Enforcement as a New York State Parkway Police Officer.
He rarely spoke about the loss of the Mississinewa and when he did it was very broad in general. I think many if not most of war survivors don't go into detail about their worst experiences.
Anyway, dad passed away in 1984 and although it took many years I am glad that I found this site and was able to download a couple of pics of dad from it.
(Herbert Allen's nephew)
My sisters went to the memorial service for the ship in Texas. I now proudly have a cap with the ships name roudly on display in my home. God bless everyone involved that day and everyother day i the service to protect our country.
Later when we started having reunions I met sailors who were on the Nantahala when the Mississinewa was hit. The Nan was anchored next to the Mississinewa.
God bless those who lost their lives on her and God bless you who keep her memories alive.
He also used to wake from a sound sleep with a start, per my mom's recollection. He also could go On the water, but not In it- he literally would not go in past his ankles, even on a pond! This is not surprising since ocean was on fire after the Mississinewa explosion due to the oil she was carrying. My dad was severely burned on his lower body, and received a Purple Heart. He was only 19 at the time of the sinking!
He was great person, father, husband, talented artist and had a wicked sense of humor! He is greatly missed by his wife and 4 children! I was only 19 when he died at the young age if 57, and I just wish I got more time with him.
Thank you for letting me share my memories!