He served as a gunner's mate aboard tankers during the war, so yes, he was Armed Guard.
Did any of you guys happen to serve with him?
Gulf Breeze I think was one, and Esso Bayway was another. I think he served on another ship, John Light I think it was called, but I don't know what kind of ship that was. He's a little vague on things these days, but still can tell me everything about his 'bag gun' and his shipmates.
Want a funny story he told me? His Lt. ordered him to shoot for practice - only problem was, the ship had turned and it was more broadside than was advisable, but the Lt. says shoot - so he followed orders, and of course - it rocked the boat and broke some of the dishes and stuff around in the galley - much to the cook's displeasure. I don't think the cook ever forgave him for it!
He just gave me a bunch of black and white photos he took during the war onboard ship. There's at least 6 or 7 of them. I was planning on posting them on the site - if there's a place to do that.
Oh, and another tidbit. He was in a training film shot at the Armed Guard training center, I think it was in Brooklyn, NY. And, I believe that he was also an instructor for a while as well. Anybody know where I might be able to see it? If I could see it?