Started active duty in 1942 on the USS Portland along with two other Tulane midshipmen.
November 1944 promoted to Lt Junior Grade, was a division officer then an assistant gunnery officer, and later sent to support the 24th regiment in 1945 land invasion with marines.
Battle of Salvo Island on 20 October 1945. Embarked on the USS Oakland anti air-craft vessel. Protected carrier enterprise from aerial attack during 5 engagements.
On USS Portland participated in five major Naval engagements, lost 200-300 people during these engagements. While on the USS Portland a torpedo struck the ship near where he was standing and the impact lifted him off the deck.
October 1948 transferred to the submarine reserve.
Other Notable Content
Battleships often ruined formations due to slow speed.
Torpedoes were very unreliable during the war due to inaccuracy and often circled and sometimes came back at the attacker.
Ships had poor water tight integrity; if it was hit below water line flooding would occur.
Sub torpedo were ineffective.
Viewed World War 2 as a easy war to participate in because the country was behind them.
Believes that a WW3 will happen with China because they are an extreme danger the world.