USS O'TOOLE DE 527
"This photo was taken sometime after her initial shakedown cruise, prior to receiving war paint. It's hard to distinguish, but on the stack is painted a green shamrock with a white clay pipe (typical Irish symbols).
I graduated from radio school April 1944 and was assigned to USS JOHN J. POWERS DE 528 30 May 1944 for convoy duty in the Atlantic until 19 Sept 1944. I was then transferred to USS O'TOOLE DE 527 and promoted to RM 2/c as Flag Radioman for CORTDIV 80.
My first convoy was Convoy 119 out of NY to Plymouth, England and we rode out the great Atlantic hurricane of Sept 1944. I stayed aboard until decommissioning in Charleston, SC, 18 Oct 1945."
Photo and information submitted by Joseph W. Matthews, RM 2/c
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