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Daniel T. Griffin

Daniel Thornburg Griffin, geboren am 25. März 1911 in Allendale, Illinois, trat im Oktober 1930 in die Marine ein und diente ununterbrochen bis zu seinem Tod während des japanischen Angriffs auf Pearl Harbor am 7. Dezember 1941 , Pacific Fleet, für sein schnelles und effizientes Handeln und seine völlige Missachtung persönlicher Gefahren bei der Verteidigung der Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay.

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Daniel T. Griffin (DE-54) wurde am 25. Februar 1943 von Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Massachusetts, vom Stapel gelassen; gesponsert von Mrs. D. T. Griffin und beauftragt 9. Juni 1943, Lieutenant Commander P. M. Fenton, USNR, im Kommando.

Nach einer Reise mit einem Konvoi nach Casablanca Französisch-Marokko zwischen dem 15. August und dem 24. September 1943 nahm Daniel T. Griffin den Konvoidienst zwischen New York und Nordirland auf und unternahm zwischen dem 13. Oktober 1943 und dem 23. September 1944 acht Transatlantikreisen. Sie erreichte Staten Island , NY, 22. Oktober zur Umstellung auf einen Hochgeschwindigkeitstransport. Sie wurde am 23. Oktober 1944 in APD-38 umklassifiziert.

Segeln von Norfolk 13. Januar 1945 Daniel T. Griffin traf am 6. Februar in Pearl Harbor ein, um mit Unterwasser-Abbruchteams zu dienen. Sie fuhr am 14. Februar im Konvoidienst zur Ulithi- und Kossol-Passage ab und kam dann am 5. März in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, zu Invasionsproben vor der Insel Hononhan an. Am 19. März machte sie sich auf den Weg nach Kerama Retto und traf am 26. ein. Während des Angriffs auf Okinawa durchsuchte sie Schiffe in Kerama Retto und fegte Minen, lieferte Sprengstoff an die Strände von Okinawa und fungierte dann bis zum 18. Mai als Rettungsschiff. Am 6. April wehrte sie mehrere Selbstmordattentate ab, bei denen mindestens zwei feindliche Flugzeuge bespritzt wurden. Als Morris (DD-417) getroffen wurde, schützte Daniel T. Griffin sie vor weiteren Angriffen, half beim Löschen ihrer Feuer und eskortierte sie nach Kerarea Retto. Daniel T. Griffin diente zwischen dem 20. Mai und dem 19. Juni 1945 als lokaler Begleitdienst in Saipan , dann begleitet
ein Konvoi zurück nach Okinawa und ein weiterer von Okinawa nach Ulithi. Am 11. Juli kam sie in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, an, um verschiedene Aufgaben auf den Philippinen zu erfüllen, bis sie am 22. September mit Besatzungstruppen nach Kure, Japan, segelte und vom 6. bis 11. Oktober ihre Passagiere landete. Nach ihrer Rückkehr nach Manila am 16. Oktober verlegte sie Truppen auf den Philippinen bis zum 2. Dezember, als sie in die Vereinigten Staaten segelte. Sie rief kurz in San Diego an, kam am 11. Januar 1946 in Norfolk und am 4. März in Green Cove Springs, Florida an. Dort wurde sie am 30. Mai 1946 außer Dienst gestellt.

Daniel T. Griffin erhielt einen Battle Star für World. Dienst im Zweiten Weltkrieg.


USS Daniel T. Griffin (DE 54)

Umklassifiziert als Hochgeschwindigkeitstransport APD-38 23. Oktober 1944.
Außer Dienst gestellt am 30. Mai 1946.
Am 15. November 1966 nach Chile überführt und in Virgilio Uribe umbenannt.
Getroffen von der U.S.N. 1. Dezember 1966.
Virgilio Uribe wurde 1995 außer Dienst gestellt und zur Verschrottung zerlegt.

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KommandantVonZu
1Perry Maurice Fenton, USNR9. Juni 19432. Oktober 1943
2Friedrich Denfield, USNR2. Oktober 19438. Januar 1944
3Jakob A. Eastwood, USNR8. Januar 19441. Juni 1945
4Egbert R. Ferguson, USNR1. Juni 194515. November 1945

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7. Dezember 1941 [ bearbeiten | Quelle bearbeiten]

Am Morgen des 7. Dezember 1941 stand Daniel routinemäßig auf der Kaneohe Naval Air Station. Sein PBY stand in der Bucht bereit, mit zwei der vier Besatzungsmitglieder bereits an Bord. Als Daniel sah, wie sich die japanischen Flugzeuge der Basis näherten, erkannte er, dass sie nicht vom US-Militär stammten. Daniel rief den Besatzungsmitgliedern an Bord des Flugzeugs zu, die Triebwerke zu starten, als er zum PBY hinausschwamm. Daniel setzte sich auf den Pilotensitz und begann, das Flugzeug zum Start zu rollen. Daniels PBY wurde von japanischen Schüssen getroffen, als er in der Luft war. Es fing Feuer und sank in der Kaneohe Bay, wo es nach Angaben der University of Hawaii und der East Carolina University noch heute ruht. Daniel wurde schwer verbrannt, konnte aber aus dem Flugzeug fliehen und versuchte, zurück ans Ufer zu schwimmen. Die japanischen Flugzeuge beschossen weiterhin die Gewässer der Kaneohe Bay mit Maschinengewehrfeuer. Daniel erlitt eine Schusswunde am Kopf, die auf der rechten Seite hinter seinem Ohr eindrang und auf der linken Seite seines Gesichts wieder austrat, was ihn sofort tötete. Es wird angenommen, dass Daniel an diesem Tag der erste Soldat war, der in der Kaneohe Bay starb. Daniels Frau Lucille, die gesehen hatte, wie sein Flugzeug die Bucht hinunterrollte und später in Flammen stand, wusste nicht, ob ihr Mann überlebt hatte. Am 12. Dezember rief die Polizei von Kaneohe die Basis an, um zu melden, dass eine Leiche an Land gespült wurde. Daniel T. Griffin wurde identifiziert und für tot erklärt. Daniel wurde zusammen mit mehreren anderen Soldaten, die während des Angriffs ums Leben kamen, in einem provisorischen Grab an der Nordküste von Kaneohe Island beigesetzt. Sein Leichnam wurde später exhumiert und auf einem Friedhof in Colorado Springs, Colorado, wieder beigesetzt. Sein Auftrag zur Fähnriche traf zwei Wochen nach seinem Tod auf der Basis ein. Daniels Frau Lucille erhielt später ein Letter of Citation von Admiral Chester Nimitz, in dem die Tapferkeit von Daniels Handlungen unter völliger Missachtung seines persönlichen Wohlergehens zitiert wurde.


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USS DANIEL T. GRIFFIN DE 54/APD 38

Datum und Ort unbekannt.

Foto eingereicht von Robert S. Mullady GM 3/c
An Bord von Dezember 1943 bis März 1946

Ich habe mich vor kurzem als Lieutenant Commander von der chilenischen Marine zurückgezogen und diente 1985 als Unterleutnant an Bord der APD "Uribe" der ehemaligen USS Daniel T.Griffin. Sie wurde 1994 außer Dienst gestellt und als Ziel vor der Küste von Valparaiso versenkt. Ich hatte starke Gefühle für sie, denn sie war mein erstes Schiff. und wo ich mein erstes großes "sea-krank" Gefühl hatte.. nie wieder!
Ich wollte dich nur wissen lassen.

