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Harper Brame | USS Besugo (SS-321) - Navy

7:33   |   Growing up in rural Virginia, Harper Brame was a member of a hardworking family. He recalls some of the people he grew up with and a doctor who treated his broken femur.

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  • Harper Brame  |  WWII  |  USS Besugo (SS-321)  |  6:47

    Harper Brame had some cousins who served during the second World War, but the rest of his family was involved in the war effort back home. He describes his family’s military history that goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

  • Harper Brame  |  WWII  |  USS Besugo (SS-321)  |  3:06

    Growing up during WWII as a young man, Harper Brame describes what he could do to support himself and his family. Young men all over the country had left home and that meant there was work to be done. As a teen he got involved in making model planes and became and honorary Ensign before even joining the service.

  • Harper Brame  |  WWII  |  USS Besugo (SS-321)  |  10:08

    Harper Brame moved around a lot during High School, but he was still involved in a multitude of sports. After WWII came to an end, Harper found himself in line to enlist in the Navy. He was slated to be a Navy Corpsman, but wound up getting a duty he never expected.

  • Harper Brame  |  WWII  |  USS Besugo (SS-321)  |  15:01

    Once aboard the USS Besugo they made their way across the Pacific Ocean to visit many places that were once the fields of battle. For a few months, they performed exercises in China where massive changes were underway on the mainland. Harper Brame describes his time aboard ship, some of the submarine’s history, and some of the duties they had at sea as well as the people he saw on land.

  • Harper Brame  |  WWII  |  USS Besugo (SS-321)  |  10:02

    Going back to the States, Harper Brame had a few more stops aboard the USS Besugo. By the time he was home, he was offered a position in the Intelligence services, but opted to join the Reserves instead when he met his wife-to-be.

  • Harper Brame  |  WWII  |  USS Besugo (SS-321)  |  2:43

    Harper Brame recalls a couple other tales from his time at sea, including seeing a blue whale and a potential close call with the on-board torpedo's.

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