Named for LT(jg) Carleton T. Fogg

 (Photo submitted by Steven Fogg, nephew)

           LT(jg) Carleton T. Fogg           
19 Aug 1917  -  1 Feb 1942

Medals that are in the possession of
the Fogg Family.

   Photo submitted by Martha Ellsworth


Additional Martha Ellsworth Photos


USS Fogg


Steven Fogg Photos

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Portland Press Herald - March 18, 1943
Maine Gave Many                                    jvh

Letter to Carleton Fogg from
Susan LANE Fuss

Letters between Mrs. Fogg and Mrs. Dennis

Picture from Capt. N. J. "Dusty" Kleiss

To read:  Capt. N. J. "Dusty" Kleiss, Ret., the last living survivor to see Fogg and Dennis shot down, has generously shared his story in a series of letters to the Dennis family.

Kleiss Book  The story of the Pilots of the USS Enterprise and their Battles at the time of LT(jg) Carleton Fogg and RM3c Otis L. Dennis.

 Salvatore J. Di Milla Collection: 
114 Pictures
Candid Photos of the USS Fogg crew at work and on leave

 USS Fogg DE 57 Reunion

USS Fogg Ship's Log 1943 to 1945


Ordered: 1942
Laid down: 4 December 1942
Launched: 20 March 1943
Commissioned: 7 July 1943
Decommissioned: 27 October 1947
Reclassified DER: 18 March 1949
Reclassified DE: 28 October 1954
Struck: 1 April 1965
Fate: Sold for scrap 4 January 1966
Displacement: 1400 tons standard
1740 tons full load
Length: 306 ft (93 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11.3 m)
Speed: 23 knots (43 km/h)
Range: 359 tons oil
3700 nautical miles at 15 knots
6000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Complement: 15 officers, 198 men
Armament: 3 x 3 in/50 cal. guns (76.2 mm)
4 x 1.1 in/75 (28 mm) Anti-Aircraft guns (1x4)
8 x 20 mm
3 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes (1x3)
1 x hedgehog projector
8 x depth charge projectors (K-guns)
2 x depth charge tracks






USS Fogg Crew
identified: second from right,
back row, Alfred Monroe,
Fire Controlman 3/C
on USS Fogg 1944-46

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Steven Fogg Photos



Lieutenant (j.g.) Carleton Thayer Fogg, U.S. Navy
Received from the U.S. Navy Archives

Lieutenant (j.g.) Carleton Thayer Fogg was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on August 19, 1917 and died February 1, 1942 in the Pacific area (Roi Island, Kwajalein Atoll) from enemy action (Japanese attack).

On October 6, 1937, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and from 15th to November 13, 1937 he was on active duty and was discharged on December 21, 1937.

On December 10, 1937, he was appointed Aviation Cadet, U.S. Naval Reserve, from December 3, 1937 and accepted appointment and executed oath on December 21st.   He was assigned to active duty for training involving flying at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, on the 10th of December and detached on January 7, 1939, and assigned to the Scouting Squadron Two USS SARATOGA for temporary active duty involving flying, reporting on February 23, 1939.   He was detached from this duty on June 14, 1939 and assigned to the Scouting Squadron Seventy-one (USS WASP) for active duty involving flying.

He was appointed Ensign for Aviation duties, US Volunteer Reserve, from January 1, 1939 and accepted the appointment and executed oath of office on August 19th.  On September 11, 1939, assigned to Scouting Squadron Six USS ENTERPRISE to active duty involving flying.   Commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy, from June 1, 1939 and on March 28th, accepted the appointment and executed oath of office.  On December 13th, appointed Lieutenant (j.g.) for temporary service to rank from November 1, 1941 and accepted on January 7, 1942.

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the AIR MEDAL posthumously to Lieutenant (j.g.) Carleton T. Fogg,  U.S.N.  for service as set forth in the following:


"For meritorious conduct in aerial flight while in action with the enemy.   As a member of a Scouting Squadron he participated in the initial attack on Kwajelein Atoll, Marshall Islands on February 1, 1942, which was executed in the face of enemy fighter opposition and heavy anti-aircraft fire.   He pressed home his attack in a determined manner and contributed to the damage to enemy installation on Roi Island.  He gallantly gave up his life in the service of his country.  His conduct throughout was in accordance with the best traditions of the Naval Service."




