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In Memory of Glenn H Hanson and the USS Culebra Island ARG-7
My Father passed away in 1963, but I will always remember the special moments
we shared and how he impacted my life.
So this is to all Fathers and especially Glenn Hartwich Hanson.
- Fathers help us learn those hard lesson's about life.
- Fathers have that special sense of what we are trying to say.
- Fathers sacrifice there loves, to make sure we can develop ours.
- Fathers discipline us to teach us honor and instill values in our lives.
- Fathers show us how to be strong, yet tender and kind.
- Fathers help us with our everyday frustrations, by listening and sharing thier experiences with us.
- Fathers when they are gone, you miss them terribly.
- So listen and learn from your Father, before it's to late, for once he is gone, only Memories exist.
- So give your Father a Hug and tell him you Love him, need him and appreciate all that he does for you.
Glenn H Hanson-Veteran of World War II
Dads burial Flag that was presented to me at his funeral.
- Dad served in the Navy on the USS Culebra Island (ARG-7) enlisted on April 22 1941, on the group picture below of the crew my Dad is 8th from the left in the top row.
- Commissioning Ceremonies for the USS Culebra Island were at the Bethlehem Steel Company, Baltimore, Maryland on Friday the 19th day of May 1944 at 3:30.
- Dad operated a crane and learned to dive in the Navy, I remember the big air pump, diving suite and big brass diving helmet in the garage, he would dive for things lost in the lakes for people.
- Pictures and information from the Naval History Online and Dads scrap book.
Crew of the USS Culebra Island ARG-7
The USS Culebra Island ARG-7
About the USS Culebra Island ARG-7
An island between Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
(ARG-7: dp. 4,023; l. 441'6"; b. 56'11"; dr. 23'; s. 12 k.; cpl. 647; a. 1 5", 3 3"; cl. Luzon)
Culebra Island (ARG-7) was launched as John F. Goucher 23 November 1943 by Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore, Md., under a Maritime Commission contract; sponsored by Miss J. F. Miller; transferred to the Navy 29 November 1943; and commissioned 19 May 1944, Commander W. E. McClendon in command. Departing Norfolk 30 June 1944 Culebra Island reached Milne Bay, New Guinea, 16 August. She joined Floating Repair Unit 1 of the 7th Fleet at Alexishafen and remained there on repair duty until arriving at Hollandia 7 October. Here she prepared ships for the Leyte operation until 25 December when she departed for San Pedro Bay, towing a drydock and escorting a tug convoy. From 6 January to 21 February 1945 she repaired and tended ships in San Pedro Bay, then sailed to Mindoro to ready LSM's for the forthcoming invasions in the southern Philippines. On 14 April she sailed for Morotai to serve ships bound for the Borneo operation and repaired those damaged there until 24 July when she returned to Leyte.
Culebra Island remained in the Philippines on repair duty until 1 December 1945 when she sailed for San Diego. Arriving 9 January 1946 she served at the U.S. Naval Repair Base until placed in commission in reserve 30 November 1946. Culebra Island was placed out of commission in reserve 15 January 1947.
Author: Mike Hanson
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