"NOW HEAR THIS"
Subject: Plank Owner
Published: May 1999
By: Robert Langland
I am a plank owner and spent 4 ½ years on the Savannah, 2 ¼ years as RM in “C” Division – Transmitter Room and 2 ¼ years as ARM in “V” Division – SOC Aircraft.
Looking back on 30 years of active duty in the Navy, those years on the Savannah were some of the best. As a radioman in the SOC Aircraft I had some of the most unforgettable experiences. The last of which took place about a week before I was transferred to the Radio Material School.
LTJG Anderson and I went down in the Atlantic. Lost the aircraft. An old WWI four piper destroyer arrived several hours later. I was hauled up by rope over the side of this old rust bucket and we were returned to the Savannah. I flew the next day.
RM1/c EJ True relieved me as senior radioman when I left the ship. Am enclosing a check.
Robert “Bob” Langland CDR USNRet
Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
Courtesy of Frederick L. Schultze, 1-Div