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Yorktown survivor credits God, family
Written by Chandra L. Mattingly   
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 9:34 PM

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In a roundabout way, the sinking of the USS Yorktown in World War II led to a marriage of nearly seven decades for one survivor.

Harold Orland Davies, 90, a Dillsboro native, was assigned to the aircraft carrier after he entered the Navy in August 1940 and completed basic training. The carrier at first conducted operations in the North Atlantic Ocean, but after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, was ordered back to San Diego, Calif.

After picking up crew members who were on leave, the Yorktown sailed to the Gilbert and Marshall Islands in the Pacific and on to the Philippines. There she participated in the Battle of the Coral Sea, during which the two forces' ships never were in sight of each other.

“The only thing we saw was the airplanes coming in. They bombed us first,” said Davies, Petersburg, Ky. Then they torpedoed the Allied forces. The torpedoes launched against the Yorktown approached from the stern rather than broadside and the captain gave the ship a hard right rudder.

Last Updated on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 9:51 PM