Yankees Aboard British Fleets

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Violet and John Stanley Parker in Halifax in 1941--just before he shipped out with the Royal Navy
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The U.S. involvement in World War II famously began on December 8th, 1941, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. But there were already a small number of Americans personally invested in the war effort. They were volunteers to the British Royal Navy — and had headed to Halifax as early as 1940 to join the war effort.

With us on The Takeaway are retired U.S. Navy Commander Eric Berryman, author of "Passport Not Required," which chronicles the experiences of the U.S. Royal Naval Officers, and Diantha Parker, granddaughter to John Stanley Parker, one of the first Americans to enlist.

John Stanley Parker in his Royal Navy Lieutenant's uniform: