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Spent some time on Morgan yacht in Navy

November 29, 2012
The Alpena News

I thought someone would like to know about a famous ship I served on for 27 months during World War II. It was J.P. Morgan's yacht, The Corsair, commissioned in 1899. It was the first ship to pass through the Panama Canal in 1913. After I survived the sinking of the destroyer Stunenant in April 1942, I was assigned to The Corsair, or nicknamed the AGS-3, which means Geodetic Survey No, 3. There were only three of these ships in commission. The U.S. Navy needed another ship, and J.P. Morgan offered his yacht. It was the biggest yacht you will ever see. It was finally armed and fitted for survey duty in the Pacific. We spent one and a half years in the Pacific surveying which is a dangerous and tedious job. The Navy contacted all Naval Officers who knew about surveying to contact the AGS-C. We had about 30 officers who responded, none lower than a Lieut. Commander. After leaving Norfolk, Va., we went to the West Coast. Arriving in Seattle, after a few months in the states we left for Pearl Harbor. In March 1943, we left to explore. We returned home in late July 1944, a long time to be away. It's going on 72 years since I enlisted in the U.S. Navy. I worked at the Abitibi Corp. for 27 years and I've been retired for 37 years and I turned 90 years of age on Oct. 1, 2012.

 
 

 

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