I’ve been contacted by another Strong family member! Who the family is, I can’t say just yet. I’ll announce that once I’ve had a chance to communicate further with them and determine their interest in the project, but he was a much esteemed officer on Strong who was among the casualties.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people have found me via the web site, and how I’ve managed to recruit others to help with my research. This is how I came to welcome this family mentioned above. Just recently a man sharing the last name of this Strong officer found the web site. His name is Norman P., and evidently he’s been interested in Fletcher Class destroyers since childhood, often building models of the ships. He contacted me from the form on the site, and we’ve struck up a nice email based relationship. Norman took it upon himself to search Ancestry.com with the intention of locating some member of this family, and he succeeded. After leaving a post for the family, he emailed me. When I got up the next morning I had an email from Norman telling me what he’d done – and a response from the family in question! He struck gold, and I’m thrilled to be adding a new family member (or more) to my growing list of contacts. I hope to use the next blog to introduce this officer, his family and a bit about his story. I so appreciate Norman and his efforts on my behalf, and for the Strong.
Right now I’d like to offer a little information on an event that some of you might be interested in attending. Over the year, there are several of these events called Bull Sessions held in various parts of the country. The old sailors get together and share stories, support each other and generally have a great time. If possible, I hope to make it sometime just to sit and learn as much as possible from these guys. Another person who has been helpful in my research, a retired officer named Morgan L. sent me an email recently about a Bull Session in Texas that’s coming up. Be informed also that the National Museum of the Pacific War is also located here, so if you have research of your own to do this would be the place. A link to this museum is on my Navy Links and Research page:
“Tin Can Sailors (Nat'l Association of Destroyer Sailors) is having a Texas Bull Session in Fredericksburg on Oct 26, 2013 at the Sunday House (motel). Plans are still forming.
When firmed up, I'll send a copy of the flyer/registration certificate. Please know that Destroyer Association members are invited to these Bull Sessions. These are fun opportunities to meet destroyer sailors from other ships. The USS Strong is cordially invited. The big attraction for Fredericksburg is the Nimitz Museum of the Pacific War -- LOTS of military history. Attendees can surely visit the museum
in the afternoon and get back to the Bull Session for dinner (speaker, to be confirmed?)
These are fun "bull sessions" and chances to swap sea stories ("lies" in the civilian world, none of that was possible civilians think?!
Thought you may want to know/spread the opportunity for Texas Strong Assoc'n members??? More as we learn it.”
Anyone interested can visit the Tin Can Sailors web site (link is on my Links page), and if you’d like to join their organization you can receive the publication listing all of the bull sessions around the country. Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions. Also, I welcome any information you have to share about your Strong family member.
I hope to be able to introduce you to this fine officer and his family soon.