Born and raised on a farm near the small town of Chillicothe, Ohio, Louis E. Adams (Lou) knocked around at several jobs, making hay and doing odd jobs on the farm until he graduated high school in May 1953. Growing up on a farm, several miles from an airport, he long had an interest in planes and a secret desire to . .
The U.S.S. Tarawa was commissioned on 8 December 1945 as (CV-40). This was three months after the surrender of Japan aboard the U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay. Unlike most aircraft carriers of today, the U.S.S. Tarawa was an Essex-class carrier with a straight flight deck (see link below to continue reading).