|Welcome to the
USS Gosselin website!
As you can see, the USS Gosselin web site
looks a little different. There's a reason! We are re-designing
it to better accomodate the great wealth of contributions of material
to the site.
This site is dedicated to the men who served not only on the USS
Gosselin but all men and momen who served in every branch of the
service in every theatre of war, including those who served state-side.
To all of you, thank you for your efforts and accomplishments.
The USS Gosselin was named after ensign Gosselin who died aboard
the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 7.December.1941.
The USS Gosselin (APD-126) was orginally built as a Rudderrow Class
Destroyer Escort (DE-710). Later it was converted to a Crosley Class,
High Speed Transport. The USS Gosselin was commissioned in December
1944 and designated APD-126.
The USS Gosselin served in the Pacific Theatre until the end of
the war, was a part of the occupational forces in Japan, and continued
serving the U.S. Navy for many years after the war. The men who
served on this ship were ordinary young men deeply involved in extraordinary
curcumstances. They made history on a daily basis. They faced an
enemy that was not afraid to die and was determined to take as many
of these young men to their deaths as possible while dying for the
On the web site we will attempt to introduce you to as many of these
men as possible and tell you their stories. We have included many
pictures, first-hand written accounts of life aboard the Gosselin,
and archived naval records of the ship's history.
We hope that you enjoy this site and it's information as much as
we enjoy building it. This project originally started as a site
to post the pictures and recollections of H. F. "Chief"
Mills, but over time, has turned into a great adventure of meeting
and talking to the crew members and their family members. So with
all of the contributions of others who served aboard the USS Gosselin,
this has turned into a family reunion of sorts. We greatly appreciate
the contributions and efforts of all who have contacted us. Please
be patient with us as we re-design the site to accomodate the vastly
increased amount of content. This will allow us to accomodate additions
to the site in a much more efficient manner. Thank You!