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I was on a fishing crew here in Rhode Island; fish trapping out of Sakonnet Point...


The skipper of the boat was George Mendonsa...he had served as Quartermaster on The Sullivans....

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You can't see it but the steamer for the trap gang was named "Maria Mendonsa" after George's mother.

I only wanted to make a point that it was (DD 537) The Sullivans as he was very proud of his service and in how his Destroyer was named.

He was a HUGE guy and an exemplary American of "the greatest generation".

George Mendonsa, 95, Most Likely the Sailor in a Famous Photo, Dies - The New York Times (nytimes.com)
 
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