But my grandfather also served during World War 2, aboard the USS Brooklyn. He actually re-enlisted in October of 1939, prior to the US entry into the war, due to economic conditions in South Dakota at the time. The Depression was in full swing, and farming wasn't going very well, so he enlisted for training as a diesel mechanic, what would now be called a Machinists Mate, unless they've changed the rating names again.
|USS Brooklyn (CL-40) circa 1939|
Estel's brother (Orville) Wayne Dillman also served aboard the USS Brooklyn for a while. The Navy at the time had a policy that separated siblings, but it was not strictly enforced. The loss during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal of the USS Juneau carrying all five sons of the Sullivan family lead to absolute enforcement of the policy from that point onward.
Maritime Monday – Post about anything to do with the sea: ancestors who were sailors, shipwrights, fishermen, or coastguards including images, records and links. Maritime Monday is an ongoing series created by Ros Haywood at the GenWestUK blog. (Blurb shamelessly stolen from Thomas McEntee at Geneabloggers.)