In conjunction with the exhibit Taking the Seas: The Rise of the American Aircraft Carrier now on display at the Ford Presidential Museum we’ll be posting materials related to the exhibit and Gerald R. Ford’s service in the U.S. Navy over the next few months.
As the USS Monterey was being outfitted for active service in June 1943 one officer on the ship’s detail was assigned to attend 40 MM gunnery school. Lieutenant Gerald Ford reported to the USS Wyoming at the Naval Operating Base in Norfolk, Virginia, for instruction in 40 MM guns. He successfully completed the training on June 26, 1943.
From then until April 1944 Lieutenant Ford served as 2nd Division Officer in the Gunnery Department aboard the Monterey. He was in charge of 90 enlisted men and two junior officers who manned and maintained half the ship’s 40 MM battery.