November 1940

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett:

This entry may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today. These transcriptions are being presented as they were originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these prejudices never existed.

November, 1940, as we came up from the south to New York on a Standard Oil tanker, I was called by the Navy for active duty. The Navy dispatched me to the U.S.S. Santee at Baltimore as a Commissioned Officer. The U.S.S. Santee at that time was on oil tanker rigged for fueling ships at sea.

My first assignment aboard the Santee was First Lieutenant and loading officer. A few days after I arrived aboard, we set sail for the West Coast through the Panama Canal. When we arrived on the Pacific coast at Los Angeles harbor, we did a few practice drills loading ships at sea. Then, sometime in April, we sailed for Pearl Harbor and in May, 1941, the U.S.S. Santee was getting in shape to convert into a light aircraft carrier. I was transferred to the U.S.S. Cuyama, another oil tanker that also fueled ships at sea.

U.S.S. Cuyama Offitcers

P. R. Coloney- Commanding Officer
V. F. Rathbun -Executive Officer
W. F. Huckaby – Navigator Officer
D. D. Lett-A.A. Battery Officer
E. M. Tellefson- Communication Officer
C. W. Lowith – Engineer Officer
R. G. Brown – Gunnery Officer
P. A. Bane -First Lieutenant
A. R. Truett – First Division Officer
F. E. Mullins – A.A. Battery Officer
J. J. Reidy -Second Division Officer
I. R. Strickland -Asst. Engineer Officer
J. W. Root- Medical Officer
B. A. Chandler-Supply & Disbursing Officer
R. F. Hitchcock -Asst. Supply Officer

The U.S.s.Cuyama loaded cargo of diesel oil and fuel oil in San Francisco Bay for Pearl Harbor. We also went to some of the South Pacific Islands lohninson Is., Palmyro Is. Wake Is., and Midway Is.. We met Lieutenant Colonel James P. Devereux, Commander of the Marines who later made the heroic stand against the Japs for sixteen days before he and his Marines surrendered. We were back in Los Angeles Harbor sometime in the late summer of 1941.


Pauline’s Letters:

  • April 1917 April 1917.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important} Abb Truett left school at Columbia to join the Navy in April 1917, when the United States entered World War 1. An excerpt from “The ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • June 3rd, 1940 June 3rd, 1940.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important} Monday morning Dear Mae, Read your letter this morning, sure was glad to hear from you. I am having a good time but not as good as ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • November 1940 November 1940.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important}An excerpt from “The Life Story of a lucky Tennessee Sailor that Lived to Retire” by Abb R. Truett: November, 1940, as we came up from ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • July 5th, 1941 July 5th, 1941.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important}Gee jack I wish I had more time off while you are out here, so I could be with you more. TweetShare on TumblrPrintLike this:Like ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • August 12, 1941 August 12, 1941.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important} Sam’s Birthday is September 15 that will be the code for the date we will arrive in San Diego or any name stating date ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • August 15, 1941 August 15, 1941.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important} Dear Pauline, We are sailing in the morning at the same docks you saw us sailed from when you were here. I haven’t heard from you, since ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • August 17, 1941 August 17, 1941.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important}I received your letter today as we will be sailing early in the morning for Honolulu. I will tell you how glad I am when ... Click to Keep Reading ...
  • September 10, 1941 September 10, 1941.fb-comments,.fb-comments span,.fb-comments span iframe{min-width:100%!important;width:100%!important}I will get some time off for Christmas. I told Lieut Lett confidential about us but it was too good to keep secret so all ... Click to Keep Reading ...

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