Catching Up on Genealogy Housekeeping

With my new rabbit hole called WikiTree, I am taking on the dreaded task of cleaning up my source citations more seriously. This was one of my resolutions for the year which would, by extension, also tidy up my official off-line tree. But, it is much more fun to research, research, research! This will, I … Continue reading Catching Up on Genealogy Housekeeping

Letters Home – Russell Islands 1943

Upon returning to the Pacific, the USS Massachusetts, powered by Fireman First Class Kenney Rhoades (and others) took part in more training while the U.S. beefed up her defensive strategy and finalized plans to transition to an offensive-defensive phase.  There are indications that Kenney did write more letters during these months, but these have been lost … Continue reading Letters Home – Russell Islands 1943

WW II letters home – Operation Torch (November 1942)

Operation Torch Soon after the events at Pearl Harbor and the U.S. official entry into the war, military leaders had settled on the primary strategy of defeating Axis efforts in Europe before focusing on the Pacific threat. So in July 1942, while Kenney trained off Main's coast with his new shipmates aboard the recently … Continue reading WW II letters home – Operation Torch (November 1942)