U.S. Navy 1943–1945
Berube was one of four brothers from Fall River, Mass., to serve in World War II. After basic training in Newport, R.I., and a top secret assignment in Washington D.C., he joined the USS Washington as a member of an elite group tracking the enemy. Petty Officer Berube talks about life aboard a battleship in the 3rd and 4th Fleets, including pre-invasion bombardment of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and the daily threat of kamikazes. He talks about witnessing the aftermath of a kamikaze attack on the USS Franklin. Many years after the war, Normand Berube is trying to find answers about his brother, Joseph Alfred “Freddie” Berube, who died when the plane he was in went down in the Pacific. In 2006, the remains of “Freddie” Berube were identified via a VNA sample provided by Norman. The remains were buried in Natick, Mass.