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BREWER, Charles Griffin Shipmate PixJUDGE BREWER http://www.forest-blade.com/news/2005/0803/social/053.html "...Judge Brewer interviewed at library July 14, 2005 - World War II veteran Judge Charles Griffin Brewer was interviewed at the Franklin Memorial Library on Thursday, July 14. Judge Brewer was in the U. S. Navy and served aboard the USS Onslow (AVP-48) in the Pacific Theater. He attended Aviation Machinist Mate School and Aerial Gunners School, and received Combat Air Crew Training before his VP-27 squadron was formed at NAAS Harvey Point, North Carolina. His unit was then shipped to San Francisco where they ferried planes to Hawaii and took transport ships back. Their squadron was then designated a VPB (patrol bombing squadron), and they flew to MCAS/NAS Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where they received advanced training and flew anti-submarine patrols. Their next assignment was NAS Tanapag Harbor, Saipan, Marianas Islands, where they lived aboard sea planes. The USAAF was using B29s to run bombing raids on Japan, and many of the planes were crashing in the vicinity of Saipan, Tinian and Japan as they tried to return from their long missions. His unit was responsible for finding these downed airmen and directing ships in the area to pick them up. They were then sent to Keramaretto, a group of islands west of Okinawa. From there they participated in the bombardment of Okinawa. At the same time, a large fleet of battleships was firing salvos on the island, and aircraft carriers were sending plane after plane over for air attacks. They also ran bombing missions up the coast of China, across the southern end of Korea, and over almost to Japan. The Navy suffered heavy losses during the war from Kamikaze attacks as the Kamikazes would come in about sundown each day and destroy ships in the Naval Fleet. After the bombing of Nagasaki, Judge Brewer and his squadron flew over the area at about 600 feet. He described the complete destruction of the city. These World War II veterans' interviews are videotaped and stored at the Franklin Memorial Library. They are available for public viewing. Members of the public wishing to view one of these interviews may do so if the facilities are available or they may call the library at 2377791 and reserve a time to view one of these videos. These interviews are done through the support of Franklin Memorial Library, the Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society, and the Governor David Emanuel Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Technical support is provided by Dr. Bob Brown and Michael Buxton..." [15AUG2005]


JONES, Ted TJones5413@aol.com "...Served with VPB-26 February 1946 to December 1946, VPMS-2 February 1947 to August 1948, VP-46 March 1950 to July 1952, and VP-47 June 1956 to November 1958. In addition I was a shipboard member of the USS Onslow (AVP-48) from November 1954 to May 1956..."


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