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Pcola Media
8/18/2012 1:03:16 PM
Your organization is planning its 2012 reunion aboard USS Alabama in Mobile in September. I am a local Pensacola, Fla., media member looking for crew members who were aboard 'Mo' btwn June-Sept 1945 and who live in NW Florida or SW Alabama. Can anyone assist me, please.
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3/14/2012 12:22:20 PM

My Dad served aboard the USS Missouri on its shakedown cruise, its maiden voyage out of NYC, and through the surrender. He was a sea going Marine, and at 87 is doing well despite a brain aneurysm and has an AMAZING memory, fantastic speech and wealth of photographs etc. His name is Jack McCool and following the marine corp he pursued a career in Nuclear Physics was a Scientific Representative assigned to Tokyo, Japan, if you can believe it. He actually ran in to a former shipmate on the street of Tokyo in the mid-1960's and the laughed at the irony and the fact that they had transitioned in to businesmen. Please let me know if you are still looking for folks to chat with.
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6/14/2011 1:48:29 PM
hi, in reply to your post in january, my dad's uncle served apon the Mighty Mo and was witness to the surrender. He was seconded from the royal navy as a signalman, and is currently trying to find any survivors he might have served with. Perhaps we could arrange an interview?
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1/25/2011 9:09:17 PM
This will likely be one of the strangest requests you've ever received. I served aboard the USS Missouri during the first Gulf War. You can find my - very old - photo and name listed if you search the names. I'm working on a bachelor's degree in journalism twenty years later than I should have, and I'm writing a story about the ship. I'm wondering if anyone might know a Missouri veteran who served in World War II who I could interview. I'm trying to illustrate the similarities and difference across 50 years.

I remember being aboard at the 50th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, and a man came aboard and toured the turret (I was assigned to turret two). The man's name was engraved on one of the plaques in the turret, and it was the most surreal experience I think I have ever had.

Thanks in advance for your help.