navy and proudly served on the U.S.S. Manatee and the U.S.S. Moctobi until April 1953 honorably discharged as a Seaman. You may view their obituaries at We anticipate a full honors burial at Ft. Gibson in Oklahoma around November 22nd.  Asking that you honor his memory. 

Floyd B. Smith S1/C  in memory of my Dad who passed away so early in life in Dec.1976 ,age 64,as a result of cancer, served our country with honor on the USS Manatee, June 1944 thru Dec. 1945. With love, his daughter, Elizabeth Smith Reynolds

My name is Brenda (Wrenn) Ross.  My dad's name is Edward E. Wrenn.  He served on the USS Manatee from 1944-1946. He received the American Area Service Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with six (6) Bronze Stars, The Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze star.  He was inducted into the Silent Mysteries of the Far East Having crossed the 180th Meridian on June 11, 1944 on Board the USS Manatee.  He also received the Pacific Theater Ribbon (6 stars) The American Theater Ribbon, The Victory Medal, and the Philippine Liberation (1 star).   My dad passed in 1981of cancer.  He was 54 years old.  I would like to have him added to your memorial pages and to your shipmates pages. I was very proud of my dad. He was a wonderful father of six children. He died a good Christian man. I would like to speak with anyone that remembers him. 


I'd like to add my fathers name to the ship's roster of the Manatee.  He was a Boilerman around the years 1946/1948? I really don't know the exact years. His name was Paul Samuel Smith from Bridgeport Ala.  Paul worked for the TVA until his retirement in 1974 and passed away in 1983  
Paul Smith
Section, Ala


My father, Warren A. Russ served on the Manatee from 56 - 58 and was a BT3.  He passed away in Dade City, FL on January 5, 1995 and is buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
Jimmy Russ&


Found you web site after browsing on the web, writing for separation papers for a little info on my Dad.
Floyd B. Smith S1/C  in memory of my Dad who passed away so early in life in Dec.1976 ,age 64,as a result of cancer, served our country with honor on the USS Manatee, June 1944 thru Dec. 1945. With love, his daughter, Elizabeth Smith Reynolds
Would I be welcome at a reunion and are there many guys left from the time of my Dad?

Final Muster for Local WWII Navy Veteran Duane “Flat” Kelley, Beloved Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather Duane “Flat” Kelley, 91, of Terra Alta, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2016 in Grantsville, MD. Duane was born May 17, 1925, in Masontown, WV, the son of the late Darwin Kelley and Clarice Bowers. A graduate of Terra Alta High School (’44), Duane was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Navy as Boatswain's Mate Second Class, Petty Officer Second Class aboard the USS Manatee from 1944-46 in the Pacific Theater. After returning home, he married the love of his life Jeannie Hill, started a family and joined his father in his well drilling business before moving to the banking industry, where he worked until his retirement in 1987. Duane was preceded in death by his wife Jeannie; his parents; sister Katherine “Kitty Lou” Sypolt and brother Donald Kelley. Duane is survived by his siblings, Jerry Kelley and Ronald Kelley; his children, David and Joey Kelley, Mary and Russell Straface, Nancy Kelley and Julie Kelley; his five grandchildren, who called him “Pap-Paw”, Brandy Straface, Brian and Elena Kelley, Brett and Emily Kelley, Jeffrey and Kim Straface, and Beth and Andrew Wasik; and seven great-grandchildren, Isabella, Alex, Layne, Grant, Alexandra, Saxon and Pierce. Friends may gather at Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home in Terra Alta on Friday, Nov 4, from 4pm to 8pm. Funeral services will begin at 11am on Saturday, Nov 5, at First United Methodist Church in Terra Alta, followed by a graveside service at Terra Alta Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Terra Alta First United Methodist Church.

MM3 Charles F. (Charlie) Panigot passed away October 1, 2003 as the result of cancer and kidney
failure.  He began his career in the US Navy Reserves in 1944 at the age of 17.  His first ship was the USS Ticonderoga CV-14 and was present at the surrender of  Japan  in Tokyo Bay in 1945.  During his time in the Navy he served on various ships to include USS Herbert J. Thomas DD 833, USS Currier DE 700 and the USS Manatee AO-58 .  His awards included WW II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, US Navy China Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars, Rep of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Honorable Service Lapel Button, Navy Honorable Discharge Button.

Keeping my father's memory alive, son MSG Larry Panigot, USAF


R. T. Jenkins departed this life on December 22, 1994.  Mr. Jenkins was a plankowner of the USS Manatee AO-58.

This notice was submitted by Robert L. Shelton who was a lifelong friend to Jenkins.


Capt. John E. "Jack" Tuttle succumbed to cancer on 3/1/1992 in San Diego California.  He was commanding officer during 1962-63 and was a Pearl Harbor survivor.   Captain "Jack" was a much respected and admired commanding officer who enjoyed life and liberty.  R.I.P.


CAPT James L. Shank, USN, was CO, USS Manatee, during 1947-1948.   Capt Shank retired from the Navy in 1957, and died in 1982 from asbestosis of the lungs, contracted by exposure to asbestos in many an engine room, in common with many shipmates from those old days. 

Tribute by Michael Shank, son of Capt J.T. Shank