A member of my church, TJ Smith, died earlier this year at 100. He was on the SS Republic, in the Pensacola convoy, the moment the war broke out. They had left Pearl a week earlier, bound for his assignment in the Phillipines. He was trained as a meteorologist, and was with an Army Meteorological Unit, in the days before weather channel.
The Convoy was diverted to Australia; half his unit was sent to Java, and later perished on the USS Langley when they were evacuated from Java in Feb 1942. He dodged that bullet.
He was sent to Ceylon, and later to Inner Mongolia, where the US Army had a weather station. I'll bet you didn't know the US Army was in Inner Mongolia!!!!
Anyway, he didn't see any shooting in the war, but had a couple early near-misses anyway
I did know about that weather station but WEB Griffith has it as a Navy/Naval Infantry station.
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child