Douglas Robert Connal
USS West Virginia
My father, Douglas Robert Connal Radioman 1st Class, was a crewman on board the West Virginia on 12/07/1941. He had just finished duty shift and was below decks when the first torpedo hit. Later in the attack he was blown out of the ship into the water, probably saving his life. He woke up in a makeshift hospital and was the last crewman to report back to the ship alive.
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