Yankees Aboard British Fleets

American volunteers to the British Royal Navy in the early days of WWII

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Violet and John Stanley Parker in Halifax in 1941--just before he shipped out with the Royal Navy Violet and John Stanley Parker in Halifax in 1941--just before he shipped out with the Royal Navy (Courtesy of Diantha Parker)

The U.S. involvement in World War II famously began on December 8th, 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But there were already a small number of Americans personally invested in the war effort. They were volunteers to the British Royal Navy — and had headed to Halifax as early as 1940 to join the war effort.

With us on The Takeaway are retired U.S. Navy Commander Eric Berryman, author of "Passport Not Required," which chronicles the experiences of the U.S. Royal Naval Officers, and Diantha Parker, granddaughter to John Stanley Parker, one of the first Americans to enlist.

John Stanley Parker in his Royal Navy Lieutenant's uniform:


Guests:

Eric Dietrich-Berryman and Diantha Parker

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Christine J. Sandell from 19047

Passport Not Required is a wonderful book, detailed research and story of men who believed strongly in the cause of freedom from tryanny,
The interview is respectful and insightful leaving the listener wanting more.

Nov. 17 2010 10:49 AM

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