|Stories from Veteran Jim O'Hara|
From the pictures of the SLC on the InterNet during repairs at
Pearl Harbor, the dock that it is tied up to appears to be the 10-10 Dock.
Across the wide expanse of the dock was a high fence surround the officers
club. During the Christmas Holidays in the evenings, a small crowd would
gather to listen to the music. Some sailors would even dance if a good
jitterbug number would be played. The music could transport us home.
During one of our stays in port up in the Aleutians (probably Dutch Harbor),
a small British ship had a sailor that had to do some time in the brig. Not
having a brig, they sent him over to the SLC.
Shortly after I reported aboard I was assigned to mess cooking detail. The Mess Hall MAA was a BM2c and I was his chief mess cook. I'm sorry that I can not remember his name, but I'm sure somebody reading this will know who I mean.
He was a very pleasant, good looking guy. Being his head mess cook, we had the reason to have a lot of conversations. He was telling me how he happened to be assigned to the SLC.
He was badly wounded Dec. 7th and given initial first aid on Ford Island. His clothes had been cut away and somebody found a flight suit (Officers) to put on him and shipped him off to the hospital. The hospital of course thought he was an officer and treated him as such. As he was recovering he honestly did not know who he was, but it finally occurred to him who he really was. It was not until he was assigned to the SLC (as a pilot) that the truth came out. When questioned as to why he was impersonating an officer, he simply replied.... "I liked the treatment". He was sent below and that was the end of the matter. Perhaps the person in question will hear about this and fill in the facts.
During Jim's time on the SLC the "Geedunk" stand was run by
Johnny Ancel and
Lionel "Bugs" Bergstrom. There
were classified as "Ship Service Men". No
advancement in rate, but extra pay and lots of perks. One of the best jobs
aboard ship. No Watches...etc. It was also very good to be their friend
not so good to be on their well known "list". I was their friend because
being the head mess cook, I could do extra favors for them. Lots of coffee,
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