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Lowell Edison Rainwater, survivor Pearl Harbor

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    Hi, I'm trying to find a history of my grandfather, Lowell Edison Rainwater, who was in the Navy for many years before and through WWII. He was a survivor of Pearl Harbor aboard USS Helena. I have a scrapbook showing the USS Lexington, but I don't what years he served aboard. At one point he was RM1C. Can anyone help me with finding the ships and years he served. Thanks!
     
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    Rainwater, Lowell E (3556423), RM1c, USN, USS Helena received aboard from Receiving Ship New York for duty 18 Sep 1939, last enlistment noted as 17 March 1938 at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba

    Rainwater, Lowell E (3556423), RM1c, USN, USS Helena change rate to CRM (AA), 1 Jun 1940

    Rainwater, Lowell E (3556423), CRM (PA), USN, USS Helena aboard 31 Dec 1941

    So, yes, one would presume he was aboard during the Pearl Harbor attack.

    Rainwater, Lowell E (3556423), CRM (PA), USN, USS Helena appointed Radio Electrician USN, effective 21 Oct 1942

    RM1c - Radioman 1st class
    CRM (AA) - Chief Radioman Acting Appointment
    CRM (PA) - Chief Radioman Permanent Appointment
    Radio Electrician - a Warrant Officer rank
     
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    The archives of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association are now held by the Pearl Harbor History Association.
     
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    Thank you so much! Thanks for the defining ranks. That was helpful as well. There are photos of him and on the back it was listed as Radio Electrician.
     
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