Veteran recalls World War II battle

To the Times of Ti: Sixty three years ago on March 19, 1945, I witnessed one of the U.S. Navys worst maritime disasters. The aircraft carrier USS Franklin was attacked by japanese planes. I was on board the aircraft carrier USS Bataan and we were on the Franklins port side. Over 900 men were killed. The enemy kept coming and trying to sink her, but did not. We were busy that complete day. On board ship everyone has a job and everyone has a battle station. My battle station was topside passing ammunition to the gun turrets. I still keep in touch with men in Cadyville, Plattsburgh and Warwick that were in the same battle. I have been to their homes and they have been in Port Henry. The man from Plattsburgh is 90 years of age. I have a cruise book that shows pictures of the battle. If there is anyone from the North Country that was in the battle, I would like to hear from them and see the pictures. We received a hit and had to return to the states for repairs. Then we went directly out to sea again. When the war was over, went directly from Tokyo Bay to New York City and received a large welcome. Patrick J. Sullivan Port Henry

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