USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association

Jack Layne Sterett


It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of our father, Jack Layne Sterett, who served as a Pharmacist's Mate aboard the U.S.S. Cleveland during World War II. Dad passed away on March 5, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Our father was proud of his service aboard the Cleveland and, on the occasion that he would speak about his experiences in the military, it was stories from the Cleveland that he would recount. I do not know if anyone survives that would have recollections of my father, but I would be most grateful to be able to correspond with anyone that might.

We are in the process of going through his and mother's estate and have come across a photo album of fellow sailors enjoying shore leave at various ports. In addition, my father kept very detailed journals of that time. Unfortunately, the first one has been forever lost to us having been entrusted to a family member shortly after returning home from the war. We only have the latter one which chronicles January 3, 1945 to November 17,1945. I have yet to verify Dad's account with that listed on your website.

I just thought you'd like to know,

Candace I. "Candy" Johnston