Chief Specialist Robert William ("Bob") Feller
Photo #: NH 102847 Chief Specialist Robert William (Bob) Feller By a 40mm quadruple anti-aircraft gun mount, probably on board USS Alabama (BB-60) in late 1942 or early 1943. The original caption (released 5 March 1943) reads: GUN CAPTAIN FELLER Bob Feller, one of the finest baseball pitchers of the era, is all set to do a different kind of pitching these days. As a Chief Specialist, he is the captain of a 40mm gun crew aboard one of Uncle Sam's new battleships. The former American Leaguer joined the U.S. Navy as a physical education instructor and later applied for Gunnery School. Subsequently he was assigned to sea duty and here he is grin and all beside his guns on a cold winter day. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the All Hands collection at the Naval History and Heritage Command.