James Vernon McKinney
USS West Virginia
Thanks for contacting me. I visited your website and was fascinated by the long diary entry of the events by a survivor. The site looks great and I will get something to you soon to add my father to the crew list. The links with photos then and now are nice. I recently saw the film "Tora, Tora, Tora" on television which included a USS West Virginia survivor and a short interview with the Japanese pilot that took credit for sinking the West Virginia. My father was James Vernon McKinney (he was known as J. V. McKinney) and many close friends called him "Mack". He was on the USS West Virginia when it was bombed in Pearl Harbor. He worked in "damage control". He was among those who swam through the oil slick to shore when the abandon ship order was given. Thank you for your work to pay tribute to those at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. I joined your mailing list and look forward to getting notice about updates to the site. Will send information on my Dad soon to add to your site.
Marcelle (McKinney) Lewis
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