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Captain A. Burke
(31 Knot Burke)
"Little Beaver Squadron"
Fleet Captain
 

Captain R.A. Gano
USS Dyson

Dec. 1942 - Mar. 1944

 

Captain L. E. Ruff
USS Dyson

Mar. 1944 - Aug. 1945

 

Captain V. P. Healey

USS Dyson

Aug. 1945 - Jun. 1946


 

LT. W. J. Murray

USS Dyson

Dec. 1942 - Dec. 1945

 

Donald Verduin GM3C

USS Dyson

Sept. 1944 - Apr. 1946

 

The USS Dyson Bell Memorial

 

 

 

 

A piece of the U.S.S. Dyson returns to Orange after 69 years
By Greg Hayes The Record Orange, Texas
Published 05/25/2011 - 1:05 a.m. CST

Eugene Goudeau can recall the torpedos flying at the U.S.S. Dyson destroyer like it was yesterday, as well as the dark, cramped quarters that he called home while floating on the waters of the Pacific during World War II.

He remembers it all clear as a bell … in a sense.

Approximately three years ago, Godeau was able to see the bell that was on the U.S.S. Dyson for the first time since his service days, collecting dust in a warehouse in Baton Rouge.

"The captain of the Dyson, named Roy Gano, was given the Navy Cross after the war and he was also given the ship's bell," Goudeau said. "From what I understand, he kept it in his garage until he died."

Upon his death, Gano's son took the bell to a memorial for the U.S.S. Kidd in Baton Rouge.

"He was hoping to find someone who may have served on the Dyson," Goudeau said. "I assume his heart skipped a beat when he found a guy at the memorial wearing a U.S.S. Dyson Little Beaver Squadron hat."

The man under the brim of that hat was Cliff Malone, who happened to volunteer at the memorial for the U.S.S. Kidd. It wasn't long before Goudeau said he received a contact letting him know his ship's old bell was in Baton Rouge.

"I decided I'd go over and see it so I drove over there," Goudeau said. "When I got there I couldn't find it anywhere. So I asked a clerk and she said that she had no idea."

After the clerk got him in touch with the director of the memorial, Goudeau learned that they just had the bell sitting in a warehouse.

"I asked the director if I could bring the bell back to Orange, because that is where it really belongs," Goudeau said.

The reason he says that is because the U.S.S. Dyson was built by Consolidated Steel Corp. in Orange and was commissioned on Dec. 30, 1942. The ship was one of 12 Fletcher-class destroyers built by the hands of Orange shipbuilders.

"The director of the Kidd memorial said that he would check and see," Goudeau said. "If the bell was on loan he couldn't give it to me, but he could if it had been donated."

Once it was found that the bell was given to the memorial, Goudeau was allowed to come pick it up and bring it home.

"I wanted it to be displayed, but I really didn't feel like going through all the red tape with the City of Orange," he said. "Besides, they probably would have just stuck it in a warehouse like the memorial in Baton Rouge did."

Goudeau contacted Ron Emmert, chairman of the Heritage Veterans Memorial, located at 3810 Martin Luther King Drive next to the First Church of the Nazarene, and he said that Emmert expressed an interest in having the bell displayed there.

Emmert said that about eight months of preparation went into getting a proper stand built for the bell, which now hangs beside the Heritage Veterans Memorial plaza.

"This is not only a great thing for the veterans of Orange County, but also for those who worked, or who had family that worked, in the shipyards of Orange," Emmert said.
This Sunday at 6 p.m. will be the eighth annual tribute to county veterans at the plaza. Emmert said that he also hopes that those somehow involved in the shipbuilding trade during wartime are also able to attend.

"We would love to be able to honor them for their service as well," he said.

For more information on the history of service of the U.S.S. Dyson, go to destroyers.org which is The National Association of Destroyer Veterans Web site.

 

 

 

 

Let Freedom Ring

Tommy Mann Jr. The Orange Leader

May 25, 2011The Orange Leader Wed May 25, 2011, 07:00 AM CDT

ORANGE — This year’s annual Memorial Day tribute will not only honor all Orange County veterans and active military personnel, but also the role Orange played during World War II.

The eighth annual Memorial Day tribute to Orange County Veterans will be held at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 29, at Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza, 3810 MLK Drive in Orange, which is located at First Church of the Nazarene.

This year’s event has a special tone to it as Orange native, resident and World War II veteran, Eugene Goudeau, has made a special contribution to the plaza - the bell from the USS Dyson.

Goudeau served aboard the USS Dyson (DD-572) in World War II from December 1942 until December 1945. This has special meaning to Goudeau because not only is he from Orange, but the USS Dyson, a Fletcher-class destroyer, was built at Consolidated Steel in Orange.

Goudeau obtained the bell from the ship from a “museum” type complex in Baton Rouge, La. approximately two years ago. He knew he had to find a location in Orange for it to be displayed in remembrance of all who served on the ship and the city’s war effort during those years.

“I thought about calling the parks department to see if we could put it at Ochiltree-Inman Park,” Goudeau said. “There’s an Oak tree planted there for one of the sister ships, but it dawned on me this would be a good fit for the veterans plaza here at First Church of the Nazarene.”

Heritage Veterans Memorial Plaza is built around the life-size bronze sculpture “Tears from a Grateful Heart,” and now has the bell of the USS Dyson to compliment it.

“The bell is dedicated in memory of those people who sacrificed more than just their lives on this ship,” Goudeau continued. “They left behind their homes and their families.”

 

 
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