Lester J. Workman, F1c
USS Salt Lake City CA25
USS SLC...USN...Lester J. Workman, F1c
Lester J. Workman passed away on Feb. 1st, 2011. Infor. from family friend, Marla McCrary
Jun. 1st, 2009
Letter from Lester James Workman
I was living in Northwest Missouri and I had never been to the ocean. I was standing in line when I was enlisting and I though staying on land with the Army would be the best. Therefore I tried to exchange places with the fellows near me, but I got in the Navy line. It turned out to be a blessing. I learned to appreciate Navy life aboard the USS Salt Lake City and the adventures we shared.
We traveled in a convoy. The ship cruised at 30 degrees for a while, and then turned another 30 degrees in a zig-zag pattern. One time our ship almost collided with another ship.
I worked down in the fire room under pressure with temperatures of 120 degrees for four hours, then off four hours. We had diesel power and also worked on the boilers.
Jap planes would come in groups of four and dive on the ship one at a time. One almost caught the SLC but our ship changed course and the planed missed us and went into the ocean. One hot night I was sleeping on deck and three suicide planes attacked us. I covered up my head and prayed.
Lookout duty was a thrill. We climbed up the mast to look for planes and subs.
A memorable occasion was when the flag was raised on Iwo Jima.
Link to his obituary in the Maryville Daily Forum in MO.
Lester and Daisy have attended the following SLC Reunions:
1973 1979 1981 1983 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001
2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 2008
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