Re: ship in okinawa world war II
Greetings from Fort Worth, TX, Jackie !!!
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Your information is rather scant, but I will try to help you in your quest.
I called up the USS BATES, only to find that it was recently de-commissioned, which leads me to believe that this was a replacement ship for a submarine lost during WW II.
There is a possible source for you at
which will bring up several related leads, including Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (about 20 such references in all).
I would like to know his full name, which may save you a trip to the library.
I am sorry that I can't be more helpful at this time.
With best regards,
Louie Franklin Turner.