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Navy Life - World War II Veteran's Story

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Peg is the daughter of a U.S. Naval Officer who served at military stations during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

New Recruits

B. Moore and a pal posing for photos during Liberty

B. Moore and a pal posing for photos during Liberty

Patriotism and the Greatest Generation

On December 7, 1941, the United States suffered a devastating attack on U.S. Military forces in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan. A wave of patriotism ensued, swelling enlistment in the armed forces as young people sought to do their patriotic duty.

December 7, 1941, a day which will live in infamy."

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

February 8, 1942, Byron Moore and two of his high school classmates, E.C. Powell and Bobby Futch, took the bus from Valdosta, GA to a military recruiting station in Macon where they enlisted.

At 17 years, 10 months, young Byron was just shy of the minimum weight to join the Navy. He filled his pockets with rocks in order to meet the requirements.2

The Valdosta Daily Times Newspaper 1942

February 17, 1942

February 17, 1942

Boot Camp

Shortly after returning home, the trio received their official letters to report for duty. They boarded the Southern Railroad to Portsmouth VA and took the ferry to Norfolk the world's largest Naval Base operating out of the original Jamestown Exposition site.

During the first two weeks of training, the new recruits of Platoon Unit 842 were administered shots, given dental and physical exams had their clothes stenciled and began a rigorous calisthenics program to prepare them for battle.

After Boot Camp, the enlisted men received a three-day leave. Byron traveled to Washington, D.C. to visit his sister who worked at the Anchor Room in The Annapolis Hotel, a favorite service man's hangout.

The Anchor Room

Anchor Room Hotel Restaurant - Mickey McGuire, Leila Moore, Byron

Anchor Room Hotel Restaurant - Mickey McGuire, Leila Moore, Byron

Sonar Man

As an active duty Apprentice Seaman, he earned $21.00 per month.

He received new orders for Tampa, Florida to serve aboard the Auxiliary Mine Sweeper, the USS Augury when the ship was put into commission after sea trials, making him a plank owner.1 His next assignment as Temporary Prison Chaser Guard included orders for New Orleans with 22 other Military Guards to escort prisoners to Portsmouth NH.

When his new orders assigned him to a ship that had already left port, he hitched a ride on board another ship, a WWI Destroyer heading toward Russia. They traveled to New Jersey to pick up ammunition, then, headed toward Key West and his duty station as “Sound Man.” He completed a five-week course with the last ten days of class at sea practicing their new skills.

As an SoM3c, Sonar Man 3rd class, he earned $78.00 per month. Reenlistment in 1945 for 4 years in the Regular Navy earned him a raise to $119.70 per month.

Family Tradition

Moore's brother, James Ervin Moore, USN

Moore's brother, James Ervin Moore, USN

Family Ties

Byron's older brother, Harold, enlisted in the Army during World War I. His other older brother, Ervin, also served in the Navy. After a tour of duty overseas, Ervin developed tuberculosis and was not expected to live. After losing a lung to the disease, his brother went on to become a lawyer and later, a judge in Marianna, Florida.

USS Augury AM-149

An Admirable Class Minesweeper, Seaman Moore was with the first crew on board when the ship was put into commission after sea trials.

An Admirable Class Minesweeper, Seaman Moore was with the first crew on board when the ship was put into commission after sea trials.

USS Augury AM-149 Minesweeper

Admirable Class Minesweeper, one of the largest and most successful classes of minesweepers ordered by the US Navy during World War II designed to locate and remove naval mines before the rest of the fleet arrived, thereby ensuring safe passage.

  • Built: at the Tampa Shipbuilding Company Inc. December 1942
  • Launched: February 23, 1943 and commissioned March 17 1943.
  • Displacement: 650 tons
  • Length: 184' 6"
  • Beam: 33'
  • Draft: 9' 9"
  • Speed: 14.8 knots
  • Complement: 104 (officers, non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel)
  • Armament: one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two twin 40 mm gun mounts, one depth charge thrower (hedgehogs), two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: two 1,710 shp ALCO 539 diesel engines, Farrel-Birmingham single reduction gear, two shafts.

Turning Twenty-one

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Shake Down Cruise

The Augury’s shake-down cruise took them from Tampa to Norfolk VA, afterward, to the Panama Canal, then San Francisco, then to Hawaii. Nearing the Philippines, a new set of orders changed their destination to Kodiak Alaska for convoy duty. Their job was to escort Merchant ships back and forth from Alaska to Attu in the Aleutian Islands. Between escorts they sailed Picket Duty or steaming in a Picket Square traveling north, east, south, then west, patrolling in each direction for an hour.

