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I know I am out of season and we still have a way to go before the US celebrates Thanksgiving. I was going to wait to post these in November but as I scanned them this morning and Gregg asked if I was going to post them on my blog today, I could tell he liked that idea so here they are.
On arrival in England he was sent to HMS Bulwark for four months. While on Bulwark he went to Gibraltar, Cyprus, Istanbul, Rotterdam and Trevemunde. Much to his surprise and delight and because he was the only American on board, the Hong Kong Chief in charge of the wardroom gave him a surprise Thanksgiving Meal, and he had the honor of cutting the cake.
He sent these photos along with the menu, and a letter to his family back in the States, and his Mom kept everything, bless her. We have been recently going through all these old photos and have found some treasures.
He then served on HMS Ariadne, his second Royal Navy ship and the one where we met. Below is a copy of the United States Naval Academy class ring, and when on route from Singapore to the coast of Mozambique via the Island of Gan, he put his class ring on a ledge in his room, and he thinks as the ship rolled the ring fell into the garbage can, which was later emptied over the stern of the ship. The ring now probably sits in 5,000 feet of water in the Indian Ocean.