A Date Which Will Live In Infamy – FIELD TRIP!

Chris Craft War Time Ad

Today is one of those days like 9-11 and the Kennedy Assassination days that you can recall where you were when you heard the news. I wasn’t around during the Pearl Harbor attack, but oddly I did have a Great Uncle there. Not there in Pearl Harbor but there, as in right there behind Roosevelt.

VP Henry Wallace – Great Uncle On my Mothers Side.

Just saw that. Kinda long story for another day, that’s the cool part of surfing the internet for stuff… not Troy stuff… BUT, in my search I did find this very very cool page. It’s about Chris Craft during World War II. And has some photos I haven’t seen before. So today, lets go on a field trip to another website. Got your note from your parents? Grab a buddy. We all need a buddy? Okay, everyone ready?


13 replies
  1. Kenneth J. Rawley
    Kenneth J. Rawley says:

    During World War II, John L. Hacker of the Hacker-Craft brand Hacker contributed to the war effort by redesigning Army Air Force rescue boats. Although the company’s production facilities were limited and precluded mass production of wartime boats, the company did build 45-foot picket boats. The boats had twin engines, and both propellers were right-handed screws instead of being opposed. This was intentional as it let the engines be replaced or interchanged quickly without regard to the way the propellers turned. In 1944 the Hacker Boat Company won and “Army-Navy E” award for the excellence of its war production.

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    That site is a GREAT find with a wealth of information.

    Though things are a little strange in our current society we are very fortunate not to be living through times like that today.

  3. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P )
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P ) says:

    Very Interesting article. Like I have said before about history. They were woody boaters too. Just not by choice. A salute to those who built those boats, and to those who bravely rode them. Let us never forget. As for the Bus it was too cool! Having been a School Bus mechanic at one time. I really appreciated it!

  4. Stan Petersen
    Stan Petersen says:

    Thanks for the WW II review. Very appropriate on Pearl Harbor Day. On October 30th, I participated in an Honor Flight sponsored by The Villages . 40 Vets, 40 Guardians, medical staff, flew to Washington and back in one day. Purpose was to give Vets an opportunity to view their respective War Memorials. Seeing the Korean Memorial made “my eyes leak”. I would encourage all Vets to make the trip if available to you.
    P.S. We found Kilroy at the WW II Memorial.

  5. Wilson
    Wilson says:


    Interesting….We just had a reunion of the local honor flight veterans this week… Was a great trip.

  6. Tommy
    Tommy says:

    The Chris Craft website was great. Thanks for educating us. My grandfather’s company won the Army E Navy award. I still have the flag.

    • Mike U
      Mike U says:

      Tommy – I lived in Elgin for many years, have driven past your grandfather’s company building on State St. numerous times – cool history! Is your sister, Cheryl, related to Genevieve Hogrewe?

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