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The Laffey escorted a ship named the Dashing Wave [Annotator's Note: SS Dashing Wave] all the way back to the States [...
By 1944 Harold Ward had added some stripes to his arm. Ward was transferred to an AK ship, a big liberty ship [...
Alex Vraciu knew that the next time they saw air action it would be part of a landing somewhere. When his group was...
James understands that movies are made so people think they are interesting. He understands that Hollywood adds its own...
Years later Vejtasa asked Japanese veterans if they had thought about strafing the deck and they said no. Vejtasa would...
Crain believes that it is important to have museums such as The World War II Museum [Annotator's Note: The National...
When Feightner pulled up at the end of the runway he was hit again. His F6F [Annotator's Note: Grumman F6F "Hellcat"...
Baptiste feels that a lot of talent was lost by the navy segregating them. He used to talk to his officers about it.He...
The torpedo planes flew into Espiritu Santo. They stayed on Espiritu Santo for about a week. They sent 6 TBF's [...
Childers was placed in a basket and hoisted onto the deck of the destroyer that had picked him and his crew up. He was...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
The next morning Alexander Vraciu and the other guerillas headed north up the national highway. They took a bugler and...
In the hospital they were treated very nice and given so much food that they couldn't eat it all. There was also...
When asked about a general message about his service and war, Tarrant references Civil War General Sherman's quote, "...
[Annotators Note: Donald Hoff served in the navy as a rear seat gunner and radio operator on SBD Dauntless dive bombers...
Karr believed that Admiral Becton [Annotator's Note: F. Julian Becton was the Commander of the Laffey] was a very, very...
Delewski still hears from different people from the Laffey. After the war he took advantage of the G.I. Bill and got...
It was amazing to Harold Ward to see how quickly they dumped stuff after the war was over. They were heading back to...
The next morning Alex Vraciu and the other guerillas headed north up the national highway. They took a bugler and...
Vejtasa could see the Lexington on fire but still recovering planes. The Yorktown was also burning but recovering...
When they arrived at Pearl Harobr, Air Group 6 needed one more run before they rotated home. During the trip to Truk...
Baptiste feels that it is important for there to be a National World War II Museum. If they hadn't done what they did...
The navy commander leading the Hornet's [Annotator's Note: USS Hornet, CV-8] air group was responsible for the deaths...
[Annotators Note: Norman J. Kleiss, known as Dusty, was a dive bomber pilot in Scouting Squadron 6 (VS-6) flying from...
During one of his trips back to the United States Alexander Vraciu was offered the opportunity to fly the Zero [...
Brooks was just past 20 years old when he first entered the Navy. When he came back home it was like coming back to...
Karr found out from the Laffey's newsletter that one of his buddies had fallen and broken his hip. Karr did not go to...
Interviewer asks Delewski if his experience on the Laffey changed him. On the day that all of this happened [Annotator'...
[Annotators Note: Harold Ward served in the navy as a mess attendant aboard the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38...
During one of his trips back to the United States Alex Vraciu was offered the opportunity to fly the Zero that had been...
Vejtasa had hit the carrier he had made a run on. Fighting 42 was aboard the Yorktown and was commanded by Jimmy...
Baptiste would be watchful. There are countries and people who want to see this country go under so he believes that we...
While Childers was a cadet he was asked by Colonel Mangrum if he had received a Purple Heart. When he told Mangrum that...
Norman Kleiss knew Peter Gaido pretty well. When Kleiss was about to take off for his first carrier landing he was...
One of the new pilots from Vejtasa's group got lost during the battle. He tried to make it to Guadalcanal but couldn't...
Childers was then assigned to Ft. Rucker, Alabama. Childers though that Ft. Rucker would be good duty but it wasn't. He...

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