Chester A. Turner, EM2c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Chester A. Turner, EM2c
May 20th, 2008
My name is Darla and I’m sitting with my father in Oklahoma City. He will be 84 in June. We ran across your site because I was taking down information about my father’s history. He mentioned being on the Salt Lake City, so I wanted to find some pictures for him to look at and found the pictures on your site. He is in the Electrician photo of 1945 on the end #12. His name is Chester A. Turner. He went in the Navy and signed up to be an electrician because he wanted to learn a trade. He left the Navy in January, 1946. He went to work for Western Electric and retired with them. He went in just 4 months after his 18th birthday. He had dropped out of high school, but when he got out he immediately went to Central High School and finished in 3 months. He is married to Virginia Turner and has 3 children, a son and 2 daughters.
Summary from Chester A. Turner
I quit high school and then rode the bus to Seminole, OK. and signed up for the Navy on Oct. 19th, 1942….just 4 months after turning 18.
I was in the Navy for 3 years, 3 months and 8 days. I received Electrical training from the Navy and was sent to various places for schooling. One of the places I received training was in Great Lakes, IL. and also at Mare Island Naval yard in Vallejo, CA., better known by the guys as “Valley Jo”. I remember I could see Alcatraz Prison from the shipyard.
I also attended the US Naval Training school in Electrical studies at Morehead State Teacher’s College in Morehead, KY. and completed my classes there on March 27th, 1943. I attended school at Camp Peary in VA. and received my completed training as an Electrician’s Mate on Mar. 3rd, 1944 on board the USS SALT LAKE CITY. I also remember at one point, in my spare time, I did take dance lessons at a dance school.
After I boarded the USS SALT LAKE CITY, which was stationed in CA. for repairs, the ship left for the South Pacific. Pearl Harbor had already been bombed when we arrived. We traveled many places throughout the South Pacific Ocean.
I received an Honorable Discharge on Jan. 20th, 1946 along with the Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon. I left the Navy and went to Oklahoma City, OK.
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