He was also on the USS Augury for his 21st birthday, and served aboard until its decommissioning in July of 1945.

After two years on the USS Augury, he served on the USS Siera (AD18), the USS Rich (DD820), NROTC Unit, Duke University (as an instructor), NTS Norfolk, Virginia, Sound School, Key West, Florida, Naval Pre-Flight Training, Natchitoches, Louisiana, Minecraft Training Center, Little Creek, Virginia before reenlisting in the Regular Navy.

Crew of the USS Augury AM-149

Moore is on the 2nd row from the bottom, 4th from the left of the photo.

Moore is on the 2nd row from the bottom, 4th from the left of the photo.

Wartime Romance

Mid 1945, Moore received orders for Okinawa. Taking a troop transport from Seattle WA to Denver, the young Moore boarded a commercial flight to Dallas on a Braniff PBO Hudson with one pilot and one stewardess.

During his thirty-day leave in Texas, he met the woman who would later become my mother. They were married 9 days later in a private ceremony at the bride's family home in Fort Worth, July 15, 1945. Shortly after the marriage, he was deployed overseas.

Anchors Aweigh

Studies

Mr. Moore set out on a determined program of schooling and enrolled in every class he could get. After completing a five-week Sound Course, he was selected to take a ten-week Sound Maintenance Course detailing how to repair, tune and maintain sonar equipment.

Later he enrolled in Flight School in Dallas, Texas. While he was learning to fly Piper Cubs and N3N Navy Peril craft at this sixteen-week course, the war was raging overseas. When a surprise navigation test caught the student pilots off guard, he washed out of flight school along with 49 of 60 classmates. Soon afterward, he headed back to the danger zone.

USS Rich DDE-820 Gearing Class Destroyer

By USN (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 99851) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By USN (U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 99851) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

USS Rich DD-820

After a shakedown tour in the Caribbean, RICH departed Norfolk in late October for a Mediterranean tour, most of which, December 1946 to March 1947, was spent on patrol in the Atlantic. Returning to the United States in March, she was converted to a specialized antisubmarine ship at the New York Naval Shipyard; and, in the fall, she resumed operations with the 2nd Fleet.

  • Launched: October 5, 1945
  • Commissioned: July 3, 1946
  • Length: 391 feet
  • Beam: 41 feet
  • Draft: 18.7 feet
  • Speed: 34 knots

Commissioned Ensign USN

Graduation from Officer Candidate  School, August 1954

Graduation from Officer Candidate School, August 1954

Officer Candidate School 1954

B. Moore is at the far right side of the photo.

B. Moore is at the far right side of the photo.

USS John S. McCain (DL-3)

Reclassified in 1951 as a Destroyer Leader, it was the second Mitscher Class Destroyer in the U S Navy.

Reclassified in 1951 as a Destroyer Leader, it was the second Mitscher Class Destroyer in the U S Navy.

USS John S. McCain DL-3

  • Class: Mitscher Class Destroyer
  • Named for: John S. McCain
  • Complement: 403 Officers and Enlisted
  • Displacement: 3,675 tons
  • Length: 493 feet
  • Beam: 50 feet
  • Flank Speed: 30 plus knots
  • Final Disposition: Sold for scrap January 1980

"John S. McCain spent the first year of her commissioned service undergoing sea trials and shakedown training in the Atlantic and Caribbean. One of the new Mitscher class of large and fast destroyer leaders she carried the latest in armament and embodied new ideas in hull design and construction. The ship arrived Norfolk 19 May 1955 to begin service with the Operational Development Force in testing new equipment and tactics. She operated out of Norfolk until 5 November 1956 when she steamed from Hampton Roads bound for the Panama Canal and San Diego. After her arrival 4 December 1956 she spent 5 months on maneuvers in California waters."3

