Donald Kennedy - Cannon Commander Kennedy

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1 min 6 sec
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Department of Veterans' Affairs

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Yeah. I had to learn how to, 20 millimetre Oerlikon Anti-Aircraft Cannon. They showed you how to load it once. I was the, the Norwegian called it ammunition schlinger. That was the fellow that put the rounds into the 50 container magazine.

As I said earlier, after one or two trips, I can't remember when, the gunner got sick and was put ashore in the Panama Canal, so they promoted me.

I'll always remember the radio operator coming into the Mess and putting up a type written notice on the deck of the bulkhead, which was the wall.

He said, "Deck boy Kennedy is Cannon Commander Kennedy." I had risen to the great heights of being a cannon commander. It was about the peak of my gunning career.

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