Photo Corner: San Francisco Shipyard Crew

Contributed by John W. Polley
This is a picture of the men that my father worked with in the San Francisco Ship Yards during World War II. Perhaps there are some in here who can be identified. I know that my father worked as a welder in the bellies of the ships. Perhaps this is where he was exposed to asbestos, well known in welding back then. I also have a picture of a ship that he helped build that was being launched on the day I was born. My dad also worked for the San Francisco “Examiner” newspaper. He used to tell stories of driving down highway one from San Francisco to Hearst Castle to deliver the paper to Randolph Hearst—quite a drive in the early 40s. My father was George Oliver Polley Sr., 1907-1985.

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