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CPO Walter Ventrice Shaw

CPO Walter Ventrice Shaw

Leton, Webster Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 20 Mar 1966 (aged 46)
Piney Green, Onslow County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Plot 4, 884A
Memorial ID 3271549 · View Source
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Chief Shaw was from Haynesville, Louisiana. He started work at 17, when he found a job on one of the New Deal projects, and in October 1940, during peacetime, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy at New Orleans. He made the Navy his career. He was a medic from 1940 to 1960 in the Pacific theatre in World War II and during the Korean Conflict, and retired as Chief Petty Officer (E-9). His last tour was at the USN hospital in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

He served on the USS New Jersey (BB-62) in 1944 and on the USS Yancey (AKA-93) from August or September 1945 to April 1951.The Yancey was one of three U.S. ships in Tokyo harbor when Japan surrendered. There was no physician onboard the Yancey and Chief Shaw, at age 25, was the senior member of the medical staff. In October 1945, Chief Shaw diagnosed the appendicitis of a Filipino passenger onboard. Honolulu advised her by radio to rendezvous with the USS Greeley, about 150 miles ahead, which had a surgeon. Although they made the rendezvous, the seas were too rough for a buoy transfer and a five-man boat crew moved Nemesto Beato by stretcher. A cable snapped on the second attempt to lift the boat onboard, and the equipment and one of the men fell into the sea. It took thirty minutes to rescue Engineer Calvin Brinkley, the man overboard. Mr Beato recovered.

He was six-two, of medium build, had thick black hair, and hazel eyes. He died 20 March 1966 in Piney Green, North Carolina, at 46. His sister Joy lives in California; daughters Barbara and Deborah, granddaughter Karen, and great-granddaughters Rachel, Noa, and Molly live in North Carolina. His sister Anita died 09 June 2000 at age 75, and his widow Peggy died 06 July 2011 at age 92.

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  • Maintained by: Dee
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 4 Mar 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3271549
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for CPO Walter Ventrice Shaw (16 Dec 1919–20 Mar 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3271549, citing Wilmington National Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Dee (contributor 47235872) .