USS Jupiter Collier #3
USS Langley CV-1 / AV-3
Message Board

July 6, 2009

My most favorite and closest uncle served on the USS Langley throughout the war. He completed Boot Camp at Farragut, ID and went directly to the Langley, I believe in 1943, where he served as a Gunner's mate until wars end. His name was Frank Gest (Sparky) Sparkman. He died about 8 years ago in Truth or Consequences, NM.  He had served as sheriff there. If anyone knew of him, or has any information on him, I would appreciate hearing from them.

Jim Morrell
Oroville, California

Mar. 3, 2008

It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of Joseph Alexander Ondrechen, CWO2 retired,
on February 14, 2008. He was 85 years old, and passed quickly and peacefully. Dad was a 19-year-old Seaman First Class aboard the AV-3 Langley when she was attacked by Japanese Bettys on February 27, 1942, and had to watch from the deck of one of her escorts as she was scuttled. Dad went on to serve on many other US Navy ships, earning many medals and commendations, including the Silver Star. Like most of his generation, Dad never spoke of his experiences in WWII. His Military Service Record speaks for him. He was interred, with full military honors, at Glen Abbey, Bonita, CA, on February 21.

Stephen F. Ondrechen

To post a message, comment or reply please email the webmaster.
All replies will be forwarded to the original sender.

Builder's Data
Page revised Mar. 3, 2008