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Barney Ross —
born on December 23, 1909,
died on January 17, 1967
Barney Ross was an American professional boxer. Ross became a world champion in three weight divisions and was a decorated veteran of World War II... (wikipedia)
We managed to get underway, and I don't know to this day why we didn't get struck or take a torpedo, but we didn't. We got outside of the exit of the harbor and we started dropping depth charges.
I was standing on the deck of the USS Blue, a destroyer. We were all alone out there at this buoy, tied up.
After the atomic bombs were dropped, the war ended and we went into Tokyo Bay with the rest of the fleet, the Missouri and the rest of them, while they signed the terms of surrender that ended the war.
I was 20 years old at Pearl Harbor. I was in the Navy about a year and four months before the war.
I'd get a shell, they weighed about 80 pounds I think, but when I was 19 or 20 that was nothing. I'd take a shell and a bag of powder, I'd put it in the hoist and then I would send it up to the gun.