The Fatal Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4

June 16 is Father’s Day, but for Bill McGee and other survivors of Task Unit 32.4.4, the date is remembered for another reason… March 27, 1943. Having been indoctrinated at U.S. Navy Boot Camp and Gunnery School, I sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge aboard the Liberty ship SS Nathaniel Currier… bound for the South…

Just announced … Bill McGee’s “The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943” finalist in the Military Writers Society of America 2018 Awards

The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943 by William L. McGee has been designated as a 2018 awards finalist by the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA). The award category – Gold, Silver, or Bronze – will be announced at MWSA’s General Membership Conference on November 9, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina.  Sandra McGee, Bill’s publishing partner and wife,…

75 Years Ago… The Ill-Fated Voyage of Task Unit 32.4.4

Guadalcanal, June 1943. The U.S. Navy Task Unit 32.4.4 was anchored off Guadalcanal. The convoy was made up of four Liberty ships and three escorts. Gunner Bill McGee, fresh out of Boot Camp and on his first wartime sea voyage, was stationed aboard the Liberty, SS Nathaniel Currier. Suddenly, on 16 June at 1350 (1:50 p.m.), Condition “Very” Red was…