Monday, February 16, 2009

RADIOMAN by Carol Edgemon Hipperson

An Eyewitness Account of Pearl Harbor and World War II in the Pacific

Ray Daves was just a 16 year old renegade teenager when he felt life on the farm in Little Rock was not what he wanted. He dropped out of school and enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), with his parents permission. For the next six months in Idaho he planted trees on the hillsides to stop soil erosion, dug irrigation ditches for farmers or built roads for loggers. Ray enrolled in classes to help himself get ahead.

He lies to get into the Navy at seventeen, goes thru basic training and gets accepted into radio school and passes. His orders come to board the Cruiser Richmond and goes out to sea. Part of his job is to board a Kingfisher plane and be catapulted from the ship that flies to San Diego to retrieve the mail for the guys. Everyone talks of the war in Europe but at this time America is not committed to it.

One of his best friends was the radioman on the Arizona that was sunk in Pearl Harbor. He tells of the day, Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked us, what he witnessed, and how he assisted after the attack.

A very riveting five star story from a survivor of history.

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