My 1102 Days of W.W. II
"MY 1102 DAYS OF W. W. II"
ERNEST L. SECREST
ROSE S. SECREST
WRITTEN IN 1980
- AUTOBIOGRAPHY -
I was born on February 4, 1905 in Bedford County, Virginia, near Montvale, attending the one room Goldsberry Grade School three miles from home. On June 1, 1924 I went to work for the Bedford Can Co., Bedford, Virginia, which was acquired by Continental Can Co. in 1929. In 1938 I was transferred to the Tampa, Fla. plant, and in 1960 to the Winter Garden plant, where I retired July 1, 1967.
While with the can companies, I followed the Mechanical and Engineering field, maintaining the canmaking equipment as a Machinist and a Tool and Die Maker. Later I held the position of Machine Shop Foreman, Master Mechanic and Plant Engineer, and for the last 15 years held the position of Manufacturing Engineer. This was continuous service with the exception of three years I spent in the armed forces of World War II.
- CONTENTS -
|III||"ISLAND X" HERE WE COME||6|
|IV||SO THIS IS "ISLAND X" - FIJI||8|
|V||MOVING ON UP - GUADALCANAL||11|
|VI||MOVING ON UP - BOUGAINVILLE||13|
|VII||THE SECOND BATTLE OF BOUGAINVILLE||16|
|VIII||MOVING ON UP - ULITHI||24|
|X||REPORTING BACK IN||34|
|XI||A FREE MAN||37|