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Hal Puett | US Navy Communication Station, Kwajalein

6:09   |   It was the end of the war, but Navy Radioman Hal Puett was finally being deployed to the Pacific. After a queasy week of seasickness aboard an LCI, he was put in charge of radio operations on Kwajalein.

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  • Hal Puett  |  WWII  |  US Navy Pre-Flight School  |  4:42

    Hal Puett joined the Navy ahead of the draft in 1942. He was sent to radio school where he was top of his class and earned a rare Radioman's rating while still there. Finding some action was his goal but the Navy had other ideas and made him an instructor at Pre-Flight school, teaching communications to student pilots.

  • Hal Puett  |  WWII  |  US Navy Pre-Flight School  |  3:28

    The classrooms and the headquarters were on different parts of the sprawling University of Georgia campus, so the instructors at the Navy's Pre-Flight School were issued a motorcycle and sidecar to get around. Hal Puett recalls a couple of times that this arrangement went a little sideways.

  • Hal Puett  |  WWII  |  Naval Base New London  |  3:58

    After two years as a Navy radio instructor, Hal Puett was finally moving toward the action in the Pacific. He was sent to the New London base in Groton to train for amphibious landings, in which he would manage communications once on shore.

  • Hal Puett  |  WWII  |  US Navy Communication Station, Kwajalein  |  4:00

    On Kwajalein, a tiny atoll in the Pacific, the Naval personnel manning the communications station were very resourceful, says Hal Puett who was in charge there in 1945 at the end of the war. They had some appropriated steaks and some blowtorches, so you can guess how they worked that out.

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