World Naval Ships Forums  
CURRENT SPECIAL OFFERS ON OUR HUGE SELECTION OF NAVAL ART PRINTS!

Go Back   World Naval Ships Forums > Military History > VC & Other Medal Winners
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

VC & Other Medal Winners Victoria Cross recipients and winners of other bravery and service medals

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-02-2012, 17:09
kootenayguy kootenayguy is offline
Able Seaman
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 12
Default memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

The story of Lieut. Robert Hampton "Hammy" Gray of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada is extraordinary in several respects. First, the action for which he won the VC posthumously occurred a day AFTER the a-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Also, many residents of Onagawa in North East Japan witnessed from the hills his courageous aerial attack that sank a Japanese destroyer in Onagawa Bay. They were genuinely impressed with his bravery, and took it upon themselves to establish a memorial to Gray on a spot overlooking the scene of the action. I have heard that this is the only memorial in Japan that the Japanese initiated for an Allied hero.

Several of Hammy's friends attended a ceremony in 1987 dedicating the memorial, including my uncle Peter Dewdney who was a boyhood pal. Unfortunately, the memorial was seriously damaged by the earthquake and tsunami last year. The story in the link below reports that the residents of the city plan to rebuild the memorial. When you think of all the other damage the city suffered, it says a lot that they continue to honour Hammy. There have been several visits by Onagawa and Nelson school groups back and forth in recent years.

http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/137383653.html
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-02-2012, 18:59
John Odom John Odom is offline
Rear-Admiral
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Chattanooga TN
Posts: 1,267
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

That is great, Thanks for sharing.
__________________
John Odom
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-02-2012, 19:54
hood51 hood51 is offline
Vice Commodore
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: London England
Posts: 739
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

This is excellent news. Full marks to them for getting it right.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-02-2012, 00:45
Rob Stuart Rob Stuart is offline
Sub-Lieutenant
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 151
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

kootenayguy,

I too am happy to hear this news and appreciate that you shared it, but, if I may, I'd point out that the vessel Lt Gray sank was not a destroyer. It was the 860 ton 20-knot escort vessel Amakusa, which was much more akin to a corvette or a sloop than to a destroyer. Certainly the Japanese did not classify it as a destroyer. Also, Gray sank the Amakusa on 9 August 1945, which was the day Nagasaki was bombed and three days (not one day) after the Hiroshima bombing. For further info see http://www.combinedfleet.com/Amakusa_t.htm and scroll down to 9 August.

FWIW,

Rob
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 30-03-2012, 19:43
kootenayguy kootenayguy is offline
Able Seaman
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 12
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

Thanks for the corrections. So tragic that he would die so close to the end of the war.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 13-05-2012, 22:22
Brian Wentzell's Avatar
Brian Wentzell Brian Wentzell is offline
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 2,329
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

Gentlemen: It should be noted that Lt. Robert Hamilton Gray, VC, DSC, RCNVR was the only member of the RCN to be awarded the VC in World War 2.
Brian
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 20-11-2012, 00:25
kootenayguy kootenayguy is offline
Able Seaman
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 12
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

Very pleased to report that the memorial for Hammy Gray in Japan has been rebuilt. See story in the Nelson (British Columbia) Star in the link below. Quite amazing that the Japanese, with so much recovery needed after the earthquake/tsunami, would support the rebuilding of the memorial.

http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/162962846.html
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 20-11-2012, 02:54
Scatari Scatari is offline
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 2,992
Default Re: memorial to Hammy Gray VC in Japan to be rebuilt

Quote:
Originally Posted by kootenayguy View Post
Very pleased to report that the memorial for Hammy Gray in Japan has been rebuilt. See story in the Nelson (British Columbia) Star in the link below. Quite amazing that the Japanese, with so much recovery needed after the earthquake/tsunami, would support the rebuilding of the memorial.

http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/162962846.html
Thanks for the update - wonderful to see.

As a point of interest, the Admiral's Conference Room in naval headquarters here in Ottawa features a beautiful painting of Lieutenant Gray's attack on the Japanese ship, together with a photograph of him and replicas of his medals.