USS Fogg

 Carleton Thayer Fogg, born 19 August 1917 in Lynn, MA, enlisted in the Naval Reserve 6 October 1937. Appointed ensign 1 January 1939, Fogg flew with squadrons in Saratoga (CV-3) and Wasp (CV-7) before joining one in Enterprise (CV-6) in September 1939. Now a regular officer, Lieutenant (junior grade) Fogg was killed in action in the initial attack on Kwajalein, 1 February 1942. He was awarded the Air Medal posthumously for his gallant conduct in the face of heavy enemy opposition.

 (DE-57: dp. 1,400; l. 306'; b. 37'; dr. 9'5"; s. 24 k.; cpl. 186; a. 3 3", 3 21" tt., 8 dcp., 1 dcp. (hh.), 2 dct.; cl. Buckley)

 Fogg (DE-57) was launched 20 March 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. Adelbert W. Fogg, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Fogg; and commissioned 7 July 1943, Lieutenant Commander Charles F. Adams, Jr., USNR, in command. She was reclassified DER-57 on 18 March 1949.

Fogg's first cruise on convoy duty began with her departure from New York 13 October 1943. She escorted unladen tankers to Aruba and Curacao in the Netherlands West Indies, crossed to Algiers guarding loaded tankers, then returned by way of Curacao and Trinidad to New York 4 December 1943. Between 26 December 1943 and 20 August 1944, she made six escort voyages from New York to Londonderry and Lisahally, North Ireland, guarding the flow of men and material which made possible the invasion of Europe and the push across the continent which followed.

 The escort put to sea once more from New York 12 September 1944, to escort a convoy through the English Channel to Cherbourg, France, then called at Portsmouth, England, before returning to New York 9 October for a brief overhaul. After special training at Charleston, she sailed 6 November to escort a slow towing convoy to England and back. Homeward bound, on 20 December, one of the LSTs in the convoy was torpedoed, and as Fogg began to search for the submarine, she, too, was torpedoed. Four of her men were killed and two wounded, and the ship badly damaged. For two days the crew fought to save their ship, but when on 22 December the stern sheared off, all but a skeleton crew were taken off. These men restored buoyancy, and Fogg reached the Azores in tow the next day. A first attempt to tow her back to the United States failed when bad weather tore away the temporary bulkheads replacing the stern, but she at last arrived at Boston for repairs 9 March 1945.

 After refresher training, Fogg sailed out of Norfolk between 2 and 30 June 1945, acting as target ship in battle problems with a cruiser, serving as plane guard for a carrier, and training men in combat information center duty. On 1 July, she entered Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for conversion to a radar picket, which was completed 2 October. Duty along the east coast and in the Caribbean, primarily in antisubmarine warfare development and as combat information center school ship, continued until 26 July 1947, when she arrived at Charleston, S.C. There Fogg was decommissioned and placed in reserve 27 October 1947.   
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships



