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Met a Gunners mate off the USS Bagley while sitting and waiting at a VA appointment. The old guy was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. His survivors hat gave it away. Anyhow sat and chatted awhile he told me a little bit about the attack and then the rest of his service onboard during the war. It was a very cool experience as he was the first and I hate to say probably last person I will ever get to talk to who was at Pearl on December 7th.

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2 minutes ago, IronMike11B4O said:

Met a Gunners mate off the USS Bagley while sitting and waiting at a VA appointment. The old guy was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. His survivors hat gave it away. Anyhow sat and chatted awhile he told me a little bit about the attack and then the rest of his service onboard during the war. It was a very cool experience as he was the first and I hate to say probably last person I will ever get to talk to who was at Pearl on December 7th.

 

That is both, so awesome and  kinda sad at the same time. What luck to have that cool experience.

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23 minutes ago, IronMike11B4O said:

Met a Gunners mate off the USS Bagley while sitting and waiting at a VA appointment. The old guy was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. His survivors hat gave it away. Anyhow sat and chatted awhile he told me a little bit about the attack and then the rest of his service onboard during the war. It was a very cool experience as he was the first and I hate to say probably last person I will ever get to talk to who was at Pearl on December 7th.

Being that if he was 18 yrs old at the time of the attack he would be 95 yrs old now. I would say that the chances of meeting another survivor is low. I did years ago meet a survivor of Pearl Harbor, he had a state license plate that said he was. I was 20 something and when I cared out the TV he bought I saw that. I didn't get to talk to him much though. He was elderly then (about 20 some years ago). I wish I had talked to him more now. I don't even remember which ship he was on. He was a nice old guy. I missed out on an interesting story.

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I imagine that was a sobering experience. It looks like that DD had a busy career as well.

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We had an old gentleman who attended our church who was aboard the Oklahoma that day. He finally passed several years ago. I spoke to him quite a few times but I always felt weird about asking about that day so I never did.

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When I was 17, my Mother, Sister and I drove down to Georgia to meet some of my Mother Family. While there I met her Uncle (who I was named after), he was there on that fateful day, he was paralyzed, unfortunately I thought I knew what ship he was on that day, but I cannot find him on the rosters. So I must misunderstood him, or my memory is getting worst. He was really proud I had just signed up for the Navy - delayed entry program.:Smile_honoring:

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10 minutes ago, Chaos_EN2 said:

When I was 17, my Mother, Sister and I drove down to Georgia to meet some of my Mother Family. While there I met her Uncle (who I was named after), he was there on that fateful day, he was paralyzed, unfortunately I thought I knew what ship he was on that day, but I cannot find him on the rosters. So I must misunderstood him, or my memory is getting worst. He was really proud I had just signed up for the Navy - delayed entry program.:Smile_honoring:

 

Thank you for your family's service.

 

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2 minutes ago, Kizarvexis said:

Thank you for your family's service.

Thank you, but I still wish I had wrote it all down, but now at almost 58yrs old it is all a little hazy. Plus we had to rush be home to Ohio, our home had caught fire and my Dad was there by himself trying to take care of everything. LoL, fastest I ever saw my Mom drive LoL this was way back in 1977.

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That is the definition of living history. Maybe write down everything he told you so you can pass his experience along. We lose so many of these brave and gallant men from WWII everyday that he is one of the few still alive that was there. What a great experience. Thanks for sharing.

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I have coffee every Tuesday AM with a WW2 Vet. He was 17 on Dec. 7th and joined the Navy on the 8th. On the 9th, he was on a bus to bootcamp. After 2 weeks filled with physicals, shots, and being outfitted with a full seabag, he was sent by train to Seattle, WA. He joined the crew of the USS Kane, a WW1 4 stack destroyer. Over the next year the Kane ran convoy escort duty back and fourth between the west coast and Alaska. The Kane was then sent to the Todd shipyard in San Francisco to be converted to an APD. Two boilers were removed and the space converted to house up to 90 troops or cargo.  Two Higgins boats were mounted on the main deck where the two stacks had been. The Kane sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on the last day of 1944, and did not return until January 1946. During that year in the south Pacific the Kane participated in several landings. One time they carried 10,000 pounds of TNT with a UDT team to within 200 yards of the beach. The Higgins boats took the UDT team and the TNT to the beach to clear the obstacles for the landing forces. This action took place while the naval bombardment was in progress overhead.