Danke schön,
Gonzalo Lagarini
LCDR (R)
Chilenische Marine

Ihr Webmaster hat auf diese E-Mail geantwortet und um Bestätigung gebeten, dass Ex-DE54/APD38 tatsächlich als Ziel versenkt wurde. LCDR Lagarini antwortete:

Danke für ihre schnelle Antwort. In Bezug auf Ihre Frage verstehe ich, dass Sie die Informationen bestätigen müssen, das ist kein Problem. An dem Tag, an dem sie versenkt wurde, flog ich ein PC-7-Flugzeug (ich war zu dieser Zeit Navy Pilot Lieutenant JG)

Ich sollte unsere "Escuadra" (unsere Flotte) angreifen und später an diesem Tag würden die Schiffe vorbeifahren und eine Aufnahme der APD machen. sie war NICHT leicht zu versenken, tatsächlich wurde sie mehrmals getroffen, aber sie weigerte sich zu sinken. eine Gruppe von Robbenmännern musste in sie zurückkehren und etwas TNT einfüllen, um sie fertig zu machen. Dies geschah im November 1995.

Vor dem Senden dieser Informationen [diese E-Mail] habe ich sie mit dem Offizier bestätigt, der das TNT an Bord gebracht hat und der noch im Dienst ist.

Ich schicke Ihnen auch ein Foto, das 1987 in der Bucht von Concepción aufgenommen wurde.


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Melgar --> SSG
Aaron
Butler --> SSG
Emil
Rivera-Lopez --> SSG
Jeremia
Johnson --> SSG
Bryan
Schwarz --> SSG
Dustin
Wright --> SGT
La David
Johnson --> KW2
Jakob
Sims --> SFC
Stephen
Cribben -->

SFC
Mihail
Golin --> MSG
Jonathan
J. Dunbar --> SSG
Alexander
W. Conrad --> SFC
Christopher
A. Celiz --> SFC
Reymund R.
Verwandlung --> KW3
Taylor
J. Galvin --> MAJ
Brent R.
Taylor --> SGT
Leandro A. S.
Jasso --> CPT
Andreas P.
Ross --> SFC
Erik M.
Emond -->

KW2
Jonathan
R. Bauer --> SGT
Cameron
A. Meddock --> SSG
Josua
Z. Beale --> SFC
Wird d.
Lindsay --> MSG
Michael
B. Riley --> SGM
Jakob G.
Sartor --> MSG
Luis F.
DeLeon-Figueroa --> MSG
José J.
Gonzalez --> SFC
Dustin
B. Ard --> SFC
Jeremy
W. Griffin --> SFC
Michael
Goble -->

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Buckley-Klasse


Die Zerstörereskorte USS Barr (DE 576) der US Navy.

Technische Information

TypZerstörereskorte
Verschiebung1400 BRT
Länge306 Fuß
Ergänzen213 Männer
Rüstung3 3"-Kanonen (3x1) 4 1,1" AA
10 20 mm
3 21" Torpedorohre (1x3)
2 Wasserbombenspuren
8 Wasserladungsprojektoren
1 Igel
Höchstgeschwindigkeit23 Knoten
MotorenTurbo elektrisch, 2 Wellen
Leistung12000 PS
Hinweise zum UnterrichtMehrere Schiffe dieser Klasse wurden während des Zweiten Weltkriegs an Großbritannien ausgeliehen, um die Kapitänsklasse der Royal Navy zu werden. Diese Schiffe sind auf dieser Seite nicht aufgeführt.

Alle Schiffe der Buckley-Klasse

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102 Zerstörereskorten der Buckley-Klasse. 5 davon gingen verloren.

Schiffe der Buckley-Klasse von U-Booten getroffen (4)

Bücher, die sich mit diesem Thema befassen, sind:

Die Zerstörer-Eskorte der Buckley-Klasse, Bruce Hampton Franklin, 1999


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MAJ
Wallace
C. Hogan Jr. --> SPC
Jonn J.
Edmunds --> PFC
Kristofor T.
Stonesifer --> MSG
Jefferson D.
Davis --> SFC
Daniel H.
Petithore --> SSG
Brian C.
Prosser -->

SFC
Nathan R.
Chapman --> SGT
Thomas F.
Allison --> SSG
James P.
Dorrity --> KW2
Jody L.
Egnor --> MAJ
Curtis D.
Feistner --> SGT
Jeremy D.
Foshee --> SSG
Kerry W.
Frith --> CPT
Bartt D.
Owens --> SSG
Bruce A.
Rushforth Jr. --> KW2
Stanley L.
Harriman --> SPC
Marc A.
Anderson --> CPL
Matthäus A.
Commons --> SGT
Bradley S.
Crose --> SGT
Philipp J.
Svitak --> SFC
Daniel A.
Romero --> SSG
Gen A.
Vance Jr. --> SFC
Peter P.
Tycz II --> SFC
Christopher
J. Speer --> SFC
Mark W.
Jackson -->

SSG
Gregor M.
Frampton --> CW3
Thomas J.
Gibbons --> SSG
Daniel L.
Kisling --> KW3
Mark S.
O’Steen --> SSG
Orlando
Moral --> MSG
Georg A.
Fernandez --> SSG
Nino D.
Livaudais --> SPC
Ryan P.
Lang --> CPT
Russell B.
Rippetoe --> CPL
Andreas F.
Chris --> SSG
Timothy M.
Conneway --> 1SG
Christopher
D. Sarg --> CPL
Mark A.
Bibby --> LTC
Anton L.
Sherman --> SFC
Mitchell A.
Spur --> SFC
Wilhelm M.
Bennett --> MSG
Kevin N.
Morehead --> LTC
Karl H.
Bühring --> SSG
Paul A.
Sweeney --> SGT
Jay M.
Segen --> PFC
Karl E.
Bush Jr. -->

SGT
Roy A.
Holz --> MSG
Kelly L.
Hornbeck --> SPC
Adam G.
Kinser --> SFC
Curtis
Mancini --> SGT
Danton K.
Seitsinger --> SPC
Nichole M.
Frye --> MSG
Richard L.
Ferguson --> SGM
Michael B.
Stapel --> CPL
Patrick D.
Tillman --> KW3
Bruce E.
Preis --> CPT
Daniel W.
Eggers --> SPC
Josef A.
Jeffries --> SFC
RobertJ.
Mogensen --> MAJ
Paul R.
Syverson III --> SSG
Paul C.
Mardis Jr. --> CPT
Michael Y.
Tarlavsky --> SSG
Aaron N.
Holleyman --> SSG
Robert S.
Goodwin --> SSG
Tony B.
Ole --> PFC
Nathan E.
Stahl --> LTC
Mark P.
Phelan --> MAJ
Karl R.
Soltes Jr. --> SSG
Michael G.
Owen --> CPL
Jonathan J.
Santos --> CPL
Wilhelm M.
Amundson Jr. --> SGT
Bryan L.
Freeman Jr. --> SGT
Michael C.
O’Neill --> SGM
Robert D.
Odell -->

