Joel W. Sledge
USS West Virginia
Joel W. Sledge, Master Sergeant, born Oct. 10, 1924, Rebecca, GA,
enlisted in the USN on Navy Day 1941, at the age of 17. He received
basic training at Norfolk, VA, and lacked one week completing when
Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was assigned to the USS Yorktown (CV-5)
on Dec. 13, 1941, and took part in all battles, until the ship sank at
the Battle of Midway. He was rescued from the oily water by the USS
Russell and taken to Pearl harbor "Cane Patch." He was assigned to the
USS West Virginia and assisted in putt|ng her back in commission. He
spent two and one-half years on the Wee Vee. He was then assigned to
the USS Weise (APD-l35) for the remainder of the war.
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