A TBF Avenger Turret Gunner in the Pacific
Marcus Island to Mariana
Air Group 9, Eight
Strikes in the Pacific
By Walter J. Deptula-Drew, ADC, CAC,
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Thanks Chief for your stories, and thank you to Bill Scott "USS ESSEX Buccaneer"
Editor for bringing this to our attention. A special thanks to Chief
Deptula-Drew's Daughters, Kathy Drew for her question to me about Hull numbers,
and Debbie Shaw for sending me her Father's stories. Thank you ladies for
helping us to remember your Father and the brave men who served with him.