Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Dive Notes from Jerry Ranger

You can read about Jerry Ranger's exciting experiences diving on the USS Houston in 2004 at:
2004 Dive on USS Houston - Notes by Jerry Ranger.
Jerry is the son of USS Houston survivor John W. Ranger.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry's notes:
"As I hung on to the anchor line and looked around at the island, I was wondering what the survivors where thinking as they swam toward it. I pulled myself together and took a breath off my regulator and started down to the USS Houston. We had to go down 60 feet to the edge of the ship. I started to see the edge and the hull around 40 feet from the surface. Then we stopped at the anchor line. We were around the aft mast area. Brad started to look for a good spot to tie up at. I just floated there thinking to myself. three years in the making, 36 hours to get to Jakarta, 4 hours to drive to Brad’s house, two hours drive to the village, 45 minute boat ride out to the USS Houston and now I’m touching the USS Houston. Then I took a few minutes to remember the Officers, Sailors and Marines that did not come back. I said to myself: fair winds and following sea's.”

Friday, October 07, 2005

Sickbay Update Again

Here's an update on the men we mentioned on Sept. 27th who were on the sicklist:

Ray Goodson - home from the hospital where he's been recovering from pneumonia; in a jovial mood!
Gus Forsman - improving daily from pneumonia and expects to come home from the hospital next week; he will be in an apartment near from his daughter.
Gene Wilkinson - healing slowly from hip surgery.
Otto Schwarz - has moved into the VA Medical center in Lyons, NJ, and is getting adjusted to a new lifestyle.
Howard Brooks - apparently recovering okay from a fall down some stairs in his home on Sept. 16th in which he broke 2 ribs (this was right after he took a trip to S. Korea and China!).

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Dale Tiefel

One of our dear Houston survivors, Dale Tiefel, passed away on August 29, 2005 and was buried in Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, IA. Our sincere sympathy to his family as he has now joined his shipmates "standing watch in Sunda Straits".