SFC
Pedro A.
Munoz --> SGT
Jeremy R.
Wright --> SFC
Micky E.
Zhaun --> SFC
Allen C.
Johnson --> SFC
Steven M.
Langmack --> SSG
Leroy E.
Alexander --> CPT
Karl D.
Robinson --> SFC
Viktor H.
Cervantes --> SSG
Christopher
N. Piper --> MSG
Robert M.
Horrigan --> MSG
Michael L.
McNulty --> SSG
Schamus O.
Goare --> KW3
Corey J.
Goodnature --> SGT
Kip A.
Jacoby --> SFC
Markus v.
Muralles --> MSG
James W.
Nachdenken III --> MAJ
Stephan C.
Reich --> SFC
Michael L.
Russell --> KW4
ChrisJ.
Scherkenbach --> SGT
Jason T.
Palmerton --> PFC
Damian J.
Garza --> PV2
Johannes M.
Henderson Jr. --> SFC
Brett E.
Walden --> SSG
Christopher
M. Falkel --> CPT
Jeremy A.
Chandler --> SFC
Trevor J.
Diesing --> MSG
Ivica
Jerak --> CPL
Timothy
M. Shea --> SFC
Obediah J.
Kolath --> MAJ
Gregor J.
Fester --> SFC
Laurent E.
Morrison --> SSG
Gary R.
Harper Jr. --> SSG
Matthäus A.
Kimmel --> PFC
Dillon M.
Jutras --> MAJ
Jeffrey P.
Toczylowski --> SFC
Jakob S.
Ochsner --> MSG
Anton R.
C. Yost --> SGT
Regina C.
Reali --> SGT
Cheyenne
C. Willey --> MSG
Joseph J.
Andres Jr. --> 1SG
Tobias C.
Meister --> SSG
Ayman A.
Taha --> CPL
Georg A.
Lutz II -->

SFC
Lanze S.
Cornett --> SSG
Edwin H.
DazaChacon --> SFC
Tschad A.
Gonsalves --> SGT
Alberto D.
Montrond --> SSG
Clinton T.
Newman --> MSG
Emigdio E.
Elizarraras --> SSG
Ricardo
Barraza --> SGT
Dale G.
M. Brehm --> SFC
Christopher
L. Robinson --> SFC
Richard J.
Herrema --> SPC
Teodoro
Torres --> SSG
Nathan J.
Vacho --> 1SG
Carlos N.
Sänz --> KW5
Jamie D.
Wochen --> MAJ
Matthäus W.
Worrell --> CPT
Shane R.M.
Mahaffee --> LTC
Daniel E.
Holland --> SSG
Christian
Longsworth --> SFC
Daniel B.
Krabbenbaum --> MSG
Thomas d.
Maholisch --> SSG
Michael A.
Dickinson II --> SSG
Eric
Caban --> SFC
Merideth L.
Howard --> SSG
Robert
J. Paul --> SPC
Adam L.
Knox --> SSG
Carlos
Dominguez --> KW2
Scott W.
Färber --> SSG
Ronald L.
Paulsen --> SGT
Daniel W.
Weingeschirr --> SSG
Kyu H.
Chay --> SFC
Wilhelm R.
Braun --> SFC
Tung M.
Nguyen --> 2LT
Scott B.
Lundell --> SGT
Dustin M.
Adkins --> SGT
Marco L.
Müller -->

SGT
Thomas E.
Vandling Jr. --> CPT
Brian S.
Freeman --> MAJ
Alan R.
Johnson --> SGT
James J.
Regan --> SPC
Ryan C.
Gewänder --> SPC
Brandon D.
Gordon --> PFC
Kristofer
Thomas --> SGT
Adam A.
Wilkinson --> CW3
Herschel D.
McCants Jr. --> CW3
Johannes A.
Quinlan --> SPC
Travis R.
Vaughn --> SSG
Michael D.
Thomas --> SGT
Timothy P.
Padgett --> SGM
Bradly D.
Conner --> SSG
Joshua R.
Whitaker --> MSG
Arthur L.
Lilley --> SFC
Nathan L.
Wickler --> SSG
Robb L.
Rolfing --> MAJ
Jakob M.
Ahearn --> SGT
Keith A.
Kline --> SFC
Sean K.
Mitchell --> CPL
Jason M.
Kessler --> SSG
Jesse G.
Clowers Jr. --> SFC
Jeffery D.
Wasserkocher --> SGT
Karl B.
Kitowski III --> SSG
Robert R.
Pirelli --> SPC
George
V. Libby --> SFC
Adrian M.
Elizalde --> SFC
MichaelJ.
Tully --> CPL
Benjamin
C. Dillon --> SFC
Justin S.
Monschke --> SSG
Josef F.
Curreri --> MAJ
Jeffrey R.
Calero --> CPT
Benjamin D.
Tiffner --> SSG
Patrick F.
Kutschbach --> SGT
Steven C.
Ganczewski -->

SSG
Ryan D.
Maseth --> SSG
Justin R.
Wittling --> SSG
RobertJ.
Müller --> SSG
Wilhelm R.
Neil Jr. --> SGT
Nikolaus A.
Robertson --> SSG
Jason L.
Braun --> SFC
David L.
McDowell --> SSG
Frank J.
Gasper --> SPC
Christopher
Gathercole --> SFC
David
Nunez --> SPC
Thomas F.
Duncan III --> SSG
Travis K.
Hunsberger --> SFC
Jeffrey M.
Rada
Moral --> MSG
Shawn E.
Simmons --> SGT
Jakob M.
Treber --> MSG
Mitchell W.
Jung --> SSG
David W.
Textor --> CPT
Richard G.
Cliff Jr. --> SFC
Jamie S.
Nikolaus --> SFC
Gary J.
Vasquez --> SGT
Wilhelm P.
Rudd --> MAJ
Robert D.
Lindenau --> SGT
Nikolaus A.
Casey -->

SSG
Anton D.
Davis --> SSG
Marc J.
Klein --> SSG
Jeremy E.
Bessa --> MSG
David L.
Verletzt --> CPL
Ryan C.
McGhee --> CPL
Benjamin
S. Kopp --> KW2
Douglas
M.Vose III --> SFC
Alejandro
Granado III --> CPT
Ronald G.
Luce Jr. --> SFC
Severin W.
Sommer III --> CPT
John
Tinsley --> CPL
Nikolaus R.
Roush --> SFC
Wilhelm B.
Woods Jr. --> SSG
Andreas T.
Lobosco --> SSG
Jason S.
Dahlke --> PFC
Eric W.
Hario --> SFC
Duane A.
Thornsbury --> SFC
Bradley S.
Bohle --> SFC
Shawn P.
McCloskey --> SSG
Josua M.
Mühlen --> SSG
Jack M.
Martin III --> SFC
Christopher
D. Shaw --> SGT
Roberto D.
Sanchez --> SSG
Keith R.
Bischof --> SGT
Josu E.
Hernandez
Chavez --> KW3
Niall D.
Lyon --> SSG
Shawn H.
McNabb --> SFC
David E.
Metzger --> KW4
Michael P.
Montgomery --> SGT
Nickolas A.
Müller --> SSG
Matthäus A.
Pucino -->

SSG
Rostiger H.
Christian --> SPC
Marc P.
Dekoteau --> CPT
David J.
Thompson --> SFC
David J.
Hartman --> SFC
Matthäus S.
Sluss-Tiller --> SSG
Mark A.
Stets Jr. --> SGT
Joel D.
Clarkson --> CPL
Michael D.
Jankiewicz --> SSG
James R.
Patton --> SGT
Ronald A.
Kubik --> SGT
JasonA.
Santora --> MSG
Mark W.
Coleman --> CPT
Kyle A.
Komfort --> SGT
Jonathan
K. Peney --> SGT
Andreas J.
Creighton --> SPC
Josef W.
Dimock II --> SGT
Anibal
Santiago --> SGT
Justin B.
Allen --> CPT
Jason E.
Holbrook --> SSG
Kyle R.
Warren --> MSG
Jared N.
Van Aalst --> SGT
Andreas C.
Nicol --> SPC
Bradley D.
Rappuhn --> SPC
Christopher
S. Wright --> SGT
Martin A.
Lugo --> SFC
Ronald A.
Gitter --> SFC
Calvin B.
Harrison --> SFC
Lanze H.
Vogeler --> SSG
Kevin M.
Pape -->

