Carpenter's Mate 2nd Class
Carpenter's Mate 2nd Class (CM2c)
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Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class (CM3c)
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Seaman 1st Class (S1c)
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Seaman 2nd Class (S2c)
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Apprentice Seaman (AS)
Carpenter's Mate 2nd Class David K. Fison
CM2c David Konrad Fison

Carpenter's Mate Second Class David Konrad Fison was born in Los Angeles, California on December 28th, 1922. He enlisted in the United States Navy on December 21st, 1943 and attended his basic training at Farragut Naval Training Station, Idaho.  At that time, It was the second largest naval training station in the country. 

After basic training he was sent to Portland, Oregon and assigned to the USS General Harry Taylor (AP-145), a large troop transport.  The ship sailed to San Francisco, California where it would be home based.  The ship was equipped to carry 3,823 troops and had a ships complement of 32 Officers and 324 enlisted men.

During his time aboard "the Taylor," as they called her, they made 68 different ports of call and served at sea in all major theaters of operation.  The ship would carry troops to the battle zones and return wounded to the United States.

After the war his ship continued its mission by ferrying troops back to the United States. He served aboard the Taylor until January of 1946 when he was mustered out of the Navy as a Carpenter's Mate Second Class on January 22nd, 1946, at Shoemaker, California, and returned to civilian life.

His awards & decorations include:

  • American Campaign Medal
  • European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Philippine Liberation Medal

He is one of the last of what is now called the Greatest Generation and he will be missed.

American Defense Medal European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Navy Good Conduct Medal
USS General Harry Taylor
USS General Harry Taylor (AP-145) arriving at New York during one of her two Magic Carpet voyages from Marseilles, France, in 1945.