USS SLC...Officer...Victor P. Neufeldt, CEM
March 9th, 2003
The following information was found on the internet[link dead 9-20-09].
Victor P. Neufeldt
I at 19 began service with the Navy basic training and Electrical/Ordinance school in
San Diego. I boarded the USS Salt Lake City on New Year's Eve 1939 and remained a part of ship's crew until April 1944. I served as seaman, fireman, and close to 5 years with the
Electrical (E div) gang before being transferred to a new ship at Richmond Naval yards.
Most of my time was spent at forward repair so I actually saw none of the "action." Perhaps someone remembers (faintly) once seeing the USS Boise in a Newsreel during her return to East Coast for ship-yard repairs. During her "Pounding" our ship took her place in battle formation, our captain ordered four 36" searchlights to illuminate the attacker and perhaps to blind it also and gave command for all turrets to "Rapid Fire" (load and fire when ready).
According to reports from those on "topside" it was like four salvos reaching out for that Japanese heavy (it tried to turn broadside to us but just turned over and sank.) After "yard repairs" we left for Alaska for seeming R & R.
No Personal Contact at this time
Information I had on him
#25 in Electricians, 1945
SLC Deck Logs