USS Thrush MSC-204

USS Thrush steaming out of Key West, All Hands Magazine 1959

USS Thrush steaming out of Key West, All Hands Magazine 1959

USS Thrush MSC-204

Redwing Class Motor Minesweeper

  • Laid down: May 7, 1954 as AMS-204 by the Tampa Marine Co., Tampa, FL
  • Launched: Jan 5, 1955
  • Reclassified: as a Coastal Minesweeper MSC-204, Feb 7,1955
  • Commissioned: USS Thrush (MSC 204), November 8, 1955
  • Displacement: 320 tons
  • Length: 144 feet
  • Beam: 28 feet
  • Draft: 9 feet
  • Speed: 13 knots
  • Complement: 39
  • Armament: Two 20 mm Mounts

USS Allegheny ATA-179

Dad served as Commanding Officer on the Allegheny from 1958-1960

Dad served as Commanding Officer on the Allegheny from 1958-1960

USS Allegheny ATA 179

Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug reclassified in 1944

  • Launched: June 30, 1944
  • Commissioned: September 22, 1944
  • Assignment: Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Participated in consolidation and capture of the Philippines.
  • Earned one battle star for WWII service.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Named: Allegheny (ATA-179), 16 July 1948
  • Recommissioned: 25 July 1949
  • Length: 143 feet
  • Beam: 33', 10"
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Complement: 5 Officers, 40 Enlisted
  • Armament: one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, two single 20mm AA gun mounts.

USS Suribachi, AE 21 Ammunition Carrier

Dad served as Chief Executive Officer for 18 months during a tour of the Mediteranean, 1960-61

Dad served as Chief Executive Officer for 18 months during a tour of the Mediteranean, 1960-61

USS Suribachi AE 21 Ammunition Carrier

Suribachi Class Ammunition Carrier deployed in the Mediterranean where Lt. Cmdr. Moore served as Chief Executive Officer 1961 - 1963. The ship traveled from Bayonne NJ to Norfolk VA, to Key West to patrol the Atlantic during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Set in the center of the 6th Fleet in a 50-mile square, it was surrounded by 3 Carriers, 21 Destroyers, 3 Cruisers, 3 Oilers and a second Ammunition Ship, the Yosemite AD-19.

  • Launched: November 1955
  • Commissioned: November 1956
  • Displacement: 9,758 tons
  • Length: 512 feet
  • Beam: 72 feet
  • Complement: 20 Officers, 324 Enlisted
  • Cargo booms to load fully equipped trucks, carried a full war load to outfit an Aircraft Carrier or 3 - 4 Destroyers.
  • Armament: 4 twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
One of Dad's file photos of the Suribachi.

One of Dad's file photos of the Suribachi.

Duty Stations and Ships

  • 1942-Mar 1945, USS Augury AM-149, Plank Owner
  • 1945 USS Sierra AD-18 as a Senior Sonarman
  • 1946, USS Rich DD-820, Gearing Class Destroyer, Plank Owner
  • 1949 NROTC at Duke University, Sonar Instructor
  • 1950-1953, Fleet Sonar School, Key West, FL, Instructor
  • 1953 June - Mar 1954, USS Wilkinson DL-5 1947, Ensign, Plank Owner
  • 1954, Mar 17-Aug, Officer Candidate School, Newport, RI
  • 1954, Aug to Aug 1956, USS John S. McCain DL-3
  • 1956, Aug to Mar 1958, USS Thrush MSC-204
  • 1958 Mar to Oct 1959, USS Allegheny ATA-179, as Commanding Ofcr.
  • 1961 Oct - July 1963 USS Suribachi AE-21 as Chief Executive Officer
  • He served separate assignments at the Fleet Sonar School in Key West, FL as Instructor, Assistant Director of Enlisted Training, where he reviewed the training plans of officers who were instructors and later was promoted to Director of Enlisted Training. He worked there until his retirement in 1964.

Fleet Sonar School

President Truman speaking to the 1949 graduating class of the Fleet Sonar School in Key West FL

President Truman speaking to the 1949 graduating class of the Fleet Sonar School in Key West FL

Roles in Life

The Commander's life was a collection of roles played out over eighty-one years: brother; student; instructor; fisherman; mariner; beloved father; husband; carpenter; and devoted Christian. He could at times be stern, rigid, disciplined and aloof, yet, there were times his tender side came through.

Dad lived the motto, a place for everything and everything in its place. He drew a penciled outline around each tool on the pegboard above his workbench. We learned not to borrow tools without asking and to return each to its designated place.

He was an avid reader and shared the value of books and the importance of good reading skills. He impressed on his children and others the value of discipline and hard work. He stressed the importance of honesty and loyalty and was an example of kindness and compassion to all living creatures.

