This website is dedicated to the men who served on the USS Elmore (APA-42), an attack transport operating in the Pacific theater during World War II. The ship earned eight battle stars for her service which put her in the top tier of attack transports. But the Elmore was just one part of America's struggle against fascism and imperialism during that period. As such, we must salute all men and women who served as part of the "Greatest Generation" in all branches of the armed services. By extension, we also salute all active members of the military as well as the veterans who link us back to the past with their selfless service to country. In this way, we also remember and celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us but who will never be forgotten. Our country is "the land of the free" because of the brave. America salutes you!
Dedication is an emotion born of a personal link. My father, Joseph A. Dudash, served aboard USS Elmore (APA-42) and that is the reason for my devotion to this ship. Dad enlisted in the navy a few months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After basic training at Great Lakes, he was assigned to Grosse Ile Naval Air Station outside of Detroit. Like many of the young men who enlisted in the Navy after the Japanese attack, there was a long wait to get a ship. American industrial production had yet to catch up to the needs of war. My dad went into the Navy as a yeoman. He could have taken a desk job in Washington DC, San Francisco or Pearl Harbor. But he joined the navy because he wanted to go to sea on a navy ship. So he waited until a ship became available. His patience paid off. He got a shiny, new Bayfield-class attack transport. The USS Elmore was commissioned on 25 August 1943. Dad was a plank owner, part of the crew on the day that the ship was commissioned. That must have been an amazing experience, something that undoubtedly filled my dad, and the other crew members, with pride. Until he reported for duty on Elmore, he had never even seen an ocean! Now he was a part of a dedicated crew taking their new ship out to sea. He stayed with the Elmore throughout the war and rose to the rank of Chief Yeoman, which is to say a Chief Petty Officer. He had every right to be proud of that achievement. Like many Navy vessels, the Elmore was decommissioned shortly after the war. Dad was discharged as Elmore returned to the states for the last time. He left his ship on 18 January 1946 and took a train home to Pittsburgh from San Francisco. The Elmore sailed down through the Panama Canal and arrived in New Orleans a few weeks later. She was decommissioned on 13 March 1946. My dad and the rest of the crew of the Elmore went on with their lives.
When it is all said and done, I have become the ship historian for USS Elmore, both an honor and a privilege. It is hoped that this website, in some small measure, provides a proper sense of dedication to the men who served on that ship in the most difficult of times. Most have passed on. They are all heroes to me and I trust that they would understand why I consider the USS Elmore to be my ship, too. I know that my dad would understand and would also know how proud I am to be his son.
So, on a personal note, I dedicate my efforts here to my dad, Joseph A. Dudash, a finer father no son could ask for. Dad died on 27 April 1983. He is sorely missed by both myself and my brother, Mark.
Photo taken in June, 1945.
Photo updated in August, 2017.
January 5, 1928 — March 29, 2018
In memory of my father-in-law.
Warren Andrew Teuber was born January 5, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Harry and Elsie (Tomaschek) Teuber. He was raised in Chicago and graduated from Schurz High School. Warren joined the U.S. Marines Corps at the conclusion of WWII and served for 30 years. On January 9, 1948, Warren met Dolores Anna Manteufel. lt was love at first sight and they were married three weeks later on January 31st.
While Warren served in the Marines, he and Dolores lived primarily in California. Warren served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War over his years of service. While in the military, he received the World War II Victory Medal, American Theatre, Asiatic-Pacific campaign medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and other medals, decorations and citations. Warren retired from military service on Feb. 1, 1976 as a Chief Warrant Officer.
After his service time Warren moved back to Illinois where he began working for NBC on one of their mini-cam news crews. Warren loved to fly and became licensed as a pilot and instructor. Upon retiring from NBC, Warren and Dolores moved to Hayward, Wisconsin. He and Dolores loved fishing and made their home on the Chippewa Flowage. He was an active member of the Civil Air Patrol for many years. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Warren A. Teuber, 90, passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dolores; six children, Alicia Gunderson of Hayward, William (Holly) Teuber of Menomonie, Wisconsin, Michael (Cara) Teuber of Algonquin, Illinois, Pauline Riley of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Pamela (Gregg) Dudash of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Charles (Amy) Teuber of Centennial, Colorado; 15 grand-children; 10 great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
That is the life story of my father-in-law. All in all, a very accomplished life. Semper Fi!