Welcome to part two of the story of my husband's grandfather, Leslie Gordon Mood. Missed part one? Check it out here.
On August 8, 1944 a United States Naturalization record appears for Leslie who provided the address 14 Albion Street in Medford, Massachusetts. It was often noted on crew lists in the early 1900s that Leslie was "naturalized through his father" when asked about citizenship. Maybe the time had come where that was not quite enough!
Leslie continued to serve as a Merchant Marine in 1945 aboard the S.S. John Milledge, yet another Liberty Ship. Again, the ship was a commercial vessel (owned by the South Atlantic Steamship Company) that had been requisitioned by the War Shipping Administration. Records indicate that the Milledge moved cargo and up to 550 troops between New York and ports in England and France. The vessel also carried Naval Armed Guard Personnel on most of its crossings of the Atlantic.
From The Navy Department Library, regarding the Naval Armed Guard Service and the Merchant Marines during World War II:
"Given such a crucial situation, the problem of moving vast numbers of men and vast supplies of material across submarine infested waters and against land based aircraft became as difficult as the problem of training men and producing the weapons of war. Upon the success or failure of our efforts to move men and goods across the oceans hinged the destiny of the nation. The Chairman of the Maritime Commission has said that the merchant marine did not win the war, but that without merchant shipping the Allies would have lost. If the war gave merchant ships their greatest role in history, it also gave the men who defended these ships against submarines and planes a mission of supreme importance."
Left: Technical Sergeant. Charles Gordon Mood, USMC
Right: Lieutenant. Leslie G. Mood, USMS
|Leslie Gordon Mood and his siblings.|
Nellie, Leslie, Josie, Norma, Nettie, Edward, Kempton, and Norman
|Phyllis Mood, Charles Gordon Mood, Gertrude Eileen Griffiths (Mood),|
Leslie Gordon Mood, and Donna Louise Spinos (Snowball)
Oh, and, I am pretty confident that the aunt that Leslie was sent too in December 1916 (see part one) was Lavinia Morrisey Larkin who was his grandmother's sister. I love you Ancestry.com, with a little detective work and some random queries there she was!