June 22, 2017

Memories of the U.S.S. Indiana


Dear Editor:

I just read the article about the USS Indiana. My Father also served in WWII aboard the USS Indiana in all the battles and the typhoon in your article. He was a radar man when not under attack and a gunner when under attack from Kamikaze pilots. He didn't talk about the war much, but I did learn a few things about some of his battles and shipmates.

My father passed in 1989. I searched to find the ship only to find it had been scrapped. By coincidence, we were living only a few miles from Spengler’s restaurant in Berkeley where the prow was displayed. We came across it by accident. It really meant a lot to be able to touch it and know my dad was probably in that very space in WWII. If you have a way of contacting Mr. Douphner, I would greatly appreciate you forwarding this note to him. My dad was Thurman E. Smith from Newport Texas. Thank Mr. Douphner for me. Thank him for his service and all that he gave.

Best Regards,

—David Smith