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Green Dragons, 4 stack DDs converted to Fast Attack Transports APDs

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Today, one of the last Green Dragon Sailors from the USS Kane DD225/APD 18 was laid to rest, may he find Fair Winds, and Following Seas.

The 17 year-old Bud Preston grew up in Chicago and was in what proved to be an abbreviated Navy Boot Camp on December 7th. With a brand new seabag on his shoulder, Bud took the train west, where he joined the crew of the 4 stack DD, USS Kane.

The Kan spent most of 42 escorting convoys from Puget Sound to the Aleutian Islands.

The Kane was then converted to a Fast Attack Transport, and became APD 18. The yard removed the two after boilers and stacks, and added cranes and Higgens boats. She spent the rest of the war supporting operations in the South Pacific, including delivering 10,000 pounds of TNT under shore battery fire to Navy frogmen clearing obstacles before a beach landing.

I was fortunate to meet Bud 6 years ago, and we spent many Tuesday morning Men’s Coffee secessions spinning sea stories. Men like Bud were boys when they put their lives on the line for this country, and I salute them.


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