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USS Yorktown Albert Ketchum

Albert Ketchum of Marissa served for two years aboard the Yorktown as a Fireman First Class and helped his shipmates fight off waves of suicide planes that attacked the Allied fleets at the end of the war in the Pacific. As a teenager, Ketchum barely weighed enough to meet the Navy’s weight requirements, so he ate an extra meal of bananas to make sure that he’d pass his physical. A retired auto salesman and former city code inspector, Ketchum served for two years aboard the Yorktown during two of World War II’s biggest naval battles – Leyte Gulf and the island-hopping campaign that brought the war to the Japanese homeland.

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