Robert B. Bowlin, MM1c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Robert B. Bowlin, MM1c
Robert B. Bowlin passed away on October 9, 2013. Information from dau. Cindy Parker
Oct. 18th, 2001 Letter & Pictures
We sure missed you at our reunion in Reno. I was hoping to meet you. You
have done a marvelous job in setting up the SLC Website. There is a
tremendous amount of information about our ship. I'm not sure I can add
much more, but for what it's worth, I can tell you I spent 3 years of my
life aboard her during the war.
Bob & Betty Bowlin
#13 in A Division, 1944
#29 in A Division, 1945
SLC Deck Logs Nov. 1942 Jan. 1943
|Bob attended the following SLC Reunions: 1973 1975 1981 1985 1987 1991 1993 2001 2002|
on the SLC 1942
It happened right after Thanksgiving in 1942. I was with a group of recruits, fresh from the States that was assigned to the Salt Lake City in Pearl Harbor, (others were assigned to the Indianapolis, & I think to the Nashville). The Salt Lake was in dry dock being repaired from damages during the Savo Island & Cape Esperance battles.
What a sight for a bunch of new sailors to see! But, we were happy to have a new home after having been moved around from one spot to another since boot camp. Also, our mail could catch up with us along with a pay day.
After a few days, most of us started feeling ill & after reporting to sickbay, we were told to get our gear together & be transferred off the ship. What a sorry bunch!! They loaded us in trucks & sent up to a naval hospital not far from Pearl Harbor. There it was determined that some of us had the mumps & others the measles. I had the mumps & we were required to hit the sack for a week & not get up.
We were waited on hand & foot during this time. This was great, but after the 1st week, it was our turn to wait on new sick sailors for the second week.
We learned a lot about the Islands when in the hospital, especially the Hawaiian music. There were a couple of "old timers" that had guitars. This helped pass the time. But, during the second week, someone said, "look! our ship is leaving port!" Oh, no! we are stuck again! (the hospital was located on a hill where we could see the harbor). However, after a few days, the ship came back to port and we were relieved to see that. (the ship had gone out on a trial run).
Happy Day! We were sent back to our Ship! This was a start of a 3 year cruise for me & I am sure glad that I wasn't assigned to the Indianapolis. We all pray for all those that were and never got home.
Return to Index
Bob Bowlin on a Delaware River Cruise|
at the SLC's Aug. 1987 Philadelphia Reunion
SLC MAIN INDEX
SLC MAIN ROSTER
LG. GROUPS MISC. PICTURES SHIP PICTURES SCOUT PLANES HELPFUL INFORMATION
VETERAN'S STORIES SHIP'S STORE SLC ASSOCIATION OFFICIAL DECKLOGS SLC HISTORIAN
The address of this page is bowlin.htm
Send Questions, Comments or Report Problems to Website Curator, Sandy Eskew
Return to SLC Main Index for Email Address