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This page remembers Gunners Mate Howard Leslie Carroll. His daughter Deborah, has posted his experiences in a word document for all to remember. She also provided these photos in August, 2003
At staging areas throughout the western Pacific ships such as Haskell loaded troops and made practice landings prior to the actual assault. After exercises at Japen Island, Haskell departed in convoy for the Philippines 4 January 1945. A part of Rear Admiral Conolly's reinforcement echelon, Haskell and the other transports arrived off Lingayen Gulf 11 January, 2 days after the initial landings. Haskell's group escaped attack while sailing the treacherous route through the Philippines. After unloading her troops and cargo, Haskell departed the next day, but not before her gunners had shot down their first enemy aircraft during an air raid on the 11th.
Deborah's document had been posted for some time and in December 2001 she received her 1st e:mail about the Haskell. Within 10 days she heard from someone else. She said "It was as tho Daddy was trying to contact me & saying he was still watching over me. I "hear" from him now several times a year - this yr it's been around the month of his death. Since I am not the type of person to take hints, I feel he chose the vehicle I would recognize without a doubt ... the ship he loved. Thank you for being a part of that." God bless, Deborah
One of Deborah's contacts whose dad served on the Haskell as well. wrote: "My dad also talked about some poor guy who drank homemade alcohol on one of the islands and went blind for a few days."
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