George Joseph Kolodzey,
Chief Radioman, USS Wilkes
11 February 1941 - 13 February 1946
... I was the chief radioman, so I called
the Captain over -- you never talk to the captain -- and said You
better have a look at this, sir. The message said Air raid Pearl
Harbor. This is not drill. He grabbed the message and ran out of the
room and said This is war!
There was a guy on the ship who had this same tattoo, and I always liked
it, three horses. I said If I'm ever crazy enough to get a tattoo,
that's the one I'd get. And about a year later, I'd been out on
liberty, and I woke up with this bloody paper towel taped to my arm and I
thought I don't remember getting in a fight, or getting stabbed and
one of the other guys started peeling back the paper towel and he said
There's a tattoo under here!
So I had a tattoo. But I always liked it.