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I'd get a shell, they weighed about 80 pounds I think, but when I was 19 or 20 that was nothing. I'd take a shell and a bag of powder, I'd put it in the hoist and then I would send it up to the gun.
I was standing on the deck of the USS Blue, a destroyer. We were all alone out there at this buoy, tied up.
I was 20 years old at Pearl Harbor. I was in the Navy about a year and four months before the war.
I had been out there long enough. I had not seen my family for four years.
Everything was black in the harbor, but there were still some fires burning on the ships.
Destroyers did not have chaplains because they were too small.
All we had aboard the ship that morning was one Annapolis graduate and three reserves.
After the atomic bombs were dropped, the war ended and we went into Tokyo Bay with the rest of the fleet, the Missouri and the rest of them, while they signed the terms of surrender that ended the war.
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