The photograph below shows gunnery officer LT Hirsch Nathan Schwartz on the left and Gunners Mate Grover Cleveland Redding on the right. LT Schwartz is holding a 5"38 powder charge while GM Redding is holding the projectile. Both LT Schwartz and GM Redding were from Schulenburg, Texas, and were good friends in civilian life. They are shown on the SS PEROTE. Both are now deceased but if you knew LT Schwartz contact his daughter, Phyllis Hengst, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Former Armed Guard webmaster Tom Bowerman went through boot camp with Grover Redding; they were also crewmates together on their first ship.
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