|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1926|
|Death: ||May 13, 2011|
Monroe Leon " PopPop" Seidman
( April 3, 1926 - May 13, 2011 )
Mr. Monroe Leon "PopPop" Seidman, age 85 of Virginia, and formerly of Lincolnton, died on Friday, May 13, 2011.
A graveside service will be held 12:00 pm on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Forest Lawn Cemetery with entombment to follow with Naval military honors. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Monday, May 23, 2011 at Warlick Funeral Home.
Mr. Seidman was born April 3, 1926 in Allentown, PA to the late Daniel and Ethel Smith Seidman. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Frances Chambers Seidman, and a brother, Daniel "Sonny" Seidman. Mr. Seidman worked as a salesman and later as a security guard at Clariant Corporation. He served in the United States Navy during World War II as a signalman Third Class aboard the USS Bowers (DE637). Mr. Seidman was a long standing member of DESA. He was an avid poker player who participated and won many tournaments in the Charlotte area. Mr. Seidman was fortunate to live with and spend his last years surrounded by his family of four generations .
He is survived by a daughter, Sherri Thacker of VA; a son, Randy Wayne Seidman and partner, Christine Hanauer; a sister, Etta Bordo of PA; two grandchildren, Frances Young and husband Tony of VA, and Randy William Seidman of CT; and three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Logan, and Havyn Young.
Posted on 21 May 2011 on Warlick Funeral Home website
College: Pennsylvania State University
High School: White Hall High School
Class of 1944
He didn't talk alot about his military service during World War II, but would answer questions. One evening he brought me a copy of an article that told about the ship he was on. He was a survivor.
This is a clip from wikipedia about the destroyer:
Bowers was then assigned to anti-submarine screen duty six miles north of Ie Shima. At dawn on 16 April, the destroyer escort shot down one attacking Japanese plane. Then at 09:30, two more planes came in, flying low and fast. Bowers maneuvered radically to avoid the planes as they split to attack the escort. The first came in dead ahead, but Bowers' guns brought it down. The second passed over the ship as her port guns came to bear. Despite the heavy gunfire, the kamikaze regained altitude, turned, and came in from a 45-degree angle forward. It crashed into the warship's flying bridge, spraying high octane gasoline over the bridge and pilot house. The plane's bomb penetrated the pilot house and continued down through the ship for 20 feet before it exploded and sprayed the deck with fragments. Fire fighting parties brought the flames under control in about 45 minutes; but 37 men from the ship were killed, 11 were reported missing, and many of her 56 wounded died later.
Killed and wounded was over a hundedred on a ship that could hold about 200. Monroe was thrown into the ocean from the blast.
His obituary mentions that he was an avid card player - that is an understatement. He loved to play cards and games, he just wanted to be in on the action. He was a great friend. His family always called him Larry, but later in life he always introduced himself as Monroe. I never knew Larry!
Many thanks to Marine wmpr2 (#47123354) for sponsering his memorial. It would mean a lot to Monroe as he was so proud of his service.
Frances M. Chambers Seidman (1929 - 1995)
Forest Lawn Cemetery and Mausoleum
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Lanie
Record added: May 13, 2011
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