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linkgeschptosoccol.ml/sir-charles-omans-great-revolt-of-1381.php Frank Caldwell, commander of Submarine Force, U. During the ceremony, his ashes were committed into the waters of Pearl Harbor near the Arizona Memorial. Pacific Fleet, helped honor the late Donald Green and presided over the ceremony. In an article by Kitsap Navy News published May 15, , Green said he and his twin brother joined the Navy on their 18th birthdays to better themselves.

On his last visit to Pearl Harbor, on Dec. He described a scene of chaos and destruction. He explained that he had recently completed his duties as the petty officer of the watch from midnight to 4 a. He thought the sound was from the Army practicing bomb runs, but soon found out the real horror when the bomb blasts started feeling all too real. These can be replaced with ultra-detailed photo-etch starfish by White Ensign Models.

Other: Boats are largely accurate. They could be a bit more detailed though. The same applies to the various rangefinders and sighting devices. These are mostly correct, but all are somewhat lacking in detail. One major problem to note here are the kit's painting instructions. Complete rubbish. Hood never had green bridge decks. Please be sure to throw them away and use our detailed Hood painting instructions instead. Summary: A good kit for its day , but it looks its age. Fortunately, it can be built-up into a good respresentation of Hood with some aftermarket parts and a good deal of scratchbuilding.

This kit can be found in man stores, or ordered from any of several online model retailers. It is also available directly from the Airfix website. I have a fair amount of sympathy for this kit, since it was the first kit that won me a prize in a model contest, many ages ago. It represents the Hood somewhere between and The hull is quite nice, but the bilge keels are missing. The level of detail is pretty decent for its day. The planking on the deck was pretty impressive for its time.

The main turrets aren't too bad, but they need a bit of reshaping at the front. I don't like the way the lower parts of the superstructure are implemented. The bulkheads are attached to the deck. This can make both the deck and the bulkheads difficult to paint. Overall, I'd say it is pretty good for its age, and it can be fixed up pretty easily. If built OOB, this kit will represent Hood as pre refit.

Ship still has its 4. A little extra effort goes a long way on this model.

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Addition of side platforms on X turret, extra detailing on primary and secondary turrets are easy to add. Addition of PE a big help as always, but model will still look good with detailing and rigging. Series 2, issued in The boxtop says the models are intended to " Happily, this was not the case! The kit consists two sprues containing 64 well molded grey plastic parts depicting the ship as she appeared at the time of her loss in May The model, though measuring a mere eight and one half inches in length, is accurately proportioned and packed with detail.

The hull, waterlined with a solid bottom, is correct in overall shape, taper and shear. The single-piece main deck is provided as a separate piece.

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Detail on the deck is excellent, including a multitude of hatches, bitts, vents, breakwaters, petite ground tackle, and some amazingly delicate deck planking. The raised planking is especially notable, some of the finest I've seen in any scale. However, there is an odd discrepancy with the inclusion of torpedo lookout and searchlight platforms on the foremast.

Although the fit of the model is correct for the Battle of the Denmark Strait, both these platforms had been removed before Thus the model is incorrect as is, although you could still use them if you make a few modifications to depict the ship earlier in her career. Another inaccuracy is the shelter deck , depicted as a straight line rather than with the angular notches the structure actually had.

This can be easily fixed, though. Armament is mixed. Main turrets are good, except that the barrels look too thin; I replaced them with hypodermic needles. The four inch twins are simplified shapes and the barrels are also too long, but they're useable. The 8-barrelled 2pdr pom-poms and UP projectors are very good, but the 0. Other parts vary in quality from good to excellent; masts and cranes are proportional and accurate, and the fire control directors are first-rate.

Given the perennial popularity of the Hood in all scales, it is surprising that Airfix never reissued it Detail: medium - Appearance: good. Was clearly the best Airfix ship when it appeared. Lots of very small parts. Side scuttles a bit ugly. Some of the portholes are a bit large, drill them out with a constant sized bit it has the "flash suppressors" on the main guns, should be sanded down and the bilge keels are too long, easily trimmed down but otherwise, a nice kit.

