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No small parts: Fort Belknap vet recalls brief time in Navy


November 12, 2018

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World War II U.S. Navy veteran Cranston Hawley, front, poses for a photograph with U.S. Army Veteran Rebecca Joan Bishop, back from left, her mother and Cranston Hawley's wife, Jessie James-Hawley, and her daughter Hays U.S. Postmaster Dawn Bishop-Moore. Cranston Hawley's daughters were not able to attend the event.

Life takes everyone on different journeys or to different places and for a resident of Fort Belknap Indian Reservation, his time in the U.S. Navy took him further than he imagined.

Cranston Hawley was born in Fort Belknap Oct. 8, 1927, and is a member of the Assiniboine Tribe.

He was 14 years old when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, during World War II

Hawley's wife, Jessie James-Hawley, remembers how America changed after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

"I can remember as a kid, I was 3 years old, and I was riding in the back of a pickup, " she added. "We had a radio a...

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