Cruiser Scout goes onboard, above and beyond with the heavy cruiser USS San Francisco from 1937-1946. Offering a unique view of the fighting during WWII at Pearl Harbor, the Solomons, Guadalcanal, Guam and finally at Tokoyo Bay, it's as lived and recorded by Cruiser Scout and Chief Warrant, Paul A. “Mac” McKinley. Complete with many never-before-seen photos and unique anecdotes of Navy life before, during and after WWII.
A quick and memorable read, with chapters Going Navy, Good Will To South America, Big Bands and Hurricanes, The Day of Infamy, First Strike Back, The Tokyo Express, At The Edge of Hell, On the Home Front, Guam, The last Days in Tokyo Bay.
This is the biography of Chief Warrant Paul A. McKinley for the years 1937 through 1946. The events and occurrences described are retold accurately and honestly. Various published articles, naval history books, Paul's navy flight log, his diary and the numerous old photos he took at the time were all used to confirm his memory of these ancient happenings.
In 1947, Paul joined Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, serving in engineering and company management for 35 years. His work there helped pave the way for the explosive growth in commercial aviation worldwide, developing both navigational and communications systems. He also studied naval architecture and marine engineering, forming a boating building company and eventually building for friend Art Collins what was the largest fiberglass yacht in the world. He continued in his love of flying, obtaining private and commercial licenses.
He also continued in his love of photography, and later added to it a genuine talent in oil painting. Woodworking was another avocation, which produced both artistic pieces and functional furniture. But Paul never gave up his love of radio communications, working the Ham frequencies as K0PIY in Cedar Rapids and KY6G in Southern California.
Paul passed on to meet his Lord in 1996. He left behind wife Betty, children Dick and Linda, and six attentive grandchildren. He wrote Cruiser Scout in large part for them – hoping that they might never forget the great sacrifices so many people made to keep them free.