USS Fogg Bell

Sword from dress uniform

Practice Bombs

Steven Fogg Photos

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  Pictures  USS Fogg

USS Fogg Torpedo Damage

DE History from DESA

Honor Roll

Ship's Log 1943 to 1945

 Salvatore J. DiMilla Photos Martha Ellsworth Photos Hullnumber


The SBD Dauntless dive bomber piloted by Lt(jg) Carleton T. Fogg



  At Sea
14 December, 1941
From: Ensign C. T. FOGG, USN, (Pilot of 6-S-11).
To: The Commander, Scouting Squadron SIX.
Subject: Report of Action with Japanese on Oahu on 7 December, 1941.
Reference: (a) Art. 874 U.S. Navy Regs.
  1. I completed my scouting sector with no contacts and proceeded to Oahu, arriving over Barbers Point at about 0840. I flew towards Pearl Harbor and got as far as Ewa Field before I realized fully that Oahu had been bombed. I immediately turned back towards Barbers Point and rendezvoused with five other Scouting Squadron SIX planes who had completed search. This group was lead by Lieutenant W. E. Gallaher, USN. After circling at sea for an indefinite time we sighted two large groups of enemy aircraft rendezvousing about 20 miles south of Barbers Point. After reporting them, we attempted to land at Ford Island but were mistaken for enemy and fired upon by own anti-aircraft. The formation broke and I turned back and landed at Ewa Field. Damage to my plane was slight, only a hole in the main spar of my right wing and another in my tail surfaces. At Ewa Field I found that they had suffered two strafing attacks and that all aircraft but two (2) F4F's had been destroyed by incendiary bullets. Personnel casualties were light, approximately three dead and eight to twelve seriously wounded.

  2. I remained at Ewa Field by direction of Wheeler Control until about 1000 the next day (Monday) when I took off and proceeded to Ford Island by orders from Patrol Wing TWO Operations Officer.

(Signed) C. T. FOGG


 Pearl Harbor Page 22 and 23 for Fogg.



 1 February 1942, report on action at Roi-Namur, Kwajalein Atoll where Lt(jg) Fogg lost his life in battle. 

Captain N. J. "Dusty" Kleiss, Ret. eyewitness to the final battle of Fogg and Dennis.

LT(jg) Carleton Fogg, Pilot, RM3c Otis Dennis, Radioman/Gunner


Carleton T Fogg
Born 19 Aug 1917 
Died  1 Feb 1942

Mr. and Mrs. Fogg with Norman Fogg
Photo submitted by Steven Fogg,
Norman's son


Brother - Norman L Fogg Born 13 Sept 1909 Died  2 Dec 1998

Mother Vera (Lane) Fogg  born about 1886 in Maine

Father Adelbert Wilbur Fogg   Born 10 Feb 1883
(adopted: orig name was William Gallagher from Boston)
Died 26 Feb 1960

Maternal Grandfather Charles M Lane Born about 1845

Maternal Grandmother Francis Lane Born about 1847
Paternal Grandfather Charles E Fogg Born about 1846

Paternal Grandmother Ruth R Fogg
(Charles E and Ruth R adopted Adelbert)


Fogg (DE 57)

Our Ship's Log, July 7th, 1943 to October 7th, 1945. Cover: U.S.S. Fogg (DE 57), 1945. Doyle L. Riley, ed. Philadelphia: C. E. Howe & Co., 1945. 20 leaves, silver softcover with blue printing and emblem, 21.5 x 28 cm, photos, ports. Dornbusch 1950: 889, Smith: 7731, NDL.

June 12, 1997 (unprocessed), 2 volumes; History of USS FOGG DE-57 by Salvatore J. DiMilla and an account of the torpedoing of the FOGG, entitled “ December 20, 1944” by Everett N. Schrader with Leslie Goodwin. Donor: Mr. Salvatore J. DiMilla



Memorial Flagpole Erected in Honor of Carleton T. Fogg at
North Yarmouth Academy in Yarmouth, ME.
Replica of the plane in which he and Otis Dennis gave
their lives, in WWII.


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Photos and Speech courtesy of Steven Fogg


FEBRUARY 22, 1942 4PM

SAFFORD AUDITORIUM - North Yarmouth Academy

Ten years ago North Yarmouth Academy welcomed to this building its initial group of Yarmouth students. Sophomores of the Class of 1934, entering in September 1931, were the first to spend three years here before graduation. That class was not merely a leader in point of time, but may fairly be described as outstanding in other respects, for, although their enthusiasm, cooperative effort, and general morale may have been equaled, it has never been exceeded by any subsequent group.

It was a member of that class who first won a scholarship in competitive open examination at the State University and thus nailed high the guidon for the stimulation of others who were to be equally successful in the years to follow.

It was that class which furnished more winners in County Prize Speaking than any other, and it was the boys of that class who, by their own hard effort, graded the unfinished lawn in front of this auditorium and thus became (as one of the number sitting in the audience this afternoon hoped they might), "the first class to graduate with a completed school campus."

