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Hyde, Simeon Jr.

Simeon Hyde U.S. Navy WWII
Simeon Hyde U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 2/25/1919
Died On: 12/26/2011
Street Address: Holly Lane
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy - USS Wasp (CV-7), Wharton AP-7 27 Sep 1942, Eaton DD 510 11 Aug 1945

Veteran Code: USN-117

Simeon Hyde was born in South Carolina in 1919. In Rye his family lived on Holly Lane and were members of Christ Church. Simeon served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Simeon Hyde Jr. was an Ensign on the USS Wasp. The USS Wasp CV-7 was laid down on 1 April 1936, and commissioned on 25 April 1940. The [exceptionally small] aircraft carrier was built according to proportions agreed upon at the Washington Naval Conference in 1922. For the Wasp, this meant displacing no more than 15,000 tons. To build such a light aircraft carrier meant doing without much armor at all, which certainly contributed to the ships demise over 70 years ago, 15 September 1942. Before America declared war, the Wasp was one of several ships that participated in the transport of US aircraft to Iceland in late summer 1941. After months spent training and patrolling the Atlantic and an American declaration of war Wasp was sent once again to ferry aircraft on behalf of the British RAF for actions at Malta in April 1942, and a return trip a month later to replace heavy aircraft losses in the first go-round. After losing two carriers in naval combat Lexington at Coral Sea and Yorktown at Midway , the Wasp was suddenly in high demand in the Pacific. With the American invasion of Guadalcanal in the works by July 1942, the Wasp was assigned to Admiral Fletchers force. Beginning in the early hours of 7 August 1942, Wasps Avengers, SBDs, and Wildcats hit several Japanese positions throughout the Guadalcanal islands, taking out 24 enemy aircraft at the cost of 4 of their own. On 15 September 1942, Wasp along with the only other carrier available in the Pacific, the Hornet, was on escort duty ensuring the landing of 7th Marines on Guadalcanal proper. She was struck by several torpedoes fired from the Japanese submarine I-19. Being as Wasp was lightly armored due to its construction limitations, she was particularly vulnerable. On top of that, she was hit much like the battleship Arizona was at Pearl Harbor, struck near the magazine causing huge explosions from ammo and gasoline. The fires could not be fought and the order to abandon ship was given. After a successful evacuation, the Wasp soon rested on the floor of the waters off Guadalcanal. Though her aircraft in the sky at the time of the attack were able to make emergency landings elsewhere, the rest of the planes the Wasp carried were lost with the ship. Nearly 200 brave sailors lost their lives with the sinking of the Wasp, with many more wounded. Simeon Hyde Jr. was one of those who survived the sinking of the USS Wasp. Simeon then spent five years in the U. S. Navy serving in the Atlantic and the Pacific in World War II.

Hyde Jr., Simeon 92 Feb. 25, 1919 Dec. 26, 2011 Simeon Hyde, Jr. passed away peacefully at Hopewell House, survived by his wife, Ann (of 69 years); daughter, Beth and her husband Ted; son, Simeon; son, Cutty and his wife Diane; grandchildren, Sally, Julia, Ben; and his sister, Anne Long, of Virginia. A graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and Princeton University, Simeon then spent five years in the U.S. Navy serving in the Atlantic and the Pacific in World War II. Honorably discharged, he then enrolled in a Harvard University Master's in English program. Following this, Simeon spent 23 years at Phillips Andover Academy as a teacher, administrator and acting headmaster. Retiring from the Academy he and Ann moved to Albuquerque where he enrolled in the School of Architecture. After graduating he worked for two architectural firms during which time he designed a Navajo Community Center and an Albuquerque Senior Center. In his retirement years, Simeon joined family members in San Diego for five years and spent his final 18 years with family in Portland. He was a member of the Rose City Yacht Club, the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Multnomah Friends Meeting, where he will be particularly remembered for his active involvement in the Meeting House remodel. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark St., Portland. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Central City Concerns, an organization that particularly interested Simeon because of its emphasis on helping the needy of Portland learn to help themselves. Published in The Oregonian on Jan. 8, 2012 - See more at: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=simeon-hyde&pid=155398811#sthash.Izkk6gUI.dpuf
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