An avid reader of naval history since my father's service in World War II, I had been struck by the marked contrast between the touching personal depictions of WW II photo-journalism and the dearth of portrayals of sailors as persons, not just undefined elements of crews. Frederick Harrod would observe, "Enlisted personnel are the forgotten men of naval history." 1 As a youngster I witnessed the first two years of World War II by hanging around recruits at the Naval Training Station, San Diego, California. While commissioned a line officer, my father proved too old for front line duty, so he was assigned to the legal staff as station deputy Provost Marshall, a position suited to his civilian profession of lawyer and US commissioner for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, California.



chapter Chapter 1|12 pages

Appears the Missing Sailor

January 1906

chapter Chapter 2|36 pages

The Recruit

December 1904 - May 1905

chapter Chapter 3|52 pages

Asiatic Squadron - China: USS Oregon and Monadnock

May 1905 - June 1906

chapter Chapter 4|28 pages

The Philippines: Manila Bay

May - July 1906

chapter Chapter 5|118 pages

Subic Bay: Seaman to Petty Officer

August 1906 - August 1907

chapter Chapter 6|94 pages

Fruits of Labors: Petty Officer to Warrant Officer

August 1907 - December 1908

chapter Chapter 7|26 pages

Back to Sea: USS Chattanooga

December 1908 - July 1909

chapter Chapter 8|22 pages

Settling Accounts at Olongapo: USS Mohican

July - December 1909

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

Homeward Bound: USS Denver

December 1909 - April 1910

chapter Chapter 10|6 pages


May 1910 - May 1943