USS SLC..."Enlisted Navy"...Albert G. Melville, S1c
Albert G. Melville passed away on Sept. 8th, 2006 after his battle with cancer
March 3rd, 2000
You are doing a great job. Here is an outline of my service aboard the "Swayback Maru".
I came aboard the Salt Lake city on December 17th, 1941 about sunset. There
were about ten of us Battle Wagon sailors in the group. I was the only
one from the "USS California", the rest were from the "West Virginia". I had
been released from the Naval Hospital at Pearl Harbor earlier on that day.
I was offered a chance to return to the "California", go stateside for new
construction, or take a ship out to fight the Japs. I took the last
I had been slightly wounded on December 7th--- working around the ship
and harbor; cleaning it up, my leg got infected. By the 12th of Dec., I
couldn't walk, so I was sent to the naval Hospital at Pearl Harbor and was
there for a week.
I was assigned to the 2nd Division and to turret #2. I first was sent to
the lower powder handling room. In January I was transferred to the powder
circle and that remained as my battle station until July of 1943 when I was
transferred to the 3rd Division and turret #3 powder circle. I remained in
the 3rd Division until October 5th.
We returned to San Francisco for repairs on that day, as I remember.
Several of my shipmates had also put in for new construction. Our orders
were cut and we reported to Treasure island, a naval receiving station.
Treasure island was a man made island in San Francisco Bay and was the
home of the 1939 World's Fair.
Albert G. Melville
Re-living the battle from
Memorandums from 1941-1942
SLC Deck Logs
Attended the following SLC Reunions: