U.S. Navy 1940–1945
Harold Homefield joined the US Navy, served at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and took courses in gunnery, seamanship and celestial navigation. He was assigned to the USS Phenakite and by the end of the war was the commanding officer. Homefield described patrolling the shark infested waters near the Florida Keys, encounters with hurricanes, and escorting auxiliary vessels to Luzon, in the Philippines. He received the American Theater Campaign ribbon and a WWII victory medal.