#9 Service Medals

Charlie wrote down detailed notes about his service medals and included the ribbons in his binder. The corresponding medals are in a display case in my parent’s house. These decorations…

#8 War’s end

As we steamed back to join the task force in the war zone it was announced over the “squawk box” that Japan had surrendered. The entire crew responded with cheers…

#7 Kamikaze

On March 20, 1945 we were in the process of transferring three pilots we had rescued back to their carrier the USS Hancock. We had successfully switched two of them…

#6 USS Halsey Powell

I asked for a transfer to a fleet ship, preferably a destroyer. My request was granted. We were given 30 days leave and new orders. I was assigned to the…

#5 South America

On May 4, 1943 we arrived at Bahia, Brazil and stayed for 10 days. I do not remember why we stayed so long unless it was for some engine repairs….

#4 The Persian Gulf

We left Cape Town and headed for our destination; the Persian Gulf. We sailed without a convoy, kept out in the middle of the Indian Ocean to avoid contact with…

#3 The Armed Guard

Finally, we were assigned to a new Liberty Ship being completed at Mobile Alabama Shipyard. Her name was “Alexander H. Stephens” named after the vice president of the Confederacy. They…

#2 Enlistment

The day after Pearl Harbor, Dec. 8, 1941 Warren and I enlisted in the USNR. We thought it would be a short war and our enlistment was for the duration….

#1 Introduction

December 7, 1990 Pearl Harbor Day To my grandson Matthew:                 Do you recall your father saying it would be nice if I could make a recording of my many…