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Operation Hailstorm
Last summer my aunt requested the military file for my grandfather.  It finally came through last month.  I scanned all 600+ pages a couple weeks ago and am now going through it.  It's mostly pretty boring. Lots of medical reports and service evaluations.

However, buried in it are some gems.  For instance, his 1944 fitness report lists the naval operations he participated it.  The first one listed was simply "Truk Islands, 16-17 Feb. 1944".  Looking that up, it was Operation Hailstorm, a major operation to attack what was termed "the Japanese Pearl Harbor" although the Japanese were in the process of evacuating it when we attacked.

The Wikipedia rabbit hole leads me to the Navy documentary The Fighting Lady, which was about the U.S.S. Yorktown leading up to that attack. That was the carrier on which my grandfather served. Time to review it in detail to see if George Weiss shows up anywhere in the footage.  He was an Assistant Gunnery Officer and and Supervisory Deck Watch during this period.


If the embed doesn't work, The Fighting Lady can be found at Archive.org.
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gkr From: gkr Date: December 22nd, 2015 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Reading further there's something interesting. Grandpa Weiss also served on the U.S.S. Brooks, which patrolled the Pacific from Alaska to Seattle. His service on the Brooks began in January 1940. What's interesting in the file is that his original orders were for him to report to the Brooks to be its Executive Officer, or second in command. However, shortly after he reported for duty but before his assumed the role, those orders were cancelled. Instead he served on the Brooks in another role.

Why were his orders cancelled?
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