SFC
Dae H.
Park --> MSG
Benjamin F.
Bitter --> SFC
Martin R.
Apolinar --> SGT
Aaron J.
Blasjo --> CPT
Josef W.
Schultz --> SSG
Jeremy A.
Katzenberger --> SFC
Wyatt A.
Goldschmied --> MSG
Benjamin A.
Stevenson --> CPT
Waid C.
Ramsey --> SGT
Alessandro
Plutino --> MSG
Daniel R.
Adams --> SSG
Michael W.
Hosey --> SGT
Tyler N.
Holtz --> SPC
Ricardo
Cerros Jr. --> SFC
Kristoffer B.
Domeij --> PFC
Christopher
A. Hörner --> 1LT
Ashley I.
Weiß -->

SFC
Benjamin B.
Weise --> SGT
Tanner S.
Higgins --> SSG
Andreas T.
Britton-Mihalo --> SSG
Brandon F.
Eggleston --> SSG
Brandon R.
Pfeffer --> MSG
Gregor R.
Trient --> SSG
Jeremie S.
Grenze --> SFC
Riley G.
Stephens --> SFC
Aaron A.
Henderson --> SSG
Justin C.
Marquez --> WO1
Josef L.
Schiro --> SGT
Thomas R.
MacPherson --> SFC
Ryan J.
Savard --> KW2
Michael S.
Dämmerung --> SSG
Kashif M.
Memon --> SGT
Clinton K.
Ruiz -->

CPT
Andreas M.
Pedersen-Kiel --> SFC
James F.
Grissom --> SSG
Michael H.
Simpson --> WO1
Sean W.
Mullen --> SSG
Stephen
M. Neu --> MSG
Georg A.
Bannar Jr. --> SFC
Liam J.
Nevins --> SGT
Joshua J.
Strickland --> SSG
Timothy R.
McGill --> SGT
Patrick C.
Hawkins --> SPC
Cody J.
Patterson --> CPT
Jennifer M.
Moreno --> SGT
Josef M.
Peters --> SSG
Patrick H.
Quinn --> SSG
Richard L.
Vazquez --> SSG
Alex A.
Bratsche -->

SSG
Daniel
T. Lee --> SPC
Christopher
A. Landis --> SFC
Roberto C.
Skelt Jr. --> SPC
Johannes A.
Pelham --> CPT
Jason B.
Jones --> SSG
JasonA.
McDonald --> SSG
Scott R.
Studenmund --> SSG
Girard D.
Gass Jr. --> SFC
Andreas T.
Wetter --> SFC
Michael A.
Cathcart --> SSG
Matthäus R.
Ammermann -->

SFC
Matthew
McClintock --> SSG
Matthäus V.
Thompson --> SSG
Adam S.
Thomas --> MAJ
Andreas D.
Byers --> SFC
Ryan A.
Gloyer --> SSG
James F.
Moriarty --> SSG
Kevin J.
McEnroe --> SFC
Matthäus C.
Lewellen -->

SSG
Markierung
de Alencar --> SGT
Josua
Rodgers --> SGT
Cameron
Thomas --> SSG
Logan J.
Melgar --> SSG
Aaron
Butler --> SSG
Emil
Rivera-Lopez --> SSG
Jeremia
Johnson --> SSG
Bryan
Schwarz --> SSG
Dustin
Wright --> SGT
La David
Johnson --> KW2
Jakob
Sims --> SFC
Stephen
Cribben -->

SFC
Mihail
Golin --> MSG
Jonathan
J. Dunbar --> SSG
Alexander
W. Conrad --> SFC
Christopher
A. Celiz --> SFC
Reymund R.
Verwandlung --> KW3
Taylor
J. Galvin --> MAJ
Brent R.
Taylor --> SGT
Leandro A. S.
Jasso --> CPT
Andreas P.
Ross --> SFC
Erik M.
Emond -->

KW2
Jonathan
R. Bauer --> SGT
Cameron
A. Meddock --> SSG
Josua
Z. Beale --> SFC
Wird d.
Lindsay --> MSG
Michael
B. Riley --> SGM
Jakob G.
Sartor --> MSG
Luis F.
DeLeon-Figueroa --> MSG
José J.
Gonzalez --> SFC
Dustin
B. Ard --> SFC
Jeremy
W. Griffin --> SFC
Michael
Goble -->

"Die Zeit wird den Ruhm ihrer Taten nicht trüben."
— John J. Pershing, General der Armeen


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GALAXIEN
Gegründet in Ironwood, einer Bergbaustadt in der nordwestlichen Ecke von Michigans Upper Peninsula, waren die Galaxies die erste Rock-and-Roll-Band, die aus der eisenreichen Gogebic Range der Region hervorging. Die Debütsingle der Gruppe war eine der frühesten Produktionen eines Top-40-Künstlers, der als Grammy-prämierter Plattenproduzent in Los Angeles und Nashville zu größerem Ruhm gelangte. Obwohl die Galaxien die erste U.P. Band, eine Single auf einem nationalen Plattenlabel zu veröffentlichen, zersplitterte die Gruppe, bevor sie ihr enormes Potenzial erreichte.

Ironwood ist die westlichste Stadt in Michigan, liegt auf demselben Längengrad wie St. Louis, Missouri, und ist eine der wenigen Städte des Staates, die in der Central Time Zone liegen. Ironwood liegt nahe der Grenze zu Wisconsin im Gogebic County. Die Ursprünge von Gogebic (ausgesprochen "go-GIH-bik") sind unklar, obwohl sie mit ziemlicher Sicherheit in einer indianischen Sprache verwurzelt sind. Ein Vorschlag ist, dass es nach dem Gogebic-See benannt wurde, dessen Name wiederum vom Wort "quotagogebic" abgeleitet wurde, was "hoch hängendes Gewässer" bedeutet und sich auf die Höhe des Sees bezieht.

Die Entdeckung riesiger Eisenerzvorkommen in Verbindung mit der Ankunft der Eisenbahn in der Gegend führte zur Eröffnung mehrerer großer Minen und zur Entwicklung der Holzindustrie und zum Zustrom von Einwanderern hauptsächlich aus Schweden, Deutschland, England, Italien, Polen, und Finnland.

Hurley, Wisconsin, wird durch den Montreal River von Ironwood getrennt und ist der Geburtsort und die Heimat des einzigen überlebenden Mitglieds der Galaxien, Andy Abraham. Sowohl er als auch Christine (Gygi) Sullivan, die Witwe des Leadsängers der Galaxies, Danny Sullivan, erinnern sich an Hurley als eine harte Holzfällerstadt, in der es Stripclubs und Prostituierte gab, die die Bergleute, Holzfäller, Jäger und andere Abenteuersuchende in der Gegend bedienten.

Als Christine 1960 die High School abschloss, hatte die Stadt einen Teil ihrer Bekanntheit verloren. Sie sagte, es sei ein Buch über den skandalösen Ruf von Hurley und Hayward geschrieben worden, einer anderen Holzfällerstadt im Norden von Wisconsin, die Hurley, Hayward und Hell heißt. Der Titel stammt angeblich von einem Anruf eines Zugschaffners aus der Zeit von „Alles einsteigen für Hurley, Hayward und die Hölle“ für die Holzfäller- und Bergarbeiterpassagiere, die in zwei der wildesten Städte der Region nach Whisky und losen Frauen suchten.

