Claiborne V. Watson, Jr., S1c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...Enlisted Navy...Claiborne V. Watson, Jr., S1c
Claiborne V. Watson, Jr. passed away on May 23rd, 1997 from multiple myleloma
My name is Rodney Watson. My father served on the SLC during
WWII. He talked very little of his experience. He was injured
when the SLC was struck by a torpedo in Okinawa.
Jan. 30th, 2002
Our father, C. V. Watson, Jr. died on May 23, 1997 from multiple myleloma.
He never told me anything about his time in the Navy. The only
information we have is what was told to our brother and 2 letters I have
found since his death. One of the letters is dated November 7, 1946,
from the Bureau of Naval Personnel. It was sent to the US Naval Hospital
in Charleston, SC. The subject: Navy Unit Commendation awarded to U.S.S.
Salt Lake City. It states the following:
Information from SLC Microfilm
C. V. Watson, Jr., S2c USNR
Enlisted Aug. 21, 1942 in Raleigh, NC.
Boarded the SLC on Nov. 4, 1942
Promoted to S1c after boarding and sent to submarine duty to New London, Conn.
SLC Deck Log Nov. 1942
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