Hello Jim, came across your message, couldn,t beleive my eyes. I served on the USS Vega AK17 from 1943 to 1945. I,ve been searching for old ship mates that served on the Vega. If you go to Eijoe, you will find where I have posted messages. I knew your grand father, Downey, we called every one by there last name, in fact he was one of the last ship mates I saw when I was discharged, how is he? would like to here more about his life since we left the navy. send me an e-mail. Thank you for posting your search message.