LOPEZ    

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From Social Security Death Index

Name:Eugene R. Lopez

Last Residence: Nassau, New York

Born: 13 July 1920

Died: 25 December 2007

State (Year) SSN issued:New York (Before 1951 )

Webmaster's Notes: Lt. Eugene R Lopez reported to USS Sigsbee DD-502 on 5/10/43 in Norfolk as the assistant gunnery officer. He served under Lt.  M C Norton and then Lt. Thomas R Weschler. While on the Sigsbee his GQ station was in the plotting room with Chief Browning and other "fire control" personnel. His duty station while at sea was up in the "Fire Control Director." Later his GQ station was the fantail with the 20 MM guns. Lt. Lopez was with the Sigsbee one year, six months and six days. After the landings in the Philippines the Sigsbee was sent to San Francisco for overhaul and at this time Lt. Lopez was detached to a new destroyer in Boston, the Dennis Buckly, DD-705. While in route home after returning to San Francisco the TWA flight that Lt. Lopez was on crashed while attempting a landing at Lockheed Air Terminal in Los Angeles. He was one of fourteen survivors of the crash and he was severely injured which required numerous operations, casts, and recuperation time. He retired from the Navy with disability in June of 1947. He later enrolled in law school at Columbia University. He kept in touch with several friends he served with on the Sigsbee. Ed McGrath the medical officer was an attendant at his wedding in 1950 and he has kept in touch with Thomas Weschler. One of his close associates on the Sigsbee was Lt. George G Hart who was KIA serving in Eugene's old GQ station on the fantail. In the last letter I received from Lt. Lopez in 2002 he had seven children and 16 grandchildren.

By John Mastin (Edited by Billy Roberts)