In an August 1999 conversation with one of the participants, it was not clear if an actual winner had been declared. While pictures may not exist of all the participants, for those that are available, possible winners could have been Lt. Howard West (the ship's Communications Officer)....or Tony "John L." Lilly (Executive Officer and Navigator)....or perhaps they decided to use a bit of discretion and made the winner their Destroyer Division Commander, Captain J. B. McLean!
Take a look and decide for yourself who you think the winner should be.
|Above is Lt. George Johnson, Medical Officer.......With and Without Mustache!|
|Lt. (jg) Moses G. Hubbard III, Asst. Gunnery Officer|
|Lt. P. A. "Tony" Lilly, Executive Officer and Navigator|
|Ensign Willis D. Kinney, Asst. 1st Lieutenant||Lt. (jg) Clement B. Jostes, Asst. Gunnery Officer|
|Captain J. B. McLean, Destroyer Division 48 Commander||Lt. Raphael "Ray" Moses, Asst. Communications Officer|
|Lt. Harry C. Stanley, Gunnery Officer||Lt. Howard N. West, Communications Officer|
Lt. (jg) Harry K. Woodhurst, Asst. Gunnery Officer|
Lost April 6, 1945
As a few of the contestants posed, this blurry photo was snapped. Could the
photographer have been laughing just a bit or was he paying more attention to
native girl painted on the #1 5-inch gun in the background? Perhaps it was just
a poorly timed sea swell.
FRONT ROW (Left to Right): Lt. (jg) Newton P. Foss, Lt. Howard N. West,
BACK ROW (Left to Right): Lt. Harry C. Stanley, Lt. P. A. "Tony" Lilly,
And the Unofficial Winner just might be.....
Lt. P. A. "Tony" Lilly,
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