Dad (Roland G. Lachance) told me, when on the U.S.S. Speed on 16 October 1941, he was on radio duty. That is when he transcribed a morse code message to tell Roland Lachance (himself!) that his father had passed away and was found dead ealier that morning. It was an unexpected event in that his father Donat Lachance, age 49, was healthy and working as a foreman for Thom McAn Shoe Comapny in Worcester, MA
Roland's immediate thought was to go to his mother and sister's sides but he could not do so as he was in the Navy and his ship thousands of miles away in North Atlantic. He was forced to miss attending his father's wake, funeral and burial. He felt very badly, as he told me, that he could not be with his family during this most difficult time.