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William E. "Slug" Leary, Jr.
S1c

USS Salt Lake City CA25
1939-1943

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USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...William E. "Slug" Leary, Jr.

May 30th, 2003

I enlisted in the Navy in Oct. of 1937 and was sent to Boot Camp in Newport, RI. for 3 months. After Boot Camp I was assigned to the USS HOUSTON at Charleston, SC. and at that time it was President Roosevelt's Cruiser. The same day we boarded the ship, the President came aboard and we left for the Guantanama Bay to review the Fleet.

I was transferred to the USS SALT LAKE CITY in April of 1939 and served on her until 1943 when I was transferred to new construction after the Battle of Cape Esperance.

During my service on the USS SLC I was a member of the boxing team and baseball team. My good friend and shipmate Bob "Ace" Duval won the All Navy Lightweight title.

I enjoyed my time on the SLC and I am very proud of "her" and "her" war record. She had the best shipmates in the Fleet.


For complete story.... read: December 7th, 1941 & Beyond
Tidbits about
Contact with Rich Noar, son of SLC Veteran Abe Noar ball-red-02 Deceased
Archer M. R. Allen, Captain ball-red-02 Deceased
1939 Rope Yarn
Bill is #7 in picture of Boxers, 1941
Remembered by ball-red-02 Robert M. Storey
SLC Deck Logs Jan. 1943  Feb. 1943

Bill & Alice attended the following SLC Reunions:
1981  1983  1985  1987  1989  1991  1993  1995  1997  1999  2001  2003  2004  2006

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2. Frank Agent, S1c


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1. William E. "Slug" Leary, Jr., S1c
2. Andrew L. Schmitt, RM3c ball-red-02 Deceased


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