Series 6, ? A very nice kit with more deck details than any other Airfix ship. The camouflage scheme is from the first months of KGV's career. Very detailed. It portrays the ship more or less "as built", with UP launchers on B and Y turrets, and the aircraft catapult amidships. The de-gaussing cable on the hull specific to the KGV herself is well done, but it must be removed if you want to convert the kit to portray another ship in the class.

My real only criticism is that the 5. The deck details might be a little overdone, and they are difficult to paint. The kit dates back to the mid s. All of these were previously sold as individual kits except for the E-boats which I think were sold as a pair. There is an instruction booklet containing all the assembly instructions and colour schemes detailed below.

The painting instructions are fuller and more detailed than previously, and offer several variants, and are referenced to Humbrol paints. Each type of ship has a descriptive text longer than that in the original kits, and there is an overview of the KM at the front. Decals are provided on quite a lavish scale but all feature the swastika-less version of the ensign. Overall: an interesting idea and a bit of a cheap gamble for Airfix, given that they are all old kits , but they have made an effort to provide better instructions and more variety. It will be interesting to see if anyone has the space to make the obvious diorama of a Channel port.

It's only a shame that Heller never made the older destroyers and torpedo boats, to make the set really complete. JRC , review dated 15 October, Series 1, ; No of parts: 73; Guns elevate:? Later editions have Exocet lauchers included. Guide to detailing in Airfix magazine guide 7. It's not bad. It's got a decent level of detail, and comes with a choice of 4. No Ikara launchers or Sea Wolf launchers, though.

Scores over the Matchbox Ariadne in every way, except for the lack of mine doors in the stern. Those are easy enough to cut into the plastic. I consider this to be the best of the passenger ship kits. Editor's Note: Series 1, Historical Ships. The forward missile launcher should be different from the other two. Series 2, on box No of parts: 92; Guns elevate: yes. Detail: high - appearance: good LS. Much like the Manxman kit and a good companion to the other highly detailed Airfix kits like Prinz Eugen and Repulse. Detail on mine rails, gun shields, deck , bridge structures and torpedo tubes is excellent.

Light AA weapons are poor and there some ejector pin marks in hard to fix places. This model is of the flotilla leader Z Z28 was unique among the Narviks in having two superfiring main guns forward others had only one single - and later on most units a double turret and a large deckhouse and two superfiring guns aft all others had three guns aft, with two on the after deckhouse.

Number of AA guns increased during the war. An interesting kit indeed. This kit is a joy to build. The seams are very nice and the engraved detail is nothing short of awesome. The detail rivals that of the Repulse. The detail of the single 5. With some research and scratch building you could easily build a complete and very accurate flotilla using this kit. Generally sound but needs a lot of detailing. Guns are clumsier than the Hood's. The kit represents Nelson as she was in but sadly all the light AA batteries are missing! The latest one I bought in was actually in better shape than the one I bought some 15 years ago but the mold is now so old that some of the few details were lost.

There is a article how to convert the kit to a pre-war variant in "Scale Model International" March A bit lacking in detail, and the main turrets are the wrong shape, but you can make a decent model out of it. I suspect that they meant to portray the Nelson in , which could explain the lack of 20mm AA guns. The 40mm Bofors and 2 pounder "pom pom" AA guns are present. This Nelson is about average for the Airfix kits I've seen, with a rather waxy plastic and crude details.

There are some exceptions, e. Not as crisp as Repulse. Note that on some versions a confusing line on the instructions seems to indicate the platform with 2 x 40mm quads should be placed cantilevered from the top of the superstructure instead of on top of the conning tower. Scale Modeler magazine actually built theirs that way! The detail is great and the fit is quite nice except at the stern where a gap is left.

It seems the kit represents the Prinz Eugen in the '41 time frame. So if a later time is desired additional light AA guns must be added. The detail put into the 4. This is the only small scale with elevating 8" guns! Revell take note!!!! The 4. The superstructure very accurately scaled and while the Revell kits does a good job or accurately displaying the overall super structure, I personally believe this kit is superior to Revell's version.