Die mit dem Pulitzer-Preis ausgezeichnete Autorin Edna Ferber basiert ihren 1935 erschienenen Roman Come And Get It auf Hurleys frühen Holzfällertagen in Wisconsin. Der gleichnamige Film wurde 1936 gedreht. Regie führten Howard Hawks und William Wyler mit Edward Arnold, Frances Farmer und Joel McCrea. Der Film enthielt auch das Lied "Aura Lee" aus der Zeit des Bürgerkriegs, dessen Melodie für "Love Me Tender", Elvis Presleys Nummer-1-Hit von 1956, verwendet wurde.

Andy Abraham hatte eine etwas ungewöhnliche Erziehung. Seine Mutter war Tavernenbesitzerin in Hurley und eröffnete 1940 Nora's Bar. Abraham, Jahrgang 1942, und seine sechs Geschwister wohnten im Obergeschoss. Nora Abraham war eine zähe Dame, die in ihrer Bar eine Zigarre rauchte, aber außerhalb ihres Arbeitsplatzes sehr gutherzig war. Andy Abraham erinnert sich, dass seine Mutter „musikverrückt war und immer ein Klavier im Haus hatte“. Sie sorgte dafür, dass Andy und sein Bruder schon in jungen Jahren Klavier lernten und bestand darauf, dass sie auch Stepptanzunterricht nehmen.

Stepptanzabende in Kostümen mit Zylinder und Frack waren Andy Abrahams' Einführung in die Aufführung vor Publikum. Bei den Konzerten traf Abraham zum ersten Mal seinen zukünftigen Bandkollegen Danny Sullivan in den Galaxien, als sie beide noch im Teenageralter waren. Sullivan, der in Ironwood geboren wurde und lebte, nahm auch Steppunterricht und tanzte bei den Liederabenden mit seiner Schwester Diane.

Abraham’s biological father left when he was a child, and he was brought up by his stepfather who had a logging camp that he would operate every day. Andy was just ten-years-old when he started working in the woods with his stepfather. They would haul loads of pulp for a paper mill to a railroad boxcar on the first run and then mining timber to shore up the underground mines in Montreal, Wisconsin, located 5 miles southwest of Hurley. The Montreal Mine was part of the Gogebic Range and, at one time, was the deepest iron ore mine in the world.

Rock and roll first came to the Hurley-Ironwood area via the radio. Teens like Andy Abraham and Danny Sullivan tuned in to WLS out of Chicago for the Dick Biondi Show. Inspired by what he heard, Abraham’s first record purchase was “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley And His Comets. From there he went on to purchase the latest hits by Elvis Presley, Little Richard, and the recordings on the Sun label of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis at the Johnson Music Store at 126 W. Aurora in Ironwood. Johnson’s doubled as an appliance store where you could buy hot water heaters, toilets, washers and driers, and televisions, as well as musical instruments and the latest rock and roll hits.

In a recent MRRL interview, Andy Abraham stated that Ironwood’s local station WJMS was “pretty progressive for being that far north.” Besides broadcasting rock and roll, the station had a regular band called the WJMS Barnyard Ramblers that played live on Saturday mornings, sponsored by the Brookdale Dairy. Abraham said that the group played mostly country music, but they were versatile and also performed some early rockabilly tunes. Andy got to know the band members, especially the guitar players, and watching the Barnyard Ramblers planted the seed that eventually led to Abraham joining his first band.

That opportunity would present itself just across the Montreal River in Ironwood in 1958. Ironwood native Greg Winn received a guitar for his birthday during his junior year at St. Ambrose High School. Winn had attended the seminary as a youngster, intending to become a priest, but changed his mind and returned to Ironwood. The area had a lot of good guitar players and teachers and Winn picked up some basic chords and taught himself to play. Things started to come together when his classmate and good friend, Danny Sullivan, also got a guitar.

Greg Winn was interviewed years later about his time in the Galaxies by Jim Oldsberg for his Lost and Found magazine. Oldsberg’s resulting article, Ad Libbing with The Galaxies, offers the best account of the band’s formation. “We started a band called the Halfbeats”, Winn told Oldsberg. “Our original drummer’s name was Jerry Gregory, one of our classmates. He had one drum, a snare, which he borrowed from the high school. He could keep a beat, but there wasn’t much he could do with only a snare. He soon lost interest and dropped out.” *

Winn and Sullivan then recruited Denny Galka from nearby Hurley as their second drummer but they need a bass player to round out the band. Danny Sullivan ran into Andy Abraham, who was a sophomore at J. E. Murphy High School in Hurley, told him about the band, and mentioned that they were looking for another guy. Abraham had started out on piano and had no trouble switching to electric bass after taking some lessons from a local musician.

“Denny Galka was a very successful teenage entrepreneur in his own right,” Abraham told Oldsberg. He ran his own record hop dances known as ‘Spinner Sanctum’. They were mostly in northern Wisconsin. Our first public performance, at a teen dance, was with him at the Hurley Memorial Building. Denny took 50% and wanted to split the other 50% with the rest of us. It was obvious then that we couldn’t do too much with him.” *

“Dick ‘Nite Train’ Williamson, an established disc jockey from Bessemer, Michigan, also ran record hops,” Winn told Oldsberg. They asked Williamson to be their agent/manager which led to Galka leaving the band. Williamson then brought in drummer Bernie Michelli to replace Galka. Michelli, who was eight years older, was also from Bessemer, which was located ten miles east of Ironwood, and had drummed in jazz, polka and country bands, as well as for strippers in Hurley. “We were his first rock band,” Winn stated “but as far as experience went, Bernie was by far the most well-rounded musician of the four of us.” *

The band had uniforms for their first gig with Williamson as their manager. They knew a seamstress in Hurley who made them pink puffy-sleeved blouses complete with a cummerbund, worn over black slacks. They were still billing themselves as the Halfbeats but were looking for a new name. Williamson suggested 'The Galaxies' from the new Ford Galaxie. The company had put out the model in early 1959 in a marketing attempt to appeal to the excitement surrounding the Space Race between the United States and Russia. The band was unanimous in accepting the new moniker.

“The first real dance I remember us playing was in Ashland, Wisconsin, just south of Lake Superior. We only knew 20 songs, which we had to play over and over,” Winn told Jim Oldsberg. “We played whatever was popular on the radio, but people often compared our style to Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran. I thought we sounded most like Vincent.” “Dan Sullivan was incredible,” Winn recalled “he was able to listen to a song twice and have all the lyrics and performer’s style memorized.” *

Andy Abraham had this to say about the Galaxies’ lead singer: “Danny Sullivan was a totally unassuming kind of person. If you were his friend, you were his friend period. I liked everything about him right off the bat. On stage, he was a female magnet. They were attracted to him immediately. He was a showman, and would get down and lay on the floor while performing.”

The Galaxies regularly rehearsed in the basement of St. Ambrose Church in Ironwood which had a stage. The band also had a regular gig in the Ironwood Memorial Building, which could hold a 1,000 people for a dance. It was at these dances that the band tried out their new songs and stage routines.

They started writing their own songs right away because they knew that original songs were important if the band was the be successful in rock and rock and roll. Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry were early role models. Danny wrote on his own at home. Andy also wrote at home on the piano while Greg Winn composed with both Sullivan and Abraham and contributed several guitar instrumentals.

Because of the young ages of Winn, Sullivan, and Abraham, the band was prevented from playing in bars. They played mostly high school hops or community dances to which teenagers would come. Most every town in the north had some sort of auditorium with a stage at one end of it and Dick Williamson booked the Galaxies for dances all over the Upper Peninsula, northern Wisconsin, and as far west as Minnesota.

