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CPO Walter Ventrice Shaw
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Around 1946, Walter typed up this list of the engagements he had participated in during 1944 and 1945. I have not been able to confirm all the ships he was on, but I believe he was on the USS New Jersey by 1943. He transferred to the USS Yancey in 1945, either just before or after the formal surrender of Japan on 2 September 1945. The Yancey was the first ship to unload in Tokyo harbor. The list is dated from a note in Peggy's handwriting on the back: instructions for getting to somewhere in California by bus. He was probably not pleased with her at the time, but I am now. He took a Royal upright typewriter with him when he went to sea and bolted it to a desk in his quarters. When I was about 8, he caught me playing with this typewriter. His response was the same as when he'd caught my sister playing with it a few years earlier; he taught us each to touch type. There was no cheating, because he'd capped all the keys. The Royal upright is now bolted in the typing well of my desk. Except for the top row, removed by one of Peggy's secretaries in the 1960s, the keys are still capped. ~~ his daughter Dee
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8/18/2011
 
 
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