USS Buchanan (DD-484) was launched on November 22nd 1941 and commissioned on 21 March 21st 1942. She got underway for the Pacific a week later on May 28th 1942, and played an effective role in the landings at Guadalcanal and Tulagi in August.
After an eventful couple of years, the USS Buchanan returned to port for repairs and upgrades, then returned to the Pacific and served with the transport screen during the assault and capture of the southern Palaus (September 6th – October 14th 1944). She next participated in the strikes against Luzon in December. During the remainder of World War II she participated in the Iwo Jima invasion (February –March 1945), the Okinawa operation (March – June 1945) as well as the raids against Japan at the end of the war (July – August 1945).
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This letter to Shirlie from Henry Clay Cooley III was written on “Sept 20th At Sea” and mailed on Oct 16th 1944. This was right in the middle of the Palau campaign, so he was very limited on what he could say … as expressed in the censored letter. The censors did not take any chances, not just blacking out the offending sentence, but actually cutting it completely out!
Henry was no Shakespeare … in words or spelling … however he spared little in getting his feelings across … direct and to the point.