USNSCC Florida-Based Battalion Dedicated to Preserving World War II History Through Personal Stories
Updated: Nov 18, 2021
CLERMONT, Florida (Nov. 6, 2021) – U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Chiefs representing the Clermont Battalion have picked up the mantel of responsibility to document personal stories of World War II veterans residing in central Florida conducted their first interview, Nov. 6.
Sea Cadet Chief Kurt Schindele, who just turned 18, interviewed Gunner's Mate Chief Bob Dickenson, a 96-year-old submarine veteran who served multiple tours in the Pacific theater.
The Clermont Battalion, one of 400 Sea Cadet units nationwide, has more than 40 Sea Cadets in their unit who are dedicated to preserving the history of service and tradition of the U.S. Navy one story at a time.
Clermont Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Gary Schindele, USNSCC, father of Chief Kurt Schindele is proud of his son and his unit for taking on this responsibility.
“We can only learn from history if we know about that history. With the ever-decreasing number of World War II veterans alive, I feel that it is more important than ever to capture as much information about that era as possible when it is still available to receive a first-hand account,” said Schindele. “It is also the Chief’s responsibility to preserve and pass on the history of the Navy, and these interviews serve as an excellent history and heritage teaching moment for our Sea Cadets.”
Dickenson discussed and shared the mementos he has saved from his service, some of which include commendation letters from Adm. Chester Nimitz and Adm. James Forrestal. During his service, Dickenson survived four successful war patrols onboard the USS Queenfish (SS-393) and contributed to destroying 45,000 tons of enemy shipping, personally sinking two enemy ships using the USS Queenfish’s 3-inch deck gun.
Dickenson served at Recruit Training Center, Newport, Rhode Island; Naval Base, Newport News, Virginia; Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Connecticut; USS Queenfish (SS393), Office New Construction, Mare Island, California, and USS Remora (SS-487).
Dickenson received the following citations and awards during his Naval career: American Campaign Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Campaign Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal, Qualified Submarine Warfare (Dolphins), and Good Conduct Medal.
The full interview is available is courtesy of South Lake TV, www.Southlaketv.com.
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps provides life-changing programs that instill the values of teamwork, discipline, camaraderie, and service to young men and women aged 10 to 17. Run by a dedicated volunteer force, the Sea Cadet program relies on strong partnerships with the Navy League and our nation’s armed forces. To learn more about the Sea Cadets, visit www.seacadets.org.