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Bits & Pieces from
"SHIP'S WAKE" - 1943
Contributed by A. J. "Jack" Crose
Once more we have to record the departure of two able and affable officers.
during the week
Lt. R. J. Matusek, Jr.
Lt. G. M. Reeves
both departed for
future duty aboard submarines. Lt. Matusek had just completed three years
of service on the SLC and there was a tug at his heart as he looked back
from the tanker upon his former ship. Our considerable loss in these two
officers is certainly to the gain of the submarine service and to the
officers personally we express our esteem and good wishes.
For Central Pacific Force: " The Gilbert Islands were quickly wrested from
the enemy because of excellent coordination among all services in careful
planning and courageous execution. I am proud of all officers and men who
took part. The memory of those who gave their lives will inspire us to
apply ourselves with increased diligence to hard future tasks. All forces
have helped create and can take pride in the unbeatable combination we
WHEN THE WAR WILL END
Actual evidence I have none
But my aunt's chairwoman's sister's son
Heard a policeman, on his beat,
Say to a housemaid on Downing Street,
That he had a brother, who had a friend,
Who knew when the war was going to end.
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Three years aboard the SALT LAKE CITY.... Once more the Navy solved its
problem by taking a SLC officer. This time it is
Lt. Commander George O'Connell,
assistant gunnery and personnel officer and main battery control officer.
Mr. O'Connell was to report back to the West Coast for further assignment.
We consider his departure a loss to the SLC and our sincerest wishes
accompany him. Mr. O'Connell was awarded the Silver Star for his
outstanding work in the Komandorskis engagement.
Washington --- Gray working uniforms for Naval enlisted men aboard will
be substituted for the present white uniforms, it was announced this week
by the Navy Department.
"Huge task forces spearheaded by carrier-based aircraft are poising for
new pile-driver blows against the enemy...." Admiral McCain.
The Marcus raid focused attention on the new American Navy that has been
built since Pearl Harbor. It is the story of "a warship a day," which
Navy Secretary Frank Knox has revealed as the rate of the Navy's expansion
in the Pacific alone.
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