Charles Donovan joined the US Navy prior to WWII and was trained as a radio operator. He traveled to Alaska aboard the USS Spica arriving in the Aleutian Islands in 1942 just prior to the attack on Dutch Harbor.
In his interview, he talks about his life as a 19 year old stationed at Otter Point on Umnak Island and at Chernofsky in the Aleutians, work in Seattle and Guam and then mine sweeping in Japan aboard the USS Concise until the end of the war.
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