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The Three Wars of CWO Howard Tucker

by Howard A Tucker
Beginning in early 1943 , I joined the US Navy and stayed for 30 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer.

I saw combat in World War II aboard the USS California, BB-44.

In the Korean war, I ran landing craft off the troop transport, USS Gen. Butner, AP-113.

In the Vietnam I was attached to Beachmaster Unit one, WestPac Det.headquarters, Danang, South Vietnam. We transported ammuntion, fuel, rations, and troops across the beaches and up the rivers in the northern half of South Vietnam.

My wife and two children have lived in many states including Hawaii and have spent six years in Japan and two in Iceland.
Howard A. Tucker
Howard A. Tucker, CWO US Navy

Measuring Fallout around Bikini

In 1956, I served aboard the USS Silverstien, DE-534. We were ordered to report to Bikini Island for Operation Red Wing which was the test of 17 nuclear weapons. Our job was to track and chart the fallout pattern from the blast. When it was time for the detination, our ship would be about 8 to 10 miles from the blast site. All hands that were not busy operating the ship would assemble topside with their backs to the blast site, with orders to not to turn around until they felt the force of the blast. You could turn around and look at an unbelieveable sight of the many colors of orange, red, blue, green, and gray. These colors would remain for 5 to 7 minutes as a mushroom of these colors of fire and smoke would rise into the atmosphere. We would then get underway, following the edge of the fall-out as we charted where it fell. This took 3 to 4 days to complete, before returning back to the blast site to prepare for the next one. I have many stories of my service in the Navy.

Copyright Howard A Tucker
CWO US Navy Retired
Andice, Texas
July 27, 2007

See Also The Tucker Family of Andice by Howard A Tucker
Andice, Texas
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