The following story was copied from the USS Helena Newsletter dated July 2002.
Eugene R. Dilts served on the USS Helena CL-50 in "S" Division from March 1941 - July 1943

FROM Eugene R. Dilts:

This is a story I have been telling for years. When the Helena was hit, I came out of the escape hatch. I climbed through the bunks in the Fourth Division compartment, using the bunks like a ladder, and made my way outside. When I got outside, I only had a 1 foot drop before hitting the water. It was about 2 AM and into the water I went! Although it was dark, I could see the shapes of many others in the water. I talked to them throughout the night, but no one ever answered. When daylight came, I saw Frenchie Kirouac hanging onto a piece of raft. He's the only one I saw, however. I soon learned that the other shapes floating in the water were 6" powder cases. No wonder they did not talk to me!!

Eugene Dilts Military Awards

Navy Unit Commendation

Good Conduct Medal

American Defense Medal

American Campaign Medal

Asiatic Pacific Medal
With Eight (8) Battle Stars

World War II Victory Medal

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