First the flaws. Removing it is not the problem. It is the repair afterwards. I messed mine up on my first attempt. After you remove the molded on plastic. In photos of the ship, it appears a metal plate was actually mounted on the deck as a chain slip, so this corrects two errors. The side armor is wrong. First it is too narrow, too long and does not blend in correctly.

Fixing this is a real challenge. I left mine in hopes nobody smart enough would notice. Cutting it off and fabricating a new one would require thinning the sides dangerously. Bilge Keels. Way too thick. Sanding them off will penetrate the hull a little. Applying a thin piece of styrene strip to the inside of the hull covering the indention. After I sanded away the keel, putty and sanded it to shape. Just add thin styrene strip to replace the molded on keel. As mentioned earlier, the fit at the stern is not good. The deck is to short and leaves a gap about a full millimeter wide.

The bow fits a little better. Filling will be required to fix the stern. Now the good! So if a later time is desired light AA guns must be added. I really like the effort put into the 4. This is the only small scale with elevating guns! The superstructure seems very accurate. I personally believe this kit to far superior to Revell's version. I emailed Airfix and there are apparently on plans to re-release this kit.

Because of the detail of this model and the after market products available you have the options of numerous variants. I discovered that the twin 5. First you have to cut off the barrels. I added. A little putty and sanding was required to finish the shape. A friend has a great vacuum forming machine and in a jiffy I had ten other projects to triple 5. Other than this the ships structure is unchanged. Since the triple 6in turrets are a little lighter than the twin 8in ones the AA armament is a little heavier.

Use the previous book reference. This kit begs to ask, what happened to the other kits of this era. The Bismarck and Graf Spee are so poorly researched. I have a remark to RDF's review. One would reconsider aircraft catapults on Seydlitz CL. According to plans I have, there would have been two catapults, one between funnel and mast as in conventional Hipper-class heavy cruiser, and another one aft the mast.

Issued between and , the series was apparently not very successful as it was soon discontinued and none of the ships was ever reissued. That's a shame, because they were nicely done. Though designed as a clip-together wargaming model, it is finely detailed and compares favorably with with many larger scale kits. Hull, superstructure, and funnel shapes are correct and capture the ship's elegant lines well. The waterlined hull particularly is well done, accurate in shape, taper and shear; better, in fact, than the earlier Hood or Bismarck units of the series.

There is even a degaussing cable! The separate single piece main deck is also well done with tiny hatches, vents, bitts, a breakwater, ground tackle Torpedo launchers are molded integrally with the deck, but in this small scale they look good. My only gripe with the deck is the total lack of planking detail, which is strange considering that the earlier Hood and Bismarck kits in the series had excellent planking.

Even stranger is that planking is present on some of the superstructure decks! Fortunately all this is not that visible once painted. Other odd design choices are evident with the armament. The same with the 37mm twins: outstanding on the Bismarck, mediocre on the Prinz Eugen. Go figure. Other parts are good to excellent. Masts, cranes, searchlights, and boats are good although there should be more boats , as are the spherical hooded 4m antiaircraft directors.

The delicately rendered Even with some less than stellar design choices with the decks and armament, Airfix's little Prinz Eugen builds into an appealing, accurate rendition of that most graceful ship. The only injection-molded model of this ship we're likely to see, so you have to work with it. Fortunately, you don't have to take it too far. The shapes look very good to me and the assembled hull looks positively huge , and there are no solid lifelines to remove. Ship is in later configuration with stabilizer fins. Most of the windows on the superstructure are represented by simple raised squares; sand them off and make decals instead.

The davits do not line up properly with the promenade windows, so fill the locator holes and place them manually boats should hang above prom deck window sections, with davits mounted in between window sections. The boats look marvelous and are molded as open boats - consider making resin copies for your Revell Queen Mary. Throw away the kit decals, especially on the re-issue; the typeface for the name on the bow is way off. Not a bad kit by any means, and looks easy to improve.

Series 6, ; No of parts: ; Decals included. Participiated in the Falkland war. The model represents the ship in her original appearance, with the white funnel and without the later additions on Signal Deck. The problem is fit. There are many small, but annoying gaps that must be filled. The two hull halves do not align well. It's not that hard to correct, but I've seen better. Still, it looks like this will be a very impressive model when completed. Detail: high - Appearance: very good. Portrays the ship in her final configuration.

