Ernest Eli Van Houten
Enlisted
3rd Division
USN
USS West Virginia
1929-1932

Daddy was born 13 May 1906 in Mobile, AL, joined the Navy in 1928, went to Great Lakes Naval Training Center for Basic, and then was on another ship for a short time before permanent detachment to the Wee-Vee.  After his discharge, he went to Seattle, married my Mother, Esther E. (Marsh) in 1935, and ended up in Bremerton in the Naval Shipyard, retiring as a Quarterman Shipfitter.  He died in Bremerton in 1993.

Joan E. (Van Houten) Gathings

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