James Orlo Bush
F.2c
E Division
USN
USS West Virginia
1940-1941

My father James Orlo Bush served aboard from 1940-1941.  He was in engineering.  He retired from the Navy in 1960 as a BTC.  He died in May 1965 from a brain tumor in San Francisco, CA.  I was only 11 months old.  I never got to know him or find out much about his life in the Navy.  I did however follow in his footsteps and joined the Navy in 1986.  I am a Chief Petty Officer currently serving in Norfolk, VA. Attachment is a picture of my father taken in 1959.

Steve Bush

First enlisted as: APPRENTICE SEAMAN   10 SEPTEMBER 1940
At: DES MOINES, IOWA
Born: 2 AUGUST 1919 at  ALBIA, IOWA
Qualifications: CHIEF BOILERMAN, GENERAL SERVICE
Ratings held: AS, F3/C, F2/C, F1/C, B2, B1, BT1, BTCA, BTC
Certificates: INSTRUCTOR "C-1" SCHOOL
Special duties for which qualified: INSTRUCTOR
Service (vessels and stations served on) From SEP 40 To MAR 60
NAVAL TRAINING CENTER, GREAT LAKES, IL SEP 40 to NOV 40
USS WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48) NOV 40 to DEC 41
USS WORDEN (DD-352) DEC 41 to JUN 42
USS COGHLAN (DD-606) JUL 42 to AUG 43
USS HECTOR (AR-7) FEB 44 to MAY 45
USS CIMARRON (AO-22) JUN 45 to APR 46
USS ALBEMARLE (AV-5) APR 46 to NOV 48
NAVAL TRAINING CENTER, GREAT LAKES, IL NOV 48 to MAY 53
USS HANCOCK (CV-19) NOV 53 to JUN 57
USS MIDWAY (CV-41) AUG 57 to NOV 58
NAVAL TRAINING CENTER, GREAT LAKES, IL DEC 58 to MAR 60
Rating at transfer: BTC


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