A real beauty. Wonderfully detailed. I did not have the fit problems that Leif had. This is arguably Airfix's best ship kit ever. Now all we need is a Renown to go with her Well, it's not perfect but almost. There are minor fitting problems with the deck and some of the scuttles on the superstructure are missing, but otherwise it is just wonderful. The detailing of the side armour can't be described, it has to be seen. And the deck has even the deck camber curvature! The model and camouflage represents Repulse as she was when she sunk Dec Really an excellent kit.

OK Terrible superstructure. The deck houses including the platforms are in two parts, the boundary goes right in the middle of the platforms. Clumsy masts. Guide to detailing in Airfix magazine May Put plastic card on top and sides to represent box shape; etch the cell divisions.

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This kit was so close to being good. The rest of the ship is not bad. The ship is missing all it's Whip antennas. This may seem trivia, but think. First there are the easiest things to add to almost any kit. Second, they are pretty easy to research and last; when you see a picture of any ship you can't help but notice all the antennas everywhere! It's only a minor nuissance. I do like the hull.

Bilge keels are nicely molded in. The separate propeller guards look nice. If you're looking to do conversions, the hull's got the later bow-mounted SQS sonar dome as opposed to the earlier keel mounted style That's fine for the Rommel, or the other Bundesmarine Adams class, but if you're going to try to convert it to a USN Adams class, then you'll have to either do DDG through 24, or perform some major surgery on the bow.

I missed that one! As Randy points out above, this kit has lots of conversion potential. Editor's Note: portrays the Royal Sovereign, possibly as she appeared in This miniscule Santa Maria molding originated as a Gowland Shipyard "Ships in Bottles" release in ; it was among the first injection molded plastic model ships ever marketed. Airfix also issued it in without the bottle as the second unit of their Series 1 "Historical Ship" kits. It was issued again by Addar as one of their "Super Scenes" in a bottle in In the early s Airfix also reissued the kit, this time reworked with a full hull and stand replacing the sea base and acetate ratlines.

This revised version was produced in the s by Heller kit , in brown plastic as well. Out of production as of , the kit can still be found fairly easily on online auctions and at model swap meets. Columbus' Santa Maria Holy Mary is one of the world's most famous ships, but her exact appearance remains a matter of conjecture and debate. Some experts believe the Mariagalante "Party-Girl Mary", the ship's original name before Columbus changed it more the politically correct Santa Maria was a Portuguese style nao , others that it was a carabela caravel. The model's hull shape matches that reconstruction fairly well.

For a kit this old and this small, the little Santa Maria is not bad. The separate one-piece deck has delicate raised plank markings, stairs, and a hatch. The hull and deck are simplified, but the details present are well rendered and the unit is so tiny that the effect is good. Unfortunately, everything above the deck is out of scale. The mainmast, for example, is some 25 scale feet too high. The too tall, too thick masts support massive wind-filled sails that overpower the little hull.

The flags printed on a separate sheet of paper are also too large. If you want an early pre-Atlantic bow Scharnhorst, this is the one.

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Kit dates back to about This is Scharnhorst as built, not in WW2 shape. I bought a new one three years ago and converted it to Gneisenau The kit was in the same good shape as my first in or The bilge keel is missing like in most old Airfix kits. I have two of these and in both cases I was not particularly pleased. My problem probably stems from my earlier exposure to the Airfix Repulse , Narvik and Prinz Eugen models. The last being my stimulus for purchasing the Scharnhorst. I expected this model to have all the excellent products gun mounts of the previous two German models.

That of course was not the case. So lets start there. All the secondary and AA gun calibers are way below Airfix standards. How this happened has to be a mystery. On the other hand the main guns are very nice. A little void of detail but nice depending on the source, maybe even better than the Revell kit. The 01 level seems to have an excessive amount of overhang.

From the photos I have seen, this feature seems to be exaggerated. The deck engraving here seems a bit crude as well. The entire superstructure seems to have suffered the exact same fate during development at that of the Graf Spee. It seems squat and out of proportion to the rest of the ship. The Scharnhorst class was a sleek and beautiful design, this is not evident in this kit the, to the degree of the Revell model. Over all the kit may actually fall into the poor category with the Bismarck.

