Jim enlisted in June of 1942 and did his boot training at the Great Lakes naval training station near North Chicago in Illinois. He was making $20 per month. (credit: Jim Feltz)
In Casablanca, five crew off Plunkett memorialized a liberty, including Vic Zakrzewski and John Gallagher kneeling, Jim McNellis and Irvin Gebhart to either side of the foreignsailor, and Jim Feltz looking in from back. On the day this picture was taken in Casablanca, the eponymous movie had its premiere in New York City. (credit: Jim Feltz)
In the outfit he wore when “turning to” in the fire room, Jim Feltz gathers with other crew by a depth charge rack on Plunkett’s fantail. (credit: Jim Feltz)
Betty traveled to New York in the spring of 1944, after the problem at Anzio. She and Jim married on April 5, one day later than the 4/4/44 date they’d wanted because of some tardiness in getting the bloodwork done. (credit: Jim Feltz)
By the time Jim mustered out of the service, he was a chief petty officer in the engineering office, earning more than $300 per month. (credit: Jim Feltz)
Jim keeps his pictures from the war years in a photo album that includes one shot of Betty, and her aunt, Mickey. (credit: Jim Feltz)
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