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Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Petty Officer 3, Aviation Machinist.
"Dick" Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
"Dick" Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Dick was a PO 3, Aviation Machinist on the USS Princeton. He has the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific with 2 Bronze Stars.
USS Princeton, CVL-23, Richard Linsenmaier's Ship.
USS Princeton, CVL-23, Richard Linsenmaier's Ship.
Dick was standing near the rail when the single bomb landed mid-ship, down the elevators, exploded 2 to 3 down, igniting the fueled and loaded Fighters.Blown into the net, was burned face, neck, hands in the water, rescued and returned to USA for Recovery.
USN Dick Linsenmaier, Survived the sinking of the USS Princeton.
USN Dick Linsenmaier, Survived the sinking of the USS Princeton.
The USS Princeton was sunk in the Gulf of Leyete, Phillippines. 24 Oct. '44, a single lone dive-bomber came out of the clouds, at 1500 feet, released his bomb. It hit between the elevators, crashed through the flight deck before exploding.
USN Richard C Linsenmaier, USS Princeton, CVL-23
USN Richard C Linsenmaier, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Vaultee BT 13, Dick in the front seat of the first ship, out on a test-run. Pacific Theatre. More commonly known as the "Vaultee Vibrator" :)
USN Dick Linsenmaier, in his "Whites"
USN Dick Linsenmaier, in his "Whites"
HUMM ? Very cute Sailor, NIFTY Car ! Barbi
USN, Richard C Linsenmaier and his bride, Janet (Holmes) Linsenmaier.
USN, Richard C Linsenmaier and his bride, Janet (Holmes) Linsenmaier.
The brides family, Harris and Nora Holmes were from Doylestown PA, as well as Dick's extended family. After the War, they resided in Danboro, Pa. a few miles out into the country beyond Doylestown. Janet lives there still ..'2009.
USN, Dick Linsenmaier, Sinking of the USS Princeton.
USN, Dick Linsenmaier, Sinking of the USS Princeton.
USS Princeton was so badly damaged, single bomb exploded between the 2 and 3 deck, down the elevator shaft, Disabled the forward fire-system. Dick was blown off into the safety net, but had burns, face, neck, hands,.floated in water until rescued.
USN Dick Linsenmaier, Survived the sinking of the USS Princeton.
USN Dick Linsenmaier, Survived the sinking of the USS Princeton.
Not enough boats, Dick hung on, rescued by someone pulling him into the rescue Battle ship,hands and facee badly burned. Eentually transfered to a Hospital Ship and Home.
USN, Richard Linsenmaier, USS Princeton
USN, Richard Linsenmaier, USS Princeton
After recovery, and home in the States, Dick is visiting Janet's sister, Alta(Holmes)& AAC T/Sgt Ed Ennis,he was running the Tower at Bradley Field CONN. when War ended. This in Spring '45. Ed was a B25 Mitchell Combat Vet/MTO, RADAR/Radio-Gunner.
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
Richard C Linsenmaier, USNavy, Aviation Machinist, USS Princeton, WW II
1 Barbi Collage' sm.jpg
1 Barbi Collage' sm.jpg
Picture collage' of Dick and Janet Linsenmaier, Barbi's "Favorite Aunt and Uncle !" :)
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
P.O. 3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Purple Heart, Ribbons and Medals.
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
USN "Aviation Machinist Wing".
USN Dick Linsenmaier, Survived the sinking of the USS Princeton.
USN Dick Linsenmaier, Survived the sinking of the USS Princeton.
Dick Linsenmaier, Later in life, at home in Danboro, Bucks County, PA. (Sinking of the Carrier, USS Princeton.)
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
USN, P.O.3 Richard C Linsenmaier, Aviation Machinist.
Silk Map of the Philippine Islands
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
This is an early photo of him, still a young man, after the War, most probably in Doylestown, PA.
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Dick's first child was a girl, named Caryl Beth, and we all call her "CB" ... This is at her wedding, dancing with her Father.
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Later, after retirement, there were trips for Dick and Janet to his "home-land" Germany, where he was born and still had family.
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
With Dick, cooking was a must if it could be done out on the grill ! MMmmmmm...
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Dick was always laughing, here he is with his younger sisters... all had beautiful red hair !
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Some time for FUN... Dick and Janet swimming !
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
This is the back of the Collage' Barbi made... L) the "Children" of Dick and Janet, and of Ed and Alta at Christmas. Then Janet and Barbi in 1965 at a holiday dinner at their home at "Clover Hill".
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
A Very-Young Dick, Hand colored photo of when he was a youth.
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Wedding Portrait of Dick and Janet Linsenmaier.
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Dick and Janet with their 1st Child-CB (Caryl Beth)
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
After the War, at his Gas Station in Willow Grove, PA.
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
Dick and Jnaet, I believe when they were engaged, 1945. He is still in the Navy :)
Richard C Linsenmaier, (US Nay)his wife, Janet in Aug. 2009
Richard C Linsenmaier, (US Nay)his wife, Janet in Aug. 2009
Janet Holmes Linsenmaier, born 1920, with her Daughter (Caryl Beth)'s puppy "Bandit. In the Pocono Mtn.'s Sept. 2009
Rick and Bandit '09.jpg
Rick and Bandit '09.jpg
"Rick and Bandit" (Bandit is the Pug Puppy !) Rick in Richard Linsenmaier's son, Richard. 2009

