Monday, April 16, 2018

World War II Letters - 27 February 1945 - Written by Stan Cooper

Stan returns to Camp Peary from another visit to his hometown in Queens Village, New York. He relates to his parents his travel back to his barracks. This time he returned on time and avoided AWOL.

It is "interesting" to read that Stan received nine letters from his father all at once the next Monday.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

World War II Letters - 21 February 1945 - Written by Stan Cooper

Sixteen months have passed since the last letter Stan has written to his family. (There may be other times of communication, but not in my possession.) Stan was out on West Pac on the USS Levte from May 1944 to early 1945. Stan is back on the east coast at Camp Peary in Williamsburg, Virginia as he sends a letter to his parents dated 21 February 1945. According to letter details, he was transferred off of the Levte in San Francisco and traversed back to Bainbridge and on to Williamsburg.

He focuses on his studies, emphasizing on English. He is thankful for the two important study books he received from his family. 

He is in communication with fellow military buddies who are currently at the Academy filling him in with the details of REAL Academy life. He is challenged to keep to his goal of entering and graduating from the United States Naval Academy of Annapolis, Maryland.

Monday, March 12, 2018

World War II Letters - 22 October 1943 - Written by Stan Cooper

Stan has received the paperwork needed to return for his studies. We find him in Bainbridge, Maryland, as a student, for one semester up to May 1944 to obtain his high school credit for a diploma. This is the only letter I possess written during this time period.

He mentions his opinion about the military standards he has to put up with as a student. Does he not know about these with his experience so far in the Navy! "If I can stand the regulations and petty penalization of everybody, I have a chance of getting through. There are times when I honest[ly] and truly get disgusted with the whole set-up." 

He is thankful that he can come home every other week if he keeps his grades up.

From his records, I find Stan onboard the USS Leyte from May 1944 to January 1945 serving on a west PAC stationed from California. 

USS Leyte (ARG-8), later USS Maui (ARG-8)was a Luzon-class internal combustion engine repair ship that saw service in the United States Navy during World War II. Named after Leyte Island in the Philippines, she was the second U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name LeyteAfter training in the Chesapeake BayLeyte sailed from Norfolk, Virginia, on 3 October 1944 for Pacific duty. She reported to Commander Service Force 7th Fleet on 26 November at HollandiaNew Guinea. Here she became a repair ship for assault ships. She was renamed the USS Maui on the 31 May 1945. 1

1. Wikipedia (,"USS Leyte (ARG-8)," rev. on 1:12, 14 May 2017.