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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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How many gallons in a ton?

1-27-18 I’m trying to really bear down on the Baked Beans revisions;  I am not rushing – just staying focused.  I am winding down on Volume 2 (an action-packed 6 months!!!).  The project has caused me to revisit select “official … Continue reading

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January 1945

1-20-18 Happy New Year!  I find myself face-deep in redoing the Baked Beans Books.  As it turns out, I am just finishing January (1945) [Vol. 2] so by happy coincidence I’ll talk a bit about what was happening on the … Continue reading

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Another year flying out the window

12-16-17 We have recently had several folks reach out with pictures of their Boston family member.  I will post those up when I can.  We also heard from Judith Armstrong.  She sent this picture of her dad and pals at … Continue reading

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