Dec
30
2014

Charles Smith graduated high school in 1943 in Burnet, Texas. The following year he joined the Merchant Marines and would experience World War II as an Able-Bodied Seaman aboard T2 Tankers and Victory Ships, refueling critical ships and aircraft in the Pacific Theater and the Mediterranean and Indian Oceans, as well as delivering cargo, supplies […]

Nov
18
2014

Ed Martin’s Navy career was in the Pacific theater during World War II. His first assignment was aboard the USS Fulton, a submarine tender. He was the one of the men who kept all the gauges in working order for the US Pacific submarine fleet. Ed would become the ship’s driver and eventually be assigned […]

Nov
14
2014

Elza Dwayne “Ed” Martin volunteered for the US Navy at age 17 and reported for duty in Dallas, Texas on August 22, 1942. Little did this raw recruit realize that over the next 3 years he would see duty in California, Pearl Harbor, Brisbane, Australia, New Guinea, Midway Island, Saipan, Treasure Island, Panama Canal, Marshall […]

Nov
3
2014

Elza “Ed” Martin began life as a sharecropper’s son. He was one of ten children, living in a three room house on about thirty acres near Cleburne, Texas. These were the years of the Great Depression and life was not easy. Uncertainty and hard work dominated Ed’s early life. The Martins were blessed to have […]

Oct
2
2014

Taylor McClure graduated from high school in 1942 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Military service in World War II was imminent, and the idea of being a Navy cadet seemed adventurous and exciting. An enlistment application received no response so Taylor hitch-hiked to the Dallas Navy office, only to learn that voluntary enlistments had been suspended. The […]