Subject: Terry: Personal history|
Date: 23 June 2000 21:47:46 -0400
From: Leonard Rudnick firstname.lastname@example.org
To: bobross email@example.com
CC: EdMcintyre firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Bob. This a letter in response to request for information about members of the USS Terry.
My name is Leonard Rudnick. I enlisted in the navy 9/10/1942 at Cleveland Ohio. Was sent to Camp Green Bay at Great Lakes naval base. After 6 weeks at boot camp I did about 2 months of armed guard around Great Lakes perimiter. I shipped out in Jan. 43 to Boston navy yard in time for the commissoning of the USS TERRY DD513 and settled down for three years of sea duty.
I started out as seaman third class and worked on a 40 millimeter AA gun as a shellman. A short time later I was transfered to the forward fire room as a fireman and later became 2nd class watertender. When Charles Grubb was killed at Iwo Jima I took over his duties as Oil King. I left the Terry in Jan. 46 after prepareing the ship for shutdown and moth ball. I was discharged at Toledo Ohio 2/6/46.
The entire history of the Terry can be found in Janes fighting ships or www.org/danfs/destroy/dd513txt.htm.
After discharge, I went to electronic school, passed the first class federal exam. radio telephone license, worked as an engineer at a radio station in Zanesville Ohio. I moved to Akron ohio about 1951 and went into televison & radio repair business at which I am still engaged in today.
I married Esther in 1948. We have a daughter and 2 grand children.I have some pictures from the Terry and plan to send them to you. It was nice hearing from you and hope to keep in touch. I just got my computer about three months ago and still learning. Wishing you success in your project.
Photos provided by Len Rudnick
Thanks to Edwin Williams for scanning the photos & sending to me.
If anyone knows names of anyone in photos, please email me. Bob
Please identify phot locaction and names by rows.