In the closing days of March 1944, my dad, Frank Dolan, is a sailor aboard the repair ship, USS Hector, during a final period of shakedown operations for this newly commissioned ship. Hector is stationed for now at the Naval Operating Base on Terminal Island, California. Anti-aircraft and surface gunnery practices were fired. Commander W.W. Feineman conducted a military inspection of the ship and crew during the afternoon on March 27.
During the first couple of days in April, Hector will load supplies and make preparations for getting underway for Pearl Harbor on the 4th. As she nears her departure date, the ship will receive a coat of camouflage paint.
|USS Hector, cir. 1945|
Sources: USS Hector War Diary, March & April 1944; USS Hector AR7- Ship's Log (WWII); Frank L. Dolan Service Records