|Both the names Aviation Free Gunnery School and Naval Air Gunners School were|
found in his scrapbook. The Aviation Free Gunnery School
may have been a part of the Naval Air Gunners School.
|All items seen in this post were found in Uncle Charlie's scrapbook - "Snaps and Scraps, My Life in the Navy"|
On September 9, 1942, at age 49, my great-uncle, Charles William Giddens, left from New York City for the U. S. Naval Training Station in Norfolk, Virginia. He arrived September 11th for training in Platoon #51 to become a Chief Specialist G (Gunnery Instructor). Less than a month later, he left Norfolk for his duty station, the Naval Air Gunners School in Hollywood, Florida.
In 1942, Charlie celebrated his first Thanksgiving in at the gunnery school. Here is the menu.
|Names on the menu:|
Charles C. Gold, W. L. Guthrie,
J. R. Fitzpatrick, L. F. Beotte
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn