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I am now 91 years old. I served in the Naval Reserve from 1943 to 1980. I was a Navy instructor at Purdue University from 1943 to 1944. I served aboard the USS Catamount LSD from April 17, 1945. We traveled through the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor in the Pacific.My brother, Ed Meeks, was in the Navy also. He was on a mailboat and came out and met me in Pearl Harbor. I was surprised because his last tour of duty was in the Mediterranean. I also saw my brother in law in Manilla, Philippines. I ran into a neighbor, Ben Green, in Tokyo. It was great to see guys I knew when I was so far from home.Veterans Day means a lot to me as it represents the freedom Americans have because of the armed forces and the lives given to service our country.The most dangerous experience I had was looking for survivors from the USS Indianapolis knowing that the submarine that had sunk the Indianapolis was in the waters that we cruised for the four days of searching.I was in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered. I looked through binoculars to see the papers being signed.After retiring from the Navy, I joined the Ohio Naval Militia at Camp Perry and retired after 20 years.I like to attend the veterans services at Elida, Perry and Bath schools and at the American Legion each year.

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