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|8k||Lloyd Edgar Acree was born 31 July 1920 in Beggs, Okla. and enlisted in the Navy 17 October 1940. After training at San Diego, Calif., he was assigned to heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) on 10 December 1940, and became aviation ordnanceman third class 1 August. During the grim months after Pearl Harbor, Salt Lake City, against desperate odds, helped stem the tide of Japanese expansion. Following the American invasion of Guadalcanal 7 August 1942, Acree participated in the grim struggle for control of the Solomons. During the night of 11 to 12 October 1942, an American cruiser-destroyer force under Rear Adm. Norman Scott intercepted a cruiser-destroyer bombardment group off Cape Esperance and repulsed the enemy after a furious night battle. Early in the action, an enemy shell burst close aboard to starboard and sprayed the cruiser with shell fragments. Acree, who was holding a 5-inch shell loading into No. 3 gun, fell to the deck, seriously wounded in the abdomen. Although in intense pain, he gallantly clung to the shell to prevent its' explosion. He died a short time later while undergoing emergency surgery. For his great courage and outstanding devotion to duty, Acree was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
USS Lloyd E. Acree (DE 635) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo © USS Salt Lake City Association courtesy of Sandy Eskew)
|120k||undated wartime image||Matt Critcher|
|92k||ondeck for inspection, portside forward|
|67k||Matt's late Grandfather, F1c John Henry Cagle Jr. of Amagon, Arkansas who served aboard Acree from January 1945 to mid-1946|
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