On Monday we're off to New Orleans, mainly to visit the National World War 2 Museum. I've long wanted to visit and now seems the right time. I'll be meeting with a person on the curatorial staff and doing a bit of recon work at the museum, checking out how a researcher gets access to their collections and artifacts. Should be very moving and lots to learn at the #2 museum in the world! We'll also be meeting for the first time the son of Lt. Jg. Virgil Wheeler, a gunnery officer on STRONG. Kevin, we're so looking forward to meeting you!
A friend has had a particular honor bestowed upon his family and it's something I feel needs sharing. I've known Yale Goldman for many years now, as we both also have a hobby dealing with amber, a natural and semi-precious stone. As Yale travels to the Dominican Republic to replenish his amber stock from time to time, it was he I enlisted to help me track down the daughter of Captain Wellings a few years ago (hello Anne!), and this he did excellently. I had no idea though, of Yale's WW2 history regarding his own father, Robert Goldman. Robert was a pharmacist's mate with the Coast Guard on the LST 66 and involved in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippines on November 12th of 1944. Though severely injured, he managed to tend to his fellow wounded and dying after the ship took a kamikaze hit. In his honor, the Navy recently notified the family that a ship is to be named in his honor. How could I not share this wonderful and touching story? To read about Robert and his bravery, visit this link: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/07/tlbl-robert-goldman-lst-66-kamikaze-crash/
Yale lost his Dad years ago and is sad he's not around to realize what's happening. My feeling is, he knows.