SQ 2016- Robert McCord
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SubjectNavy; Bridgeton, New Jersey; Rationing; Blackouts; Panama Canal; Guam; Franklin Delano Roosevelt; Victory Courses; U.S.O; Veteran
Robert McCord, born in 1916, lived in Bridgeton, New Jersey during World War II until 1943. After his high school graduation in 1943 he enlisted into the Navy. His parents had to sign for him because he was 17 years old at the time of enlistment. Robert McCord was put onto a small PC ship and was first sent to the Atlantic Front, but was moved to the Pacific Front after D-Day. On the PC McCord would eat, sleep, play cards, and work his mandatory eight hour shifts. He was a Yeoman on board his ship. He was on this ship until after V-J day and was sent home.
Robert McCord talked about his time in the Navy. He remembers the sights and smells on the PC Navy Ship. He talks about his times on liberty in Guam, Panama Canal, New York, and California. He told us his experiences at the various U.S.Os around the world. He remembers Pearl Harbor, V-J Day, and the trip home to see his mother. He remembers life before he enlisted into the Navy. He talks about rationing, the radio shows, victory courses, blackouts, and the submarine watchtowers.
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