Sailors – as like all servicemen – of World War II often maintained journals of their time overseas. Those records were kept for a variety of reasons. Some boys wanted to have a memory key, by which they might unlock Continue Reading
OR SEE WHAT IS HERE NOW… CAPT. Smith, Herschel Lee (O-660298). Born 25 Sep 1919. Son of Hiram Edward and Orpha (Boomershine) Smith. Married Doris Magdalene Ferst. Awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Silver Continue Reading
Seaman 1st/C. McDowell, Robert Earl (8558560). Born 12 Dec 1924 in Jackson County, Kentucky. Fourth child of Bert and Fairy (Reynolds) McDowell. Robert grew up on a farm at Horse Lick, Jackson Co. His father ran a grocery and was Continue Reading
Seaman 2nd Class Mikeska, Willie Wodrew (8422945). Born 1 Jan 1920 in Bartlett, TX. Son of Joe and Blanche Alexena (Blad) Mikeska. Enlisted in the Navy 2 Oct. 1943. Joined the crew of the USS Indianapolis 21 Dec 1943. Aviation Continue Reading
Muster Roll of Underhill dated 1 July 1945 An “Arrow” pointing to a sailor’s name indicates a survivor. * This is not a confirmed or complete list of survivors. Report of Sinking by Harold E. Matter On July 24, 1945, Continue Reading
Helena was present at Pearl Harbor on the morning of 7 Dec 1941. The ship was torpedoed, but not sunk. Helena was repaired and put back into service. The Helena, along with other U.S. Navy ships were off the coast Continue Reading
Willius, Karl-Heinz “Charly” — the German ace who was said to have shot down “The Wolf” on 30 Jul 1943.