One of the things I like about writing for the web is your story never really goes out of print. Years later as people search a subject they can stumble across your story and send you another piece of information.
About five years ago I wrote about the reunion of sailors who fought on the USS Dade during World War 2. There were only 8 living members at the time.
"I went to Vietnam in August 1965. Was on your ship (APA-99) as the Hawaiian Retailer.
We left Port of Long Beach, CA and arrived in Quin Nhon, Vietnam a month or so later.
We stopped at Subic Bay, Philippines for supplies and then Yokohama Harbor for a certified weld on the boiler.
I've read a lot about your adventures while it was the USS Dade.
I was all over that great ship; in all five hatches.
Followed a typhoon all the way to Vietnam. I was up above the bridge near the steam stack and the wind blew my fatigue cap off into the sea.
I was young then. 74 now and retired as a US Army First Sergeant."