by The Boatswain | November 9th, 2005

In October of 1941 there was a big fire at the Firestone Tire and Rubber factory in Fall River, Mass. Their supply of rubber tires ignited and this was a HOT fire, impossible to extinguish. After a few days of fire fighting, they asked for help from ALL fire departments in the area. The Navy responded, of course, and we went to Fall River and took up a station in one of their fire houses, responding wherever we were needed. This is ONE view of the fire.

irestone Tire and Rubber factory fire

irestone Tire and Rubber factory fire

This was our working uniform in those days, and, no, it’s NOT me:


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The United States Navy rating of Boatswain's Mate is a designation given to enlisted members who are rated as a deck seaman. The colloquial form of address for a boatswain's mate is 'Boats'.



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