Service Record

Commander Moore served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Korea and the beginning of the Vietnam era. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal (3*), American Theater, European Theater, Pacific Theater (2*), Victory Medal, European Occupation, China Service and United Nations medals. He worked his way up the ranks from Apprentice Seaman to retire as a Lieutenant Commander. He was awarded a post-retirement commission to Commander.

Notes

For the bulk of this research, the information packet received from the National Personnel Records Center in 2011 was used along with notes taken during Mr. Moore's lifetime. Gathering the information on ships served and duty stations was truly educational. To begin your own research, reference the article, How to Find Military Service Records for your relative who served in the Military.

  1. Plank owner, also called a plank holder, is an individual who was a member of a crew of a US Navy ship or US Coast Guard Cutter when it was put into commission
  2. NCBI, WWII Height-Weight Standards at 67 inches was 140 pounds with a minimum weight of 125.
  3. Hullnumber dot com
  4. National WWI Museum
  5. USS Rich DDE-820, Plank Owner
  6. NavSource online

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2009 Peg Cole

Comments

JS on September 02, 2020:

Thank you for posting such neat and interesting information! I am researching family who served in the Navy during WWII and your data is quite valuable in explaining elements of life and duty back then. Ya'll have a blessed day. V/r JS

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on April 12, 2020:

Oh Peggy, So sad to hear of your brothers' passing. I know what you mean about letters lost. I have done some of that myself. They would make for some great reading now.

I still have a stack of letters my dad sent during his duty tour of the Mediterranean for 18 months in the sixties. I love seeing his handwriting and it brings back such fond memories.

Thanks for coming by.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Peg,

Both of my brothers are now deceased. Back during the Vietnam era, the way to communicate was by letters. I kept all of those letters for many years but gave them back to my brothers at some point. I have no idea what they did with them. Now, I wish I had kept them.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 19, 2019:

Hello Peggy, I did not know we were both in military families. Yes, that was quite a whirlwind romance as it were. There's a story in that, too, as told by his former girlfriend back home. Those were the days of impending doom where servicemen didn't know if they would ever come back.

A paratrooper? Cool! I bet there are a few stories you could tell about your brothers' service and the concerns over their safety you had as a family. Would love to read those.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 19, 2019:

Your dad sounds like he was a wonderful father and role model. Thanks for sharing some service history of your dad. That was certainly a whirlwind romance between your parents! It was obviously love at first sight.

My dad also wanted to be a pilot, but for a different reason, he did not make it. He was in the Army and pilot school when the entire school was shut down. So he became a paratrooper during WWII. Both of my brothers were in Vietnam. One was in the Navy and the other in the Army.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 28, 2019:

Dear Chitrangada,

Thank you so much for the kind words and for taking time to read this bit of history. We grew up watching movies about WWII as my dad was a movie buff, particularly John Wayne movies, or Henry Fonda in "Mister Roberts, 12 O'Clock High with Gregory Peck, From Here to Eternity, The Bridge on the River Kwai and many others.

The war seemed as distant to us as children as other wars might feel to children today. It is so difficult to imagine young men and women right out of high school fighting in conflicts.

Your idea of narration is an interesting one. I never thought of it.

Cheers and all the best to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 28, 2019:

Awesome article and so well written and well researched.

I have read about the World War in my history books, while at school, or heard about it through my elders. But reading personal stories gives a feeling of nostalgia.

It’s a wonderful tribute to the brave souls. You could narrate this so beautifully because of the atmosphere at your own home.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 06, 2016:

Dearest Mar,

It's so nice to have you visit this memory. I often think of our dads together fishing and telling war stories. I imagine they shared some of the same sunsets across the water. Dad had a million stories. I wish I could remember more of them and do them justice in the telling.

Thanks so much for coming by to check this out. Hugs.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 05, 2016:

Dear Peg,

So glad you spruced up this evergreen tribute...I had not come across it originally but am ever so glad to learn even more about your father now.

I can see that our dads may have truly known each other in their younger days in the Navy - even more for them to chat about on that fishing boat in the heavenly skies today.

