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Gaylord Mounsey - SM/QM - 1946 -1948

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Site Author's Notes:I want to thank Gaylord Mounsey (1946-1948) for sending me the documents and photos shown here, most of it over 52 years old, to share some of his Cecil memories with us all. Gaylord served aboard the Charlie P. in the Pacific during the Bikini Atoll Atom Bomb tests in June 1946 as a young signalman having just joined the Cecil at Pearl Harbor, Oahu on May 1 1946 (I was just about to turn 13 years old on May 18, 1946).


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The following captions link to photos or document images that Gaylord has generously sent to me to share with all his Cecil shipmates that came before and after his tour as a signalman/quartermaster aboard the Charlie P. I pieced together these captions from notes scribbled on the back of the photos and accept responsibility for any errors. If any of you Cecil sailors of the 1946-1948 era can add to any of the photos or documents please send me your comments so I can update the captions.

"Now I understand why they call us swabbies", says a young Gaylord on the bridge of the Charles P. Cecil in 1946" Brrr.. It's peacoat weather up her today says Medeiros
"Here I am in April 1948 in Tsingtao, China. Check the cool haircut" Here's a photo of Kenneth Richardson a radioman from Kilgore Texas
"Gaylord and Austin Fletcher breaking broncs in San Diego on 9/8/46." "Gaylord, Austin Fletcher, and 'Paps' Capps on liberty in San Diego on 8/11/46."
"Austin Fletcher from Fitzgerald, GA." "Billie Joe Wilson pouring himself a cup of coffee behind the flag bag."
"Nottinger and Mouinsey on liberty in May 0f 1946 hamming it up for the camera." "Gaylord on liberty in Hawaii in 1946
"Cecil visit to Korea." "Cecil in Yokosuka, Japan on Far East cruise."
"Cecil in Shanghai, China. City skyline in background." "Stop in Tsingtao, China - Hospital ship Repose in background."
"Operations off coast of Okinawa - Photo 1." "Operations off coast of Okinawa - Photo 2."
"Operations off coast of Okinawa - Photo 3." "Ports of call during Pacific Far East cruise"
"Here's the old girl passing under the Golden Gate Bridge after returning from a Far East tour in 1948"  
"USS Cecil Message Dispatch 1" "USS Cecil Message Dispatch 2"
"USS Cecil Message Dispatch 3" "U. S. Navy Pay Chit - Guess I didn't do much this month."
"EXTRA - EXTRA - EXTRA Bikini Atom Bomb Tests !!! --The Picket News 7/1/46 - Page 1" "EXTRA - EXTRA - EXTRA Bikini Atom Bomb Tests !!! --The Picket News 7/1/46 - Page 2"
"EXTRA - EXTRA - EXTRA Bikini Atom Bomb Tests !!! --The Picket News 7/1/46 - Page 3" "The Picket News 6/8/46 - Page 1"
"The Picket News 6/8/46 - Page 2" "The Picket News 6/8/46 - Page 3"

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