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Hugh Wesley Southern, RM2c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
1941-1945
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USS SLC..."Enlisted Navy"...Hugh Wesley Southern, RM2c

May 1st, 2000

My Dad is Hugh Wesley Southern and he was stationed on the USS Salt Lake City from 1941 to 1945. From what I understand he was in charge of ship to ship and ship to shore communications. He was at some time injured while on the ship and has two fingers that were nearly amputated. Today neither of these fingers will bend but he can type like a wizard. I think his reflexes are due to his communications job and find that it is phenomenal that he can move his hands around to type on a keyboard with the limitation of movement he has. He has told us "some" stories about the cruiser being in dangerous situations and how his job played into events.

I have told him about the web site and he is excited to know it exists. He evidently befriended Clifford O. Werner, S1c while he was on the ship and I saw his name listed on the roster you have there. I would love to be able to contact him or get his information for my Dad so he could get in touch with him. I will give you the information as to how to contact my Dad because his mind is extremely sharp and he has excellent recall of that time period. He may be able to assist you in some way, as well.

Thanks for your inquiry,

Sheila Hooper

May 9th, 2000

Dear Sandy,

Got a nice letter from you today. I see that you are in Grove, OK. Did you ever hear of a little town called Muldrow? That is where I was born and raised. I finished high school there in May, 1941 and volunteered for the Navy in December (the 12th to be exact). I will attempt to answer your questions as brief as possible.

(1) What did we do to keep from going nuts? We stood watch around the clock (8 hr. shifts), after that if we were not at General Quarters, we were having inspection; locker, bunks, etc. We slept very little, especially on enemy water. We had submarine lookout every day one hour before dawn and one hour before sunset.

(2) I served under 3 captains: l-Captain Zacharias 2-Captain Small and 3. Captain Rodgers.

(3) Where did we sleep? Most of the time up under the 8" turrets, which were 8" guns and we had 10 of them aboard; 5 forward, 5 aft.

(4) Some of the names I remember are:
E. O. Windham, RM3c,   ball-red-02 Deceased James R. Murphy, RM1c, ball-red-02  Robert C. Kohlmann, RM1c,
ball-red-02 Deceased Joe Kubish, RM2c,  James E. Lynch, CRM,   ball-red-02 Deceased Michael H. Van Kessel, RM2c,
Donald L. Wilcox, EM3c,   ball-red-02 Deceased Robert D. Wilhelm, FCR1c,   Deceased Joe J. Laratro, SM2c,
Unknown "Whiskey" Bronson.

Radio Gang List
#24 in Radio Gang, 1941-1945
SLC Deck Logs Mar. 1942  May 1943
1997 SLC Reunion

I hope this will help you, and if I can answer any more questions I will be glad to do so.

Sincerely,
Hugh Southern


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