The Bluejackets’ Manual 1944

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This manual didn’t belong to either of my uncles who served in the Navy, but I was certainly glad to find a copy. Delbert and Donald Wilson enlisted in the US Navy in 1934. Donald stayed in, but Delbert got out after the original enlistment.

After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Del reenlisted.

E 1/c Delbert G. Wilson served aboard the USS Maumee (AO-2) during the war; also worked an Attack Teacher at the US Naval Submarine School.

CEM Donald W. Wilson was already on the crew of the USS Yorktown, which was sunk at the Battle of Midway. Surviving electricians helped bake out engines on the USS California (BB-44), which had been raised after being sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack. Then served on the crew of the USS Yorktown (CV-19)

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  1. I had my Dad’s Blue Jackets manual, 1943 edition for years. Then I gave it to my son when he became the 3rd generation to go to the Pacific for service or long term ex pat life. One of his (and mine too) favorite Jimmie Buffett songs is “Son of a Son of a Sailor” His grandfather was WWII So Pacific too .

  2. The Bluejacket Manual was a very common sight in our household for the twenty-one years my husband was in the Navy. I’ll bet we still have it, if I wanted to hunt for it.

  3. I have my dads 1943 edition, I’m doing my “Art of Swedish Cleaning “ and I need to find a new place for the book. Looking for ideas.

    • No one in the family is interested? Are you connected with anyone he served with? Maybe a local museum. You might even try history Facebook group for any ship he served on.

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