Posted 19 January 2011.

FA John J. Prelac (Johnny), USS Helena CA-75, 1952 - 1953.

From Diane Prelac Tobias

My father, John James Prelac (he went by Johnny) was on the USS Helena in 1952-1953.
He was at Bootcamp in the Fall of 1951 at the Great Lakes Naval Station.

My father was in the Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan in June - July of 1952.
He was also on the ship when Eisenhower sailed with them.
He was also in Bremmerton, Washington when the ship later docked there.
My father was discharged in 1953 and died 10 years later of kidney disease
which had begun while he was in the Navy.

My Dad died when I was 6 years old, my brother John, was 4.

Now that my mother is 80 years old, I felt like I needed to write the stories down.
She kept detailed scrap books of everything.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew him, as I am writing down the stories
while my mother is still alive. I have pictures of him with Chris Buscher,
Rodney Nelson and others. I wish I would have thought about this years ago.
The internet is a great thing! Thank you.

The Star Spangled Banner
US Navy Band
1 minute 22 seconds

Navy Hymn
US Naval Academy Glee Club
3 minutes 12 seconds

Anchors Aweigh
US Navy Band
1 minute 16 seconds

Boot Camp Days

Proud Graduate

John Prelac's Boot Camp Company

Company 865.

F.H. Edwards GM1
Company Commander.

13 DECEMBER 1951


Pictures above and below---Boot Camp. Great Lakes, IL

Boot Camp leave. Christmas 1951

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