Surviving Servicemen: Just A Little Ocean Cruise Leonard J. “Len” Savage of Lucasville calls himself a draft dodger.
In March 1942 the draft board in Roseville, Ohio, where he grew up and attended school, was ready to mail him greetings. Uncle Sam wanted his butt in the Army.
He moved quickly – down to the recruiting office to join the Navy.
Better to have a clean bunk and hot meals than a foxhole and cold k-rations.
He didn’t make the move with the hopes of avoiding the action in World War ...
Surviving Servicemen: Bridging The Rivers Of War SOUTH PORTSMOUTH, Ky. — The first 21 years of the life of Stanley E. Howerton were pretty mundane. Born in South Portsmouth Jan. 8, 1921, and finishing his formal education with completion of the eighth grade at Flat Hollow one-room school in 1935, he knocked about making a living as best he could until Sept. 23, 1942.
That’s the day he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and his life was soon to find a little excitement. His journey and education with...
SURVIVING SERVICEMEN: South Webster To New Guinea OAK HILL -- Clarence Morris dropped out of South Webster High School in his junior year to help his parents, Anthony and Edith, on the family farm, three miles out of town.
On Feb. 27, 1943, during the spring thaw, the 19-year-old farm boy was busy turning over a field for planting when the mailman stopped out on the highway and waved a postcard at him.
“He handed it to me, and I read where it said, “You have been selected...”
He shook his hea...
SURVIVING SERVICEMEN: ‘Some of our boys were throwing potatoes at them’ By G. SAM PIATT
PDT Staff Writer
Sam Roberson remembers well that infamous Sunday morning 67 years ago, when the Japanese dive bombers and torpedo planes came roaring out of a dazzling Hawaiian sunrise packing death and destruction.
Roberson, at the time a 23-year-old radioman first class, was one of 27 sailors on board the little sea-going tug, Bobolink, docked in close to shore between Hickman Field and Ford Island.
“I had gotten up at 4 a....