One of the sailors who served during WWII was my father-in-law, Joseph T. Brogan. Joe Brogan joined the Coast Guard after graduating from Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia in 1942. As an 18 year old inductee, he was assigned to serve on the USS Charlotte (PF-60.) Even though the Charlotte was a Naval ship, it was crewed by the Coast Guard. Joe was with the Charlotte as she did her shakedown and inaugural voyage beginning in January of 1943. The Charlotte was stationed in the North Atlantic and did duty as a Patrol Frigate in those frigid waters.
As a member of what Tom Brokaw called the “Greatest Generation,” Joe served his country for four years on board the Charlotte and formed bonds that have lasted a lifetime. He has attended several of the crew reunions and still keeps in touch with some of his old friends.
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