The APDs (known as Green Dragons) served many tasks during the Island hopping operations. They were nimble enough to usually dodge shore battery fire, their Higgens boats could deliver manpower and supplies where they were needed, and they were also available at a time when the US shipbuilding resources were saturated building newer design warships.

We are loosing combat Vets at an increasing rate, and their stories should treasured. We owe a debt that can never be fully repaid. If you have an opportunity to Pay it Forward, I urge you to do what you can.

I plan to write another Greatest Generation novel based on the Green Dragons.

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5 hours ago, IronMike11B4O said:

Met a Gunners mate off the USS Bagley while sitting and waiting at a VA appointment. The old guy was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. His survivors hat gave it away. Anyhow sat and chatted awhile he told me a little bit about the attack and then the rest of his service onboard during the war. It was a very cool experience as he was the first and I hate to say probably last person I will ever get to talk to who was at Pearl on December 7th.

People should keep a transcript of that sort of conversation and publish it. 

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Would be nice to see a Bagley, Benham, or Somers class DD with their 4x4 torps

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On 2/5/2018 at 1:34 PM, CaptnAndy said:

I have coffee every Tuesday AM with a WW2 Vet. He was 17 on Dec. 7th and joined the Navy on the 8th. On the 9th, he was on a bus to bootcamp. After 2 weeks filled with physicals, shots, and being outfitted with a full seabag, he was sent by train to Seattle, WA. He joined the crew of the USS Kane, a WW1 4 stack destroyer. Over the next year the Kane ran convoy escort duty back and fourth between the west coast and Alaska. The Kane was then sent to the Todd shipyard in San Francisco to be converted to an APD. Two boilers were removed and the space converted to house up to 90 troops or cargo.  Two Higgins boats were mounted on the main deck where the two stacks had been. The Kane sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on the last day of 1944, and did not return until January 1946. During that year in the south Pacific the Kane participated in several landings. One time they carried 10,000 pounds of TNT with a UDT team to within 200 yards of the beach. The Higgins boats took the UDT team and the TNT to the beach to clear the obstacles for the landing forces. This action took place while the naval bombardment was in progress overhead.

The APDs (known as Green Dragons) served many tasks during the Island hopping operations. They were nimble enough to usually dodge shore battery fire, their Higgens boats could deliver manpower and supplies where they were needed, and they were also available at a time when the US shipbuilding resources were saturated building newer design warships.

We are loosing combat Vets at an increasing rate, and their stories should treasured. We owe a debt that can never be fully repaid. If you have an opportunity to Pay it Forward, I urge you to do what you can.

I plan to write another Greatest Generation novel based on the Green Dragons.

The stories you must have been told. I checked out your work on Amazon, and it's impressive. I think this is a kind gesture, as we all owe our lives to those who have served and protected this country. Thanks for sharing.

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I met a guy at my grandmother's retirement home that was on the (Yorktown) Hornet.

 

I thanked him for his services and he responded, telling me that they hadn't done much... that it had been an easy assignment.

 

I figure he was either being humble, or was simply tired of talking about it.

 

But when you walk around in a CV-5 hat and I'm a history teacher... 

 

Just thanked him again and let him be.

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On 2/5/2018 at 7:54 AM, IronMike11B4O said:

Met a Gunners mate off the USS Bagley while sitting and waiting at a VA appointment. The old guy was at Pearl Harbor on December 7th. His survivors hat gave it away. Anyhow sat and chatted awhile he told me a little bit about the attack and then the rest of his service onboard during the war. It was a very cool experience as he was the first and I hate to say probably last person I will ever get to talk to who was at Pearl on December 7th.

It's interesting who you sometimes meet. When I was working at  VA in the early 80s I actually got to care for a Spanish American War veteran. Unfortunately, he was close to a hundred years old and quite senile so I couldn't really talk to him but I was amazed when I saw the information in his chart.

Speaking of people over a hundred. There were a half-dozen ladies in my small home town, including my 1st grade teacher, who lived into their hundreds. My next door neighbor is 95. Her husband's father came out here on a covered wagon and co-founded this town. 

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