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So I'm going to 'interview' a WWII sailor...

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So I'm going to see my grandparents for Thanksgiving, and my grandfather  arranged to have me talk to one of his friends who served as the captain on an ocean-going tug in the Pacific theater. I'm trying to come up with a list of questions to ask him. If you guys (and girls) think of any additional questions I should ask him,  feel free to post them below.

 

So far:

--- What ship did you serve on? 

--- When did you serve?

--- What operations did your ship take part in?

--- What were typical duties of a tug in the Pacific?

--- What were some traditions at sea (e.g. Poseidon's Court), and how did those aboard a tug compare to those on a warship?

 

I'll see if I can post a transcript of the interview. 

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what was the best port to party in??

did you really have a different girl in every port?

what drinking games did you play??

what was the worst STD you got from your travels??

those to me would be important Q's and chances are he will prob remember those times

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3 minutes ago, GuntherPrein said:

what was the worst STD you got from your travels??

Really?

 

Have some respect for a veteran.

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@zucchinibob First I would like to say it is nice that you got such an opportunity.

Now for the questions:

Specifications of the ship he served on.(I know it may be found on the net but why not ask a person who himself served on the ship?)

How was the crew? Anything about them in general and maybe something about his close mates/friends on-board. Their general morale.

Any unique situations that he experienced or was the spectator of, if he is willing to tell you.

If he is willing to tell you, his post while he was serving.

I guess that`s all for now :P. If I get more ideas I will post them here.

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51 minutes ago, GuntherPrein said:

what was the worst STD you got from your travels??

The Clap was the only one for me, Damn that Madam Butterfly!

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51 minutes ago, Ace_04 said:

Really?

 

Have some respect for a veteran.

I think most veterans would respect that question most of all.

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What a great opportunity!

 

- What were shipboard accommodations like?

- Best day at sea?

- Worst day at sea? (If he will discuss it.)

- Family at home?

- Family serving?

- Common mechanical issues?

- Did he have a hero or heroes he looked up to?

- Does he ever miss it?

- Advice for anyone considering a career at sea?

 

I hope it goes well!

 

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Okay, I served on a Repair ship that was commissioned during THAT war.

 

Did his tug work from a Home Port, or maybe attached to a fleet, or did it "Ping Pong Ball" around an area?

How far did he tow whatever it was (I presume ships, but did he move barges??)

Did his tug ever go anywhere in the Combat Zone unescorted?  If so, how hairy did things get?

How much time did he skipper that Tug?  What other sorts of things did he do during the War?  Did he join because of the War, or was he already in when it started?

What was the crew make-up of his wartime tug?

 

P.S.  Did he ever work the U.S.S. Jason R-8???  (Hull Repair Ship.)  Vulcan, Ajax, Hector were 3 other ships in Jason's class.

 

If he asks, I was in the engine room from '86 to '90.

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9 hours ago, Sovereigndawg said:

I think most veterans would respect that question most of all.

In the military, men see more 'richards' than women and medics see more 'richards' than anyone.

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11 hours ago, Sovereigndawg said:

I think most veterans would respect that question most of all.

HE PROB HASNT MET ANY OLD TIME VETS OUTSIDE OF FORMALITIES

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Did he tow any of the big ships back?  Battle Damaged , or whatever, Meet any famous people?  In normal/unusual situations?

 

Odds are he pushed a lot of barges and  floating equipment to major US bases- Hawaii, New Caledonia, Guam/Saipan , PI , OKI. and assisted ships doing the same The logistics train was huge, 1000's ship involved.

 

What service and when, or what years/ how long? Could have been in one attached to another, The Army had more ships than the navy.  Also may have been USMM or USCG.

Career? Retire ? Korea? Vietnam?

 

Any good story he might want to tell?

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Unfortunately, I have just received word that he will be unable to be interviewed before we have to leave for home. His family is staying longer than he had expected.:Smile_sad:

Although, I could have my grandfather give him a list of questions that he can answer at his leisure...

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Just now, zucchinibob said:

Unfortunately, I have just received word that he will be unable to be interviewed before we have to leave for home. His family is staying longer than he had expected.:Smile_sad:

Although, I could have my grandfather give him a list of questions that he can answer at his leisure...

Oh, that's too bad, I guess you could give your grandfather the list as you mentioned.

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