Al Smith RD3 Pictures 1945 Al was a WWII veteran,RD3, plank Owner on USS Frank Knox DD-742. He served aboard from 11-1944 through 6 -1946. AL was part of the "Jammin' Joes" using the radar and jamming equipment to great effect receiving credit for 10 Japanese planes shot down. One narrowly missed FRANK KNOX, crashing into the ship behind the KNOX causing much damage. Helen writes “I’m just so happy for all the priceless photos shipboard. Quite a nono, and my dad was such a law-abiding person. I guess something inside him said these photos were important to document history. His friends would form a circle, and they would be all be eyes to cover for him….One, two three quick snaps of Halsey, and a camera back down at the speed of light. So cool! He would hold his camera down at his waist and hide it while his friends covered for him.” FRANK KNOX also escaped two torpedo attacks. One attack was a single torpedo from a Submarine hunted by the KNOX. The second attack was more serious - a spread of three torpedoes from a submarine again hunted by the KNOX. An emergency turn allowed the torpedoes to pass alongside the ship while top side officers and sailors watched anxiously.