CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Munn is a long time broadcaster here in the Charlotte area. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War Two.
\\Al’s older brother, Dalton also served our country in the Navy. Dalton Munn was an Armed Guard Gunner’s Mate. He kept a day-to-day diary of account of his service about the SS Larranga. This was one of the many ships that carried military supplies across the icy North Atlantic.
The diary, that covers sixteen chapters, also describes the Armed Guard’s ordeal of defending the ship after it reached its destination---Murmansk, Russia. There were daily air attacks from the Nazi Luftwaffe and the threat of being torpedoed by German U-Boats. Dalton’s crew had been quickly trained, assigned to protect an old and poorly armed freighter, and were ill-prepared for the perils they had to face.
This morning on Larry’s Look, Al Munn was in our studios to talk about the book he published to honor his brother and all who served. It’s titled “Squandered Valor—First Convoy to Murmansk” and gives a vivid description of the danger these men faced every minute. According to the U.S. Office of Naval Operations, the voyage “is one of almost unbelievable horror. There is nothing quite like it in all history”.
The book is illustrated by Jim Scancarelli, nationally syndicated cartoonist for the comic strip, Gasoline Alley. Lay-out designer for “Squandered Valor…” is another veteran of Charlotte broadcasting, Reno Bailey.