war paint


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.

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