Quotes from Jack Adams
"A chief petty officer taught me shorthand, which got me promoted to yeoman first class."
"After the Battle of Midway there was a week in a rest camp at Pearl Harbor."
"Another nice thing was that I would type out letters home for the admiral's stewards. They would then feed me the same food the admiral ate."
"Chicago's buoy was a couple of hundred yards astern of Arizona, and I was saddened to look at her."
"Everybody knew that I could type pretty well."
"However, during those months the airmen and ship crews of the U.S. Navy learned the lessons we needed to win the Battle of Midway."
"I passed a typing test and became a member of the staff of Rear Adm. Newton."
"I received my parents' permission and went into the Navy on June 3, 1941."
"I was assigned to the heavy cruiser Chicago."
"If it's free, it's advice; if you pay for it, it's counseling; if you can use either one, it's a miracle."
"In basic training we had been told to watch out for Japanese spies."
"It was very fortunate that our three Pacific Fleet aircraft carriers - Enterprise, Saratoga and Lexington - missed the Pearl Harbor attack."
"Lexington did launch its air group when a Japanese carrier was reported."
"My assignment was in the communications office, where I typed out dispatches."
"My observations of Japanese naval fighting men, their abilities and equipment led me to believe that they gave a better account of themselves than we did."
"My wife and I traveled to Hawaii in 1974, and we went to the Arizona Memorial. It was a chilling experience thinking about Frank and other boot-camp buddies who were on the ship."
"On December 5, 1941, Chicago led a task force built around the carrier Lexington to Midway Island, at the western end of the Hawaiian Islands, about 1,000 miles from Pearl Harbor."
"Our task force put to sea in early January 1942, to attack the Japanese in the Marshall and Gilbert islands, but the mission was called off on the eve of the attack."
"The good news was that Enterprise and the newly arrived Yorktown had attacked the Marshall and Gilbert islands. Those attacks had a great effect on morale."
"The Japanese invaded Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands, on May 4."
"The search for the Jap fleet continued for four days until we returned to Pearl Harbor on Thursday, December 11."
"There were a number of Japanese freighters tied up in San Francisco Bay. I was told that these ships were being quarantined."
"We began intercepting Japanese radio transmissions, which indicated the two forces were very close to each other. We found out later that we were moving in opposite directions and passed each other by 32 miles."
"We made air attacks on the Japanese anchorage, sinking and damaging several vessels. However, the Japanese were alerted to the fact that American carriers were nearby."
"You could tell that America was gearing up for war."
Total Quotes: 25
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