By Kay S. Pedrotti
Before he went into the U.S. Navy in 1946, Barnesville’s Cecil Rose said, “the biggest water I’d ever been in was a washtub.”
During his three years of service, he had several kinds of jobs and served on three different ships. After boot camp in Norfolk, Va., he was sent to the USS Papago (AF-160), a seagoing tug headed for the port of Bremerhaven in Germany.
“It took us 17 days to get there, going through the English Channel with the help of pilot boats,” he said. “They sent two tugs to bring a huge barge back to the west coast of the U.S.”
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