Lloyd L. Olivier “Ollie”
Rank: Seaman (E-3)
War or Conflict: WWII
Years of Service: 5
My Father always loved the water and his years stationed on the USS Bennington in Japan was no exception. He was an airplane mechanic on a carrier ship, responsible for the plane engines that flew so many missions. He was never recognized for a roll he played so I will tell his story here. The Navy upgraded the engines on all the planes on his carrier. Except, every plane with the new engine was overheating and shutting down in the air. The new engines cost millions of dollars (by today's standards) and would all have to be replaced. When an Admiral came on board to see for himself before all the new engines were scrapped, my Dad volunteered that the cause was a nose cone that was too small for such a powerful engine, not allowing enough air flow. The Admiral didn't believe him. He asked if he could retrofit one and see - what was there to lose? He did, and that was exactly the problem. One simple change on the plane made all those new engines work without fail. Thanks Dad, for being smart, not giving up, and saving lives all those years ago. You make me proud. Your Daughter.
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