Magazine article

I just finished writing my contesting bio for the National Contest Journal.  It should be published in the July/August issue.  I’ll place a copy of the article here once I get the finished version back from the editor.

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Day 51

Work is progressing on the Pea Island’s dry dock, now less than 3 weeks from the finish date.  Most of the hull has been blasted, and the reinstallation of the engine room is underway.

Port side of the cutter, with the 1st coat of anti corrosive paint on the hull.  Some of the areas are still covered for blasting.  The grit from blasting gets everywhere, making a big mess of the yard.

Port side of the cutter, with the 1st coat of anti corrosive paint on the hull. Some of the areas are still covered for blasting. The grit from blasting gets everywhere, making a big mess of the yard.

The starboard side of the ship, with the rudders and fin stabilizers hanging and ready to be installed.

The starboard side of the ship, with the rudders and fin stabilizers hanging and ready to be installed.

All the large machinery has been installed in the engine room, and the piping systems are being fitted to the machinery.  The hole in the hull is to fit the new main engine exhaust piping.

All the large machinery has been installed in the engine room, and the piping systems are being fitted to the machinery. The hole in the hull is to fit the new main engine exhaust piping.

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Family history

My grandparent’s have some interesting history from the Second World War.  My Grandfather from my father’s side, as a German national, fought with the Wehrmacht on the Russian front.  He was captured by the Russians, but was able to escape to cross American lines where he was recaptured and eventually was able to emmigrate to the USA.

On my mother’s side, my Grandmother was an Army nurse in North Africa and later Italy, on the American side.  My Grandfather was a fighter pilot for the Army Air Corps, and flew the P-38 lightning.  He shot down three German fighters before he was shot down himself and killed during a bomber escort mission over southern France, on June 25, 1944.  I recently found some archival information about him that’s pretty interesting.

This page is from the unit monthly mission report, he is referenced on the 25th.

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