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'We stopped dead in the water'
Veteran recalls 'seeing the world' as part of U.S. Navy
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Richard L. Schad
(Recognizing the valor of South Carolinians who fought in World War II, 19 electric cooperatives joined Honor Flight of South Carolina in April to fly 100 veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorial built in their honor and other historic sites. This is the second of three stories on Kershaw County veterans who served in World War II and who were part of this Honor Flight.) In August 1945, Richard L. Schad, then of Somerset, Ky., was a bosun’s mate on the USS Tonawanda (AN-89) a newly commissioned tender ship that had been custom built for laying anti-submarine nets and guarding strategic harbors. En route to a duty station in the Pacific, the ship had passed through the Panama Canal and was steaming off the coast of Nicaragua when an announcement came over the loudspeaker that the Japanese had surrendered.