Edward C Dresselhuys WWII 1945
y the in the with to alleys and long Italy odois impression but in onlv in Supply man Supervises unloading armadas of invasion Pros. Hts. vet in Miovshallsi Palau. Okinawa drives Although he passed up an appointment appointment to Annapolis, following his graduation from school in Soutff Dakota Lt (jg) Edward C Diesselhuys, of Prospect Heights, is "in the navy now" and likes it. He has now come up the haid way through intensified study and training at the Indoctrmational School, Fort Schuylev, N. Y., with more study at the Communicational School at Noroton Heights, Conn. Ho made the grades with flying colons and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy Since then he has been elevated to Lieutenant, junior grade, and now is chief staff officer to the task force group commander, amphibious amphibious forces. Lt. Dressclhuys has taken pait in the Marshall, Palau Islands Okinawa campaigns. His job is sec that all ships of the task in the unit are properly loaded troops and all necessary supplies prepaiatoiy to the campaign, accompany accompany the ship fiom the staging point to the rendezvous of naval ships. Upon appioach to'the point of invasion he assists the task group commandei, supervising the unloading of supplies and troops for the initial attack, and must then keep a steady supply of ammunition, equipment, water, food and all necessary i enforcement materials pouimg ashore! until beachhead is, firmly established. In these initial steps to a successful amphibious campaign there can no failuie and the ontue business of landing men and materials has to be impioviscd by the commanding commanding 1 officer as the battle unfolds. While the h a i d - h i t t m g cuusers, and deslroyeis are pulvei- izing beach targets at point blank range, small gunboats, patrol torpedo torpedo boats and other amphibious ciaft aie landing the -troops, trucks, tanks and supplies. At the Palau landing, weather conditions played havoc with the best laid plans but the operation piovcd successful. In the Okinawa Jima opeiation, Lt. Dresselhuys had his first expenences with Japanese suicidal plans. Anti- aircraft gunners of all ships weie called upon to fight off many of these deadly assaults ^hich Kept up for houis. Strange as it may seem, this is the one period when most of the loading and unloading officers get their only chance to tncks that all imloading ceases sleep. It is during; these air at- all efforts arc-given over to defense. defense.