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About Jack William WintleThe USS Wintle was named for Lt. Commander Jack William Wintle who was killed on the Cruiser Scout, USS San Francisco (CA-38) in a melee off Savo Island (also) with the Japanese battleships Hiei and Kirishima. The "melee" was part of the Battle of Guadalcanal. Jack Wintle's widow, Mary Clyde Newman Wintle, christened the "original" USS Wintle. She died January 11, 1997 at age 85, and attended a few USS Wintle reunions. Their daughters, Jackie, lives in Maryland, and Judy (Reynolds) in Texas. There is a National Geographic video called The Lost Fleet of Guadalcanal that tells the story of the Battle of Guadalcanal. It shows pictures of Jack Wintle, and his wife reads the devoted love-letters that he wrote her (which she continued to receive after being notified of his death), while she and her daughter look down at the water where he was killed. They were visiting Guadalcanal for the 50th anniversary of the battle. According to Jackie, no one but her mother had read the remarkable letters prior to the National Geographic special. Mary Wintle never remarried. At least two other DE's, the USS Slater and the USS Dempsey were also named for officers killed at this same melee off Savo Island. (Letter from Jackie Wintle)
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Collision with USS DempseyProbably the most recounted story about the Wintle is her collision with her sister ship, the USS Dempsey, DE-26. After practicing ship-to-ship re-fueling, Dempsey collided with Wintle twice, requiring Wintle's damage control team to throw mattresses overboard to plug the gash, then limp to Pearl Harbor for repairs with them sticking out of the side of her. The Dempsey and the Wintle were actually launched the same day, and are both named for Navy officers killed in the same battle. The widows of the two namesakes christened each.
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Bruce is working on another DE book. This one is about the diesel-powered DEs. He would like to hear from those who served aboard Evarts, Cannon, and Edsall class DEs.
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