A few months ago, I saw an ad for an estate sale here locally that said " US NAVY STUFF". A family was selling the entire contents of the house another member of the same Chapter lived in. .
I took a chance and went.
I got there about an hour after it opened and bought quite a bit of material, but missed out on about 1/2 of what I am posting today. Most of it came off of Ebay!!! I knew who the guy was that got in at the crack of dawn and watched his Ebay auctions over the next 3 weeks and was able to get the medals and the PHSA jacket. It was nice to have saved most of this from being split up.
Raoul Lanning was a Fire Controlman 2c serving on the USS Tennessee during the Pearl Harbor attack. After the attack he went to Flight School and became an officer and a Naval Aviator. For the rest of the war he stayed stateside and did not see any additional combat, but I think being at Pearl Harbor was enough for one war.
I found the photos of him online showing him wearing the same jacket and the PHSA hat.
He passed away in 2012 ands was laid to rest at the Tahoma National Cemetery.
Edited by KASTAUFFER, 31 July 2015 - 02:36 PM.