Story stokes shipyard memory



Sherwood — A. Larry Daniel, a fan of “Everybody Has a Story” in this section (he contributed the Aug. 3 confession about committing a spectacular sidewalk-chalk crime in first grade) wrote to say that he appreciated Donna Weibel’s Aug. 10 story about the U.S.S. Lenawee trip to Hawaii — because he helped commission that ship.

Daniel said he worked at the Vancouver Kaiser shipyards as an ambulance driver and first aid attendant, and made 13 trial run trips down the Columbia River. The Lenawee made its trial run on Oct. 10, 1944, and Daniel was aboard.

“I consider it an honor to have served in (these ships’) beginnings even for one day,” he said. Daniel lives in Hazel Dell’s Sherwood neighborhood.