The following article was found in the January 21, 1943, Lowell Tribune on page 2, column 1:
Taking Electrician Course
Detroit, Mich. -- Ned L. Williams, 22, son of Mrs. Arthur Williams of Lowell, may soon have the vital job of an electrician aboard one of Uncle Sam's warships. He is enrolled in the naval training school for electricians at the naval armory here.
Williams will be eligible for promotion to the petty officer rating of electrician's mate, third class, upon completing the 16-week course, and will be assigned to the fleet or at a shore station. He was selected to attend the school upon the basis of a series of aptitude tests taken during his period of recruit training at the U.S. naval training station.
This March 11, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 6, column 3:
Ned Williams, who is taking electrical training at Detroit, was home over the week-end with his wife and little daughter at Cedar Lake, and his mother, Mrs. May Williams, here.
The following article was found in the April 8, 1943, Lowell Tribune on page 2, column 1:
Ned Williams, who has been attending electrical school at Detroit, spent the week-end here with his wife and his mother, Mrs. Mae Williams. He returned to Detroit Sunday and from there will be sent to New York for advanced electrical training. Upon completing this course, he will be promoted to third class petty officer.
The following April 22, 1943, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 5, column 3:
Mrs. Ned Williams left last weekend for New York City to join her husband who is in the U.S. navy and will be stationed there for some time. Until they can find living quarters, the Williams will stay with Mr. and Mrs. Waldo Bartz, who have made New York City their home for some time. Waldo is a member of the U.S. coast guard. All four of these young folks were members of the class of '39 at L.H.S. and naturally their get-together will be in the nature of a class reunion.
This October 26, 1944, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 4, column 1:
Get Together in Honolulu
Writing his wife, the former Eleanor Sirois, chief Yeoman Waldo (Babe) Bartz says that he had a very pleasant day with Ned Williams, E.M. 2/c, whom he met in Honolulu recently.
This Lowell Tribune article was found in the May 10, 1945, issue (page 3, column 1):
S/Sgt. Richard (Dick) Williams of the air corps, and Ned Williams, E.M. 2/c, are here visiting their mother, Mrs. Mae Williams, and Ned's family and other relatives. This is the first time the two brothers have met in nearly four years, as they never had furloughs at the same time since entering the service.
This September 27, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 3, column 1:
On the USS Kimberly in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2 (Delayed) -- Ned L. Williams, electrician's mate, second class, USNR, whose wife lives with their 5-year-old daughter in Lowell, today witnessed the formal Japanese surrender from this 3rd fleet destroyer. The Kimberly, one of the first ships to enter the bay, was anchored near the USS Missouri, scene of the ceremony.
The "Mighty K" is a veteran of Pacific battles from Tarawa to Okinawa.
This December 13, 1945, Lowell Tribune article was found on page 2, column 2:
Ned L. Williams, electrician's mate, second class, Lowell, Ind., served during the war on the destroyer USS Kimberly, which saw service in both the Atlantic and Pacific and had the honor of escorting the battleship USS Missouri when she left Japan to return to the States.
While surrender terms were being signed on the Missouri, the destroyer stood by during the ceremonies.
The Kimberly is credited with knocking down five Jap planes while in action in the Pacific. The ship took part in operations in the Gilberts, Kuries, Philippines and at Okinawa.
Before entering the war in the Pacific, the destroyer did escort work in the Atlantic.