Twyman D Mitchell was born in Alabama on April 22, 1925. He was one of two sons born to Erastus Mitchell and Rosie Lee “Leester” Hughes.

When WWII started, Twyman and his family lived in Grassy on the Arab and Shoal Creek Road.

Naturally, Mitchell attended Arab schools, and in 1943 graduated from Arab High School. Just over a year later, on June 23, 1944, he was inducted into the Navy.

Twyman went to boot camp, then on Oct. 19, 1944, he reported to the Officer of the Day of the USS President Monroe (AP-104). The President Monroe was a Jackson-class attack transport ship. The word “attack” may be a little misleading.

The transport was lightly armed with a single five-inch 38-caliber gun, four three-inch 50-caliber dual-purpose gun mounts and four Bofors (anti-aircraft auto cannon) 40mm gun mounts. Still, these ships held their own during battles.

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