Albert F. "Pete" Peterson, Jr., Seaman l/c, born Dec. 13, 1921,
Denver, CO, and enlisted in the USN Jan. 17, 1941. After boot camp at
San Diego, he reported to USS West Virginia and was assigned to the 6th
Div. as a powderman on the #3 turret.
He was leaving to go on liberty when the Japanese attacked. Pete and
nine other sailors dove off the ship when it started sinking and swam
to Ford Island. He was the seventh man off the ship, but the first to
reach Ford Island. He says, "I never liked swimming, but could have
beat Esther Williams that day." After the attack, Pete helped clean-up
and picked casualties from the water. He was then assigned to the
Anti-Aircraft Training Center, Waianae, Oahu and discharged from NAS
Pasco, WA, Nov. 6, 1945.
Pete and his wife, Sally, live in Denver, CO, where he is retired from
the post office. They have four children, 10 grandchildren and one
great-grandchild. Hobbies are baseball, volleyball, golf, automobiles
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