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Mid August, 1945

8/12/17 August 10, 1945    We met the carriers this morning, the water was a little choppy and while recovering our 4-SCI Seahawks, one of them cracked up, turned over and sank, we lost the pilot.  During the night while on … Continue reading

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Souvenirs from the Ship

7/21/17 My dad did not have a Cruise Book.  Apparently, they are incredibly rare  –  a limited number were printed (once only – no reprints.)  The National Archives has a copy.  Some crewmembers” families possess one . . . a … Continue reading

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Fourth of July, 1944

July 1, 2017 From George Pitts’ diary: From Frank Studenski: July 4, 1944:  This morning at 0500 our planes were launched to bomb the bases and air strips of Iwo Jima.  At 1530 hours the Boston, Canberra, San Juan, Santa … Continue reading

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Battle of the Philippine Sea

6-25-17 The (First) Battle of the Philippine Sea (6/19 & 20/44) was a major victory for the ships of Task Force 58.  When we began the invasion of Saipan (6/15/44) – the opening round of our Marianas’ campaign, the Japanese … Continue reading

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June 17, 1775

6-17-17 6-17-75: Bunker Hill Day.  I have just finished gobbling up Season 3 of Turn, AMC’s ambitious retelling of the Revolutionary War (seen through the eyes of “Washington’s Spies.”) If you haven’t watched this fascinating show, the action in Massachusetts … Continue reading

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