ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

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    ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by mr.b on Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:11 am

    Hi Everyone
    I decided to research the navy jumper I got off of ebay and with a tremendous amount of help from Locobuster who did most of the work we were able to piece together the man behind the jumper. I am glad to report that Mr. Vilcone is alive and well still. This is a amazing piece of history and I am glad to have it my collection.
    Biographical Information
    Name:
    Robert Westley Vilcone
    Date of Birth:
    1922
    Place of Birth:
    San Diego, CA
    Gender:
    Male
    Race:
    Unspecified
    Home State:
    CA
    War or Conflict:
    World War II, 1939-1946
    Status:
    Veteran
    Dates of Service:
    1941-1946
    Entrance into Service:
    Enlisted
    Branch of Service:
    Navy
    Unit of Service:
    USS Maryland
    Location of Service:
    Pacific Theater
    Battles/Campaigns:
    Pearl Harbor
    Highest Rank:
    Yeoman Second Class
    Prisoner of War:
    No
    Service Related Injury:
    No

    She was present at battleship row along Ford Island during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 Seaman Leslie Short, addressing Christmas cards near his machine-gun, brought the first of his ship's guns into play, shooting down one of two torpedo planes that had just released against USS Oklahoma (BB-37). Inboard of Oklahoma, and thus protected from the initial torpedo attack, Maryland managed to bring all her antiaircraft batteries into action. Maryland was struck by two armor-piercing bombs which detonated low-order.[2] The first struck the forecastle awning and made a hole about 12 feet by 20 feet.[2] The second exploded after entering the hull at the 22-foot water level at frame 10.[2] The latter hit caused flooding and increased the draft forward by five feet.[2] Maryland continued to fire and, after the attack, sent firefighting parties to assist her sister ships.






    Let me know what you all think of this
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    Re: ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by locobuster on Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:14 am

    A bonafide piece of American history, Scotty! You've got a lot to be proud of!

    Cheers!
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    Re: ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by TrenchRaider1918 on Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:16 am

    Wow! This is an amazing grouping Scott. I can't believe you have this. Such significance. This is most certainly NOT fake. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by AndrewA74 on Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:19 am

    Very nice jacket. Too bad he wasn't wearing this at Pearl Harbor.
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    Re: ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by bond007a1 on Sat Apr 11, 2009 2:23 am

    I will tell you what I think.........I THINK.....YOU SHOULD SELL IT TO ME...... farao
    but...that is SWEET...one of those "once in a lifetime" finds...

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    Re: ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by Guest on Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:51 am

    That is GREAT!!
    Agreed with the others...well, almost all the others...
    Truly a great piece of history.
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    Re: ww2 Pearl Harbor Navy Jumper and story

    Post by SilvanoYD1944 on Fri Apr 24, 2009 10:56 am

    Scott, like I told you on USMF chat when you bought it. One nice grouping you got there. Was it TrenchRaider1918 who was trying to get it in first instance? Well it still went to a good home. And yes Trench if it was you that day on the chat I still am on your side lol.

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