Maurice Featherman, Lieutenant Commander, born
Nov. 29, 1916, Natick, MA. Education: BS degree from University of
Massachusetts, USN Midshipmen, USS Prairie State. Joined line (ensign)
in June 1940, commissioned in February 1941 and stationed in USS West
Virginia and USS Oglala.
Memorable experiences: During Pearl Harbor attack he
was in turret 3 when 1500 lb. armor piercing bomb came through roof of
turret, but didn't explode. It struck the breech of the 16# gun in the
left gun room and split open, spilling its main powder charge which ignited
and burst rather than exploded. There were at least 20 men in the
turret; one was struck by part of the bomb and killed and two others were
injured. Lt. Cmdr. Featherman was discharged May 20, 1946, and
received all the usual campaign ribbons.
Married Selma Slesinger and has two children and two
grandchildren. Employed as sales rep of paper products. His
hobby is tennis.
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