I served a total of 6 years, 8 months in the Navy during World War II and Korea. I got my draft notice and reported on 02/13/1943 to the Army. Looking discouraged - saw a naval recruiter, jumped out of line and begged him to take me with him. On 02/20/1943 I was on my way to NTS, Bainbridge, MD for boot camp. There I was assigned to 40 MM AA Battery 403, Navy 137; US Navy Activities, Navy 81. Sent to California to join the USS Sperry (AS12) riding out the War in the Pacific. Our home port was Pearl Harbor and our primary duty station was Guam. Honorable Discharge 02/12/1946, Shipfitter Second Class V6 USNR SV. I received order to inactive duty 07/12/1950 and recalled 06/25/1951, transferred to Yokosuka and on to the USS Boxer, CV21. Separated from active service 08/21/1951 and released to inactive duty. Left this time as a MEG2, ME-4812-45. Called to active duty 05/20/1952. Assigned to the USS Des Moines (CA-134) and the USS Radford (DDE-446). Again all my duty was in the Pacific. During this time I participated in the low yield atomic tests on Perry Island and Operation Ivy Mike and Ivy King during the Fall of 1952. Honorably Discharged 04/19/1954 and back to civilian life again. Spent the rest of my working career in Newport working for Tenneco (formerly Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock and presently Northrup Grumman) on government contracts (mostly submarines - attack and nuclear).
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