Friday, June 15, 2007

A Battleship Veteran

Bob Haarde of New Jersey was a Battleship veteran in WWII. He actually went through boot camp aboard the Battleship Texas while in convoy with the Murmansk Run. The USS Texas is now a museum in Texas.He then became a gun captain for one of the 9 16 inch guns on the USS Alabama which is now a museum ship in Mobile, Alabama. He tells of the sad story of Tarawa in which the shore bombardment was timed wrong for the landing, thus placing the Marines in a position with no effective cover from the battleship guns. The carnage was horrific. He explains the next invasion of Quadjaline used the lessons of Tarawa. This is a short example of volunteer veteran interviews at senior centers in Sussex County. is the sponsor.
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