"My father was navigator on a B17 for 28 combat missions over Germany, and father in law was XO of an oil tanker in the Pacific, kamikaze filled theater, both to the end of the war. In an unrelated search for a friend named Hedrick, I found Ensign William Hedrick, the story of the USS Strong, and the recounted memoir of its loss and struggle of the survivors. As the son of a WWII airman, and a descendant of that GREATEST GENERATION, I would request that you please send my sincere appreciation and thank you for their service to any surviving USS Strong crew, and, absent that (my Dad is long passed, and I suspect so have the crew), please relay these tidings to the families of all generations since.
God Bless America, and all those men and women who defend her.
Robert F. McVicker MD"
So thank you Dr. Bob. Come back any time, and thank you for sharing your story.