The USS Intrepid sailed out of Pearl Harbor on Jan. 16, 1943, and headed for Kwajalein Atoll and the Pacific during World War II. Fred Sauer served as an aviation electrician’s mate aboard the Essex Class aircraft carrier.
The Arcadia man’s job was to make electrical repairs to the F6Fs “Hellcat” fighters, TBF “Avenger” torpedo bombers and SBD “Dauntless” dive-bombers aboard the carrier. During his tour on the ship, Sauer served as acting chief electrician’s mate in charge of keeping the electrical systems in 100 planes working.
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