Harold M. Compton was a crew member of the USS Fogg, DE-57,
from its launch in July of 1943 until October of 1944.









From the memoirs of Harold M. Compton


"I worked in the linoleum trade until going into the Navy and World War II. After two months of boot camp at Faragutt, Idaho my next stop was Minneapolis, Minnesota. The next six months I was going to the University of Minnesota Navy Electricians School. Then I moved on to Norfolk, Virginia where I was assigned to a crew to man a destroyer escort that was built in Hingham Bethlehem shipyard just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, the USS Fogg,  DE-57.
We commissioned it and took a shakedown cruise to Bermuda. After extensive training, as we were 90% new to the Navy and sea duty, we started our convoy duties. Our first trip was back to South America. There we picked up oil tankers in Curacao and Aruba to escort across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean. We then dropped the tankers in ports along the way. We docked in Algiers a few days then back out to the Atlantic and down to Johan's Burge, North Africa to await a convoy to return to the U.S.A.  Our home port was Brooklyn Shipyard of New York City. We stayed there about 10 days having repairs done and supplies stocked. Nine trips took us up the Atlantic coast off New England and then across the North Atlantic and down the English coast where our convoy was taken over by the British. We then went into Londonderry, Ireland for a return convoy to the U.S.."
"After one year and three months on the USS Fogg, DE-57, I was transferred back to Virginia and assigned to a landing craft LSM 431. As with the USS Fogg, it was in its final days being built at Wilmington, Delaware. After commissioning and our shakedown, we headed for Panama. We went through the canal and into the Pacific Ocean. Our first stop was San Pedro, which is in the Los Angeles harbor. Then we headed north to San Francisco for final repair and supplies, then on to join the fleet. After stopping at Pearl Harbor and a couple other small islands we took our place in Okinawa while waiting for a gathering of ships and troops to make a push invasion on Japan.  We also survived two big typhoons.
The big news came that they had dropped the atomic bomb and Japan had surrendered. We received orders to take on a group of first Marines and vehicles and proceed to Tinsien, China. The Marines went ashore to take over the government as it had been occupied by the Japs. They came out with a point system for discharge. I had more than enough points but had to wait for a ship going back to the States. After waiting ten days I got a lift back to Guam. After another ten day ride I arrived in Seattle, Washington. Another seven day ride from there I arrived in San Francisco. Once in San Francisco I took a bus to Showmaker Discharge center. Once a three day orientation was processed I was discharged December, 1945."


Harold Merle Compton was an EM2/c and worked in the engine room of the USS Fogg.  In October of 1944 he was reassigned to LSM 431. Two months later the USS Fogg was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine, killing fifteen of its crewman and shearing the stern from the ship. The Fogg was repaired enough to be towed back to the shipyards, fully repaired and returned to duty. 

After the war Harold returned to Pacific Grove, California where he became fire captain of the local fire department. I knew him from 1968 until he died from cancer on December 4, 1994.   Harold was an inspiration to all of us, a  wonderful man and great father and we miss him dearly.  He is survived by his wife, who is 90 years of age, as well as his three sons and two daughters, one of which is my wife.

David Perry
Seaside, Ca


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