Memorial Day 2004

NAVAJO Code Talkers, Tuskegee Airman and D-Day veterans
visit
Eldred, PA


Alfred Newman and Wilford Buck

Sammy Sandoval

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Spann Watson of the famous 99th Fighter Squadron

D-Day Veteran Charles Spencer, USN, from Duke Center, PA
On board PC-1261 primary control vessel for Uncle Red sector on D-Day,
it struck a German mine at 05:42 and sank quickly.

PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser: Laid down, 1944 by the Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI; Launched, 1944; Commissioned USS PC-1261, 1944; Sunk by shore batteries during the Normandy invasion,
6 June 1944; Struck from the Naval Register, 29 July 1944.

Specifications: Displacement 280 t.(lt) 450 t.(fl); Length 173' 8"; Beam 23'; Draft 10' 10"; Speed; 22k; Complement 65; Armament one single 3"/50 gun, one 40mm gun mount, three 20mm guns, two depth charge projectors, two depth charge tracks; Propulsion two diesel engines, two shafts.