David Hemming Hendrickson
Courtesy David Hendrickson, USCG, Aleutian Islands.
The USS Albuquerque (PF-7), commissioned in 1943, became home for David during his service in the Aleutians. The Albuquerque provided escort, patrol and life saving services in the Bering Sea. David authored two books about his experiences in the Aleutians and the "Forgotten Fleet" of patrol frigates: Cold Sea, Lonely Sea: A Bering Sea Odyssey Aboard a Patrol Frigate in World War II and The Patrol Frigate Story-the Tacoma Class Frigates in World War II and the Korean War 1943-1953.
Did You Know?
A PBY plane piloted by Lt. Jean Cusick was sent from Dutch Harbor, on June 3, 1942, to locate Japanese forces in the Pacific. He was shot down by enemy fighters en route. Five men out of the seven-man crew survived the crash and got into life rafts. Cusick and his enlisted pilot died on the rafts from their wounds. The other three were captured by the Japanese, and became the first prisoners of war in the Aleutian Campaign.