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Steel, Roy L. Jr.
Below is a
partial letter from Sharon Ward, niece of Roy L. Steel Jr.
This was taken while he was at the Naval
Training Station in San Diego. I do not know the
company/unit that he was with, so tracing this
will be hard I imagine...but I assume that
surely the Navy kept a copy of it. What I do
He joined up right after the attack on Pearl
Harbor. He went to San Diego to train and from
there went to Hawaii and got on the Frisco.
Later that year he was killed in Nov (12-13) at
the naval battle off Guadalcanal. Maybe Capt.
Bennet might remember him if you show him the
attached photo. I have heard that my Uncle Roy
was very funny and played the mouth harp a lot.
Don’t know if he would have had one on the ship
or not...but you’d remember seeing someone
playing one of those I imagine. I imagine he had
a pretty thick southern accent since he was
born/raised in Tennessee and he wasn’t very
tall. He was 19 years old. Thank you so much for
your help. If you could point me in the right
direction as to maybe where to look it would
really help. There is one of these type photos
(the long ones) on ebay right now (along with a
bunch of USS San Francisco photos taken by a
sailor during WWII) and it drives me crazy
knowing my Uncle Roy might be in one of those
pics...but the bids are way too high for me. I
got to thinking about trying to find a copy of
that photo again and this is what sparked me to
find the website that eventually led me to you.
Thank you again.
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