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…

Memorial Day 2018 – Writing Military Memoirs

You don’t have to be a celebrity to write your naval military memoirs. Preserving one’s memories and stories about his or her military service is a wonderful gift to give your family. Bill, a Pacific war veteran of World War II and a postwar atomic veteran of Operation Crossroads in 1946, has researched and written…

75 Years Ago – Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941

Remembering December 7, 1941 Bill McGee recalls … “On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, John Ruud, Joe Rizzo and I were walking down Broadway in downtown Portland, checking out the movies. All of a sudden, someone opened a store door and shouted to anyone in earshot, “The radio says the Japs just bombed the hell out…