Corpsman in WWII in South Pacific recalls duty

Joris Nieuwint

When Homer Hart thinks about the South Pacific, he’s not thinking of a movie or a Broadway production. He’s thinking of war — in particular the island-hopping Pacific war in which he participated during World War II.

Hart served as a Navy Corpsman aboard the USS President Jackson (APA-18). The APA designation marked the ship as an attack transport, one of “The Unholy Four” that included sister ships USS President Adams (APA-19), USS President Hays (APA-20) and USS Crescent City (APA-21).

“They couldn’t sink us,” said Hart, now 89 and living in St. Bernards Village at Jonesboro. “They,” of course, were the Japanese.


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