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A veteran’s rememberance of being attacked at sea

By Nina Graybill | Staff Writer

November 13, 2012

It was dark and he couldn’t see more than 50 meters from the ship. The nightwatchmen were on duty as a suppressed feeling of apprehension swept over the ship’s deck.

And then–crash! 

The first shot of the night lit up the night sky and left the men momentarily stunned. Then a frantic rush of adrenaline surged through the ship as the men prepared themselves for battle.

The USS Walker (DDE-517)

My grandfather, Fireman Apprentice Robert Rennie, was aboard the USS Walker (DDE-517) when it was shot at by enemy forces during the Korean War.

“It was pretty scary,” described Rennie. But amazingly no American was killed in the three attacks Rennie encountered during his four year term on the ship housing 365 men.

“The only man that died while I was on duty was by pure accident after he fell off the top deck.”

Now almost 60 years later, all of his experiences are still a very prominent part of his life.

While we honor those who have served and are currently serving our nation, it is important to always remember the sacrifices they have made to ensure our protection and freedom.


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