STRATTON, Donald Gay

After several months and a lot of salt water baths and a lot of healing, I was transferred to Corona, California for a convalescence period. Then I was medically discharged as my left arm and leg were not too good yet. I was medically discharged in September 1942.

I went back to Red Cloud, Nebraska where I did different jobs and proceeded to go back in the Navy, but with the help of my draft board. I was held up in Omaha, Nebraska for a few days while they got clearance from the Navy. I got my same service number, which helped a lot in the years to come. I had to go to boot camp again in Farragut, Idaho as Recruit CPO. I could have stayed there, but wanted to go to sea. I was sent to Treasure Island where I went aboard USS Stack (DD406) which proceeded to the South Seas. This was all in 1944.

We were in all the invasions through New Guinea, Hallamahara, Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa. I was transferred to electric-hydraulic school in San Diego, California. Then sent to St. Louis, Missouri and discharged the second time as a GM2/c on 4 December 1945.

I returned to Red Cloud, Nebraska where I met and married Velma Lockhart in 1950. To our household we added our oldest son Robert of Santa Barbara, CA who is a Vietnam vet. Then Gypsy Dawn, who only survived 3 days, then Randy of Colorado Springs, CO and then Roxanne Jo who only survived 5 days.

I guess the good Lord has his own way of doing things, for we now have four wonderful granddaughters and one grandson and two great-grandsons. Two granddaughters are being highly recruited by major colleges to play basketball, the grandson was signed 13th overall and 1st round draft pick by the New York Mets, 1966.

I went to work on offshore drilling barges as an Able-seaman and as a barge-master. Later went to work with deep-sea divers as a diver-tender. I worked all over the world, Alaska, Columbia, Chile, Kuwait, Nicaragua, as well as the USA. I did a lot of pipe-line work as well as erecting offshore drilling platforms. I made a dive in a two-man submarine well over 1100 feet. I retired and moved to Yuma, Arizona in 1986 where we live today.

(Our Flag) duty, Honor, and courage, and the people who made the supreme sacrifices for our freedom, shall always be remembered. Keep America Alert, so that something like this does not happen again, or else all these sacrifices were for naught.

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