Monday, April 1, 2013

Promoted to Metalsmith, 1st Class

On this date in 1943, my dad, Frank Dolan, was appointed Metalsmith Welder, 1st Class. From repair ships like the Vestal on which he served, Dad and other metalsmiths routinely repaired and constructed metal equipment aboard various ships. 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.

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