My dad was in the navy during WWII - he was also a Fire Controlman.
When I was little I thought that meant he put out fires on board ship!!
Eventually he explained that he helped "aim" the big guns and
torpedos at targets. Totally different from now of course.
I boarded the USS Theodore Roosevelt (Carrier) in September 2003
from Norfolk and cruised down the east coast to Florida but was evavuated by
COD because of an incoming huricane.
In September 2004, I and 3 other chefs from Dallas were flown from
San Diego to the USS Abraham Lincoln (Carrier) while at sea and cruised north
up the Pacific to Seattle.
In May of 2006 I took the USS San Antonio from Norfolk to New York for
Fleet Week. What an experience that was - cruising up the harbor!
I wrote an article after my first trip for the Lone Star Chef.
If you contact the state office they probably have it on file.
NEXT MESSAGE FROM SHARI CARLSON, OWNER OF DESSERT DREAMS IN DALLAS, TX.
Of course you can post what I wrote.
I am kind of a WWII buff - have read loads.
My father has always been my hero. When he was still alive he was very
active in the VFW and Tin Can Sailors (veterans of destroyers). He was a
"Plank Owner", part of the original crew when a ship is commisioned, of
two destrroyers, USS Daly and USS New.
Before he died I bought him a tape recorder to talk about his experiences
during the war. He actually wrote a little book for my brother and I.
When I go home for Christmas I can probably email a copy to you from his computer if you are interested.
I (think) I have attached my father's page from the navy log. www.lonesailor.org
PS I went to the site and couldn't find it. It was funny, I saw Ernest Borgnine! But I'll find the page for the this FC, and also request the article from the TCA. I just love history!