He is not forgotten by today's sailors.
__________________
Tim
Reply With Quote
Reply



Ship Search by Name : Advanced Search
Random Timeline Entry : 13th January 1934 : HMS Leith : Sailed Chatham

NAVAL PRINTS

Click above to see our naval art portal - Eight random half price items are displayed to the right.

Some Current Half Price Offers

B114AP. HMS Carmania sinking the German armed liner SS Cap Trafalgar off Ilha da Trindade, South Atlantic. 14th September 1914.  By Ivan Berryman.
HMS Carmania sinking the German armed liner SS Cap Trafalgar off Ilha da Trindade, South Atlantic. 14th September 1914. By Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Half Price! - £25.00
 USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) refuels an Adams class Destroyer during a dusk operation off the Vietnam coast as a pair of E8 Crusaders are readied for launch on the forward catapults.

USS Kitty Hawk by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
Half Price! - £50.00
 HMS Ajax was built as a light cruiser at Barrow and launched in 1935. She saw service initially in the American and West Indies theatre before temporary commission in the Mediterranean. Then followed her never to be forgotten role in the Battle of the River Plate ending in the scuttling of the Graf Spey. She is seen here entering Portsmouth Harbour with the Isle of White in the background.

HMS Ajax by Ivan Berryman.
Half Price! - £35.00
B219AP.  Deutschland Passing Through the Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman.

Deutschland Passing Through the Kiel Canal by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Half Price! - £25.00

 The submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone is pictured off Hong Kong with a quintet of British submarines alongside for replenishment, namely (left to right) an S-class, a U-class, a T-class and two more U-class.

HMS Maidstone by Ivan Berryman (P)
Half Price! - £450.00
Westland Wyverns go vertical over HMS Eagle during the Suez Crisis of 1956

Up and Over by Randall Wilson.
Half Price! - £35.00
 Spearheading the Falklands Task Force as it heads south in 1982, the carrier HMS Hermes is shown in company with two Type 21 frigates, HMS Arrow on the left and HMS Ardent in the near foreground.  In the far distance, HMS Glamorgan glints in the sun as Type 42 HMS Sheffield cuts across behind Hermes.

HMS Hermes by Ivan Berryman.
Half Price! - £15.00
 Completed in May 1941, HMS Victorious had been in commission just nine days when her pilots encountered and attacked the Bismarck. She is seen here in August 1942 with HMS Eagle astern of her.

HMS Victorious by Ivan Berryman.
Half Price! - £30.00

SPORT PRINTS

Click above to see our sport art portal - Four random half price items are displayed to the right.

Some Current Half Price Offers

 Schumacher and Ferrari, the winning team.

Sea of Red by David Evans
Half Price! - £25.00
 Rothmans Williams Renault FW18.  World Champion 1996.
Damon Hill by Michael Thompson.
Half Price! - £25.00
 Carl Fogarty testing the new Foggy Petronas FP1 at Brands Hatch, 2003.
Back on Track by Dave Foord. (Y)
Half Price! - £110.00
 The English football team for 2002.
England by Peter Deighan.
Half Price! - £50.00

AVIATION PRINTS

Click above to see our aviation art portal - Four random half price items are displayed to the right.

Some Current Half Price Offers

 During a patrol on 6th July 1918, Christiansen spotted a British submarine on the surface of the Thames Estuary. He immediately turned and put his Hansa-Brandenburg W.29 floatplane into an attacking dive, raking the submarine C.25 with machine gun fire, killing the captain and five other crewmen. This victory was added to his personal tally, bringing his score to 13 kills by the end of the war, even though the submarine managed to limp back to safety. Christiansen survived the war and went on to work as a pilot for the Dornier company, notably flying the giant Dornier Do.X on its inaugural flight to New York in 1930. He died in 1972, aged 93.

Kapitanleutnant zur See Friedrich Christiansen†by Ivan Berryman.
Half Price! - £60.00
 One of 6,176 Halifaxes built during World War II, NA337(2P-X) was shot down over Norway on 23rd April 1945. In 1995 it was recovered from the lake that had been its watery home for fifty years and has now been restored by the Halifax Aircraft Association in Ontario, Canada.

