OF A MUSEUM VOLUNTEER
was born June 18, 1921, in Oakdale, Tennessee. He went to school in Oakdale and
Cincinnati, Ohio, where he enlisted in the Navy September 21, 1938. He was sent to Norfolk Naval Training
Station for training. Upon completion of training, he was assigned to the USS
Dewey, DD349, for duty. The Dewey was sent to Pearl Harbor as part of the
Hawaiian Detachment in late 1939. While attached to the USS Dewey, George
received a Letter of Commendation from Admiral Nimitz.
early 1941 George was transferred to the USS Cummings, DD 365 for duty, and
was aboard her when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
The Cummings received damage and casualties during the attack.
June 1942, after the attack, George was scheduled for transfer to a new
destroyer, but instead, was sent to Algiers, Louisiana for transport armed
guard duty. His job as Signalman, was
to ride merchant ships in convoys and handle all the visual communications
while enroute. The last ship he rode, the
Pennsylvania Sun was torpedoed and George was then sent to the Amphibious
Training Base at Little Creek, Virginia for training.
completion of amphibious training George was transferred to the USS Florence
Nightingale, APA 70, an amphibious transport with 22 boats assigned to her.
While on board, he made landings in North Africa, Sicily, Europe, and
Okinawa. After the war George served on the USS McCracken, APA 198, for a
short time. He completed his naval
service by serving 5 years in what was then V-6 Reserve.
leaving the Navy, George went to Cal Poly and received a BS degree in
Environmental Engineering. He also has
an MA degree in arts from Fresno State College. He has three sons.
joined the Legion of Valor Museum staff after being encouraged to do so by
the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.
Being a Pearl Harbor Survivor, George soon began setting up a room in
the museum commemorating that event.
The Pearl Harbor Survivors Room is now a very popular and much visited
most enjoyable part of being a Docent at the museum is showing young people
the many displays and pointing out the sacrifices made by their forefathers
to maintain our country's freedom.