Frank L. Phillips
Msmth.1c

USN
USS West Virginia
1939-1941

My uncle Frank Phillips was aboard West Virginia December 7 1941. I don't know his rank etc but I do know he was a machinist..  He was not injured but went overboard with out much for clothing. He said that he was asleep that morning and after the attack by the time he got top side the deck was to hot so over the side he went. A launch picked him up later. Being I live within twenty miles of Bremerton and the ship yard WEE VEE is still a famous name around here. After she was repaired and ready to get even the local guys here couldn't wait to serve on her. The shot of her after overhaul/repair in Oct 43 anchored is a famous shot around here. that is the Manette bridge at her stern. A lot of pictures were taken of WEE VEE from this bridge before she left for the war. I watched her being cut up at TODD Shipyard. A real sad era. Thank You AL Phillips

 

Frank Phillips was transferred to the USS Case after Pearl Harbor. Retired as Chief Metalsmith right after the war.


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