Norman Hoyt

Two Eau Claire Men See Service on Famous Carrier
Two Eau Claire Seamen, Palmer Rindal, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Rindal, 612 1/2 North Oxford Avenue, and Norman Hoyt, son of Ed Hoyt, formerly of Eau Claire and now of West DePere, have seen service on the USS Saratoga, which was recently commended in a Bremerton, WA newspaper. Both men are Seamen Second Class.

The article in the Washington paper, written by Frank L. Martin, said, "The colorful USS Saratoga, which still holds the title of the world's longest combat vessel and largest aircraft carrier on the high seas, is considered the "grand old lady" of the Pacific Fleet.

"She is known and loved by thousands of American sailors, marines, and soldiers, who have fought on her and by thousands of friends in ports where she has rested between engagements.

"Bombs from her dauntless dive bombers and Avenger torpedo planes have blackened Japanese fuel and ammunition dumps in the Solomons. They have turned enemy planes into twisted steel frames in the Gilberts. The ship, which tips the scales at 50,000 tons, helped make Guadalcanal and Rabaul flaming headline battlefields."

The item explained that the crew totals 3,000 men.

"Ice cream parties are frequent on the Saratoga. When a fighter pilot shoots down a Japanese plane, he gets 10 gallons of ice cream. Those who can get near enough help him celebrate," it said.

"The Sara has been busy since Pearl Harbor. She has left devastating calling cards at many famous battlefields, some of them secret at present."

Seaman Rindal and Hoyt entered the Navy together in April of this year. After training at Great Lakes, IL and Shoemaker, CA, they were assigned to sea duty.