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Subject: uss auburn inquiry

paul westman
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Date Posted: 08:40:44 09/02/11 Fri
In reply to: Marilyn Mauldin 's message, "USS AUBURN AGC-10 593rd JASCO" on 12:25:43 06/10/06 Sat


I'm a nephew of Bob Borden, who served aboard the Auburn during the Okinawa campaign. Since he was a radio operator, I thought there was a chance he may have been acquainted with your husband.

My uncle, who passed away in 2007, once showed me a piece from the wing of a Japanese kamikaze that evidently narrowly missed the ship. He reported several crewmen were injured by the debris. He told us little else. He wrote a short summary of his experiences in the navy, that provides some details, but not all that much. Attached to this are copies of a few photos he took -- one showing twenty-six members of the "C division" on the Auburn in which my uncle served, and another of a line of radio consoles aboard the ship.

We are in the process of compiling a family history that will include my uncle's service in the navy, but have little other information beyond a series of "bare bones" dates. We'd really appreciate any information to flesh out the details of the kamikaze attack. In on-line searching, I found no evidence that the ship incurred casualties, and was wondering if my uncle may have been embellishing things a bit?

Also, we'd treasure any details about life aboard the ship -- giving the "flavor" of what went on -- recollections of what it was like to serve on the Auburn,
memories of crewmates, etc.


Paul Westman

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