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Machinist Mate Esper Izzy Isbir
United States Navy - DE-667 USS Wiseman

Machinist Mate Esper “Izzy” Isbir - U.S. Navy

More like a dad to me than a Great Uncle, Uncle Izzy taught me a lot about mechanics and how to do things for myself.  He was the brother of Amin and J.B. Isbir, the ladder being my mom’s Stepfather.  He taught me how to ride and repair my bicycle, launch rockets, catch fly balls, and how to grow up respecting the simple things in life.  Uncle Izzy served in the Navy on the Destroyer Escort, DE-667 as a Machinist Mate.  The USS Wiseman had the distinction of serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of Operation.  No wonder Uncle Izzy was so smart; he got to see both sides of the world!  As a kid, Uncle Izzy was always around coming to many of my ball games and cheered me on like I was his son.  I could only hope that someday I too will become the man the Izzy was to me for a little kid in need of some direction and knowledge.  Uncle Izzy died in June of 1997.  I will never forget his kindness, fatherly way, and all the time he spent with me as a kid.  He and his bride Georgia are survived by daughters Toni and Kathy.



Hometown – West Newton, PA


U.S. Navy

Machinist Mate 1st Class

Good Conduct Medal - American Campaign Medal

European Theater Campaign Medal

Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal

Philippine Liberation Medal

WWII Victory Medal


Inducted 5 June, 1943

Naval Reserve Station Pittsburgh

United States Naval Training Center, Sampson New York

Naval Training School, Machinist Mate, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Naval Training Station Norfolk Virginia

Assigned to USS Wiseman

Atlantic Patrol

Pacific Patrol

Liberation of the Philippines

Discharged 6 December 1945



2 years, 6 months, and 1 day in the service of his country.

The Wiseman, 2nd nearest to the Ohio River.

USS Wiseman being Constructed in the Dravo Yard, Neville Island Pittsburgh PA
20 miles north from his boyhood home in West Newton PA

The bottle breaks on a lucky ship.

Commissioning Ceremony on Board...

USS Wiseman

USS Wiseman DE-667

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