And from that class went the first graduate to enlist in the Naval Air Service, the first to win his wings, and as we have sadly learned within the week, the first alumnus to give his life in the service of the Nation.....

Lieutenant Carleton Thayer Fogg, United States Naval Air Service, killed in action in the Pacific Theatre in February, 1942.

We all remember "Foggy" as it was inevitable he should be nicknamed by his classmates.... remember him for his cheerful manner, his unfailing spirit, and his active participation in the affairs of school, church and community. A member of the Yarmouth orchestra and band, he was also a member of the Yarmouth Town Band, and found time as well to take part in the dramatic activities of the school.

His interest in aviation began before he entered the Academy and was continually manifest in his study of the related sciences. Despite mild efforts on the part of parents, teachers and friends to steer him toward less hazardous engineering pursuits, his heart and mind fixed on the one objective, ... a career in aviation. He was one of those fortunate lads who knew early in life what he wanted and stuck steadfastly to his objective. And so it came about that, after three years spent at the University of Maine, he entered the Naval Air Service Training at Pensacola and, in due course, was commissioned an Ensign in the service.

Almost exactly one year ago he was here in Yarmouth for a visit and on March 7, 1941 sat here on this platform and, much to the delight of the student body, answered their questions regarding the Naval Air Service and the training of an air pilot. It was altogether characteristic of him that he appeared on that occasion, not in uniform, but in "civvies", or, as our British allies would say, "in mufti".

Indeed, his parents never saw him in uniform. To him a uniform was not a device for display, but merely one of the necessary accoutrements of an officer of the service to be worn only when on duty. His whole life was like that, in school and out, for it was his ambition to silently serve rather than to splendiferously scintillate.

That we honor his memory by this gathering today is wholly fitting; but, should we honor him ONLY by such an assembly, should we feel our duty now done to him and to inestimable thousands like him who have fallen and who will continue to fall in these days ahead, we would indeed be relaxed in our commemorative efforts.

Every man who has served on the field of battle in time of war knows that, though he may have undergone his baptism of fire, though he may have stood long hours of sentry duty under adverse conditions; though he may have observed long lines of ambulances carrying wounded to the rear; yet the grim reality of war does not sink into his consciousness, permeate his whole being, and shock his very soul until some "buddy", some schoolmate, some dear friend is struck down.

So, in a lesser degree, it is with the community. We read dispatches of military disaster, the air waves carry black news and dire warnings, we are depressed, "war-weary" (as we think) and often annoyed by such inconveniences as rationing of consumer goods until, one day, there comes news of a man who was our friend and our neighbor caught in the pattern of war.


What man, whatever his need, can grouse and grumble at the rationing of rubber when his friend has made the supreme contribution; what civilian club-room admiral or barbershop general can revise and rearrange with his pitiful HALF-information battle lines, worldwide in their extent, entered by his neighbor who, like a brigade famous in history, knew and acted upon the military axiom "Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to DO, - and die!"?

What man can sit in idle revolt, refusing to labor pending the adjustment of some petty difference between labor and management, with the example of sacrifice of the soldier and sailor before him!

What man, faced with the news of a neighbor lost in action and living daily under the expectation of similar news from others, does not need to reexamine the semantics of the words "Hardship" "Sacrifice" and "i n c o n v e n i e n c e" in his personal vocabulary.

No greater honor could be done the memory of him whom we would salute today than for each and every one of us here to resolve and NOW to erect an insurmountable wall in our mentality and consciousness to which it may truly apply.

In the difficult, dark and dire days that lie immediately before us and in the days to follow when luxuries and conveniences we once knew may not return, let us, in abject humbleness, be ever mindful of the youth of our own nation who are or who have been carrying "somewhere out there" where the meanest comforts of home would represent the peak of luxury.

Today, from the pulpits of churches throughout our country, tribute is being paid to an American patriot, the chosen leader of men whose steadfast courage in the face of hardship never since known in this land made the establishment of this nation possible. What sacrifice imposed by rationing, restriction, and regulation today can compare with the suffering of those ill-clad, ill-fed, and barefoot men of Washington at Valley Forge? And yet in THAT day there were TORIES who held the Declaration of Independence a mistake, ridiculed the nondescript volunteer army, and made the lives of those soldiers and their leaders the more miserable by withholding full financial and moral support.

