<![CDATA[Project USS STRONG DD 467 - Project 467 History Blog]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:38:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[National World War 2 Museum in New Orleans and Resources]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:39:50 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/national-world-war-2-museum-in-new-orleans-and-resourcesThose of you who have visited my website know I have a page dedicated to resources that can help you research your veteran and their time in the military, Navy Links & Research. Recently the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans (a fantastic and wonderful place that I will be visiting soon!) released a guide in PDF available to any and all who need help in researching their men and women who served in WW2. The link to the guide asks you for your name and email address, then the name of your veteran. Once you hit the submit button, an email with a link to download the 19 page guide is sent to you. Click the link and download the guide to your hard drive. The link: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/research-veteran

Also, the museum has an extensive archive of information on all things WW2. When we visit in December, I hope to learn more about how they make materials available to individuals and researchers. I've made a contact in the curatorial department who has agreed to meet with me. I hope she's up to answering all my questions! For more information on what they have, here's a link to their Center for Collections and Archives: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/about-us/notes-museum/center-collections-archives?tm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social

<![CDATA[Keeping up with David Mearns, the shipwreck hunter]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:12:25 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/keeping-up-with-david-mearns-the-shipwreck-hunter​Today David Mearns is giving a talk in London at a forum called Icons Interviewed. I so wish I could be there to hear him answer questions and listen to him discuss his work in shipwreck hunting. Here's hoping there might be a link to share of a recording of the appearance! Congrats David and hope you have a great time!

In the meantime, here's a link to a recent BBC article on the finding of an ancient astrolabe in the wreck of the Esmeralda: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41724022?SThisFB

There will be so much more news to come as the time approaches for his book release here in the US next year. Also holding out for news from Stephen Harding on the latest about The Castaway's War and any possible screenplay. He's looking forward to the beginning of production for The Last Battle in Europe next year. 2018 could prove to be very interesting for the STRONG family and beyond!


Photo courtesy of Icons Interviewed website: ​https://spark.adobe.com/page/oTJ7CAhOAASZP/?w=3_3106
<![CDATA[Release of The Shipwreck Hunter in the UK, and an article mentioning STRONG!]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:33:04 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/release-of-the-shipwreck-hunter-in-the-uk-and-an-article-mentioning-strongToday is the much anticipated release in the UK of David Mearns' The Shipwreck Hunter! In addition, there is an article by the BBC News online about one of the ships in the book, the ATHENIA. Included within the article is a list of the top 5 ships that David wants to find. Number 2 is STRONG. David is remaining steadfast in his pursuit of helping us close this chapter on the men of STRONG. At the top of my bucket list is the desire to be sitting in the control room of a research vessel (and yes, I have one in mind) watching the monitors as an ROV locates the wreck of STRONG on the sea floor of the Kula Gulf. We can then lay a plaque at the site as a memorial to the grave site that it is - and let them know they were not forgotten.

To access David's article, which includes a link to a live recorded interview, click here: Athenia article BBC


Image below accessed from BBC.com website and article.
<![CDATA[A few images from the 2017 Reunion at Virginia Beach/Norfolk]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 01:22:25 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/a-few-images-from-the-2017-reunion-at-virginia-beachnorfolk
We had a great week together, visiting Norfolk Harbor for a tour of the river and the USS Wisconsin. Later that week we hit Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown. Our yearly meeting and banquet on Saturday night allowed us to pay tribute to Jim Merriman, the face of the DD 467 for so many years. Andy Hoder delivered a heartfelt and sweet tribute to our lost sailor who will not be forgotten. We miss you Jim and you will always be with us!

On to plan for next year in Annapolis, Maryland!

<![CDATA[Today in Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown]]>Sat, 16 Sep 2017 00:57:05 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/today-in-colonial-williamsburg-and-jamestown
Another warm and beautiful day in Virginia! The group first spent about half the day at Colonial Williamsburg soaking up history and spending money in the shops. The bookstore at the College of William and Mary took a chunk of my change, and it was worth it. I visited here in 2003 and was so thrilled to come back, but never had enough time to really go through the area and see everything. We need to come back and spend a couple of days taking everything in. The photos above are of a period tavern and a young Captain Innes who regaled us mightily with his tale of defeating the British at sea and thanking our brave Navy men for their service and sacrifice.

