April 20, 1943 – Merton’s War Diary

In 1943 and 1944,  my Grandfather Merton Young traveled to Greenland while working for the Merritt- Chapman-Scott Company.  He wrote a brief diary of his journey of which this is a piece.

April 20, 1943

Went to New York and signed up with Merritt-Chapman-Scott for work.  I was told that no more men were needed but they would take my application and put me on the waiting list.

I was fingerprinted, had a small-pox vaccination, blood test, physical exam including eyes and ears.

Merritt-Chapman & Scott Corporation

According to Wikipedia – Merritt-Chapman & Scott, nicknamed “The Black Horse of the Sea”, was a noted marine salvage and construction firm of the United States, with worldwide operations. They were founded in the 1860’s and continued operations up until 1970.

Next Entry: May 9, 1943

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