Whitson, James

James Robert Whitson served in the United States Navy during World War II, working as a torpedoman on the USS Herndon, a destroyer. The ship supported the invasion of Sicily, and on Christmas Day 1943 the ship barely rode out a dangerous storm in the North Atlantic. The Herndon supported the D-Day landing in June, 1944, and the invasion of southern France a couple of months later. The Herndon eventually ended up at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific Theater.