[Log for 44' USS Kasaan Bay, The Biography of CVE 69] Page: 2
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SMALL .TO WN IBOYS
c the Kasaan Bay moored aft of a big
Essex class carrier. We stood n our flight
&deck and looked up, way up, to see the under-
side of the big carrier' dck, the way
small town boys. look at the skyscraper of
New York or Chicago or San Franciscp We
said, "Damn, she's big!" And then we turned
our backs and looked again at the bige and
the long-well, pretty long, anyway -flight
deck of the Big K. e weere small town boys
at heart; we had se the grandeur of the big
ti, and we wilfully t a r d t i i
the smaller place that was ourhome away from
The Big K was a friendly place. We knew
everybody aboard by sight if not by name. e
could walk from stem to stern without once meet-
ing a stranger, ;and that's what makes a small
and almost bear the Captain talk; and he looked
down and watched us move along the deck, as
the mayor might watch and know all the people
who walked past the village hall. This place
had a heart and if you listened carefully, you
could almost hear it beat.
Soon we sailed away from the mighty Essex
class carrier. Morning after morning the shrill
bugle and "man all battle stations" sent us
scurrying to general quarters. Then D-Day off
the southern coast of France!, Again general
quaters. 'Pilots man your planes!" The roar
of friendly bombers overhead, ships of the in-
vasion fleet as far as you could see. Enemy
planes heading for yor formation he d,
galvanizing sound of the general alarm. And
troughout :te long days alert nights, the
men of this mall town of the sea worked to
send planes in an uninterrupted stream over
Toulon ad Marseilles, far up te valley of
the River Rhone. plots of VF 74 wrote
their names on e battle pages of American
history. Aboard the little Kasaan-Bay you
saw amazing activity-planes roaring oIf the
flight deck, signal flags scooting up to the yard
arm, motors and tires and propellers scattered
on the hangar deck with 'sweating men intent on
making them ready for service again, the smell
of food coming from the galley, the throb of
engines and the constant chum of water.
Here men from small towns all over America
had created a small town of their own-- and
the small town was all out for victory!
That's why, for us, the baby flat top called the
Big K is the biggest thing afloat.
Here’s what’s next.
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