Thanks, Wayne! I am worried about the St. Louis fire that destroyed so many WW II personnel records. I was able to find one record online that had him listed on a ship in Seattle before he deployed. His address he wrote in the front of the log book gave an APO of San Francisco, but that was everybody’s address in the Pacific, I think. I have some connections with the Navy that might help lea me to more info.
Both my grandparents were textile mill workers, disparagingly called “lint heads.” My dad went to work at Rex Hanover as soon as he graduated from high school to help support the family. He was the oldest brother. I think he was glad to enter the military to get out of Gastonia.
After the war, dad did get some training in textiles and was able to move up to better jobs. Alzheimer’s ended his career as a procurement agent and “cotton tester”. My brothers and I were fourth generation lint heads, though all of us ended up in different careers as adults.
The log book is limited to just a part of Dad’s service in WW II. He also served during the Korean War in the US Army as a 2nd Lt. He never saw combat because, as the story goes, he was such a good baseball player that Ft. Benning kept him from going overseas.
I have a lot of work to do on his profile. Plenty of sources (that need clarifying), but I need to work on his bio.
Thanks again, Wayne. Much appreciated!