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|THE GEORGE H. GERN VICTORY SHIP|
The war was raging fiercely
In the year of 42,
The country was in high production,
It was all that she could do.
For the Italians, Japanese, and Germans
Were hell bent on our demise,
When the weakness of our ration
Was revealed in all our eyes.
In the Kaiser shipyards building
Was a giant merchant float
And armaments were a coming
From the nations factory sweep.
Among the ships a'building
One on which I'd take my turn
Was a small Victory cargo vessel
With a name of George H. Dorn.
We first met in the state ofVirginia
Where she had entered Hampton Roads
While we waited at Patrick Henry,
She seemed eager for her load.
Her holds had been converted
And the canvas bunks ran high,
With the space so close between them,
You could scarcly bat an eye.
Next the George H. Dern was loading
And her destination was unknown,
Sealed orders not to be opened
Until she reached the high seas foam.
We moved away fromNewport News
And out through Hampton Roads,
Into the greatAtlantic
Where the German U boats were sowed.
We would have to take our chances
As previous convoys had done,
Ma ny lay upon the bottom,
Sent by the U boats tube or gun.
We leftNewport News in September
In the year of 43,
TheAtlantic wasn't peaceful
And it's still a memory.