CHAPTER 3: S.S. SACKETTS HARBOR
March, 1945 I boarded the S.S. Sacketts Harbor for what turned out to be the trip of a lifetime. We were scheduled for a six week trip to the island of Ulithi and back. We were gone 13 months. We sailed all over the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, China Sea, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf and Caribbean Sea. We made port in the Carolina Islands, the Philippines, Singapore, Iran, Japan (twice), Panama (3 times), Curacoa, Panama Canal (both ways), Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
The ship was a T-2 Tanker. It was a good ship with a good crew. The skipper was Capt. Albert Morse. You couldn't ask for a better one. The First Mate's name was Parr. I had a lot of good friends in the crew. My best buddy was Dick Cloud from Santa Monica, CA. We stayed in touch for years.
[The story he told me was the Captain of the rescue ship was in some big damn hurry to get the to Adak as fast as possible. It caused so much turbulence that everybody and everything aboard what was left of the Sacketts Harbor were being tossed around like rag dolls. The Captain of the Sacketts Harbor told the Captain of the rescue ship to slow down but he refused. So the Captain of tha Sacketts Harbor ordered his crew to cut the tow line and fire up the engines.]
We ended up backing half a ship several hundred miles under our own power. It was miserable, sleet was the worst.
While in Adak, I met a friend from home, George Chronister. He was in the Navy. He helped me get some winter gear to keep warm.
We were on Adak about a month waiting transportation home. I don't remember the name of the ship but we landed in Seattle, Wash.
Went home for 30 days.