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Hoke Culbertson of Kingston was on the U.S. Navy’s U.S.S. O’Brien with Capt. W.W. Outerbridge.
Outerbridge was commander of U.S.S. Ward, which fired the first shot in the Pacific of World War II.
Later, Culbertson was on the O’Brien when the men were forced to sink the damaged Ward during the Leyte operation, Ormoc Bay landing in 1944.
“Ormoc Bay is where we sunk the Ward,” Culbertson said. “We scuttled it. It was hit by kamikaze.”
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