I mentioned this in an email previously, but a few weeks ago I had an a phone conversation with a man by the name of Francis Rieber, who served on board the USS CHEVALIER, also a member of DESRON 21 with STRONG. Mr. Rieber was on CHEVALIER during the engagement with STRONG, and survived when CHEVALIER was sunk in October of 1943. After some time home, he was assigned to the USS STEPHEN POTTER DD-538, and it seems many of the survivors of STRONG were assigned to POTTER! He became friends with Rocky Britton and Carl Ochs who were on STRONG. While we were talking, he gave me the name of a person in the POTTER Association to contact, as I was interested in finding out how many of the POTTER sailors were former STRONG men. I was also hoping to find more family members this way as well. This gentleman put an ad in the POTTER newsletter and through that, I was contacted by Chip Cline, the son of George Clifton Cline, Sr., F1c, of STRONG and POTTER. Chip was excited to tell his family about this effort and about the web site, and I'm excited to hear more about his father who passed in 2000.
So many people to thank along the way for dropping crumbs along the path to follow. It's such a pleasure to have more new people to add to the contact list, and who support what we're trying to accomplish!
If you have a photograph of your STRONG sailor in uniform, or from the time period that they served that you would care to share, I'd love to post it on the web site. Email it to me and I'll be happy to post it up.