Halifax Mk.III NA337 by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Half Price! - £110.00
 On the 20th of April 1918, just one day before his death, the legendary Red Baron, Mannfred von Richthofen, claimed his final victory.  His famous Flying Circus was engaged in battle by Sopwith Camels of No.3 and No.201 Squadron.  Claiming his 79th victory, he had shot down Major Richard Raymond-Barker earlier in the dogfight - the British pilot being killed in the resulting crash.  However, it is his 80th and final victory that is depicted here.  In the centre of the painting, the Sopwith Camel of David Lewis has been brought into the firing line of von Richthofen, and is about to be sent down in flames from the sky - Lewis was fortunate to survive the encounter relatively unscathed.  Meanwhile the chaos of the dogfight is all around this duel, with aircraft of both sides wheeling and diving in combat.  The other pilots depicted are Weiss, Bell, Riley, Steinhauser, Mohnicke, Hamilton and Wenzl.

The Final Curtain by Ivan Berryman.
Half Price! - £70.00
 Routine, though essential, maintenance is carried out on a 501 Sqn Hurricane at the height of the Battle of Britain during the Summer of 1940.† Hurricane P3059 <i>SD-N</i> in the background is the aircraft of Group Captain Byron Duckenfield.

Ground Force by Ivan Berryman. (Y)
Half Price! - £42.50

MILITARY PRINTS

Click above to see our military art portal - Four random half price items are displayed to the right.

Some Current Half Price Offers

 1st Battalion in action at Escaut Canal, Belgium, May 1940. The last Highland Regiment to wear a kilt in battle, attacking the Germans at the River Escaut.  From the Diary of Captain R. Leah, 1st Battalion, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders : Tuesday 21st May : Bn left Ere about 2 a.m. to march back. Fortunately Coy Cmdr. were required for some sort of recce and we went in C.O.s car.  Arrived Taintignies 3 a.m. and self went out again with Wilkie in C.O.s car to look for for C Coy which had gone astray, and to see Q.M. about Bn rations in Wez-Velvain.  Could not find either.  Met the Battalion arriving from Ere when I left the village at 3 a.m.  Got back myself at 4 a.m. found empty house which I entered by window and slept well for 5 hours. Officers mess going in house beside M.T. park, and had good breakfast.  Fairly quiet morning and orders to move this afternoon to Bn assembly position S of Wez-Velvain.  Thence we were directed to Merlin and prepared for counter-attack to drive enemy off Western side of Escaut.

The Charge of the 1st Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders by David Rowlands (AP)
Half Price! - £50.00
 Jagdpanthers of 654 heavy Tank Battalion engage 6th Guards Tank Brigade Churchills.
Debut at Caumont, Normandy, 30th July 1944 by David Pentland. (D)
Half Price! - £70.00
 Sturmgeschutz IIIg and Paratroops of the 4th Fallschirmjager Division, driving to the front line, pass one of the two giant 28cm K5 (Eisenbaum) railway guns responsible for the shelling the Allied beacheads at Anzio and Nettuno.

Anzio Annie, Italy, 29th January 1944 by David Pentland. (GS)
Half Price! - £250.00
 Having made contact the previous evening with troops of 4th Infantry Division pushing inland from Utah Beach, paratroopers of the 101st Airborne division The Screaming Eagles help mop up the pockets of German resistance in their general advance towards Carentan.

Screaming Eagles in Normandy, 7th June 1944 by David Pentland. (GL)
Half Price! - £300.00
Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Hazy Gray & Underway" derek s.langsdon US Navy Ships and Crews 10 11-01-2012 07:57
HMS Illustrious - Mr. James Drummond Gray vgray Service Records / Naval Relatives and Friends 7 21-05-2011 23:47
HMS Goliath in Japan Collind Royal Navy Ships and Crews 3 18-05-2009 19:59
Lt. Robert Hampton Gray smartd VC & Other Medal Winners 3 12-02-2009 21:32
Royal Navy in Japan Collind Other Naval Topics 2 07-08-2007 20:33


All times are GMT. The time now is 08:45.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.