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VPNAVY - Shipmates Letter L Summary Page - VP Patrol Squadron
If anyone knows the whereabouts of William E. Kosperski or Calvin Richardson, pls. pass the word that I would like to hear from them.
In February, 1942, Bill
returned to the states to report as Main Engine Division Officer aboard USS INDIANA, which was under construction at Newport News, VA. In May, on completion of sea trials, the ship proceeded to Noumea, New Caledonia, to operate with a task force during the Guadalcanal and Solomons campaigns.INDIANA moved up to Pearl for some repairs then joined a fast carrier task force for the first raid on Marcus Island.In 1944, after L.T.A. flight training at NAS Moffett Field, California, Bill reported as Executive Officer of ZP-14, then became Commanding Officer of ZP-14, which provided anti-submarine coverage fortraffic in and out of NAS Norfolk, Virginia and the east coast.
After VE Day, Bill
received orders to report to USS RENO as Chief Engineer and remained on board in that capacity for the balance of the war.She
was decommissioned and laid up in the reserve fleet at Bremerton, Washington.Resignation from the Regular Navy
was submitted and accepted in the summer of 1946, at which time Bill
returned to Ruston, LA, to become active in a family-owned department store.He accepted a commission in the Naval Reserve and organized and served as Commanding Officer of a U.S. Naval Reserve Surface Division located on the campus of La. Tech University.During this time, he was promoted to the rank of Commander, with which rank he retired.Business affiliations have been with Lewis & Company, Ltd., a 105- year-old department store, and Jaclin Corp., a timber and real estate development company, serving as president of both.
Leisure time has been devoted to sailing, traveling and family activities.Carolyn and Bill
will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year (now it can be told).Two daughters and two sons and their spouses have made them the fortunate grandparents of six granddaughters and three grandsons.