There's a good article on building and converting this kit in the June issue of Airfix Magazine, pg GOOD I like this one. It's pretty good for its day. It's not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but the basics are all there. The bilge keels are missing, as are two of the four propellers. Superstructure levels are molded into the decks below them, which can make painting difficult. Lattice masts are not that great, photo-etch would be better but OK for their day.

This ship also has some excellent modification potential. Airfix Magazine's March issue has a good article on conversions. Guns and many superstructure parts can be obtained from an Airfix Belfast. Like the H. This is a model of Tiger before the conversion. Lines of rafts included. This is the Bismarck model with two torpedo-tubes added, no other changes.

At least sometimes, packages came with two ships. Series 1, Issued as a pair, each Tribal consists of 20 cleanly molded gray plastic parts. As with others in the series, the waterlined hull is a single part with a solid bottom and separate single-piece main deck. There is even part of the undercut below the stern, as if the pattern maker had begun to produce a full hull model and then abandoned the effort part way through.

Otherwise things look good. There are simplifications one would expect in this scale such as the molded to the deck torpedo tubes and solid open bridge , but there are no basic accuracy problems. Surface detailing is delicate and restrained. The four 4. This is a nice little kit, and one of the very few injection plastic destroyers ever issued in this scale. The first big Airfix ship. The kit is sound, but low in detail. Needs a lot of detailing to look good.

The mast and the guns are clumsy. Detail is decidedly lacking. No bilge keels. Good painting instructions would have helped. This kit is said to be about 22 inches long when complete. It is said to portray the ship in This kit represents the Warspite after her refit. The biggest problems are the bow, kit has a bulb bow instead of a ram bow and the quarterdeck. Once again, there is the problem of the "flash suppressors" on the main guns.

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Superstructure is decent, gun turrets are nice, and the casemate 6" guns are fragile, but nice. A very good model for its time. Series 9, Classic Historical Ships Said to portray the ship in I have one half built, it's not too bad, needs some filling etc. Includes a Sherman tank from the regular Airfix line. The end of the Cold War has brought about some confusion in nomenclature. Editor's Note: Presumably a close relative of the Gearing, below. For comparison, check out the Skywave Sumner class. Not the very best I've ever seen, but reasonably good, and the price is right.

Superstructure detail is a bit lacking, but the hull is pretty nice.

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Watch out for sink holes, though! Like its Skywave competitor, this kit give the builder the option of using either the second set of torpedo tubes aft, or a third 40mm quad mount. Unlike the Skywave kit, it gives the builder the option of building the "DDR" radar picket variant. This is a very basic model, with very minimal detail.

There are about 50 pieces in the kit, and the instructions are a one page blow up diagram. The instructions have some suggestions for ease of assembly. The kit does not include decals. The basic model is molded as a waterline hull, with the deckhouses and depth charge racks, molded in place.

The superstructure and bulkheads have absolutely no detail to it, just a series of flat side moldings.

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There are anchor chains molded in place, and the stern 20mm tub, but that's it. The builder must add the upper decks to the deckhouses, as well as the gun tubs. The dual 5" mounts aren't too bad, and the dual 40mm are also finely cast. But they're too tall. They stand too high on their pedestals. The tops of the guns are level with the midway point of the funnels. And the single 20mm are also too tall. Those stand just about as tall as the dual 5" mounts. It is recommended that they be shortened to be less conspicuous or pilfer them from a Skywave set.

The tripod mast amidship is cast very finely, as is the mainmast. But the main mast's radar was cast as a see-through piece, and in this scale, it's very difficult to make it realistic. On 17 October she departed San Francisco for Alaskan waters where she issued a load of mines to smaller ships to be planted as a defense for the base at Adak.

She returned to San Francisco 19 November. She departed San Francisco 8 December , and upon arrival Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides Islands 2 January , became primary ammunition ship for various fleet units that were operating in the area. Pyro steamed for San Francisco 2 August, arriving 7 September. From 13 April 1 through 12 July she replenished combatants engaged in the Admiralty Islands and Hollandia campaigns at various New Guinea harbors. Pyro arrived Sydney, Australia 18 July for six weeks of repairs, returning 9 September to the new base of operations at Hollandia, where units of the fleet assembled for the invasion of Leyte.

