George Burnett's Letter Home (Page 1)
Courtesy of Robert Burnett, George's son
This letter was written April 1945 when the
ship returned to Seattle, Washington for repairs
after the Kamikaze attacks, April 16, 1945.
Dear Mother and Dad
Well, I have liberty again today so this is the first chance I have had to write to you
It sure did feel good to hear from you over the phone. Well as you probably heard
over the radio and read in the paper we are a bunch of heroes. As the news is out now
I can give you the whole story.
Well this is how it happened. We were on picket duty sixty miles away from Okinawa
They just had us out there running back and forth as a radar ship. Well on the morning of
the 16th all hell broke lose. One Jap plane came over and we fired at him but he just dropped
a bomb at us and missed and then he went away so we figured that he was going back to
get some of his friends so we were waiting for him.