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USS Little DD803-Joe W Shirley, Memorial & Dedication






ALWAYS   IN   OUR   MEMORIES


This website was created in memory of


JOE W. SHIRLEY



DEDICATED TO ALL THE BRAVE MEN
WHO SERVED ON THE U.S.S. LITTLE DD803







Joe Wilburn Shirley
U.S. Navy 1942~1946
U.S.S. Little
DD803


WT3c


TREASURES IN THE SEA



At the bottom of the East China Sea

Lies the U.S.S. LITTLE DD803.

No treasure ship of silver and gold,

But treasures no less, treasures untold.

All the treasures of all the young men,

Who manned the LITTLE 'til her tragic end,

Who watched as she sank beneath the sea

To a watery grave...her destiny.

~ ~ ~

Many years have come and gone,

And yet the memories linger on.

Often I think of our loss that day--

Nineteen forty-five, third of May.

God, I know, claimed the souls we lost,

Nothing more precious; they paid the cost.

But other treasures claimed by the sea

Continually haunt my memory.

~ ~ ~

Letters from sweetheart, family and friend,

Read and reread, from beginning to end.

Pictures of loved ones, hiding concern,

Awaiting the war's end and my safe return.

All my treasures on that fateful day

Were safe in my locker, all locked away.

Safe from all takers, except for the sea.

My one consolation: I hold the key!

(c) J. Shirley 1995




U.S.S. LITTLE DD803

U.S. Navy Photo

COMMISSIONED: AUGUST 19, 1944
SANK: MAY 3, 1945
This gallant ship, along with 30 of her heroic crew,
was lost after an attack by
kamikaze aircraft off Okinawa during World War II.

Two bronze stars were earned
for service in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.





Kamikaze Survivor




WE REMEMBER THE LITTLE


We remember the Little...

She fought to keep the world free

But she paid the cost

Our proud ship was lost

A watery grave her destiny.

~ ~ ~

We remember the LITTLE...

Her fighting spirit, her gallantry

But most of all we recall

Shipmates forever lost at sea--

The fighting men of DD803.

~ ~ ~

We remember the LITTLE...

Her battles are now history

For she earned her stars

Fighting the war of wars

That gained for us the victory.

~ ~ ~

We remember the LITTLE...

She sails the sea in our memory

With shipmates all still on call

Shipmates forever we will be--

The fighting men of DD803.


(c) J. Shirley




33rd "U.S.S. Little DD803" Reunion
Charleston, South Carolina
May 1, 2017
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To learn more about a "LITTLE" Reunion
and listen to an original Boogie-Woogie
Click on anchor.








Click on the little heart
for a message from

Joe's Mate



AHOY, MATES!

Servers who provided our guestbooks
'closed up shop and left town,'
leaving us without a guestbook.

We appreciate all who took time to
post and let us know of your visit.
Your comments added greatly
to our website.

You can still contact us by email.
Just click on the little Texas Flag.


E-Mail

To browse the original guestbook,
click on the little anchor.



But don't forget to come back
and check out the rest of the links.


THE LINKS BELOW ARE TO:

*The National WWII Memorial, Washingon, D.C.
*The National Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C.
*The National Viet Nam War Memorial, Washington, D.C.

       

*The National Museum of the Pacific War.
(Formerly The Nimitz Museum)




LINKS TO:

 Register A WWII Memorial Honoree
 Search For A WWII Memorial Honoree



To obtain Military Records



U.S.S. Little DD803
History


U.S.S. Little DD803
Official Website



U.S.S. Aaron Ward DM34
Another brave ship
Picket Station #10


~ Anchors Aweigh ~
"The Song of the Navy"
Click on anchor.

IN SUPPORT OF OUR TROOPS



In memory of all who gave their lives
in the quest for freedom.
~ 1776 - 2017 ~




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