His experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Pre-war youth; entry into the Army and basic training, Camp Blanding, Florida, 1942; combat on Guadalcanal, 1943; New Georgia Campaign, 1943; Munda Campaign, 1943; Bougainville Campaign, 1943-44; Philippine Campaign, 1945; battle for Manila; his battle wounds on February 13, 1945, and medical evacuation.
Battle of Guadalcanal
For the Tarrant County War Veterans Project. Childhood in Bonham, Texas; family life in the Great Depression; reaction to Pearl Harbor; decision to enlist in U.S. Navy; basic and advanced training; assignment as a range finder operator/electrician on the USS Drayton; Battles of Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal, San Pedro Bay, and others; strategies of naval, anti-submarine, and anti-aircraft warfare; preparation for invasion of Japan; discharge; marriage to Inez Langley; civilian career as an aviation mechanic with American Airlines.