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June 25, 2012BATH, Maine — Charles J. Whittle has spent many years working on the history of the USS Chinaberry.
Like many World War II vets, he doesn't want the reason for the war to be forgotten. Recently, he presented the Maine Maritime Museum with a copy of the history of the USS Chinaberry.
Whittle, whose son, Dennis and daughter-in-law, Nora, are both long time Forsyth County residents, served on the Chinaberry, one of four wooden ships in the Atlantic during WWII.
The Chinaberry was a net-tender, which laid nets to protect the allied fleet from torpedoes and mines. The Chinaberry saw active duty at Normandy in the defense of the troops landing on D-Day. Three days later, the Chinaberry was one of several ships to lay landing tracks to off-load supplies.
The Chinaberry also served to rescue ships damaged by the German forces. With Charles are his sons, Charles Jr. and Dennis, Nora and Janice Kauer, director of development for the museum.