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Posted on Wednesday 3 January 2007 at 5:34 pm

Historical Coolness


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My mom and dad just informed me that my grandma's first cousin (which would be my first cousin twice removed for anyone tracking the genealogy) was on the USS Maryland at Pearl Harbor. He was a gunner received a medal for shooting the first downed Japanese plane. I checked some stuff online and found this at Wikipedia:

A gunner's mate striker, writing a letter near his machine-gun, brought the first of his ship's guns into play, shooting down one of two attacking torpedo planes. Inboard of Oklahoma and thus protected from the initial torpedo attack, Maryland managed to bring all her antiaircraft batteries into action.

and this at a website with the history of the battleship:

Seaman 1/c Leslie Short is credited with downing one of the first Japanese aircraft during the attack. He manned a .50 MG and knocked down a Kate torpedo bomber, who had made a run on the Oklahoma.

Leslie Short is my grandma's first cousin and I think the wiki thing is referring to him.

Cool. Why don't people tell me these things sooner?

EDIT: More "historical" news: I got my grades for my classes, which were all basically based entirely on these final papers.
Southern Culture - A
Colonial Latin America - A
Early America - B+

Not bad.

EDIT 2: My mom found a couple more links about my cousin that prove the Wiki thing is referring to him. The USS Washington's website says he was addressing Christmas cards instead of writing a letter. What appears to be the official battle report says:

SHORT, Leslie Vernon, Sea.1c., USN, a machine gun striker, while writing a letter near one of the guns of M.G. Group A, after observing the bombing of Ford Island, loaded a machine guns and opened fire effectively on the first two approaching torpedo planes, before battle stations had been manned.
Historically geeky
Feeling: Historically geeky
Exploring: home
Listening: TV - M.A.S.H.

Comments:

Jordan
kileaiya at 11:30 pm on 03 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
It's cool to know historical facts like that. All I know about my papa's stint in the Air Force is that he was a fire fighter in Vietnam, and that he was on the USS Alabama and USS something else (*snort*) while he was in the Navy. I should as my nana more questions about that.

Yay for your grades not being bad! :D
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:34 pm on 03 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I love learning stuff like this. When my parent's came to Williamsburg, we were in the colonial blacksmith shop and my mom suddenly announced that her grandfather was a blacksmith. I never knew that before, either.

My mom gave me another link that proves the wiki article is about him. I'll post it soon.

I'm uber happy about the As. The B+ is livable. I would've preferred an A-
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 3:33 am on 04 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Good job on your grades!
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 3:57 am on 04 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. It is quite the odd feeling that those are the last regular grades I shall ever receive.


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