My grandfather, Johnny Menendez served on the Steelmaker and
Steel Worker, before WWII.
My grandfather was born in 1905 and passed away in 1965. My home was
flooded in Hurricane Katrina and I have very few photos of him, but I will
send you what I have and you can choose. Iíll ask my mother if she remembers
any sea stories. All I know is my grandmother made him quit the
Merchant Marines as the war began. I know that he was in London the day
my mother was born in July 1933. He worked in the shipyards of Mobile
during the war, working on submarines. He would take the subs out on
their trials. After the war they moved to New Orleans where he worked at
the port as a shipping engineer until his death in October 1965.
Apparently no one thought any of his papers had value because nothing was saved.
I had his chief engineerís license with a photo, but that is gone now.
I have a book, which I saved from the garbage pile, that may contain info, but I
havenít touched it since the flood. I may salvage something there, now that I
have a good reason to open that box.