The Galaxies had no idea that Williamson was going to be such as dynamo as their manager, but he was a well-known radio personality at WJMS and had a show six nights per week. He had quite a following, and got a lot of young people to come to his dances. Williamson also brought national acts to Ironwood including Conway Twitty, Dale Hawkins, Buddy Knox, and Jimmy Bowen and that’s how the Galaxies first met the man who produced their first 45.

Jimmy Bowen began as a teenage recording star in 1957 with his hit, “I’m Sticking With You”. The song was originally released as the flipside of Buddy Knox’ # 1 hit “Party Doll”, a song co-written by Knox and Bowen and recorded with their group, the Rhythm Orchids. “I’m Sticking With You” became a big hit on its own, selling over one million copies but Bowen’s singing career was not a successful as that of Knox, and he wanted to move into record production instead.

The Galaxies opened for Jimmy Bowen at a gig in Ironwood on June 20, 1959. He was impressed with the band, told them about the Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and gave the Galaxies the phone number and address. Bowen was very anxious to get into record production and encouraged them to record with him.

Kay Bank Studios was a recording facility located at 2541 Nicollet Avenue in Minneapolis. Daniel Heilicher and his brother Amos started in a business together in the 1930s, distributing and stocking jukeboxes. In 1954, they founded the Soma Record label ("Amos" backwards), and started producing records in cooperation with Vernon Bank, owner of Kay Bank Studios.

Some significant recordings were made at Kay Bank and released on the Soma label over the years: Bobby Vee and The Shadows with “Susie Baby” in 1959, the Fendermen released “Muleskinner Blues” in 1960, and the Castaways’ “Liar, Liar” from 1965 were all on Soma. Although the songs were released on other labels, Dave Dudley recorded “Six Days On The Road” and the Trashmen recorded “Surfin’ Bird” at Kay Bank. In addition, Chad Allen and the Expressions (later renamed the Guess Who) came down from Canada and recorded their classic “Shakin’ All Over” at Kay Bank Studios.

Being from small towns in the Upper Peninsula, it was quite an experience traveling to their first recording session in September of 1959. “It was a big deal to make the long trip down to the Twin Cities spend the night in a hotel on our own wander the streets and look up at the 20 or 30 story buildings (nothing was over 2 or 3 stories in Ironwood), and get to work in a ‘real’ recording studio with a national star,” Winn recalled. “It was a blast!” *

Prior to the Galaxies’ first recording session at Kay Bank, they sometimes featured a singer named Mel Nikula at their gigs. Nikula worked for WDMJ-TV, the Upper Peninsula’s first television station. Although he was not a rocker like Danny Sullivan, Nikula was an effective ballad singer and was invited to accompany the band to the session in Minneapolis.

“The Galaxies spent six hours in the studio that day with Jimmy Bowen and C. W. Kendall who helped out with the musical direction. The band recorded four of their original tunes. First off was the incredible Sullivan-penned rocker, “If You Want To Be My Baby”. Danny Sullivan’s vocals were a cross between Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent with a little Elvis thrown in for good measure. Greg Winn’s energetic Gibson lead guitar work on the tune and on his own instrumental composition of “Ad Lib” were fabulous, while Andy Abraham and Bernie Michelli tied everything together on bass and drums. The two other songs recorded that day were written by Abraham “I Want To Rock” with Andy on lead vocal, and the ballad “Love Has Its Ways” which featured Mel Nikula.” *

“Jimmy Bowen worked out all the accompanying paperwork, and the Galaxies paid him for his services as producer as well as the cost of the studio time. They also picked up the tab for the pressing of the 45 rpm. Because they were on a limited budget, only 300-500 copies of the record were pressed. “If You Want To Be My Baby” backed with “Ad Lib” was released on the band’s own Darbo label. (Darbo came from Jimmy Bowen’s wife’s name, Darlene Bowen).” *

Dick Williamson advised the band to change their name to ‘Danny and the Galaxies’ on the “If You Want To Be My Baby’ a-side of the disc because he felt that it would be easier to sell the band if one of the members was highlighted. Since Danny Sullivan was the singer and also had a very strong stage presence, he was the logical choice. Listen to "If You Want To Be My Baby" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wECpg2QX1C4

Unfortunately, Jimmy Bowen seemed to lose interest in the Galaxies after the session for a variety of reasons. His long partnership with Buddy Knox was coming to an end as was his recording contract with Roulette Records. He didn’t use his music industry contacts to help the band get signed to a national record company that could have promoted and distributed the single. Instead, Bowen signed with a new label and continued his singing career for a few more years. In the early 1960s, Bowen moved to Los Angeles and was hired as a record producer by Frank Sinatra for his new label, Reprise Records. He would go on to produce hits for Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dino, Desi, & Billy along with Sinatra’s # 1 hit “Strangers In The Night” which won three Grammys in 1967, including Record of the Year for Bowen.

In the early 1970s, Bowen moved to Nashville where he enjoyed great success producing Glen Campbell, Conway Twitty, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., the Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, and Garth Brooks. Bowen also revolutionized the way music was recorded in Nashville, introducing digital technology and modernizing the way instruments were recorded and mixed.

While Bowen went on to fame and fortune, things were quite different for the Galaxies. “We never made a penny in royalties from the record,” said Greg Winn. “What little we made came from selling small quantities of discs ourselves, off the stage. Neither song ever got played on the air in Minneapolis, but both were aired in our hometown.” *

In an advertisement in the Ironwood Daily Globe, the band was pictured under the banner ‘Home Town Boys Make Good!’ Area residents were invited to hear the record over WJMS-AM 590 and attend a live afternoon performance at Johnson Music Store by ‘the Range’s first recording group’. The Darbo record also earned the Galaxies a gig at the ornate Ironwood Theatre, built in 1928. The movie palace presented two complete band performances at 7 and 9pm along the thrilling 1959 motion picture Speed Crazy, starring Brett Halsey. All seats were 75 cents. **

Greg Winn remembered the performance. “Dan Sullivan was a good-looking Irish/Italian kid trying his darnedest to sound like Elvis. At the Ironwood Theatre, Dan sang Ricky Nelson’s “Lonesome Town”. He laid down on the front of the stage, and they hit him with a blue spotlight. There were probably some girls there that night that wet their pants! I only sang two solos in the band – one was Dorsey Burnette’s “Hey Little One”. Andy Abraham sang the Little Richard songs he had a higher voice than Dan’s.” *

Bernie Michelli was the only member of the band that was married in 1959, and his wife, Marilyn, often traveled with the Galaxies and sold records at the gigs. “Danny had a beautiful voice,” Marilyn told the Daily Globe in 2007. “Danny was the one that could’ve gone places.” On the road, Marilyn said that Dick Williamson often pretended that she was his wife, telling the band, “you can’t have one of the Galaxies married.” ***

Putting on a good show was an important part of the Galaxies’ appeal. Bernie Michelli was featured in a lengthy drum solo during which their manager and the other members of the Galaxies took away his drums one by one, leaving “Gene of the North” (Michelli’s nickname taken from his musical idol, the great drummer Gene Krupa) with only his drumsticks. Greg Winn would leap from the stage, tethered by a 50-foot guitar cord and land on his knees or climb on Andy Abraham’s shoulders and play guitar solos behind his head. ***

These were the days when bands strove to look different from their audience. In 1959, the Galaxies added another uniform of bright white sport coats with short-sleeved red shirts and red pants. Greg Winn told Jim Oldsberg that the first time they wore the new uniforms was memorable. “We played the first set in the pink and black outfits,” Winn said. “Before the start of the second set, we closed the stage curtains and got into place behind them. The curtains opened to reveal us in those bright red and white outfits. The kids were mesmerized. That night I don’t think we could have done anything wrong.” *

Always stylish, the Galaxies' other costumes ranged from cardigan sweaters with wide gray and black stripes, to peach satin shirts, and white tuxedo jackets with green sequined lapels. **

Having a record out was an important factor in getting gigs, and Dick Williamson booked them as far away as Duluth, Minnesota, as well as Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Galaxies also appeared on television several times – The Johnny Sax Show in Green Bay and a Bandstand-type program in Duluth on which they played live rather than lip-synching.

