1944: The Boston, on it’s way to the South Pacific (to participate in Operation Reckless — the support of Gen. MacArthur’s invasion of Hollandia and other enemy strongholds on New Guinea), crosses the Equator for the first time and the men are inducted into the Realm of King Neptune — a centuries old Navy Initiation ritual.
This document graciously supplied by the family of Augustus Harris, S1C, CA-69
1945: The Boston is steaming home after being detached from it’s task group at the start of operations against Okinawa leading up to the Invasion on April 1. On March 9, 1945, the Boston is sailing east toward Pearl Harbor.
1946: The Boston sails north from San Francisco to the boneyard at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard – where she finishes her AMAZING Pacific Tour on March 12, 1946.
Updated July 2012
Are you interested in seeing your father’s Naval Records? You have to be the son, daughter or spouse of a person who served in the Navy. I found this great website that takes you through the process of requesting his (or her) records.
My Father’s request came some 4 to 6 weeks later and it had about a ½ inch of information that I never knew. It had his enlistment paperwork, including addresses and information about his parents, the records had his promotion records, his leave dates, and a VERY interesting summary of his service on the USS Boston. The records list every conflict the ship was involved in while he was on board. Other nuggets of information include when the ‘crossing the equator’ ceremony was held, of course presided over by Neptunus Rex!
The website is part of the National Archives, here is the link: Service Record Link
Before you start this online process, you’ll need some information:
- His Social Security Number – You’ll need some of his old records for this
- His Date of Birth
- His Service number – I have my records on this website organized by service number, so if you search for the sailor, in your browser window you’ll see ?id=7618027 for Eugene Kelly for example. This is your sailors Navy ID number in World War II
- his approximate departure date from the service (guess 1-2 months after he left the ship)
- You may need a copy of the death certificate
You may be charged for this request, in the past people were charged up to $40.