Granville R. Williams, Gunners Mate 2/c, born Aug. 4, 1919, Big
Spring, TX. He joined the USN Dec. 11, 1939; trained in San Diego, CA;
and was then assigned aboard the USS West Virginia. He operated in and
out of Pearl Harbor from 1939-41.
On December 7 his battle station was anti-aircraft director operator. He was there talking to a signalman when they saw three
torpedo planes (Japanese) headed for battleship row. They were hit six
times, then a 500 lb. bomb hit mid-ship. A large explosion blew them
into the water and oil. His shoulder and leg were broken and he was
rescued. The Japanese strafed them in the water.
After release from the hospital he was assigned to the USS Enterprise,
then reassigned to the West Virginia when she was being raised and came
back to Bremerton, WA. They encountered a Japanese sub en route. After
renovations, he went on shakedown cruise out of Long Beach, then
reassigned to Long Beach Naval Hospital and received a medical
discharged. Discharged Nov. 14, 1944, as gunners mate 2/c. He received
the Purple Heart.
Married and has four children and six grandchildren. He enjoys camping, fishing, reading and being a spectator of football.
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