USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Myron N. Pederson, RM2c
Myron N. Pederson passed away on July 9th, 2003
Myron Pederson RM2c
Above Picture Taken June 1944 at Pipestone, Minn.
Enlisted Aug. 19, 1942, at Mpls., Minn.
Discharged at Bremerton, Wash., Nov. 30, 1945 as RM1c
August 18th, 2003
I am writing to tell you of the death of my father, Myron N. Pederson, who
served on the Salt Lake City in "the radio gang." A brief letter he sent
you appears on this page.
He died of metastatic pancreatic cancer on July 9, 2003, at age 82. He had
only received the diagnosis in May, so it all happened very fast.
He never used the internet, but was very interested in your site when I
told him about it, and enjoyed some of the items I printed out for him,
especially those having to do with the Battle of the Komandorskis, which
occurred about a month after he came on board the SLC.
He didn't tell you all that much in the letter he sent you, I see. He said
he'd been in Minneapolis since 1946. He did move there not long after
WWII, but he was also on active duty in the Navy again from 1950-'52. I
don't know very much about that tour, but he was in Europe, in the
Mediterranean, for at least some of it, perhaps all of it. (He was
beginning to have some lapses of memory in the last year or so of his life,
and perhaps that's why he wasn't too precise in his chronology when he
wrote you. However, it's true that he lived in Minneapolis all the time
that he wasn't in the Navy from 1946 on.)
He worked in Minneapolis for the Great Northern Railroad for a number of
years. He and my mom married in 1958. I was born in 1960 (the only
child). He left the railroad and began working for the post office in
1964, and retired from there in 1987.
I have a picture of him in his uniform that he wanted me to send you, and I
will scan it and send it to you soon.
It was not long after my dad was diagnosed with cancer that I revisited
your web site and found the questionnaire for veterans that you had put up
since the last time I'd seen your site. I thought that it looked like a
great tool for recording the history these men have to share. I had
planned to tape record his answers to the questions, but, I deeply regret
to report, he became too ill to communicate before I had a chance to do it.
Thanks for the labor of love you do with your web site. I've learned a lot
from it. It makes me wish I'd listened more carefully to my dad's Navy
stories, and asked him more questions earlier.
Sept. 24th, 2002
Letter received on Sept. 20th, 2002 in answer to a letter sent to him from SLC Historian, Sandy Eskew.
I'm sorry to be so late in answering your nice letter and receiving the picture of the SLC Radio Gang. It sure was appreciated.
I went aboard the SLC in Feb. of 1943 in Pearl Harbor. I then went through the Battle of the Komandorski Islands. After that we were down around the Marshall-Gilbert Islands bombarding until August of 1944. It was then that I was transferred to Halsey's Flag Allowance, Com. 3rd Fleet and was with them until the was with them until the war was over. I then went aboard the USS MO. around the spring or summer of 1945 and was on there when the peace treaty was signed.
After I was discharged I got the chance to live in the same house as my aunt & uncle. I took it up and have been here in Mpls. ever since Jan. of 1946.
I have pictures of myself in uniform that I will try to get to you soon....
Well, ..._._ for now
Myron N. Pederson
Myron is #17 in Radio Gang, 1941-1945
Radio Gang List
SLC Deck Log Feb. 1943