The ammunition ship remained at Hollandia until 3 November when she steamed to Seeadler Bay, Manus Island, Admiralty Islands for emergency repairs and reloading, returning to Hollandia 1 December She steamed for Leyte Gulf 19 December, arriving one week later and remaining in the Philippine area-replenishing combatants until 4 August Pyro then steamed for the Admiralty Islands for repair and overhaul.

She departed the Admiralty Islands 17 October with a load of serviceable ammunition for transfer to the United States. She remained there until 17 February and then steamed for San Francisco Bay, arriving the next day. After discharging her ammunition, she returned to Seattle 2 April. Pyro earned one battle star for World War II service. Early in , At a later date, the forward " guns were replaced with "x 50 cal and mm guns added for A. Edward W. From: Commanding Officer. To: The Commander-in-Chief, U. Pacific Fleet. Reference: a CinCPac conf dispatch of Dec.

In accordance with reference a , the following report on the part that the U. Casting in steam line to starboard circulator carried away. Repaired by ship's force. Receiving fresh water anf telephone service from the dock. Boiler 3 in use for auxiliary purposes. Other units of US Fleet present. Slightly intoxicated.

No charges. Gadberry, USN, injured tip of small finger of right hand, no bone involvement. Finger treated and dressed. Following damage: after searchlight, fuel oil heater and starboard circulator, steam lines carried away. Damage repaired at Bomber hit by Machine Gun fire.

Exercised at General Quarters. My twin brother George also served on the same ship as Storekeeper. I was aboard the U. Liberty was granted and about a third of the crew and officers went on liberty.

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I was a 3rd class shipfitter and was the petty officer of the watch for the period , known as the mid-watch on the morning of December 7th. It was quiet watch with the only activity the two intoxicated sailors who returned to the ship. No charges were made. We had on board 1, 14" rounds shells and the powder canisters of equal number. Also on the pier were three box cars of ammo and a ton covered lighter floating astern of us also full of ammo. I was relived of my watch and hit the sack in the forward section of the ship and on the second deck.

Because of the climate we slept in our skivies with only slacks, socks and shoes to put on when we got up. I had sleep-in privilege so wasn't looking forward to getting up! Then all of a sudden there were these very loud booms! And then GQ was sounded. I jumped into my slacks and shoes and hightailed it to my gun station on a three inch 50 Caliber AA gun. We were short-handed because of those on liberty.

I took the position of pointer and my partner took the trainer position. As soon as the shells came up from the magazine I started firing at Planes. In the excitement we were firing at some of our own planes, not knowing any had got off the ground! We held up our fire but then all hell broke loose with four planes making different approaches.

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Three had only machine gun firepower but one had a BOMB. The Captain sent word down to the boat deck for Ensign Sperling to take some men and move the boxcars.

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In the excitement, Sperling, waving his 45, hollered "Five brave men, follow me to move the box cars. I could see his features, with leather helmet and red scarf. And then came the BOMB! I watched it come out of the bomb bay! Being a nineteen-year-old sailor needless to say I was scared to death! And I ran from my gun station for safety! The bomb hit and penetrated the cement dock and blew-up!

I got back on the gun and started firing, as did the 50 caliber machine guns. We hit the plane and it was on fire as it went over the horizon! The ship bobbed up and down for awhile and really shook-up my shipmates below decks as several pipelines ruptured. After this scare all became quiet and we settled down to take a look at what missed our ship. Parts of the bomb were rounded up to take back to to the U.

We stood guard for four days believing there would be a landing before we gave, as requested, rifles to the USS Honolulu and then departed for the U. With shell fragments and a 14" dud that was a battleship shell sold for scrap and had gone through the 3 turret on the battleship Tennessee. On the fourth day out of Pearl Harbor in the wee hours of the morning General Quarters sounded. You might know I was asleep again! But it only took a couple of seconds to get out of my bunk, as I was fully clothed including a kapok life jacket.

