Here's a small grouping I have to a Sailor who was serving on the USS Arkansas Pre war and just before the start. I do'nt know If he served on it during the war.
I have his dog tags and three envelopes.
His dog tags are the C type and have the following information
Two of the envelopes are from May 1938 whilst the "Arky" was paticiptaing in the dedication exercises for the Bejamin Franklin Memorial in Philadelphia.
They contain a letter to William's wife Nonie (Winona?) Describing what he has been doing and going to see Robin hood in glorious Technicolour.
The second contains pictures of the dedication ceremony from the philadelphia inquirer with Notes showing William standing. Unfortunanlty to far away for any detail.
The last envolope is dated Aug 9 1941 posted during the Atlantic Charter conferences which took place on board USS Augusta between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. During the conference, the battleship provided accommodations for the Under Secretary of State, Sumner Welles, and Mr. Averell Harriman, from 8 to 14 August 1941. Its a letter to his son saying about the confrences and about the Battleship Prince of Wales.
He says about it not lasting as long as the 'Arky' which was 29 years old at the time. HMS Prince of Wales was sunk by the japanese on the 10th Decemeber 1941.
I have attached some pictures and you should be able to read the letters.
I would love to know any more about this man. As he served on the Arkansas for quite a few years. I think he was just a seaman and not an officer. I have been unbale to find any more about him.