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Shultz, Ray - BMC DD-350

Pearl Harbor and Typhoon Cobra Survivor


Born September 30, 1920 in Huntsville, Kentucky. Passed away on August 26th, 2009. John Ray served in the United States Navy from 1938 thru 1944. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor on the USS Hull DD 350.


In 1944, the USS Hull was in Typhoon Cobra and sank in the South Pacific; John survived 33 hours in the water before being rescued by the USS Tabberer.

After John's service in World War II, he joined the Seattle Fire Department where he retired after 25 years. After retiring in 1976, John and his wife Anne deceased relocated to Santa Cruz, California. John volunteered many hours for the Santa Cruz Grey Bears and continued work for 31 years.

John leaves behind children, John R. Schultz, Jr., Virginia L. Kearney, James E. Schultz and wife Cindy, Norman H. Shultz and wife Trina, and Jeffrey C. Shultz, grandchildren, Anthony Kearney, Harley R.Wells-Schultz, Aaron Shultz, and Ashley Shultz, great-grandsons, Matthew Kearney and Mackenzie Kearney.

A Service will be held at Pacific Gardens Chapel, 1050 Cayuga St. In Santa Cruz at 11:00 am Saturday September 5th, 2009. The service will have Military Honors with Pat Douhan, shipmate and dear friend playing taps.


Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on September 2, 2009



Ray went aboard the 350 in 1938 and served on the Hull 'till we lost her in the typhoon. He was one of the few survivors. He started out as  seaman and was being promoted to a CPO when we lost the ship.  Ray was a great storyteller and had many good stories of his  Navy life during peace time as well as war time. Being on board all of that time he was a Pearl Harbor survivor, as mentioned before, and was a typhoon survivor. Him living in Santa Cruz, and me in Fresno, had the opportunity to visit him many times during the last few years, times I will always treasure.


Pat Douhan.