Williamson was also instrumental in eventually getting the Galaxies a record deal. He knew John O’Brien, the regional distributor for Guaranteed Records, who was based in Milwaukee. It was through this connection that the Galaxies got a contract with the New York record label to release a second single.

Guaranteed was a subsidiary of the Carlton Records label. Carlton had enjoyed a great deal of success in 1958 and 1959 with Jack Scott who had charted 8 songs in the Billboard Hot 100, including the Top 40 hits: “My True Love”, “Leroy”, “With Your Love”, “Goodbye Baby” and “The Way I Walk”.

Guaranteed’s big artist was Paul Evans who had charted three Top 40 singles in 1959 and 1960: “Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat”, “Midnite Special”, and “Happy-Go-Lucky-Me”.

Dick Williamson had a New York connection because a girl from Ironwood that he knew, Julann Wright, was married to Merv Griffin. Williamson hoped to use his Merv Griffin connection to see if he could get the Galaxies on American Bandstand. Unfortunately, Dick Clark was one of the main targets in the congressional hearings surrounding the payola scandal at the time, and the possibility of the Galaxies appearing on the program got lost in the turmoil encircling the investigation of the Bandstand host.

“When we signed with the people at Guaranteed, Dan and Dick flew to New York. The rest of us stayed behind. I was the leader, but Dan went because he was the singer,” Winn told Oldsberg. “We were told that the contract that Jimmy Bowen had set up for us was illegal. Bowen had lost interest in us, anyway, so we figured the Guaranteed deal would be just the shot in the arm the band needed.” *

The Galaxies recorded their one and only single for Guaranteed at the Kay Bank Studios in Minneapolis in 1960. The a-side was “My Tattle Tale (I’m Gonna Tell My Mommy On You)”, a frantic rocker that lasted just 1 minute and 36 seconds, written by Sullivan and Winn. Danny Sullivan’s lead vocal is similar to Eddie Cochran’s and Greg Winn provides both the falsetto voice in the song and a driving guitar solo. Andy Abraham’s bass is also prominent in the mix. The flipside was an instrumental version of the Abraham-penned song called “Love Has Its Way” that the band had first recorded with Bowen at their first session. Listen to "My Tattle Tale" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXNmq5VghEU

When the second 45 was issued, Johnson Music Store promoted the event with another ad. ‘The (Gogebic) Range’s own Galaxies flew to New York to make this hit record and signed a record contract with Carlton Record Corp., a national house of record hits! We’re for them, the teenagers are for them…we all wish them well,’ the copy boasted. The ad urged readers to ‘be the first to hear and buy this new record.’ **

The Galaxies made another appearance at the store where they autographed copies of the record on request. Copies of “My Tattle Tale” were enclosed in a sleeve which asked record buyers to join the Paul Evans Fan Club, although the Galaxies had a national fan club of their own. In the accompanying news story, the Ironwood Daily Globe reported that “My Tattle Tale” was in the ‘Top 60 record hits in the Milwaukee area.’ The newspaper also noted that the Galaxies ‘have been busy lately making personal appearances in Detroit and Milwaukee.’ **

Throughout 1960 and most of 1961 the Galaxies rode high locally on the success of being a national recording group. They played at the Eagles Club in Milwaukee in 1960, sharing the stage with Della Reese at the fifth annual Millie Awards. They were the opening act at a Conway Twitty concert and played at a fund-raiser for U.P. Senator Joe Mack, but they weren’t making much money. Greg Winn claimed that in 1960, he made just under $1,000. *** That might be fine for a high school student, but in 1961, Winn married his high school sweetheart Lucia and now had to think about supporting a wife, and Danny Sullivan had met Christine Gygi.

Christine was born in Ironwood in 1942 but grew up in Gile, Wisconsin, a tiny town north of Hurley. Her family was of Swiss descent and her father worked in the Cary Mine, one of the largest iron mines in the Gogebic Range. Christine attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School with Andy Abraham through the 8th grade in Hurley, before joining him for the next four years at the town’s J. E. Murphy High School.

She was a rock and roll fan and bought records by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley at the Johnson Music Sore in Ironwood. Christine started dating Danny Sullivan in 1960, the year she graduated from high school. There was an immediate attraction between her and the singer who had graduated in 1959.

They were already talking about marriage when Danny and Dick Williamson flew to New York to meet with Carlton Records, and the couple married in 1961 at St. Mary’s Church in Hurley. Their first child, Sue, was born the following year.

The marriages were the reason Andy Abraham quit the band in 1961. “Everyone was getting married,” he told the Daily Globe in 2007. “You can’t be a rock-n-roll band when you’re married.” *** Interviewed by MRRL in 2017, Abraham said that leaving the band was a mistake on his part. “I didn’t realize that something like what we had in the Galaxies doesn’t come around very often.”

The Galaxies carried on with a new bass player named Denny Soltis while Abraham enrolled in college. The band traveled to Minnesota to compete in the Duluth Portorama Battle of the Bands and won the first-place trophy – the winner was determined by the applause from a crowd of over 3,000 music lovers. ***

The next blow came when Greg Winn decided to leave in late 1961 and moved to Wausau, Wisconsin. Sullivan, Michelli, and Soltis carried on as a trio for a time, but it just wasn’t the same, and the band came to an end in 1962.

Winn then moved to Racine, Wisconsin, where he worked as a computer tech for NCR. He transferred to the Twin Cities four years later and continued to work in computers as a tech instructor and tech writer. At one point, he was working full-time while taking a full course load at the university of Minnesota as a music theory major. Winn, who fathered four children with his first wife and one more with his second, moved back to the Ironwood area in 1999. He played piano and organ in a number of local churches until his death from cancer in 2014. *** Listen to Greg Winn and the Galaxies on the instrumental "Ad Lib" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUBAf2qkK_Y

Dick Williamsom moved to Calfornia shortly after the Galaxies broke up. He died there in 2010, the result of a fall.

Bernie Michelli stayed behind in Bessemer. He and Marilyn had four children, and he had a good job with the city’s water department. He also kept the Galaxies name going, playing weddings with new members well into the 1970’s but it was a pale imitation of the original band, and this version never recorded. Bernie died of cancer in 2007.

Danny Sullivan and his family moved to Wausau and took a job at the A&P store. He formed a new band called Three Of A Kind, shortly thereafter, with Sullivan on guitar and lead vocals, Wally Cegielski on steel guitar, and Dick Kamerus on drums.

In 1968, Danny, Christine, Sue, and Dan Jr., who was born in 1964, moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, so that Danny could attend barber school. While there, he formed another band called the Knott Brothers. The following year, Danny and family moved back to Wausau and he put together a new version of the Knott Brothers and recorded a single on the Page Records label, “Stick Out Your Cans, Here Comes The Garbage Man” backed with “I Know This Hurt by Heart”.

