Raanes, Elmer (Al)
Al Raanes joined the merchant marine during World War II when he was just 16 years old. He sailed as part of an 80-ship convoy to the Philippines that included a cruiser carrying General MacArthur. While at sea in the Philippines Al fell from the rigging and wound up as the first patient on the hospital ship USS HOPE.
Johnathan Thayer (interviewer); Elmer (Al) Raanes (interviewee)
2013 May 1
- Mariner Oral Histories
- Raanes, Elmer (Al)