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About Roy Alex Kotoff
Roy Alex Kotoff was a native Californian. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941 and served aboard the USS Sierra and USS Iowa. He was actively involved in the Battle of Midway. One of the key moments during his time in the Navy was the fact that he was aboard the ship carrying President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the 1943 Casablanca Conference, which was the first war conference between the Allied Powers. The travels of the President were top secret; the US public wasn't even informed of the conference until after FDR returned to Washington. The funniest story of his naval experience was his being promoted to Machinist Mate 1st Class, only to be busted down to 2nd Class one week later when he mouthed off to his Chief!
Roy knew Bettie Easterly growing up. They became "an item" immediately prior to his heading off to WWII. After their marriage in 1945, Roy requested shore duty - figuring he'd be stationed in San Francisco or San Diego. Little did he know that he'd end up in Shanghai, China!
Upon discharge from the Navy, Roy went back to school to earn his HS diploma. He eventually started working for the City of Los Angeles as a machinist. He retired in the late 1970s. He and Bettie spent several years traveling around the country in their motorhome, even after being diagnosed and treated for lung cancer in 1981.
He was a wonderful dad! We had a special bond - and I miss him every day. He lived long enough to see his first grandchild born - I think he would have been a great grandfather!