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Sherman Howard | USS Volans (AKS-9) - Navy

4:30   |   One of the most memorable things for Sherman Howard about his Pacific tour was the initiation ceremony at the crossing of the equator. Just don't ask for details. His supply ship was in Tokyo Bay just weeks after the two atomic bombs ended the war.

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Videos ( 2 )
  • Sherman Howard  |  WWII  |  USS Volans (AKS-9)  |  5:05

    Sherman Howard tried to enlist in the Marines, but he was too small, they said, so he went to the Navy in 1943. They had him on US coast patrol in a PBY and then put him to work as a mess cook but he wanted to go to sea. He shipped out for the Pacific in a retrofitted supply ship.

  • Sherman Howard  |  WWII  |  USS Volans (AKS-9)  |  3:27

    Starting at Guadalcanal, the USS Volans distributed supplies to fighting forces and ships in the South Pacific. Sherman Howard was a striker, or assistant, to a carpenter's mate. It was their job to fix nearly anything on the ship that needed repair.

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  • Sherman Howard's photographs from WWII  |  WWII  |  Navy  |  3 Photos

    Sherman Howard's photographs from his Pacific tour on the USS Volans.

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