​Next, on to Jamestown settlement where again there needs to be more time spent in the spectacular and huge museum and visitor center they have set up there. At the pier are replicas of the three ships that brought the settlers to Jamestown, including the mothership the Susan Constant pictured above. When I asked the guide about the authenticity of the ships, the Susan Constant is closest to reality. Evidently there were some legal issues involving the ship back in England and 400 year old insurance records had details about the ship that aided in her recreation. Incredible!

​We have the board meeting and raffle tomorrow that raises money for the STRONG Association scholarship fund. Tomorrow night is the banquet, and then we go home for another year. Seems the time passes quickly, but it's always a good time. I'll post more photos later from home. Thanks to all for tuning in!


<![CDATA[Hello from Virginia Beach!]]>Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:27:20 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/hello-from-virginia-beachPicture
Hello and welcome from Virginia Beach/Norfolk! People are arriving and getting ready for the 2017 reunion. We are right on the beach here with an amazing view. Hurricane Irma is making her presence known with some back winds and rough surf, churning the waters. We are so looking forward to the week and seeing old friends. Lots of interesting places to go and things to do. I'll post more updates as the week proceeds. Again, we truly miss the presence of big Jim Merriman. He's here in spirit, I know for sure. 

​Lots of fighter jet flyovers from the Norfolk Naval Base close by and they rattle the windows. As loud as it is, it's good to feel safe with them close by. Below is what we woke to this morning. More later!

<![CDATA[USS Indianapolis broadcast Wednesday September 13th]]>Sun, 10 Sep 2017 14:21:24 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/uss-indianapolis-broadcast-wednesday-september-13thTomorrow the hubby Greg and I head to Virginia Beach/Norfolk for the 2017 reunion. We're really looking forward to seeing everyone again. Before we head out though, I wanted to post some information about an on line event happening this Wednesday. 

A couple of weeks ago Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. group announced they found the wreck site of the USS Indianapolis. The Indy was the ship that delivered the bomb parts that once assembled was dropped on Hiroshima by the Enola Gay. She was hit and sunk on her way back to port. There were nearly 2000 men on board. 316 men survived after 4 days in the ocean, wounded and fighting shark attacks. The wreck is located in the Philippine Sea. Allen's group will have a live internet broadcast on Wednesday evening of September 13th at 10:00 pm EST. If you are on Facebook, use this link to access the broadcast: https://www.facebook.com/PaulGAllen.Ideas/?hc_ref=ARTWoZ2SL7P7LdLn8vVx3arEZJvCPj-xmUe8UbL29KHevIQfjUOXtiD7lwcOP9R27v0&pnref=story

If you are not on Facebook, you may be able to access the broadcast from Paul Allen's website here: https://www.paulallen.com/

I'll be posting updates through the week. If you are in the path of Irma, please stay safe. Thoughts and prayers are with you!

<![CDATA[Review of David Mearns book The Shipwreck Hunter]]>Tue, 22 Aug 2017 23:34:36 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/review-of-david-mearns-book-the-shipwreck-hunterPicturePhoto from David Mearns Facebook page, Boffins Books in Australia.
A few weeks ago I sent out a note about the release of David Mearn’s new book, his memoir titled The Shipwreck Hunter. At present the book is only available in Australia, but at my request he sent me an advance copy for review. In service to the government of Australia he discovered the historic WW2 wrecks of the HMAS Sydney, the German raider Kormoran, and the Aussie hospital ship AHS Centaur sunk by the Japanese in WW2. Australia has awarded him the Honorary Order of Australia Medal for his service to their country, so it was natural for this first release to be there. In October the book will release in the UK, David’s home. He is originally from Weehawken, New Jersey and an all-American boy, but has lived in England with his wife Sarah and their 3 children (Isabella, Alexandra and Samuel) for most of his adult life. Amazon.co.uk is open for pre-sales and people in the US can purchase copies from there. If you want to wait until 2018, Pegasus Publishing in the US will release the book here and David will tour the US. He will make the release date and appearance schedule for the UK and for the US available to me and I will post them on the website.

