MY IDENTITY PORTFOLIO
This the story of my great grandfather in world war two. He ship was bombed and torpedoed.
My Family Tree
! This is my family tree. I am showing most of my family on my momâ€™s side. The in circle is my great grandfather. That is who I am writing my story about.
War On The High Seas The salty smell of the Mediterranean 2illed my nostrils as I gazed over the back railing of the war ship. With my newly found sea legs, I took long strides across the deck, towards the stern. A burly man bumped into me as he hastily prepared for war. I gazed over the rippling water at the large convoy in which we were traveling. I was not looking forward to arriving in South Italy; the campaign was going to be a nightmare.
Just then I heard a shout, “Fighter planes, prepare the anti-‐aircraft guns!” I turned my head and saw the
planes. There they were in the distance and coming closer and closer. They had a German 2lag on their tail-‐ 2ins. I started counting the planes, 1,2,3… 34,35,36. Thirty-‐six 2ighter planes in the sky, all carrying bombs intended for us. Our anti-‐air craft guns thundered to life; but before they hit a single plane the bombers started dropping their payloads. One of the near-‐by blasts threw me up against a wall. My shoulder throbbed with pain as if it was on 2ire. I shook off the pain and I watched in horror as one of the planes 2lew down to water level. The 2ighter plane dropped a torpedo into the water with a splash, aimed right at us. The torpedo got closer and closer to our ship. My heart began to pick up speed as I realized what was
going to happen. I braced myself for the explosion as the torpedo hit the ship. BOOM! The ship caught 2ire and started to sink.
The sound of surrounding screaming, gun2ire and commotion vanished from my mind. My main concern was living. I had to live to see my baby girl and wife again. I knew what I had to do. I raced to the stern of the ship, and as I ran I could see how fast the ship was sinking. Once I got to the very front of the ship I fell water around my ankles. I took one giant leap over the railing and into the water. The water rushed over my head. I sank deep into the cold salty water. Under water I summoned my courage and began racing to the
surface. Heart still pounding, my head 2inally reached air, I popped up to the surface to the sounds and sights of screaming, people dying, gun2ire, missions shot it the air like 2ireworks, and the water tinted red. I needed to get to a raft and fast, I remembered me swimming in competitively high school and how this was going to a race like no other. I did one hand over the other; I started to pick up speed. With easy I moved though the water. In the distance I noticed a raft with six men and swam towards it. We all frantically scrambled up and onto the raft. I looked around saw the horror of war; my boat engulfed by the sea and dead bodies 2loated around the bloody sea. I realized that I was safe-‐for now…
My Interview with my Great Grandfather How were you affected by the [topic]? •A volunteer 12 doctor will 260 other men, dentist (him) Did they die? • They lived Did anything funny happen? • Shipped that was bombed and torpedo Was it crazy? • Throw them agents the wall then torpedo them it sank fast/ no screaming How did you live? • Got on a raft then picked up by another ship • A lot of survivors were lucky How many people on the raft? • 6 people Did u work with them? • No, they were strangers Any prisoners? • No What was it like getting pushed up against the wall? • Did get hurt landing on shoulder Was there any thing that was really scary? • The boat was even with the water and jumped Any sound? • Guns going off from the Germans • Wanted to save my skin
How old were you at the time of the [topic]? • Around 30 years During that moment, what were you feeling or thinking? • Shaken • It was a U.S. ship that picked us up
I have to have a second interview but with I asked my nana to ask questions.
If you are at home it is impossible to really understand the horrors and
the impact on the thinking and mental stability of those seeing and living through death,loss of friends,disease,cold,mud,bad living conditions,losing limbs.disfiguration, loneliness,boredom. bad food and being away from your family.children .friends and community. ! GG was on one of the smaller ships,in a large convoy traveling through the Mediterranean Sea carrying about 1,000 men over to fight in the south of Italy. Visibility was good ~ not rainy,cloudy or overcast. About 36 very capable German fighters appeared to attack the convoy. When this happens the ships all disperse in different directions to make it more difficult for the planes to find targets. There was much anti aircraft fire, very noisy and very frightening. One plane came at almost water level and dropped an aerial torpedo that destroyed the ship. Dad thinks the antiaircraft fire was successful in downing the plane. Of course there would be much shock,fear and confusion..Dad said he was in the water for about 2 hrs awaiting rescue. ! ! He does not know about casualties and they do not report openly..When the attack is over the fastest ship is to come back for the rescue ~ a speed of 17 knots.The watery was choppy, the rescue ship high and it was hard to climb the long rope ladders to get to safety. He can recall one of the nurses losing her balance and dropping back into the water and dying.He later met inWaterloo about 5 years ago, one of the men who had been onboard the rescue vessel.GG lost all his belongings ~ warm clothes,sleeping bag etc which would have been of excellent quality. We are so fortunate he did not die.
Facts about World War Two: Mandy Barrow, Mandy. "World War Two." World War Two (WW2) Homework for Kids. N.p., 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2012. <http:// www.woodlands- junior.kent.sch.uk/ Homework/Britain.html>. ✴1939-1945 ✴61 counties were involved ✴1.7 billion people ✴50million people died (3 quarter of the world) ✴Hundreds of million were injured
How has working on this project helped you learn about your family’s history and given you a better sense of your identity? I always knew my great grandfather was in world war two, but never thought he was endanger being a dentist.
Why do you think doing a project like this is important? I learn more about my family. If he didn’t live I might not be born.
What part of this project did you enjoy the most? Why? I like making the family tree. I had fun find out who my family is and what they did.
What specific challenges did you face during this project and how did you over come them? I think that we didn’t have enough time to write the story but I work really hard on to finish.
What advice would you give future students as they begin this project? To not procrastinate on 2inishing it, get it done.
A historical narrative based on my family’s experiences