Born 9/29/1927 in newton, ma. after service, graduated
May 5, l945 Enlisted at Fargo Building, Boston
June 7, 1945 Reported Fargo Building for transfer to Sampson Naval Training Station (NY) for Boot Training.
Aug. to Sept. Assigned to Battalion G, Company 573 for training; graduated with 4.0 rating, only because they never caught me doing things that were not allowed.
Home on leave; reported back to Sampson, left 9/9 by troop
Sept.21 Transferred to Treasure Island, San Francisco Bay
Sept. 22 Went aboard USS Admiral Benson as part
of an advance work
Sept. 29 Departed San Francisco. Took Northern Pacific
route to Okinawa.
Oct. 11 Arrived Okinawa. Unable to transfer
any of the crew as scheduled
Oct. 19 Departed Okinawa for Sasebo, Japan;
after 2 days departed for
Oct. 28 or 29 Transferred to USS Gemsbok (tanker)
anchored in the harbor.
Nov. 5 Departed Gemsbok at 0200 hrs. on a
LCVP to find the ships to
One day, the following ships entered Kure in single file: USS Vulcan (repair), USS Oklahoma, USS Baltimore, USS Boston, several destroyers and other smaller Ships. An impressive sight. "Where The Fleet Goes, We’ve Been"
Dec. 3 Departed for Kobe area. Swept Kobe Ko channel (25 miles long) and ordered to continue sweeping operations on Christmas Day. In remembrance of that day, part of the poem "Captain Donahue" by Ensign Charles Ivey is quoted: Task Group Fifty-two point six; All minecraft except a few, Is always screwed by nasty tricks of that four-striper Captain Donahue. We rode the hook for three weeks straight. To be exact ‘twas twenty-two days we didn’t haul freight, because of Captain Donahue. In Wakanoura Wan we lay till Christmas Eve came due. He made us sweep on Christmas Day, That bastard Captain Donahue.
At the end of one of the sweeps, we went ashore in a small
Jan. 12, 1946 Started the sweep into Kobe. Scheduled
to take 5 days, after which the ships anchored at Wakayama could
move into Kobe. One day at 1030 hrs., we got our mine. After completing
our sweeping operation, we remained in Kobe until we received orders to
proceed to the States. During this time, we were notified that we had received
a Battle Star for hazardous duty and also received the following commendation:
Early Feb. Supply Officer, Mr. Watson (Academy Graduate) was transferred.
Feb. 7 Trip to Kyoto organized by Lt. McElroy.
Feb. 9 Lt. McElroy transferred.
Feb. 28 Captain Hart transferred.
March 11 Departed Kobe for the U. S. in convoy
with the following ships: ACM-6, AMC-9 and the YMSs 231, 291, 426, 432,
436, & 438. First stop, Saipan. Encountered heavy seas on route.
March 25-27 Arrived Einewetok Atoll. Refueled.
March 29-30 Arrived Kwajelein Atoll.
April 5 Arrived Johnston Island with 7 other YMSs. Left behind to do repairs to port engine. After completing repairs, we had to wait for a ship to escort us to Pearl Harbor. Not a bad duty station; good chow and USO shows.
April 18 Departed Johnston Island for Pearl Harbor. Refueled from a LST on route.
April 23 Arrived Pearl. Made two liberties. Took bus over
Pali Pass to
May 7 Arrived San Francisco. Anchored in the Bay and went ashore in LCVPs. After many rumors as to our final destination, we received orders to proceed to Boston.
May 23 Moved to Mare Island and off loaded ammo and mine sweeping gear.
May 24 About 13 crewmembers transferred to be discharged,
June 3 Departed for San Diego.
June 5-6 Re-fueling in San Diego; no liberty
June 12-13 Acapulco, Mexico. Liberty! Left Bill Carty in a hospital due an appendicitis attack.
June 18-19 Passed through the Panama Canal. Quite an experience.
June 19-22 Liberty in Colon, Panama.
June 27-29 Miami to refuel. Liberty!
July 2-6 Staten Island, N. Y. Captain Ivey gave me leave
to go home. Received a wire telling me to meet the ship at the South Boston
July 7 Arrived Boston via the Cape Cod Canal, to prepare the ship for decommissioning. Captain Ivey gave me liberty every evening to go home I was a commuter.
July 19 YMS 425 decommissioned.
July 21 Discharged into the inactive Naval Reserve
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