In reviewing the book it’s difficult to just tell you about one specific wreck that he’s located over the decades of his career with Blue Water Recoveries, LTD and other groups. Some of the names that are easily searchable aside from the ones above are the MV Lucona, MV Derbyshire, TSS Athenia, and most recently the ships of Vasco de Gama’s fleet including the Esmeralda.  Another very notable find however is the HMS Hood, the most famous British Royal Navy ship lost in WW2, and the re-finding of the Bismarck, the German battleship that sunk her. Our own Captain Joseph H. Wellings was involved with training the crew of Hood, and was on board the HMS Rodney when Bismarck was sunk. There are websites devoted to these ships and you can read about them in the book. What I’d really like to do is tell you a bit more about the scientist and humanitarian that is David Mearns.

David had mentioned to me early on that he had a write up about STRONG in the final chapter. This chapter is dedicated to the wrecks of ships and submarines he would like to find in the future including STRONG. When you look at the list of historic accomplishments he’s put forth in this book and others, I am completely in awe of the fact he considered working with me on this project to keep Strong from being forgotten when I approached him 6 years ago. After reading the book I better understand why he’s helping me, helping us, the Strong family. The job of a shipwreck hunter is very technical, complex and dependent on many branches of science that work with understanding geography, geology, ocean currents, weather, bloody large archives of historic documents, and so much more. Within the scope of all the scientific preparation, acquisition of expensive and sensitive equipment and data analysis, it’s easy to forget about the human aspect and the losses suffered. Not for David. He has a way of compartmentalizing the technical side in order to get the job done. Prior to an expedition he locates and interviews survivors and family if they are available. Once a wreck is located he is completely emotionally available to the families and others who depended on him to accomplish this monumental task. I’ve seen in his writing and in face to face conversations with him evidence of his personal commitment in honoring those lost. To me, this is what makes him successful in his work. He cares about the memories of the lost men, women and children. As proof, he’s most recently expressed his desire to help find the lost Malaysian airliner MH 370 that went off the radar March 8th of 2014. He is deeply committed to helping these families find closure. If anyone can find the plane, with his background, expertise and level of sensitivity it will be David.

This most recent book is like his others, in that they cover what life is like on board ship. You learn about all the equipment failures that cost time and money and cause unfathomable frustration when you are on a budget and deadline. You also see the triumph when the sonar finally hits on the target. But mostly, you see the human side - the history, the research and the emotion involved in this work all comes down to the people on the ships, subs or planes. David pulls it off with humor, professionalism and humanity. His desire to help us find Strong encourages me and I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish in the future. There’s always the chance that it won’t happen. If not, then I still feel fortunate that the effort got this far. However, I truly believe we will find her together and I can’t think of a better conclusion to this project.

The Shipwreck Hunter on Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shipwreck-Hunter-lifetime-extraordinary-discoveries-ebook/dp/B0711K16NS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503418989&sr=8-1&keywords=david+l.+mearns


<![CDATA[Channel 7 Australia interview and others.......]]>Sun, 30 Jul 2017 12:38:42 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/channel-7-australia-interviewAnother video interview with David Mearns, Channel 7 in Australia:


Alan Jones Radio Show: https://omny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/david-mearnomny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/david-mearns

Rush Hour Melbourne interview: https://omny.fm/shows/rush-hour-melbourne/david-mearns-the-shipwreck-hunter

<![CDATA[David Mearns interview on Australian television!]]>Fri, 28 Jul 2017 20:34:28 GMThttp://projectuss-strongdd467.com/project-467-history-blog/david-mearns-interview-on-australian-televisionToday David Mearns posted a link to a video interview on Australian television. Check it out!