Thursday, April 18, 2013
A group of World War II veterans helped provide some local students with insight as to what it was like to fight in World War II.
The fifth grade classes at Marrington Elementary School in Goose Creek recently saluted the brave men and women who fought for the country in World War II, during the school’s observance of the war last week.
The week was completed by a visit to the class by six World War II veterans from the Army and Navy. More than 50 students listened to the stories of the war from men who had actually been there and asked their many questions of how it was living during this era of American and world history.
The students’ questions ranged from “Were you afraid?” to “What was it like to be black and serve in the Navy aboard submarines?”
Four of the veterans were members of the United States Submarine Service.
Willie Jones, SD1(SS) Steward, served from 1943-1946 and qualified in submarine aboard the USS Sennet SS-408 in 1943. Jones also served on the USS Cod, SS-224 and USS Blower, SS-325.
Lee Allison, CS2 (SS), Cook, served from 1944-1951 and is current Commander of the South Carolina WWII Submarine Veterans. Allison served aboard the USS Grouper, SS/SSK/AGSS-214 and qualified in submarines in 1945.
Stacy Power. CSCM (SS), Cook, served from 1943-1969. Power served aboard surface ships during WWII and qualified in submarines on the USS Grenadier SS-525 in 1951. He also served on the USS Sablo SS-302, Greenfish SS-351, and the USS Sam Rayburn SSBN-635.
John Hill, HMCS(SS) Corpsman, served from 1941-1970 and qualified in submarines aboard the USS S-38 in 943. Hill also served on the USS Atule SS-403, USS Bugara SS-331, USS Chivo SS-341 and the USS Trumpetfish SS-425. He also served aboard the USS Tangier AV-8 early in WWII.