Going Overseas and Serving as
a Navy Cook
Dad, after completing
both Basic and Cooks and Bakers training in 1942, was now ready to
serve his country in the U.S. Navy. During 1943 Dad would cross the Atlantic Ocean
aboard the Landing Craft Infantry (LCI) 229, serve with the Flotilla
2 staff (Pool), and finally arrive aboard the LCI 35 where he would
remain for the duration of the ship's service during the war. Dad
did enjoy the romance and adventure that the Navy provided and he
got to see North Africa, Sicily, and Italy during the year. He also
would experience his first invasion at Salerno in September where
he described to his sister Mae how he was a little scared and "shook
from head to toe and his knees would knock together".
January 2, 1943
Arriving Aboard the USS LCI (L) 229
In late December 1942, Dad returned to "Bean City" (Boston, MA) after
spending a short period of time with his family over the Christmas
holiday where he prepared for his new assignment as a Ship's Cook
aboard the USS LCI (L) 229. While in Boston, Dad's address was 7 A.
A.12, USNRS, Fargo Building, Boston, MA.
The LCI (L) 229 was built at the George
Lawley Shipyards in Neponset, MA and commissioned on January 2, 1943.
The initial crew including Dad were received on board on this same
date in Boston, MA. The ship and crew remained in Boston until January
15th when the LCI 229 sailed for New York City.
*Other WW II Action and Notable Events for 1943 begin with the Chronology of the LCI 35.