Re: grandfather's WWII items
Posted by Ron Carlson on June 19, 2013, 8:16 am, in reply to "grandfather's WWII items"
Dear Andrea, |
First, thank you for the information about the death of your grandfather. Whether he thought so or not, he was a brave man. They all were. My sympathies to you and your family.
As you may realize by the message from Mr. Lloyd, I passed on the fact of your grandfather's death to Mr. Lloyd when I found that your grandfather had been a member of the Armed Guard Veterans Association, of which Mr. Lloyd is Chairman. Mr. Lloyd had apparently lost contact with your grandfather, likely due to an unreported change of address.
Now excuse me for a moment while I change hats ...
In addition to being webmaster of the Armed Guard / Merchant Marine website, I am also webmaster of Project Liberty Ship of Baltimore, MD. The Project owns and operates SS JOHN W BROWN, one of only two surviving, operational World War II Liberty ships out of the more than 2,700 that were built. (From records available to me I know that your grandfather served in at least one Liberty ship while in the Armed Guard, SS JOSEPH LECONTE.) I am also a volunteer crewman and a member of the Board of Directors of Project Liberty Ship.
Aboard JOHN W BROWN are three small museums, one of which is dedicated to the Armed Guard. I am sure the staff of the Armed Guard museum would be pleased to have your grandfather's Armed Guard effects. I cannot guarantee that they would all be displayed as his belongings may duplicate items already on display. But at the least his belongings would be graciously received and cared for. Incidentally I can say that a personal log of his ship's whereabouts is a rare find. Personal journals or diaries were discouraged, if not officially prohibited, out of concern that they might fall into the wrong hands at an inopportune time.
Project Liberty Ship has a mailing address of P.O. Box 25846, Highlandtown Station, Baltimore, MD 21224-0546. The U.S. Postal Service will ship to a post office box but commercial companies like UPS and FedEx will not. If you and your family would like to consider the option of donating your grandfather's effects to Project Liberty Ship, please let me know. You can contact me directly at my personal e-mail address, RCarl616@yahoo.com.
Having found and read your grandfather's obituary, I assume you are the Andrea who lives in Princeton, WV. I can see that it's a far hike from Princeton to Baltimore but I encourage you and/or other family members to visit JOHN W BROWN to see a little of what your grandfather's wartime experiences were like. This might also be an option for delivering your grandfather's items to Project Liberty Ship, if such a trip could be planned. I would be pleased to provide a personal tour of the ship. See Project Liberty Ship's website at www.liberty-ship.com.
Best wishes. I hope to hear from you.
Ron Carlson, Webmaster
Armed Guard / Merchant Marine website
Project Liberty Ship