Monday, September 19, 2011

Assignment: USS Vestal

Having just been assigned duty on the USS Vestal, my dad, Frank Dolan, took a Greyhound bus from his home in San Diego to San Pedro, where he went aboard his first ship on this date in 1941. He will be leaving for Pearl Harbor in a few days. He and his good friend, Guy Long, were buddies together in service school. Long was assigned to Vestal's shipfitter shop while Dad was assigned to the welding shop.

Sources: Frank L. Dolan's Service Records and personal account; USS Vestal Muster Roll, September 1941

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