Lieutenant Commander Neil G. Carey,
USN (ret.) “was raised in small towns and on a farm, and graduated from high school in 1939. Joining the US Navy in
1940, he was assigned to USS Colorado and promoted to turret captain first class in 1942. In 1943 Carey was ordered to ordnance
school in Washington, D.C., then selected to be a gunnery instructor. In mid 1944 he was appointed ensign and returned to
the Southwest Pacific. in 1940 Carey met Betty Lowman, dugout canoeist, journalist, and lecturer, after she was shipwrecked
in the Atlantic. They married in 1941.
Carey served on an attack cargo ship, a gasoline tanker, and attended the University of California at Berkeley. During the
Korean War he served on an attack aircraft carrier as gunnery officer of a destroyer and was awarded a personal combat medal.
He resigned from the Navy at the end of the Korean War, and retired with the rank of lieutenant commander.
In 1954, with Betty and their young
sons, the family spent three months circumnavigating Vancouver Island, B.C. in a Grand Banks dory. During four months the
following year they continued searching for a Pacific coast homesite by exploring the Inside Passage and circumnavigating
British Columbia's Queen Charlotte Islands.
has worked as a stone mason, attended Brooks Institute of Photography, and was a supervisor in the motion picture laboratory
of the Pacific Missile Range, Point Mugu, CA until 1965 when he and Betty moved to the Queen Charlotte Islands. There, in
a remote lagoon, the built a cabin overlooking the North Pacific and cruised year around, photographing and beachcombing.
They were the subject of a few TV documentaries”
Lieutenant Commander Neil G. Carey
is the author of Tender Duty; Puffin Cove: A Queen Charlotte Islands Odyssey; and, Guide to the Queen Charlotte
According to the book description of
Puffin Cove: A Queen Charlotte Islands Odyssey, “The author and his wife led the simple life
fishing, beachcombing, logging, surviving, and adventuring in the rain swept Queen Charolette Islands of B.C.”
According to one reader of Guide to the Queen
Charlotte Islands, “I purchased and read this book before moving the the Queen Charlotte Islands in August
2003. This book is very informative guide on just about everything to do and find on the Islands. This book was written by
a long time Island residence who once served with the US armed forces and made a wise choice to move his family to the Queen
Charlotte Islands. A better reference book about this great Island is hard to find.”
According to the book description of
Tender Duty, “USS Daniels, a crowded destroyer tender is anchored in New Guinea when the main
characters, Ensigns Renton and York, report for duty. Captain Ball, was a submarine officer. The executive officer, Commander
Riley, was recalled for his second war. Lieutenant Commander Cass, the remarkably able Repair Officer, supervises artisans
working three shifts every day -- assisted by civilian technicians -- repairing destroyers and other vessels.
Chief Quartermaster Thornhill, an Asiatic Fleet "retread",
often spins lusty stories of the Asiatic Fleet and tells of a storm in 1933 when USS Rampo measured and reported a wave 112
feet high. Liberty is rare. Morale is low. The captain delays the nightly movies while entertaining a nurse.
Junior officers search for a still. Mail is censored. Christmas mail is torpedoed. Ensign York finds a floating body. New
Year's Eve is observed by shooting at unidentified planes and wounding the gunnery officer; a destroyer drops an enemy
Daniels convoys Army ships to the Philippines
where Captain Ball and Chieft Steward Tomales go ashore. The crew's anticipated liberty is denied. Chief Tomales tells
of his families suffering under Japanese occupation. Daniels rescues downed fliers while sheparding a convoy to Subic Bay
where damaged ships await repair.
PT Boat, Ensigns York and Renton dart among 80 torpedoed Japanese ships and roam recently liberated Manila. A Japanese vessel,
disguised as a hospital ship, but filled with able troops is brought into port, and the ensigns go board. The assistant gunnery
officer plays cowboy with his .45.
workload increases as ships prepare for the voyage home. A torpedo is dropped and Lieut. (jg) Salter is maimed. The experienced
reserves head home and Ensign Renton becomes the first lieutenant, and Ens. York the navigator. The AWOL sailor is brutally
murdered. As part of the Magic Carpet, Daniels prepares to steam for San Francisco, returning servicemen
home for Christmas. While homeward bound Commander Riley notifies the ensigns of their promotion to lieutenant (junior grade)
and warns of typhoons ahead.”