Deserted: USS Juneau

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On 25 October 1941 an Atlanta-class cruiser, the USS Juneau, was launched in Kearny, New Jersey. In February of the next year she was commissioned. In command was Captain Lyman Swenson. Although Swenson didn’t have much of a home life he didn’t let it affect his attitude. He was well-liked, respected and didn’t distance himself from the crew. The Juneau was an exception in regards to Navy regulations. It was customary to spread families around on different ships so that in the event of an accident the whole family would not be lost. In this case, on 13 November 1942 the Juneau carried three sets of brothers. The two Coombs brother, five Sullivan brothers and two of four Rogers brothers. The other two Rogers had previously been part of the Juneau’s crew.

After surviving the Battle of Friday the Thirteenth and coming away damaged, the Juneau met up…

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