|Liscombe Bay Survivor Describes Experience During Ship's Sinking
Aledo --Ensign Dan Mack, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Mack of southeast
of Reynolds, naval pilot who was one of the survivors of the escort
carrier Liscombe Bay, which was torpedoed and sunk after action in the
Gilbert Islands battle, left today with Mrs. Mack after spending part of
his leave with his parents and relatives.
Ensign Mack enlisted in the air corps in December, 1941, and
after training at a number of naval air fields was assigned to duty in
the South Pacific early this fall.
He was thrown out of bed by the first explosion which followed
torpedoing of the carrier, and the second believed to have resulted from
the explosion of the bombs on the carrier, threw him to the deck. He was
burned on his hands in leaving the ship and was in the water two hours
before he was picked up.
He expects to be assigned to duty as an instructor in the United
States. He has a brother, Lieutenant Bernard Mack, who is on duty in the
Pacific war zone; another brother Bill, in naval training in Chicago,
and a fourth, Joe, will be commissioned a lieutenant next month at Camp
(Rock Island Argus, 1943)