Veterans Sharing Experiences
The sixth presentation in the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Foundation Veterans Presentation Series will be held on Saturday July 13, 2013 beginning at 9:30 AM. We are honored to have Dr. Garnett “Money” Moneymaker, a WWII Navy veteran, who will share his experiences during WWII while on-board the light cruiser, USS Boise, in both the Pacific and European theaters of war. This series, held in the Visitors Center at the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park, 1100 Louisiana SE, Albuquerque, NM, offers an opportunity for the public to hear from our veterans, first hand, about their experiences during the service of our country.
“Money” grew up in Virginia and enlisted in the Navy for a four year hitch in 1937. Though his tour of duty was up, after war broke out in the Pacific, he reenlisted. Originally a seaman, he ultimately rose to the rank of lieutenant junior grade. The USS Boise helped cover the landing of Marine reinforcements on Guadalcanal in 1942. During the Battle of Cape Esperance, he was hit by Japanese cruiser fire in his magazine, which killed everyone near him No. 1, 2, and 3 turrets, for a total of 107 crew. After repairs, he was transferred to the Mediterranean in June, 1943 where the USS Boise supported the invasion of Sicily and the Italian mainland landings. Returning to the Pacific in December, 1944 he supported the liberation of New Guinea and the Philippines. After promotion to LTJG, Money finished his service as part of the US Navy Scouts and Raiders, predecessors to the Navy Seals.
“Money” will share his views of WWII as kept in his surreptitious diary of the war as well as his life in Albuquerque afterwards.
In the following months, the Foundation plans to have veterans talk about their experiences on major campaigns and/or battles of WWII (in Europe and the Pacific), Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. Admission is free; however donations to the Foundations are always appreciated.
For further information regarding the New Mexico Veterans’ Memorial Park and Foundation please visit our Visitor Center or go to www.nmvetsmemorial.org or call Christopher Timm (505) 238-8174.