World War II vet, Pearl Harbor survivor visits

Loyd E. Scott, an 86-year old World War II veteran living in Chico, Calif., visited Newcomerstown last week to see the USS Radford National Naval Museum, as well as reminisced with local veteran Vane Scott. Loyd Scott, jokingly said he was no relation to Vane, but was his shipmate on the USS Radford. He served aboard the ship from 1942 to 1945 as a first class torpedo man and mail clerk. At Loyd's direction, he fired the torpedoes that sunk two Japanese destroyers and one cruiser during the first and second Battles of Kula Gulf in 1943. The ship received the Presidential Unit Citation for rescuing, while under fire, 468 men from the light cruiser USS Helena that was sunk during the first battle of Kula Gulf. He is also a Pearl Harbor survivor and national chairman of the Pearl Harbor Survivors for several years, having been on board the USS Monahan, a destroyer. He also wears 14 battle Stars from World War II. Here, l to r, Nancy Scott (Loyd's wife of 38 years), Loyd Scott and Vane Scott look at the belt that Loyd donated to the museum after cutting it off a Japanese pilot who was shot down by full radar control Feb. 1, 1945, by USS Radford DD 446. The Scotts spent four days in the Newcomerstown area.