August 4, 2015

USS Missouri – Then And Now

USS Missouri 1987

When I was growing up here in Washington state there were certain things we knew of about history and our surrounding area. One of them was that the famous ‘surrender’ ship USS Missouri was berthed here in Bremerton, inside (as it was then known) Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. You could see it from Navy Yard Highway as you came into town, and seeing it, you were impressed by its enormous size.

USS Missouri 1987

USS Missouri – (BB 63) 1987

I have a couple photos we took back in the mid 1980’s when Jim’s dad was here for a visit. He is a WWII veteran (see 

Low Moor, Iowa Honors WWII Vets

) and was anxious to take the tour of the old battleship. His ship, the Cape Esperance was a Casablanca class escort carrier. As with everyone of his generation, he knew well the name of the USS Missouri.

USS Missouri picture 2

Also in our party as we toured the ship was Loren’s daughter Lorrie and her son Brent, as well as our son Greg.  I doubt that the two young boys had as much interest in the ship at the time as their grandfather because they had no point of reference then.

USS New Jersey 1983

USS New Jersey – (BB- 62)

As an added bonus to this post, here is an additional photo, this one of the USS New Jersey as it looked in 1983. If my memory serves, it was stationed in California at the time at Long Beach. This Day in History – July1, 1985 the New Jersey was undergoing upkeep in Long Beach.

Sadly, the Missouri left the Bremerton area for good in 1985, but that wasn’t the last time she would see service in war time. She was reactivated in the early 1990’s to be used in the Gulf War. During one period of use her 16 inch guns fired over 800 projectiles. She was finally decommissioned in March of 1992. Her permanent berth is now adjacent to the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The New Jersey is located in Camden, New Jersey

Sources:

USN Ships — USS Missouri

USN Ships –USS New Jersey

Original photos in this article are owned by Carol Wilkerson

You Can Be A Part Of The Revolutionary Voices Film

Yates man

Be A Part Of Preserving United States History!

I’m proud to say I’m a backer participant in the Kickstarter  of Maureen Taylor’s film “Revolutionary Voices” A Last Muster Film. She and Verissima Productions are raising funds to get this film made about Revolutionary era people who lived during the time our country was becoming a nation. I hope you will join me in helping make this historical film possible by contributing what you can to the endeavor. See more about this film by clicking the video below.

My Revolutionary War Era Ancestors 

You may not know it, but the faces you see in these images might be those of someone who was a child during the Revolutionary War era. Why do I say that? Because the people in these tintypes are of a certain age that might have fit that criteria. The tintypes are from my Yates family and my grandfather Will Yates probably inherited them when his own father Jim Yates passed away. They sat in a closet or dresser for many years until I asked for them.

Two men

 

 

 

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These men listed below are my Revolutionary War Patriots (although I am in the DAR only through one of them*):

 

*Capt. Thomas POINDEXTER

Service:

NORTH CAROLINA    Rank(s): CAPTAIN, CIVIL SERVICE

Birth:

1733    HANOVER CO VIRGINIA

Death:

1-1-1807     SURRY CO NORTH CAROLINA

Service Source:

HAUN, NC REV ARMY ACCTS, VOL VIII, PART 6, P 800; CLARK, STATE RECS OF NC, VOL 22, PP 502,505

Service Description:

1) CAPT, PAID FOR SERVICES
2) SHERIFF, JUROR, 1777

 

 

BAILEY, ELISHA

Service:

VIRGINIA    Rank: PRIVATE

Birth:

11-20-1763    VIRGINIA

Death:

11-30-1841     ADAIR CO KENTUCKY

Pension Number:

S*W8344

Service Description:

1) CAPTS. BARNETT & LEAK, COL. CAMPBELL

Residence 1) County: ALBEMARLE CO – State: VIRGINIA

Spouse: 1)Hannah Gay

 

 

Richard Osgathorpe – Not yet recognized for Rev War Service (I have his pay voucher though).

Served from North Carolina

 

 

 

 

Honoring Dorie Miller – A True American Hero

 

"Above and beyond the call of duty" ...

 

 

Today, December 7, 2012 is the 71st Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As we remember those who we lost that day, we also remember the heroes who made a difference. One of them was Dorie Miller. I hope you will click this link to Angela Walton-Raji’s blog post and read about this wonderful man.  Remembering Dorie Miller, An American Hero.

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Before January 1950 Naval Discharge Papers Were NAVPERS 553

NAVPERS and DD214 info

Why Can’t I Find My World War II Ancestor’s DD-214?

I learned something new today about Naval Service Discharge papers and when they were used. We are trying to get my father-in-law’s WWII medals replaced so we can put them in a nice shadow box for him. When he came home from the war his siblings were allowed to play with them and they lost some of them. These things happened and it is possible to get the medals replaced one time for free.

Jim had talked to his dad about taking his DD-214 to have it copied so we could replace the medals but he couldn’t find any document with DD-214 on them. No wonder!

As I found out this morning, before January of 1950 the government issued NAVPERS 553 documents instead. (Not mentioned in the information I found at The Naval Inspector General webpage was that a smaller card of wallet size deemed the NAVPERS 554 was also issued.)

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