Sunday, July 1, 2012

Appointed Metalsmith 2C

On this date in 1942, Dad was appointed Metalsmith Welder, 2nd Class. In the hectic early months of the war in the Pacific, many sailors, like my dad, found themselves promoted early, the time requirements being waived in wartime per the Bureau of Naval Personnel. From a repair ship like the VestalDad and other metalsmiths routinely repaired and constructed metal equipment aboard ship. They maintained and repaired ventilating and drainage systems, tested and replaced watertight gaskets, heat-treated and case-hardened metals, and cut, welded, and riveted metal parts. Of course, metalsmiths also worked with damage repair parties on battle-damaged ships and other naval craft, which in wartime was their primary task.

Source: Frank L Dolan's Service Records

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