A very nice and pleasant surprise discovery as we honor our Veterans today.
|Fred Mandella, CEM, USNR|
Update 11/15/15: Found a little on Chief Charles W. Hire, a CE on the USS Lexington as of 9/30/1941. I will dig up more as time allows but made sense to find him on the Lexington.
|USS Castor. Riding pretty high for a supply ship so my guess is coming into port for re-supply, repair and r&r.|
You might remember our earlier stories about Iowa football player and Navy pilot Nile Kinnick and the signed photo postcard I got from my father.
Kinnick died on a routine training mission off the USS Lexington on 6/2/1943. How could that be when Lexington was sunk in May of 1942? Well one month after the older Lexington (designated CV-2) was lost, a new carrier under construction was renamed USS Lexington and designated CV-16. Kinnick was flying off of CV-16 when he crashed into the ocean. This fifth Lexington survived the war and is now a national monument and museum in Corpus Christi, Texas.
You can read a little more about Fred & other Veterans on my blog link: http://steunenberg.blogspot.com/…/honor-our-veterans-novemb…
USS LEXINGTON (CV-2)
And the sinking of the Lexington CV-2 on Fold3: https://spotlights.fold3.com/…/the-sinking-of-the-uss-lexi…/
Idaho Related: Idaho Public Television presents The Idaho Homefront: World War II
And of course we can't forget BIG SPUD BB-42 USS Idaho