USS OAKLAND CL-95
CHAPLAINS AND ORGAN



ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The only way that I find out information about USS Oakland and my former shipmates is through their children, their friends or from friends of the Internet and I thank all of them. Here is a fine example of what can happen from a gentleman seeking information about a little organ and our first Chaplain, LT. Isadore O. Woodall. If he hadn't sent me the e-mail this webpage would not have been created. The true historical facts may never be uncovered but we shall try our best to do so.

It started with this e-mail sent to me:
Bill Green[mailto:BGreen@PPHM.WTAMU.EDU]
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2008 12:25 PM
To: phenriott@rtcol.com
Subject: Isadore O. Woodall

Dear Mr.Henriott:
I was doing some research about a man named Isadore O. Woodall and found an Isadore O. Woodall on your list of officers and crew of the USS Oakland.

I believe this probably is the same Isidore (or Isadore) Ormand Woodall who served as minister of a Presbyterian church in Amarillo,Texas from 1965-1969. Afterwards, he moved to Santa Fe,New Mexico where he died in February 1985. We have a portable pump organ that belonged to him during World War II during which he supposedly served as a chaplain. Do you know of the man on the USS Oakland was a chaplain?

I know very little about the man who owned the organ. According to census records and the Social Security Index, we believe he was born in Alabama on February 1, 1904 to Isidore and Fannie Woodall. By 1910, they had moved to Hill County,Texas. The family still lived in Hill County in 1920. By 1930, Isidore (age 26) had married and he and his wife Marie (age 25) lived in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. They had a son named Sherrill Ormand Woodall who was born July 9, 1925 and died March 1, 1991 at Albuquerque,Bernillo County,New Mexico. I do not know if Sherrill had any children.

Please let me know if this information matches whatever information you might have. We want to learn more about Mr. Woodall. I plan to use the organ in an exhibit this fall.

William Elton Green, Ph. D.
Curator of History
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Canyon, Texas



Story of Chaplain Woodall
and the Little Organ








The Chaplain's flag was flown from
the main mast during Chapel services.



USS OAKLAND CHAPLAINS

Lt Isadore Ormond Woodall, Lt.Cdr. USNR-V (Deceased)
Plankowner Chaplain 1943 to 1945

Lt. Robert W. Radcliffe, Captain, CHC, USN (Deceased)
Second Chaplain, 1945 to 1946

Lt. George L Martin Captain, CHC, USN (Deceased)
Third Chaplain 1946 to 1947

Lt. Ernest D. Miller, Lt.Cdr. USNR-V (Deceased)
Fourth Chaplain 1947 to 1948



THE LITTLE ORGAN



In 2004 the little organ was given to Panhandle Plains Historical Museum at Canyon, Texas. As you can see it has received plenty of fair wear and tear over the last 65 years.









Bluebonnet
State Flower of Texas



From: William Elton Green, Ph. D.
Curator of History
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum
Canyon, Texas 79015

William Green is a "Navy Brat" he was born in 1943 and his father, Elton E. Green was in the US Navy from 1942-1945. He was stationed at Norman, Oklahoma from the time he finished basic training in late 1942 until the end of the war. He was a machinist and taught machining at Norman. He's 87 and still quite active and lucid, but he regrets not ever being more involved in World War 2.

Dr.William E.Green, Curator of History, has been seeking information about Chaplain Woodall and the organ. On 8 July, 2008 he held a Internet search for Chaplain Woodall and it led to the USS Oakland web site. Since then he has been going full speed ahead with his research. Here is what I believed might have happen and he is doing all the hard work investigating all the possibilities.

He would like to thank our OAKLAND web site for its help and interest. The museum has an excellent web page at www.panhandleplains.org and he would hope you will visit it and when in the area please visit Plains Historical Museum.



Dr. Green says "the story continues to blossom".




Memorial to Isadore Osmond Woodall
1904 - 1985
Chaplain Corps, USNR
Plankowner Chaplain of USS Oakland CL-95
1943-1945


The following marked by * are true facts According to church records, census records and the Social Security Index. Other entries are what we believe may be the facts. If his military records can be obtained they will answer most of our questions.

We believe he was born in Alabama on February 1, 1904 to Isidore and Fannie Woodall.

* By 1910, they had moved to Hill County, Texas.

* The family still lived in Hill County in 1920.

* Attended Trinity University, when it was a Presbyteriainstitution located at Waxahatchie, Texas and graduated from there in 1928

* Woodall attended Louisville Presbyterian Seminary from 1928 until 1932 when he received both a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree.

* Woodall took a position in 1932 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Sunray, Texas after completing his work in Louisville.

* By 1930, Isidore (age 26) had married and he and his wife Marie (age 25) lived in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.



There is a time gap here of 12 years.



* 1942 Enter US Navy as a chaplain.

* 1943 Assigned to the USS Oakland CL -95's pre-commissioning crew at Treasure Island, California.

* 17 July 1943 commissioned the USS Oakland as the plankowner chaplain.

* Upon our return to United States of American on 11 Januaray, 1945. Departed ship with a new assignment in Chaplain Corps and a promotion to Lt. Commander.




There is a time gap here of 18 years.




The webmaster thinks that he may have remained in the U.S. Navy and retired with 20 plus years service.



* He was the minister at John minister on February 1, 1969, which was his sixty fifth birthday.

* In 1970, he and his wife moved from Amarillo to Plano, Texas and later on to Santa Fe,

* New Mexico where he died February 10, 1985.

* His wife Marie died in Santa Fe in 1995.

* They apparently had only one son, Sherrill Ormand Woodall, born July 9, 1925.

* Sherrill died in Albuquerque, New Mexico on March 1, 1991.




The above marked with * are considered to be true records that were researched and submitted by:

William Elton Green, Ph. D.
Curator of History
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
Canyon, Texas



As Dr. Green says "the story continues to blossom"






USS OAKLAND (CL95)
Service Medals and
Service Ribbons in lieu of medals












Combat Action
Ribbon
China Service
Medal
America Campaign
Service Medal
Asiatic Pacific
Campaign Medal


World War II
Victory Medal
Navy Occupation
Asia Medal
World War II
Victory Medal











Presidential Unit
Citation Philippines



USS OAKLAND CL-95
participated in following operations

Gilbert Islands
MarshallIslands
Bismarck Archipelago
Asiatic-Pacific Raids 1944
Western New Guinea

Marianas
Western Caroline Islands
Leyte
Okinawa Gunto
Third Fleet operations against Japan











This Web Page was created by and
is maintained by Paul D. Henriott
Webpage reworked 05 January 2013