Tom Curtis was a signalman on the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. The Wasp operated in water in which there were numerous German submarines and then the USS Wasp moved to the South Pacific in which it was hit by a Japanese torpedo. He was hit with shrapnel and had to tread water for over ten hours. He also witnessed some of his friends drown. After being rescued he was sent on survivors leave for 30 days to the United States. After returning to duty he was assigned to the USS Lexington. The Lexington was hit by a kamikaze in which Mr. Curtis lost even more of his friends.
I really enjoyed my time with Tom Curtis and I interviewed for over 8 hours. He was a very lonely man who just wants someone to talk to and spend time with. He is the typically WWII veteran who was dumped in a senior home and has been widowed for many years. He also told me nobody had ever thanked him for his service.
Name: Tom Curtis
Areas Served: The Mediterranean, the Atlantic, the Pacific