Source: "The Stewart-Houston Times" Newspaper, a weekly newspaper of Stewart County and Houston County in Tennessee
Date of Newspaper:Thursday, September 13, 1945 Page:Front Page
Article Title:"Clifton Smith Celebrates V-J Aboard Ship"
ABOARD THE USS NEVADA IN THE PACIFIC:Clifton K. Smith, seaman second class, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. K. Smith of Route 1, Dover and Buford S. Gafford, seaman second class, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Gafford of Indian Mound celebrated the surrender of the Japanese aboard this famous American Battleship as she rested at anchor in Leyte Gulf after a 32-day mission into the East China Sea.The announcement by the Commanding officer, Captain Homer Louis Grosskopf, USN of Minneapolis, Minn. most hillarious that this veteran ship had ever seen.Sailors tossed their hats in the air and began jitterbugging to the strains of the ship's band.It was "Holiday Routines" of the Fleet which began this war at Pearl Harbor, went through the Aluctians and southern France and then joined in the Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles.
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