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Thank you.  You know who you are.  Here was the first Veterans Day proclamation.

Not sure if USS Carter Hall (LSD-50) is in town for 11/11, but here’s the water side tribute.  Have any of the others of the Harpers Ferry-class visited NYC’s sixth boro?

Photo by Will Van Dorp, whose previous Veterans Day posts can be found here.

Why today?  It goes back to 1919, a century ago.  Here’s what the silence after the armistice sounded like and the bird songs were again audible.

If you want some veterans’ opinions, click here.

Thank a vet.  How many are there?  Answer follows.  But for me they are are a brother, a nephew, a cousin, some uncles, lots of friends and co-workers.  For you they might be the same or a sister, an aunt . . .  your boss.

Technically, this holiday has been around for 58 years;  before that, it was called  Armistice Day.

About the numbers . . . about 21 million, of which about 1.6 million are female.   Click here for more statistics.

But thanks for your service.  The sequence of fotos below I took a few years ago at the Staten Island Maritime Festival . . . at the salt pile.  I intend it with all respect:  the suit is a metaphor for military training, which transforms the trainee.

All fotos by Will Van Dorp. I took the top foto in Burlington, VT, but I could have taken it in eleven other locations.

Over 22 million . . . the number of living US veterans.  I salute you.

Having said that, I’m searching for former crew of this vessel, PC 1264, launched from a long-gone shipyard in the Bronx in November 1943.  Today this vessel, site of a social experiment, lies off

Staten Island, less than 15 miles from the old Consolidated Shipbuilding Company in the Bronx.  Today I’ve been reading Black Company: The Story of Subchaser 1264, published in 1972 by her first commanding officer,  Eric S. Purdon, later Commander.  Click here to read Purdon’s obituary.

A former crewman on PC-1264 was Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. , later Vice Admiral Gravely.

I took these fotos in August 2011.

Black Company tells a story largely forgotten and makes an interesting read.

The top foto comes from Purdon’s book and is used without permission.

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September 2021