In return ... thank you for your thoughtful message. Your father was a brave man. They all were. Likewise your son and your cousins.
Did you know there is a restored World War II merchant vessel in Tampa, SS AMERICAN VICTORY? It is virtually identical to SS HILLSDALE VICTORY in which your father served. You may want to make a visit there sometime and, at least in your mind's eye, understand a little of your father's experiences. The ship is open for dockside visits seven days a week. See http://www.americanvictory.org/.
Ron Carlson, Webmaster
Armed Guard / Merchant Marine website