A Can Do Seabee of the US Navy at age 16 in the Pacific in WWII
Charles J Doubrava says, at 90, “I pulled my own weight.”
We do the difficult...from an impoverished farm in
Texas he enlisted underage to serve his country in 1943
and feed his siblings and mother on $19/month. He was
grateful, well trained, prepared for the enemy on destinations
unknown. His 32nd Sp NCB battalion never had a proper cruise
log, and, as a result, his troopships (with mermaids to guide!),
were destination unknown. In 1945, Japan surrendered. Doubrava
was on Calicoan Island (we surmise) Samar Islands, then in October
headed to Tanggku China to liberate. He turned 17 in China.
Doesn’t remember a thing. Most of his story has been classified
and much is still a mystery. Celebrate 90 years! – n j machin, author
Revised 2019. Book title is WWII Navy Seabee: Profile (destination unknown)
with Charles J. Doubrava, 91, of Aurora, CO.