Dear Mr. Carlson,
Thank you for the information. My dad has been gone for 10 years now, and as I get older I want to know everything I can find out about him. I was the only one of 3 children he ever told of his adventures during WW II. No one else could ever get him to talk about what he did and saw in his time in the Navy. I know he served in all theaters of the war and went around the world 3 times. During his time in the Armed Guard his job was the Pointer on 5'/38's and 3"/50's. He also manned 20mm cannons. He said firing those weapons was more fun than a person had a right to have. He loved his time in the Navy. After the war he served 2 more years on the USS Fargo CL-106. In 1995 my oldest son and I had the honor of attending the ceremonies commemorating the 50th aniversery of V-J Day,on board the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. My dad was one of the few who stood twice, once for the Armed Guard and Merchant Marine, and once for the Regular Navy. We were also able to cruise for a day trip on the Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown. I have pictures of my dad at his battle station as pointer on the 5"/38. My dad never thought of himself as a hero. He always said they all had a job to do, and they did it. To his family he was a hero.