My name is Bill Adams, and I am the grandson of a USS
WV sailor named William Hubert King (of Pike County in
Kentucky). My interest in my grandfather's experiences
during World War II has increased with all the hoopla
over the new Pearl Harbor movie.
Long before he died, he told me that he was on the USS
West Virginia at Pearl Harbor. He had gotten up to go
clean up for a church service only a short while
before the Japanese attacked. After the WV was sunk,
he abandoned ship, later joining the Missouri (I
think). After that ship was also attacked and I
suppose destroyed (?), he was assigned to the Reid for
the remainder of the war. He named his first son John
Reid King since he was so lucky to have survived on
I found your website, but I couldn't find his name on
the crew member list. I'm not sure why, but I wanted
to make sure that it was placed there. I just can't
find anything about him being aboard the ship, and I
wanted to make sure I'm correct about his being there.
Any information (if any) you could provide would be
beneficial to me. Thank you very much for your time.