posts on 4/9/2010 12:13:31 AM
I am on my second time through this book. My Dad served in LSM 230 as Storekeeper. He was older than the skipper. 33 when drafted. I finally understand what the 3 guys with the sign "The Unholy 3" meant. I can see my Dad in the book and it helps me to understand. Mom wouldn't let him talk about the war. Dad is gone but through this book I find a part of him.
posts on 3/13/2007 3:56:50 PM
I found The Sandscrapers in a thrift store and paid .50 for it. It was a numbered copy #356 autographed by Griffin T. Garnett. The book was great and I don't understand why anyone would give it away. Share it maybe as I have done but never give it away. Thanks for a great book.
posts on 11/11/2006 4:10:47 PM
I heard you today Saturday, November 11, on WETA and found your reminiscenses parallel to mine, particularly in reference to the significance that your LSM service has been in your life.
I served as a Radio Technician's Mate 3/c from October '45 to its decommissioning in April '46 aboard LSM 8. I note from Navsource that both of your commands were build in the same shipyard as LSM 8, Brown Ship Building in Houston, shortly after her.
When asked recently to participate in a project here in Columbia, Maryland, relating to events that had made a commanding impression on one's future, I found myself trying to understand my experience serving in the Navy and especially aboard LSM 8. There was no question but that it has been the dominating influence on the rest of my life. When I heard you explain that same experience so clearly I felt the same reaction again, the same physical and emotional reaction. I believe it creates the strongest yearning by far I have ever experienced to be that age and in that situation again.
Thanks for bringing it again to my mind.
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