Last night the hospitality room was buzzing again with the men of Strong and their families sharing stories and getting to know new people. It's one thing to communicate primarily over email and an occasional phone call, and quite another to finally meet face to face. Peter Karagines recently passed, and I've been emailing with his daughter, Linda. Last night Linda and I met for the first time and it was like meeting an old friend. Their family came to the reunion, and will stay for the memorial service today at 1:00. We had a great time talking about her Dad, his life in the Navy and all the things I've unearthed in my research over the years. Andy Hoder, my hubby Greg and Linda's nephew Ricky were all enjoying the company. Got to spend some time talking with Richard Rodriguez and his lovely wife Jane who provided me with photos of the champagne bottle that was used to christen Strong on August 7th, 1942. At the end of the night, I had a word with Mr. Merriman who received some wonderful photos of Strong as she was being built in the Bath Iron Works yard in Bath, Maine. I have some of these photos and may add them to the Memories gallery. We're headed down to meet them for breakfast this morning, for a little more talk over some coffee - I need coffee!