Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Veteran served in latter stages of WWII, Part 2 | Examiner Enterprise, Bartlesville [Oklahoma]

According to WWII Navy Muster Rolls found on Ancestry.com, my grandfather - Stephen J. Cooke -served on the same ship - PC 801 - with Mr. Conaway!
 
 

 

Veteran served in latter stages of WWII, Part 2 | Examiner Enterprise, Bartlesville

By Joe Todd, Historian
 
(Editor’s Note: The following is the last of a two-part interview of Lester Thomas Conaway. Part 1 was published in the April 8 edition of the Examiner-Enterprise.)

Todd: You got to Pearl Harbor?
Conaway: That’s right. That is where I picked up PC 801.

T: What is PC 801?
C: Patrol Craft 801. It is a sub chaser. It had depth charges and two 40-mm guns and a five-inch 38 big gun on the front. It was made to go with a convoy, but we never did that. We did air-sea rescue out of Honolulu.

T: How many were on the ship?
C: There were about 80. We had five officer and two cooks.

T: What was your job on the ship?
C: I was just a deck hand. I did laundry for the whole ship. I got paid $4 from the officers and $2 from the rest of the crew each month.
 
 

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