Sadly, Danny Sullivan suffered from manic depression but effective treatment of the condition was still in the early stages, and the medications prescribed by doctors in 1970 were not always effective in treating the disorder. In a 2017 interview with MRRL, Christine said that “the medication Danny was on at the time of his death really took him down, but we didn’t realize it.” It was during one of those very dark periods that Danny took his own life.

After Danny’s death, Christine and the children moved back to Gile where she had the support of both her family and Danny’s parents. In the late 1970’s, Christine married Kenny Forslund, an area school teacher.

Andy Abraham returned to music in 1964 when he joined a band called Frank Martinez and The Pharomen. The group recorded one single for the Soma label and both songs, “Jeanette” and a new version of “Love Has Its Way”, were penned by Abraham. He later picked up the pedal steel guitar and played in rock, country, and jazz bands all over the United States and Canada.

He met his wife in California, and they owned and operated a restaurant called The Rainbow in Olympia, Washington, that specialized in ethnic food and live jazz. Abraham and his wife produced many shows at the venue and were part of the West Coast jazz circuit for fifteen years.

In 1992, Abraham moved back to Wisconsin his mother was near death and his marriage was failing. It was shortly after moving back that he reconnected with Danny Sullivan’s son, his widow Christine, and one of Danny’s sisters at Nora’s Bar, the tavern his mother owned for over 50 years. The bar is still in the Abraham family, now owned by Andy’s brother Mike and his sister Margaret who operate it under its original name.

Dan Sullivan Jr. has been a champion of the Galaxies’ legacy for many years, giving him the chance to learn more about the father he lost when he was very young. When his grandmother, Rosie Sullivan of Ironwood, died, Dan Jr. inherited all of the memorabilia she had saved from her son’s musical career.

He has been collecting Galaxies’ materials ever since, and he has put them to good use in a museum display for Andy Abraham that he put together at the Iron County Historical Society Museum in Hurley. Sullivan is also planning an exhibit at the Ironwood Area Historical Society Museum for Greg Winn and his father, as well as one for Bernie Michelli at the Bessemer Area Heritage Center.

The Galaxies came in first place in the 2017 online vote for the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Internet Hall of Fame with more 400 votes more than either of the other two inductees. It was the largest vote margin in the history of the MRRL Hall of Fame.


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According to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Starlight Express has its roots in three abandoned projects: an animated TV series based on Thomas the Tank Engine, a novelty pop single, and an animated film based on Cinderella.

In 1974, Lloyd Webber approached author Reverend W. Awdry about adapting Awdry's Thomas the Tank Engine stories as an animated TV series. [5] Following the meeting, Lloyd Webber started composing, with actor and children's TV writer Peter Reeves contributing lyrics. They pitched their material to Granada TV, who commissioned a pilot episode. The episode was completed in early 1976, but Granada ultimately decided not to produce a full series as they feared that Awdry's stories were not then popular enough outside the UK to justify investing the time and money needed to make the series. [6] Ironically, the Thomas the Tank Engine series premiered seven months after Starlight Express and became highly successful.

After withdrawing from the project, Lloyd Webber heard a recording of an American soul singer, Earl Jordan, who could sing three notes at once in the style of a steam whistle. Lloyd Webber and Peter Reeves wrote a novelty pop song for Jordan called "Engine of Love", which was released in 1977. [7] The song failed to chart, but "Engine of Love" would go on to feature in some productions of Starlight Express and the melody was also later used for "He'll Whistle At Me".

Around the same time as writing "Engine of Love", an American TV station invited Lloyd Webber to compose songs for an animated film of Cinderella. In this version of the story, the Prince would hold a competition to decide which engine would pull the royal train across the United States of America. Cinderella would be a steam engine and the ugly sisters would be a diesel engine and an electric engine. The project went into development hell, but Lloyd Webber remained interested in the idea of telling a story with trains. [8]

Starlight Express proper began in early 1981. Lloyd Webber asked lyricist Richard Stilgoe to help him revive the idea as a concert for schools, in the style of Lloyd Webber's breakthrough musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Lloyd Webber and Stilgoe presented two songs the following summer at the Sydmonton Festival, Lloyd Webber's private event for showcasing new work. The director Trevor Nunn watched the performance and offered to help develop the material from something "twee" [9] to something with more "spectacle and theatre magic". [10]

Together, Lloyd Webber, Stilgoe and Nunn developed the story to include the idea of trains and coaches racing. The choreographer Arlene Phillips was brought on board along with the designer John Napier, who suggested staging the show on roller skates. [11]

In 1983 the first act of Starlight Express was workshopped by Nunn and Phillips with a cast that included the comedian Tracey Ullman. Based on the workshop's success, Starlight Express went into full-scale production, eventually opening in March 1984.

Starlight Express has been revised many times since it was first produced. Each professional production has differed from the last. These differences range from tweaks to lyrics, to the omission or inclusion of entire songs, characters and sub-plots. Throughout Starlight Express ' s history, however, the fundamental story has stayed the same: a young but obsolete steam engine, Rusty, races in a championship against modern engines in the hope of impressing a first-class carriage, Pearl.

This plot summary reflects the show as it was first produced, in the West End in 1984.

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The reigning champion – a diesel engine called Greaseball – enters with his cavalcade train known as the Union Pacific. They boast of diesel's supremacy ("Rolling Stock"). Next, a steam engine called Rusty enters. Greaseball mocks Rusty, who replies that he will win the championship, despite steam being obsolete compared to diesel ("Call Me Rusty"). Control intervenes and orders Rusty to collect a passenger train from the marshalling yard. He returns with four coaches that make up the passenger train: a dining car called Dinah, a smoking car called Ashley, a buffet car called Buffy, and an observation car called Pearl. Control sends Rusty away to fetch a freight train as the coaches introduce themselves to the audience ("A Lotta Locomotion"). Greaseball returns. He boasts again, this time to the coaches ("Pumping Iron"). Rusty returns with the six trucks that make up the freight train: three boxcars called Rocky 1, Rocky 2 and Rocky 3, a brick truck called Flat-Top, an aggregate hopper called Dustin and a brake truck called C.B.. They introduce themselves to the audience and argue with the coaches over whether it is preferable to carry people or cargo ("Freight").

Control declares entries for the championship open. Six trains arrive to challenge Greaseball: Bobo, the French TGV Espresso, the Italian Rome-to-Milan Express Weltschaft, the German Class 103 Turnov, the Trans-Siberian Express from Russia Hashamoto, the Japanese Shinkansen Bullet Train and the City of Milton Keynes, the Advanced Passenger Train from Great Britain. Entries are about to close when a surprise entry – an electric engine called Electra – arrives. Accompanied by his entourage of five components – an armaments truck called Krupp, a repair truck called Wrench, a money truck called Purse, a freezer truck called Volta and an animal truck called Joule – Electra declares that electricity is the future of the railways ("AC/DC"). Greaseball und Electra treten gegeneinander an, während die Teilnehmer eine Parade bilden, um das Rennen zu feiern ("Coda of Freight").

Control verkündet die Regeln der Meisterschaft: Die Züge treten paarweise gegeneinander an, wobei eine Lokomotive einen Wagen zieht. Es wird drei Ausscheidungsläufe geben und der Sieger jedes Laufs zieht ins Finale ein, um den schnellsten Zug zu bestimmen. Die Lokomotiven beginnen, ihre Trainer auszuwählen. Rusty bietet an, mit Pearl zu fahren, aber sie weist ihn zurück und erklärt, dass sie auf ihren "Traumzug" wartet ("He Whistled at Me"). Elektras Bote, Purse, kommt mit einer Einladung von Elektra herein. Auch wenn Electra nicht ihr Traumzug ist, akzeptiert sie und lässt Rusty allein.



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