Project webmaster and researcher Lars McKie joined up with Jeff Mossinghof to speak about his grandfather on a VBC session.
“Conrad Castillo was a Filipino Steward in the US Navy during World War II assigned directly to serve Admiral William “Bull” Halsey, Five-Star Fleet Admiral in the Pacific War. Twenty-five years ago, Castillo’s grandson, Jeff Mossinghoff discovered his grandfather’s wartime journal. History sleuth and WWII expert Lars McKie has done a remarkable job transcribing the journal and correlating its observations to big historical events: the Battle of Leyte Gulf, “Halsey’s Typhoon,” and the Japanese surrender aboard Halsey’s flagship, the USS Missouri, on September 2, 1945. Listen to Jeff remember his grandfather and Lars share the story of Halsey’s war and the role of Filipino stewards in the US Navy. Naval Historian Jeff Ballard is also on hand providing commentary and insight. Join us for a one-of-a-kind look at WWII through the eyes of the “Admiral’s Boy,” as Castillo proudly called himself.“