Sunday, April 21, 2013

Funeral Service Held for Pearl Harbor Survivor

From the March 28, 2013 WSAW 7 CBS.

John Weindorfer, 89, died March 27th.  He arrived at Pearl Harbor on November19, 1941 on the destroyer escort USS Cassin which was scheduled for drydock.  While the ship was there, Weindorfer was assigned to the Ford Island  Naval Station as an aviation mechanic.

December 7th he was on mess hall duty.  It quickly became an emergency first aid station and he helped provide aid to the wounded.

It was fortunate for him as his ship was destroyed in the drydock and he lost 43 shipmates.

Starting in April 1942, he was assigned to PBYs (sea planes) operating out of a variety of bases throughout the Pacific including Midway.  During the course of the war, he survived three airplane crashes.

The Greatest Generation.  --GreGen

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