Harry Hatmaker and the USS Mongolia

I love discovering stories about my family. Recently, I was researching Harry Hatmaker and his service during World War I. There isn’t a lot of specific information available, so I broadened my search and found the truly amazing story about the vessel that brought Harry home on his last trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

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  1. Glen says:

    Gail, that was the most riveting WWI naval warship story that I have ever immensely, enjoyed, in my lifetime. I was fearful the ship was to be sunk, but, amazingly, no!!! I’ll never forget the USS Mongolia, and its heroic crew, and may they keep pictures of her, forever!! Thanks soooo much; you’re quite a natural historian. WHAT A Gift!

    1. Gail Masinda says:

      Thank you! The more research I did, the more fascinating this story became. It was a joy to create this video. I will always wonder how much of the USS Mongolia story Harry knew when he boarded, but that part of the tale will have to remain a mystery.

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