Noonan, the Radioman, said he was the helmsman on his boat. His last run saw fire from both sides of the river going out and coming back. When he got back everyone on the boat but him was mortally wounded or dead.
Tiny never talked about it. This was on the Marshall, my 2nd boat. I had already earned my Dolphins on the Washington and only had 1 patrol to requalify. Tiny was frankly lost at first, but I walked him through quals at the start so he got the idea. He qualified in one patrol, which is tough for the first time. We were together at the patrol end ceremony. He was very proud of his Dolphins. We got very drunk together the first day back.