When I arrived at the 3" mount the 5" gun had fired at a submarine which had fired a torpedo at us. As we were light-loaded and riding high at the bow, the torpedo went under the ship. As the torpedo was approaching the five-inch gun was fired and the flash from the muzzle was taken as a hit. They reported us sunk. The gun crew never got a second round off. There was a "hang-fire". They filled the gun barrel with water and waited for the Captain to order the breech opened 15 minutes later. When the breech was opened, first came the shell and then the powder. The flash had blinded the gun crew and everything went in backwards.

No planes or ships came to see if we were sunk. We maintained radio silence until the planes off the coast of San Francisco could recognize us. It was a welcome relief to be in safe waters. I remained on board during several trips replenishing ammo to Pearl Harbor. Following the replenishing trip we departed with a task force of one cruiser, the USS Detroit, and four 4-stack destroyers converted to minelayers to head to Adak, Alaska. It was a bone-chilling and delicate job loading those mines on those small ships. We got it done and headed to Bremerton and then to the South Pacific and New Hebrides to support our ships with ammo.

While moored there we off-loaded ammo from two cruisers, the St. After several months we headed back to Mare Island. A dispatch was received to split any family members, so with my twin brother on board, I had to go. My brother was a disbursing storekeeper and had to stay. We had three or four shipfitters.

My twin remained on board throughout the war. I lost him in to cancer. Lou Richie AE Shipyard and into Dry Dock for Repairs and Refurbishing. I was in the Second Section Group to go on leave and this is when I fouled up. It took me 4 days by train to get home Cincinnati, Oh. I had 4 days at home and then it was 4 days to return by train to Alameda, that put me 2 plus days AWOL I was restricted to the ship still in dry dock , while awaiting a Deck court-martial.

Prisoner-at- Large was stenciled on the back of my shirt and on my dark blue white hat. Note: during WW2 all white hats and skivvies were dyed blue while in the South Pacific. I was given extra duty and not allowed to go to the "GeDunk" Ship Service. I was given the duties of Prison er Chaser as a third of the crew was on leave. I was given an SP Shore Patrol arm band, a night stick,a garrison belt and holster with a loaded 45 colt automatic, side arm. What a sight I must have been.. A Prisoner-at-Large.

And so marked and armed to the teeth. I guess I must of been a Trustee! With water restrictions, the ship' head was off limits would escort Prisoners usually four or five at a time to the bath house head ashore for showering, etc. The evening movie restriction was also lifted as after all, I was a "Trustee" Prisoner Chaser! While we were being loaded with ammo. My duties were changed. Needless to say my P. The Skipper graciously cut one day off my sentence so I could have one last liberty before we shoved-off for the South Pacific and returned to WW2.

Lou Richie. Thomas Gray, - Fair laughs the morn and soft the zephyr blows It was well earned. We had recently completed task force ship maneuvers and battle training for navy's "Rainbow Five" plan. That day began deceptively delightful. Tropical foliage perfumed calm and balmy air. About half of our personnel were on shore imbibing the pleasures of Honolulu.

Ensign "Jack" Sperling and I were alone by the gangplank of U. Jack and I were friends who shared the ignomity of being butts of a lieutenant's bigoted barbs. He had labeled me "That highyeller nigger mess attendant". Sperling is a Jew. By a twist of fate, I was not at this unique time locked in the brig along with Thomas Crane. My punishment from our simultaneous court martials was confinement to the ship for ninety days. The previous night ended my status as a prisoner-at-large.

My first shore leave should begin in five minutes. I never made it! Sperling had the deck. I had on my best dress whites. He wished me a good time on the beach. I inquired whether he had discovered any chastity belts behind those grass skirts. Right then, on cue, all hell broke loose!! An awesome explosion occurred. Its concussion shock wave pressed an invisible demon against us.

An enormous black cloud boiled up, bisecting the blue sky. Trees obscured our view , preventing the sight of an airplane approaching and firing its machine gun. Another drill," groaned Sperling. A white plane with a red ball on it popped into sight. The plane banked away from a hulk swinging on the bouy where we had unloaded some cargo. The pilot spotted our location and rapidly reversed his direction by climbing into an inverted loop.