ROGER DUNCAN HUNGERFORD on left
UNKNOWN OFFICER on right
Taken on USAT/USAHS Algonquin - date unknown.
Photo provided by: Mimi Hungerford Rhoades (daughter)
Here is a copy Mimi's original email to me regarding her father's service aboard the USAHS Algonquin.
Original Message -----
From: Mimi Rhodes
Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 6:04 PM
Subject: Your Dad's Pages
I am overwhelmed by your website re the Algonquin and your Dad's service. I've spent the last hour looking at all the photos and reading about the ship's roster. Fantastic. Your Dad would be very proud of that beautiful dedication to him by his sons.
But imagine my shock when I saw that your Dad's discharge papers are signed by my father, Roger Duncan Hungerford. I knew he was on the Algonquin and I check the MM site every so often, but it has been awhile and last time I checked, the only thing about the Algonquin was the reunion. That was quite awhile ago, been doin' ancient genealogy.
Anyway, I'm so glad I was interested in reading about a "fellow sailor" of my Dad's, or I would have missed seeing those papers.
My Dad was a seaman from April 1931 until August 1935; stopped until February 1939 and was in until March 1947. He was on the Algonquin January 8, 1942 until July 22, 1946, shortly after your Dad left. "Dusty" started out as a "ordinary seaman" and when he finished he was a Lt. or Lt. Commander. He was the Purser of the ship which involved "running for the money" before abandoning ship when sinking. :)
According to his military records, which I just received yesterday, he also did the "personnel" stuff as "Transportation Agent,"
so I guess he signed the Certificate of Discharge. My heart skipped a beat when I saw that signature.
If you'd like a photo of the guy who signed your Dad's papers, let me know and I'll scan it and send it to you and feel free to
post it if you have room and would like to. Maybe someone will recognize the other officer. All of his records and papers were
lost in storage in the 50's, but I have one photo of him taken on ship with another officer (name unknown).
Thanks, Rodney, for all the effort you spent making that memorable web site. I will definitely visit again. My Dad died in 1981
and I really miss him......