Robert R. McCullough
S Division
USS West Virginia

Robert R. McCullough, CWO W4, born Aug. 13, 1919, Saguache, CO. Enlisted in the USN in October 1937 at Redding, CA. His first assignment was aboard the USS Northampton, 1938-40; and he was aboard the USS Medusa on Dec. 7, 1941, tied to a buoy near Pearl City during the Japanese attack.

That night he was issued a rifle and ordered to stand guard of supplies on the dock at Pearl City in his white uniform, as the US Army had orders to shoot any one out at night not in whites.

Reported aboard the USS West Virginia in 1944 upon being appointed pay clerk and served aboard her until the end of the war. He retired Aug. 1, 1960, from the USN. He and his wife, Virginia, have a son, Michael, and a daughter, Michele. He has all the usual medals. He was assistant planning director for the county of Shasta, 1961-70, and planning director of Tehama County, 1971 until retiring in 1981.

Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing

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