SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— David Holly is on a mission that’s been six decades in the making. He says he “couldn’t” talk about it for 62 years, but now he talks about it every chance he gets.
Today he’s talking with Kenneth White, a nephew of Eugene Harris. White said he was only nine-years-old when it happened. Eugene did not survive what David did; the sinking of the USS Benevolence hospital ship 30 miles off the coast of the Bay Area in 1950.
Benevolence was rammed by the freighter Mary Luckenbach in heavy fog. 505 crewmembers, including David, survived, but 23 sailors -including Eugene – did not.