Monday, January 24, 2011

The Rest

So...his commendation reads as follows:
United States Pacific Fleet
Flagship of the Commander Third Fleet

The Commander THIRD Fleet, United States Pacific Fleet, 
takes pleasure in commending

for service as set forth in the following

"For outstanding service in the line of his profession as Chief Fire Controlman in the plotting room of a fast battleship throughout a difficult and especially successful bombardment of vital enemy industrial shore installations in the Japanese Empire on the night of 17-18 July 1945.  By his skill and initiative in the performance of his exacting duties during this bombardment he contributed directly and significantly to the success of his ship in inflicting substantial damage upon the enemy.  His conduct was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

W.F. Halsey
Admiral, U. S. Navy
Mom and Dad at the mess table, Mom and 'A' at Dad's bunk, Dad at the controls
Now, I don't know if this is the same incident as the bombardment of the Hitachi Industrial area.  What I do know is that on one occasion the USS Alabama suffered a hit that disabled the electrical system for the 12 inch guns.  The command of those guns was my dad's responsibility.  In order to continue firing, he personally maintained the electrical connection...literally...kind of 'grab this wire with the left hand and the other wire with the right hand'...and don't worry about me, don't touch me, and keep on firing guys!

Below is a post war photo taken at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, where my dad earned his degree in electrical engineering through the G. I. Bill.
Typing a letter to my Mom?  (Mom's picture on dad's desk)


Halsey-fan scribbs said...

If Bull Halsey thought your dad deserved a commendation, then he definitely did!

P.S. I think Halsey was the one who ordered his gunners to shoot down Kamikaze planes in a "friendly way" when they attacked after the surrender.

deb said...

Honestly, I would imagine that the Admiral routinely signed his name to boat-loads of documents.