Monday, November 11, 2013

Military Monday ~ Veterans Day ~ Reunion on Pearl Harbor


My Dad William C. Carrow  BM1 USN was my hero through life. He served here on the USS Hopping DE -155 where he was a plank holder.

The USS Hopping made nine convoy crossings of the Atlantic Ocean before being sent to the Pacific. While in the Pacific, she withstood numerous Japanese air attacks as well as at least one concealed enemy shore battery. Dad was offered the opportunity to apply for a medal for his effort to secure the ship after it was torpedoed. He never filled out the papers saying "Someone had to do it".

My Uncle Francis Faunt served on the USS Cony DD-508 as a Torpedoman.  Cony was launched Christmas Day 1942 and then escorted a convoy from  Norfolk VA to Nouméa, New Caldedonia, where she arrived 27 January 1943.

From online chronology from sailors onboard I find that this file picture is the Cony in Pearl Harbor apparently in 1944. "Cony received two bomb hits on her main deck, and these with a near miss killed 8 of her men, wounded 10, and caused considerable damage. She was towed into Port Purvis for emergency repairs. She sailed from Port Purvis 4 May for Majuro and Pearl Harbor May 6th 1944.

So it seems that the joyous reunion between my Dad and my Uncle Franny which was joined by Faunt cousins Gilbert Earle and George Wilson at Pearl Harbor happened between May 6th and June 15, 1944. Family!!

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