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Ken Meyer | USS LST-994 - Navy

3:20   |   After the war, the men of LST-994 had the sad duty of repatriating Japanese from Korea. There was disease and death and Ken Meyer recalls the heart wrenching scenes he witnessed. This was his last duty before returning home to family life.

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  • Ken Meyer  |  WWII  |  USS LST-994  |  3:48

    Draftee Ken Meyer headed to Navy boot camp in March of 1944. During induction, he was given a signal test and he was lost so he just gave random answers. He scored so well, the Navy made him a signalman.

  • Ken Meyer  |  WWII  |  USS LST-994  |  4:55

    After signal school, Ken Meyer was assigned to an LST, the largest amphibious craft in the inventory. He recalls the terrible typhoon they encountered and how he could almost reach out and touch the water at the top of a roll. It was a very rough riding ship because of the flat bottom.

  • Ken Meyer  |  WWII  |  USS LST-994  |  5:57

    Ken Meyer boarded an LST that had already seen action in North Africa, but was now destined for the Pacific. Their trip was slowed by engine trouble and, by the time it was fully provisioned and got to the war zone, nearly every island had already been secured. They did see a kamikaze hit on another ship on the very day the war ended.

  • Ken Meyer  |  WWII  |  USS LST-994  |  3:07

    What does a signalman do? Ken Meyer discusses the daily life and responsibilities of the Navy signalman and how he once caused his ship to turn left when every other ship in the convoy turned right.

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