The memories you share are precious and treasured. Love, Maria

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 05, 2016:

I have always felt you are a power house - I think I may know the source or at least part of it. This is a great bit of history.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 05, 2016:

Thanks, Mike. I've been thinking about him a lot lately and wishing I had been a better note taker. His stories were a source of entertainment to us as children and later in life. I recently listened to a tape recording of him telling the family history and it was both nostalgic and eerie.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 04, 2016:

This story is just as compelling with the second reading. You basically describe the 'All American Life' and your pride shows.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 23, 2015:

Hello Patinkc, I look forward to reading your Dad's story, too. Sometimes related hubs show up on the side bar of our articles. I'm glad you found this one about my Dad.

patinkc from Midwest on May 22, 2015:

I found the link to this page on my WW2 page about my dad in the Navy.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on July 29, 2014:

Sounds like your family is strongly into service in the Military, too, Au fait. Thanks for the kind words and visit today, and for posting this on your Facebook page. I really appreciate you.

C E Clark from North Texas on July 29, 2014:

You are so lucky to have all these photos and documents and information. I think I have 7 uncles from both sides of the family who served in WWII. A great tribute to you father! Going to post this on FB.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 26, 2012:

Thanks so much for the encouragement!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on October 25, 2012:

As always, I strongly encourage you to follow through on providing me the pleasure of reading more about your wonderful and stellar Dad.

Regards

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on October 25, 2012:

It was an honor to remember him here on this page. The whole story is not here and maybe one day I'll do enough research to do that story justice. You are certainly kind to read this and thanks for letting me know that it was meaningful to you. Goose bumps. I cannot think of a higher compliment to this tribute to Dad and all those who served and continue to serve our country.

You've really picked up on a key point, Shining, that most of these men were really just boys, never having left their small world. My Dad was raised on a farm, milking the cows before he went to school in the morning. We are all indebted to those men. Thank you so much for your deeply thoughtful comment here and I look forward to reading about your research on WWII.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on October 25, 2012:

I consider it an honor to have the opportunity for reading about your wonderful Dad. It is so reminiscent of my Dad, who was also a Navy man in WWII. He was too young to enlist on his own and his Mother reluctantly and with tears in her eyes signed the permission slip. I am in awe of such amazing young men such as your dear Dad. He showed bravery and patriotism at such an early age. To endure what his eyes witnessed is almost too much to thin of. How impressive and honorable a man your Dad was and I am thankful he was on our side.

While reading this hub I had goose bumps. I have researched endless hours of WWII and am always left with such an inspiring impression as well as utter awe at the bravery of men so young they were really just boys. Most, like your wonderful Dad came from a world no bigger than their home town. The nerve it took to venture into dangerous and unknown territory is an amazing feat in itself.

I will be forever grateful for honorable men such as your Dad who gave me the right to live a free life.

Blessings

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 08, 2012:

Thank you Peter. Sounds like you have a few stories of your own to be shared. Glad you were able to develop your training into a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

I appreciate your stopping in to read and thank you for your nice comment.

Peg

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on May 08, 2012:

A very written article with the sort of detail that shows a close family. I had a short career in the Royal Navy until I was injured, but it set me up for my later work in pharmaceutical chemisty.

Kind regards Peter

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 30, 2011:

Hello Pelt545,

Those reasons do influence a person's decision to join the military along with many others. In this case there was a strong wave of patriotism and a spirit of cohesion in our country that motivated young people to join the war effort. It turned out to be a good career move which allowed him to retire at 41 and explore other careers. Adjustment to civilian life was tough, as I clearly recall.

Nice of you to stop by and thanks for your insightful comments. Sounds like you have experience with making career decisions. Staying with parents never appealed to me once I turned 18.

I wish all the best for you in your choices.

Peg

pelt545 from Hampton Roads, VA on December 29, 2011:

I do understand that young people join the military because of shortage of jobs, abusive parents, and other negative reasons.

They want a better life and career and they know that staying with parents is not going to make that happen.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 23, 2011:

Thanks Kay. I loved the music too! Here's hoping you post your profile and start writing soon. Thanks for stopping in and welcome. I think you will like it here.

kada94566 on November 22, 2011:

I really enjoyed your story. You did such a great job putting it together and the music is wonderful.

I haven't even posted my profile, been to busy reading such great stuff and trying to clean up my computer. Thanks for being so patient with me. I know I'll love being part if you all.

Kay

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 09, 2011:

Hi Mckbirdbks, Thanks for that information and for dropping by. I hadn't heard that phrase. Nice to see you here.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on February 09, 2011:

They were named the 'greatest generation' because of guys like your Dad.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on June 22, 2010:

tonymac04, I look forward to reading about your Dad's Navy adventures. Thanks for taking time to read and comment on this article.

