This past summer my husband's sister taped Paw-Paw telling some Navy stories. Yesterday, after the funeral we watched some of that video. In it, he mentioned some pictures that his daughter wanted to know more about. I realized that I had copies of those very pictures.
These pictures were taken in 1950 or -51 while he was at diving school in Bayonne, NJ. The lead boots weigh 16 lbs. apiece. The diver trainees go through the process gradually. First, they are just put in the suit. Then, they go into a 12 foot deep tank of water. Finally, they go in the river.
I'm so glad I got to hear these stories in his own words. He was a true hero in so many ways.