By Leo Block
This publication describes the lifetime of the enlisted guy aboard a Farragut type destroyer throughout the pre-World conflict II years; the struggle guidance interval in 1941; and the wartime years. It positive factors first-person narrations gathered from interviews and correspondence with the few final Farragut category destroyer sailors, and in brief describes the evolution of the destroyer and the Farragut category destroyers, 5 of which survived the conflict.
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In rough weather descending the ladder into the mess deck could be a challenge. On more than one occasion the mess cook was catapulted from the ladder when the ship made a violent downward pitch; tureens and food ﬂew in all directions. This was great 2. The Ship’s Company 29 entertainment for the crew but the mess cook had to retriever the tureens, take them to the galley for reﬁlling and give descending the ladder another try. 25 at every monthly pay day. 00 per month. Although mess cooks had an early reveille to assist the cooks with breakfast, they stood no watches and managed to sleep all night.
Electronic Technician serviced and repaired radio and other electronic equipment (this rating was established after the start of the war). 26 ABOARD THE FARRAGUT CLASS DESTROYERS IN WORLD WAR II Ratings of the Engineering Department Electrician’s Mate was responsible for all wiring and electrical equipment, except for ﬁre control equipment, including the gyrocompass and the internal communication telephone circuits and telephones. Later the rating of internal communication electrician was established for internal communication equipment.
These lockers had a hinged top; the hinge was located outboard. The bottom bunk had to be in its raised position (folded up) to permit lifting the hinged top for complete access to the foot locker. There were a few, much desired, vertical door sheet metal lockers, but they could be located only between the rows of bunks and adjacent to a transverse bulkhead. Enlisted men slept in their shorts and undershirt (called skivvies), except in the tropics it was only in shorts. The dungaree shirt, trousers and socks would be jammed under the pillow or blankets and the shoes were on the deck.
Aboard the Farragut Class Destroyers in World War II: A History With First-Person Accounts of Enlisted Men by Leo Block