Morris Eugene "Mo" Bewley

Morris Eugene "Mo" Bewley

South Pasadena, CA

DOB: 9/15/1927

Division: ?

Rate/Rank: Seaman

Years in Service: 9

My Papa served on the USS Iowa during the Korean Conflict. He boarded in December 1945 in the Long Beach Harbor, where the "Big Stick" was in dry-dock for repairs. Papa was part of the crew that went underneath it. He said it looked like a city down there with all of the work lights and people. At the end of January, they headed for Japan. They went to relieve the New Jersey in Tokyo Bay as part of the "occupation force." After about a week and a half at sea, they ran into a tidal wave. Covering the ship, it bent the bow two feet to the port side. It destroyed the small guns, ammunition storage, and radar equipment that was on the port side of the ship. It also knocked one of the seaplanes off its catapult. Papa said this was "the most awesome thing he had ever seen." We lost Papa Mo on December 27, 2011. He would have loved to walk the decks of the ship he once served on. We are all so proud of his service and we know how proud he is to be a part of the history of the country he loved.

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