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John Polansky
Branch: Navy
Rank: Storekeeper Second Class (E-5)
War or Conflict: World War II
Years of Service: 3
John was stationed in Pearl Harbor and assigned to the USS S-27. He loved living in Hawaii. The submarine that he was on went north to the Aleutian Islands and went aground. All men aboard were saved but the sub was badly damaged. Everyone was given medical treatment and John was found to have malaria. He spent the next 6 months in Pearl Hospital. Afterwards, he was assigned to the sub tender Pelias. His assignment was to test the torpedoes that were misfiring under Admiral Lockwood. This involved dropping dummy war heads, filled with sand, from a height of 90 feet by way of a crane. The failure rate was 70%. after the premature firing was detected and corrected in the Mark 14 submarines the US navy improved in the number of Japanese ships that were sunk.
Upon his discharge, John returned to Greensburg, PA and worked at various Country Clubs beginning with a position as a waiter. He worked his way up to General Manager and managed country clubs in Greensburg, Pa Irwin, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Stratford, CT, and Erie, PA. Now John is retired at the age of 90 and lives in assisted living at Brookdale, Central Paradise Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. Living nearby is his younger daughter, Joan.

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