Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Two Local Pearl Harbor Survivors Die Over the Last Year-- Part 1

From the dec. 7, 2013, Twin Falls (Idaho) Happy Valley Times-News.

GALE DONALD MOHLENBRINK, 89, of Buhl died July 7th and DAVID RAY ROESSLER, 91, of Gooding died March 21st.

Mohlenbrink was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Lowell, Wyoming, and grew up in Oklahoma and Idaho before joining the Navy in February 1941. He survived Pearl Harbor and saw further action in the Pacific.

The heavy cruiser he was on, the USS Hampton, was part of the Doolittle Raid and was sunk in Iron Bottom Sound Dec. 1, 1942 where he survived shark-infested waters before being picked up by a destroyer.

After that, he served on the destroyer USS Edison and served in the Atlantic. After the German surrender, his ship returned homr to Pearl Harbor where it began preparing for the invasion of Japan.

The Greatest Generation. --GreGen

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