Within the fortnight we have honored the memory of another great American, Abraham Lincoln, who, long before he rose to the presidency, repeatedly expressed his "personal wish that all men everywhere might be free." Viewed with the perspective of three quarters of a century how Christ-like, how God-like, how sublime the career and acts of that man. For Abraham Lincoln's character and personality were such that, the more one studies his life and acts, the more familiar one becomes with his philosophy and his career, the more one's very soul is gripped by the innate humanness and humaneness of the man. As the poet, Carl Sandburg, his most recent and perhaps his greatest biographer has said, "There is something about that man, Lincoln, that "gets" you!"

And yet, by a very substantial minority of his contemporaries in the NORTH as well as in the South, in Yarmouth Maine as bitterly as in Birmingham, Alabama, he, Abraham Lincoln, was reviled, hated, detested, and openly cursed. The slave-holders of the South, the cotton brokers of Boston, the mill owners of Manchester, England and of Manchester, New Hampshire, -- men whose material fortunes were threatened by the threat to slavery -- rose almost as one against him.

Before the Emancipation Proclamation abolitionists abused him for not going far enough, after it substantial and influential men in the north as well as in the south found excuse for greater condemnation than ever.

But, through all his trial, through the hard years when he likened himself to __________negotiating the Niagara Gorge on a tight-rope, the lovers of TRUE and UNIVERSAL freedom stood by his side. While financial interests of "the City" in London placed their bets on the South, the working men of Manchester, England stood solidly behind his principals of freedom.

And so today, with a greater slavery threatening to spread, not through half a nation, but through the entire world, a slavery which freely flaunts overseers more cruel, punishment more savage, and intolerance extending beyond race and color to creed and party... what, too often, do we find?

Unity of division?

Tolerance or intolerance?

Sacrifice or selfishness?

While leaders more avaricious, unprincipled, cruel, and sadistic than any the world has every known struggle to impose a "new order" (which is in deed NO order) upon the entire sphere, some sit mentally supine, calm and complacent, while sentries sound the alert.

Some, wearied with the trouble and toil, the friction between warp and weft that preserves the very fabric of democracy and liberty, led by laziness , dare to think that maybe, -- perhaps, -- democracy is too much trouble after all.

YOU know the answer.

If not, ask the starving Poles, the Danes, the Quisling-ruled Norwegians, the inhabitants of UN-occupied France, the Greeks, the tea-dancers of Singapore!

WAR is neither a tea-party nor the hullaballoo of a moment, but a long, hard, wearying grind which can and WILL be met with characteristic American courage.

Democracy IS worth saving, it IS worth the "blood, and sweat, and toil, and tears" that it has demanded of its adherents down through the ages.

Reveille sounded in September 1939, ASSEMBLY on December 7, 1941; let us make sure that RETREAT will never be sounded by America though TAPS sound a million times or more in the interim.

Let us here dedicate ourselves each and every one, to the unfinished task remaining before us that, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, we may "nobly win" and not "meanly lose the last best hope of Earth".

To the names of illustrious military alumni, Generals Oliver C. Howard, Charles W. Roberts, Frederick D. Sewall, Samuel J. Anderson, and Isaac W. Starbird, NORTH YARMOUTH ACADEMY, in sorrowful pride, adds yet another,


In his spirit let us carry on!

Stanley W. Hyde





Background Picture is the "Field of Stars"  WWII Memorial



USS Dennis
(See USS Dennis on Facebook also)


USS Fogg


Delbert W. Miller


 USS Fogg Di Milla  Photos  

DE-405, Cafferty Scrapbook



Baguio POW Camp, Philippines

Omori POW Camp

USS Fogg Honor Roll


EM2/c Harold M. Compton, USS Fogg, DE-57      

WWII Diary

ZERO by C. Davis Fogg


Letter to Carleton Fogg
by Susan Lane Fuss

USS Fogg Ship's Log
 1943 to 1945