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Richard C Linsenmaier 2
Birth:
Schmiden, Germany 1
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Birth:
28 Feb 1920 2
Death:
13 Mar 1997 2
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Last Residence: Danboro, PA 2
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Social Security Number: ***-**-8646 2

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Richard C Linsenmaier

Danboro, PA

Richard C Linsenmaier, US Navy, USS Princeton, CVL-23
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Richard Carl Linsenmaier was born in Schmiden, Germany in 1920. I am Dick's neice, Barbi Jan (Ennis) Connolly, his wife, Janet is my Mother/Alta's sister, younger by 3 years.  Alta (1918-2009)  And I might add, Auntie Jan is my FAVORITE Aunt, and MY Middle name :)

Things I remember about this wonderful Uncle, are his incredible smile, lots of laughing, enormous Holiday dinners and Picnic's in the summer.  Dick and Janet built a stunning ranch home on the rise of the hill just a few miles from Doylestown...rolling hills and so abundant was the greenery, it is still called "Clover Hill".  From their grand view they could see the Golden Gurnsey milk cows grazing along.  I remember flowers all around, fun with our "younger" cousins ( a couple of years back then seemed like a LOT !) and many memorable times.  Janet lives there still, and enjoys the peace of the country.  There is no way to sum up a life, but this was one really super-duper UNCLE !  When at our house for Thanksgiving, he asked for the drumstick of the Turkey.... my wide eyes never figured out how he ate the whole thing ;)  Dick loved and was loved in return. . . I will always be glad for the "Uncle Dick memories" that I have of him.  Love, Barbi

"Dick" Linsenmaier

Doylestown, PA

(Uncle) Dick Linsenmaier at Ennis' Christmas, 1965 (Barbi)

February 28, 1920 Richard Carl Linsenmaier was born to Carl and Emilie Burkle Linsenmaier in the Burkle family farmhouse in Schmiden Germany outside Stuttgart. Awaiting his arrival was an older sister Erna Emilie. Family history spoke of a twin who was stillborn.

Another sister Bertha Marie arrived and their father left Germany for America. 3 of Emilie's sisters were already in Pennsylvania and Carl followed. When Richard was 3, his mother boarded an ocean liner with 3 preschoolers and made the journey to a new country.

Carl worked on farms and Emilie sewed to provide a life for their children. The children learned the skills of their parents. While Dick was in high school his father died of heart disease, and the family moved to an apartment in Doylestown, PA. After graduation, Dick worked at gas station in town and at the start of World War II he joined the Navy.

His time on the CVL23 USS Princeton gave him special friends, earned him self respect and Aviation Machinist Mate 2c and gave him an opportunity to travel to places he never expected to experience. October 24, 1944 while in the Leyte Gulf, the USS Princeton was bombed. Dick was burned on the head, face, arms and thighs and then as the fate of the Princeton got worse, was required to jump ship. He hung onto the side of a life raft until he was picked up by the USS Irwin. After 3 unconscious days on the Irwin, he was moved to the USS Samaritan. His first hospital stay was in Hawaii for a month and then San Diego for 2 months, however during that time he had leave to go home. He returned to the hospital and then spent 3 weeks at Camp Elliott awaiting “distribution”. Although he hoped for Philadelphia he got re-assigned to photography in Florida.- not taking pictures but keeping the planes that carried the photographers in the air. After 5 months in Florida, on September 9, 1945, Richard left Pensacola a civilian, having reached 1c.

October 12, 1946 Dick married a teacher, Janet Holmes in Doylestown, PA. In the early years of their marriage Dick owned a gas station and an ice business. Their first child- a daughter was born Nov 1948. and then in March of 51 came a son. Dick began working in golf course construction which he did for many years. He was Greens Superintendent at Doylestown Country Club after Gordon's closed the construction business. Prior to retirement he was Grounds Superintendent for Merck and Co.

Dick was active in the Lions Club, was 32nd Degree Mason, Association of Golf Course Superintendent's, and was an honored volunteer at Doylestown Hospital. In his free time he enjoyed playing golf, traveling and have friends and family visit.

After 18 months of treatment Dick died at home on March 13, 1997 of lung cancer.

 

Dick's Story was written by his loving wife, Janet, his daughter "CB" Caryl Beth Hoffman and his son, Rick Linsenmaier. . . .29 March, 2009

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