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By Captain George William Kittredge, U.S. Navy (Retired)
An officer in Turret Two of the heavy cruiser Chicago (CA-29) looks back 60 years to August 1942, when Japanese cruisers and destroyers blew off 40 feet of his ship's bow and killed or wounded 26 of his shipmates.
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Captain Kittredge is retired and living in Maine after serving in that state's legislature and founding Kittredge Industries, Inc., designers and builders of personal submersibles. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he went on to command three submarines and a fast-attack submarine division. From 1946-47, he served as Admiral Richard Byrd's navigator in the Antarctic. He later served as assistant naval attache at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, two years in the Office of Secretary of Defense Charles Wilson, and as senior military attache at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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