The more I research my family history, and history in general, the more questions I have. One question I am not sure I will ever have answered is what kind of enemy encounters did my grandfather have during his service as a Naval Armed Guardsman in WWII? The War deeply affected him and he was not the same after he returned home. I would love to know the truth of his service, but know that is not likely.
The family story is, depending on who is telling it, that my grandfather’s ship (which one we don’t know) was hit by a German Sub which caused a lot of destruction and death. The other story is his ship was hit in one of the gun nests by a Kamikaze pilot. The only theory I have at this point as that another ship in one of the convoys suffered damage by the enemy and he was a witness to that damage.
I have the Smooth Logs, Captain’s Logs, and Armed Guard reports, all of which say basically the same thing, NO ENEMY ENCOUNTER. I have convoy numbers but have read that there is not a log or report by convoy that describes voyages.
Do any other records exist that might answer my question?