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Bob Reynolds | USS Franklin CV-13 - Navy

7:07   |   The kamikazes were everywhere, recalls Bob Reynolds. Three of them attacked his ship and two were fought off but the third got through. The ship was repaired and back at sea but, before long, it was the target of dive bombers.

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  • Bob Reynolds  |  WWII  |  USS Franklin CV-13  |  7:06

    Why the Navy? Bob Reynolds says he didn't like ties and the Navy had open necks. That and the varied trades offered made him pick the Navy over the other services. Nearly his entire class from boot camp was assigned to the brand new carrier, the USS Franklin. He worked in the most hazardous area of the ship, the flight deck.

  • Bob Reynolds  |  WWII  |  USS Franklin CV-13  |  3:44

    He was carrying a letter from his girlfriend and the news wasn't good. That moment of inattention on the flight deck cost the pilot his life in a most grisly manner. Bob Reynolds describes that incident and other perils of life on an aircraft carrier.

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