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By Dawn T.
Grade 6, Arizona

Stories from the U.S.S Zeal

The whole story started when Albert Webster Hoaman entered the war when he was only 17 years old. He was assigned to the Navy ship the U.S.S Zeal 131which was a minesweeper ship. They would search the bottom of the ocean for live mines, and if they found one they would send a special team down there to defuse it. On the Zeal his rank was 3rd class quarter officer.

On the ship, he was in the navigation part and stood watch for enemy crafts. He told me the scariest thing that happened, was when one of the mines got caught on the rear of the ship and was 5 feet away from the back of the boat when it exploded.

I also asked him what was the most exciting thing that happened to him, he said it was when they crossed the Equator and they had a huge party and were initiated into Trusty Shellbacks. By the end of the day your head would be shaved and you would be drunk. He said that sometimes the little trading boats would trade them beer for water, and they had lots of fun. After the Atomic bomb hit Hiroshima the Zeal headed that way to start the clean up effort.

Every day he would wake up at 5:30 and eat breakfast at the mess hall. The food there was mostly dehydrated and tasted really bad. After that he would go to the navigation part of the ship and into his station where he would stand watch for enemy ships or enemy airplanes. Later, he would go and eat lunch with his buddies, next he would go back to his station and stand watch. Finally, heĈd eat dinner and maybe play cards at his quarters. At 9:00, he would go to bed.

I can understand that he probably didnĈt tell me everything because it was pretty scary stuff! So far, what IĈve learned about World War II is all either really scary or really dangerous and none of it seems fun to me. If another war happens it would probably be the most dangerous of all, because most of the countries have massive and destructive bombs. I think that everyone that risked their lives for our country, that died or are still alive today, are the real heroes of the world.
Stories from the U.S.S Zeal

The whole story started when Albert Webster Hoaman entered the war when he was only 17 years old. He was assigned to the Navy ship the U.S.S Zeal 131which was a minesweeper ship. They would search the bottom of the ocean for live mines, and if they found one they would send a special team down there to defuse it. On the Zeal his rank was 3rd class quarter officer.

On the ship, he was in the navigation part and stood watch for enemy crafts. He told me the scariest thing that happened, was when one of the mines got caught on the rear of the ship and was 5 feet away from the back of the boat when it exploded.

I also asked him what was the most exciting thing that happened to him, he said it was when they crossed the Equator and they had a huge party and were initiated into Trusty Shellbacks. By the end of the day your head would be shaved and you would be drunk. He said that sometimes the little trading boats would trade them beer for water, and they had lots of fun. After the Atomic bomb hit Hiroshima the Zeal headed that way to start the clean up effort.

Every day he would wake up at 5:30 and eat breakfast at the mess hall. The food there was mostly dehydrated and tasted really bad. After that he would go to the navigation part of the ship and into his station where he would stand watch for enemy ships or enemy airplanes. Later, he would go and eat lunch with his buddies, next he would go back to his station and stand watch. Finally, heĈd eat dinner and maybe play cards at his quarters. At 9:00, he would go to bed.

I can understand that he probably didnĈt tell me everything because it was pretty scary stuff! So far, what IĈve learned about World War II is all either really scary or really dangerous and none of it seems fun to me. If another war happens it would probably be the most dangerous of all, because most of the countries have massive and destructive bombs. I think that everyone that risked their lives for our country, that died or are still alive today, are the real heroes of the world.



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