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Bob Knight

4-6-18 I got an email yesterday from Bob’s daughter Pam telling me the sad news that her dad passed away on Monday after suffering a major stroke. Bob was “one of my plankowners”  –  original crewmembers who met with me … Continue reading

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Zook, the Juneau, the Solomons, and the Boston

3-22-18 Five days ago, the wreckage of light cruiser USS Juneau, was found off Guadalcanal by ex-Microsoft executive Paul Allen.  The Juneau was a casualty of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Nov 12-13, 1942.  Without spending too much time on … Continue reading

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Another “supplies consumed” gem

3-11-18 Several years ago, Bob Knight loaned me his collection of “saved papers” from his time aboard the Boston, which I scanned.  Among those documents were several issues of the ship’s weekly newsletter, “The BeanPot.”  From the first newsletter of … Continue reading

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Two Years Before the Mast

2-17-18 My uncle Wil was a coxswain aboard the destroyer USS Erben (DD631) in the Pacific the same time as my dad and his crewmates on the Boston.  The Erben was built in Bath, ME and got to the Pacific … Continue reading

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Gooney Birds

2-11-18 While the ship was in San Pedro, CA for repairs (March 27 to June 1, 1945) the “Kingfisher” catapult planes were replaced with faster “SC1 Seahawks”. ” I remember the time we lost Lieutenant Grutzmacher, one of the gooney … Continue reading

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