U.S. Navy Veterans

U.S. Navy Veterans

The local chapter of the U.S. Navy Veterans met Dec. 16 at the Texoma Council of Governments office in Sherman. Presenting a program on recruiting was Chief Petty Officer Joe Moreno, U.S.N.

Moreno is the senior U.S. Navy recruiter for north Texas and southern Oklahoma. He noted that a Denison High School graduate had just enlisted in the Navy, and he discussed the importance of youths completing high school before being considered for Naval service. He added that the Navy is still actively recruiting qualified young people.

Two of the group’s members, Harry McClelland and James L. Hall, were awarded "Plankowner Certifications." This signifies that these two men, both World War II veterans, were original founders of the local U.S. Navy Veterans organization.

McClelland, of Cartwright, Oklahoma, served as a hospital corpsman on the U.S.S. General E.T. Collins (APA-33) and the U.S.S. Bayfield (APA-13). He participated in caring for wounded allied servicemen during 15 assault troop landings against Japanese and North Koreans in the Pacific area, saving many lives.

Hall, of Sherman, was a member of the U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron SIX, a part of the land-based naval forces. During most of the war years, he served as a gunner, a radio operator and a crew member in the Douglas Dauntless Dive Bombers which operated from many island locations in the South Pacific, performing allied patrol operations and dive bomber attacks on targets of opportunity.

All U.S. Navy veterans are encouraged to join the group. For more information, call Siras Browning at 903-893-7434.