All the best to you, peg

Tony McGregor from South Africa on June 22, 2010:

This is so great! My dad was also in the Navy (South African, that is) during WWII. I have put his reminiscences up on a WordPress blog (ref in my profile)

Love and peace

Tony

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 10, 2010:

Mike - Thanks for stopping by. I'll bet your granddad and my dad shared some sea duty together along the way. So nice of you to comment.

Mike on May 08, 2010:

Great article -My grandfather was on the USS Astute AM148, I believe this was the sister ship since dates and specs all match up! I have the exact picture in Kodiak of the ship except its of the 148 which was probably docked right next to it! His ship was given to the Russians as well. They also went to the same places so I believe they were in the same convoy

My email is brandx411@hotmail.com

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 26, 2010:

Thank you Springboard. Patriotism, we were both raised in the midst of it. It's nice to have a fellow Navy kid to swap stories with. Glad you liked this one about my Dad. I bet you have some great tales yet to be told about your Navy experiences. Nice to meet you here on HubPages.

Springboard from Wisconsin on January 25, 2010:

It's always great to see these kinds of stories of the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the armed forces. So many people take every freedom they have for granted, and forget how it is that each and every one of those freedoms came to be.

I served 4 years in the United States Navy. My father spent 23 years in the Navy. My sister spent 10 years in the Air Force and did a tour in Iraq.

Your father was a patriot to be sure. My thanks go out to this fellow shipmate.

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 21, 2010:

James, that was a time when our country cared about veterans. But as time rolled on, the promises that were made to them became diluted and reworded. Their rewards were diminished and adjusted with each new administration. As I'm sure you know quite well.

Bless you in your work with veterans! I look forward to reading more hubs by you. And thanks for dropping by and reading this piece of nostalgia.

Unchained Grace from Baltimore, MD on January 21, 2010:

Peg, now I see the roots of your feeling for veterans.

Your recreating of your Dad's military career was an act of love and admiration to be sure. It is up here for all to see. A time when this country cared about its military veterans. I also now see why that quote from Ike on my Hub had meaning for you. Great work!!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 07, 2010:

Duchess, thank you for reading this Naval history hub. I've tried to recapture the details from my vague notes over the years. Wish I had paid closer attention and asked more questions when I had the chance. Hopefully I haven't slandered the facts too badly. My journals are full of partial information and I'm trying to piece together the rest. If only I had Dad's ship logs, now that would make for some interesting reading.

Again, thanks for your continued encouragement and comments.

Duchess OBlunt on January 06, 2010:

Peg, this is a lovely hub. I am a huge advocate of sharing history like this. You have done a great job and your attention to detail would do a Genealogist proud. Add to that the personal interest for you and the wonderful tribute to your father.

Loved it!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on January 02, 2010:

You encouraged me early on here at the Hub. Thank you. So glad you came along to read this Navy story.

Your children will cherish the stories you share with them now about your military service. Each will remember it differently. The photos will make it real for them and they will delight in your history.

Thanks for the salute to my Dad, Jaspal.

Jaspal from New Delhi, India on January 01, 2010:

Peg, this is such a wonderful hub, and it made me quite emotional ... thinking what my children must be making of some of the stories they've heard about the military career from me or my friends.

But that apart, your dad was no doubt a great man, with an admirable service .... and I salute him for that.

Must read all your hubs ... how did I ever miss out?

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 18, 2009:

Thank you for the kind words, peacenhim. It was my pleasure to scribe the early years of his military service. We sat on his Florida lanai while he gave me the details. He still remembered it all, even into his eighties. Still hard to imagine the abrupt journey into manhood that this young man faced. The photos are treasured remembrances that he left behind. Blessings to you and yours.

peacenhim on December 18, 2009:

This has been a great tribute and a wonderfully nostalgic journey through time, and through the life of your father. I love all the old photos, especially the hand tinted. Happy Holidays to you!

Peg Cole (author) from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 11, 2009:

Coming from an incredible writer like you, lmmartin, this is high praise. Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, he was truly an interesting man. There are so many unsung heroes who fought to keep safe our freedom. I am proud of his career and accomplishments and miss him everyday. p

lmmartin from Alberta and Florida on December 11, 2009:

A very interesting article and a fine tribute to your father. You must be very proud. Thanks so much for sharing this personal history.