Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos

 


#111 Pa- Curtaz mess treasurer C-L-A-X-T-O-N M-A-R-B-L-E-H-E-A-D H-O-M-E G-R-A-N-D-P-A w 1157 wp63

 

#111 Pa, Helen, Curtaz, messtreasurer, donovan #111-p 60 640 E 7 St. Dec. 21st l935 Well Folks i am at it again and as usual i Have Nothing to say Other than Wish You both a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year We Wluld Like to have You With us, but as the Weather will be cold and stormy at this time, it would take the pleasure out of the trip. But i will keep a pack of cards ready so you can beat me. Bill said he would be here for Christmas. i was at the beach yesterday with the Pup. i bought 4 chickens and i would be Better without Them as They Don't Lay and i don't think they will very soon. But if they have any in their Jeenes (genes) i will get them. i have ordered a nice fresh turkey so i will be ready. The two calendars from the Tow Boat Company came yesterday.If you come up, i will give you one.Joe Buckley called up asking for you both.i hope you have a good trip in your new boat and that you will like it.Ma is comfortable as can possibly be expected. My- OldJack Frost is here now and i Expect his chum Jimmie Snow will Call to see Him - Pa" To lt C Jo b. Barrett c/o Phila Navy Yard - 378 Columbia Road Dorchester Mass. April 8, l937 Dear Jack, I am sure you will be very much surprised to hear from me, and I hope not angry at me for writing.My mother has just passed away, and so I have been trying to straighten things out here. While going through some boxes today I found all the many pleasant letters you had written me as far back as l9l0. (my, I'm old). Mother had them all neatly tied and marked, and after reading some of them, - thought I would just drop you a line. Trust you have been well and happy all these years. Sometime would like so much to say "hello" if you ever happen to be in this locality. With kindest regards and pleasant memories of a past friendship, I am sincerely Helen B. Cochrane." July 30, l970 Mr. Charles Curtaz of Linnet St. told John he thought Dr. Devine who delivered Jack in l888 was connected with the police department. Aug 4, l970 John talked with Mr. John Donovan of 44 Emmonsdale Road.He told John that Dr. Devine's daughter is Mrs. Clement Kennedy of Swampscott., She is the granddaughter of Barry Sullivan's first wife. Barry Sullivan's secpond wife was Mary Mehegan, daughter of Kate and Charles Mehegan and grandfather Barrett's first cousin. Mary Mehegan Sullivan had four children by Barry Sullivan and numerous stepchildren from his first marriage.Of of his daughters by this first marriage had a daughter who became Mrs. Clement Kennedy wife of the owner of the New Ocean house in Swampscott. Dr. James Moloney and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtaz also say Mrs. Kennedy is Dr. Devine's daughter. On quite a number of different ships p 271 Jack had responsibility for supervising the mess and kitchen either as commanding officer executive officer or mess treasurer. Before accepting the mess treasurer's job on the MARBLEHEAD elected periodically he insisted the members agree to allow him to serve two fresh vegetables in addition to potato for dinner every evening. When the mess members pobjected that the extra vegetable would cost more and raise the mess bill, Jack proved that the extra vegetable actually reduced the mess bill by reducing meatconsumption. On the HANNIBAL he bought a hand operated coffee grinder to ensure fresh coffee. On another ship he told the mess steward to put away the frying pans and use them only for breakfast.He also insisted that sixty per cent of meat purchases be beef. Jack claimed that the excellent food was one of the advantages of enlisting in the Navy.Another matter that Jack considered of great importance for morale was prompt promotion of deserving subordinates and to see that they received the benfit of all available educational and training programs. As communicartions officer on the WYOMING he had the responsibility of picking personnel from time to time to attend radio school. He later took particular pleasure in recommending Miles Edward Saunders of the Branch Hydrographic Office New york for a Naval Reserve commission and likewise Philip Dolan of the Overseas Transportation Office at Pearl Harbor for a reserve Commission in l945.


 


shipnotes follow duplicate letter from w1158 p 64 MOLLIE 1943. note on ENCYCLOPEDIA of VOLCANOS

 

Redifer MARBLEHEAD,S-4 Mrs. Paul H. Rice (Gertrude) 523 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106 22 July l970 Dear Sophie, We would be glad to write to Bill Paca if you would send his address. You've never written if he is married. I thought he did marry many years ago. The things he wrote about Jack must have pleased you. It seems that somehow they should be woven into your book. I'm sure that Paul always looks to his command of the TULSA as one of his most happy commands. Strangely enough he had a command in every grade, beginning with Ensign. He had a great regard for the officers that served with him on "the TULSA," and there always seemed to be such a good relationship. I always thought the China duty the best thing the Navy had to offer, but of course we've never been in Europe. Nath has three children, two boys and a girl. Chris is 24, John is 20, and Erica 18. Nathalie is Mrs. J. V Hawley (Mrs. Vernon Hawley 333 Marion Avenue, Mill Valley CAlif 94941." October 26, l943 Dear Sophie Jack and John, Well, how are you folks: It is a long time since your last letter.I paid the taxes for l943 myself.I changed to oil in the kitchen and am very much pleased with it so far. I was down to Bill for a weekend about a month ago.Only trouble it was all too short.Little Bill is quite a boy. Still asks for Grandpa and Skippy. Bill had a grand victory garden- potatoes, onions, tomatoes, corn, carrots, beets, cabbage, lettuce, peanuts.They did all the work themselves, and believe me, it was a credit to them. Going out to Melrose Sunday to a First Mass.Why don't you write? I keep looking for mail - Mollie" 533 down to the Robert Dollar Building and look up Captain Whitney Eissler, Marine Surveyor, a particular friend and old shipmate of mine- a fine fellow and quite a character. With best wishes and hope to hear from you soon. Always your old friend, Redifer. Address your letter as follows: U.S.S. Local Inspectors, U.S. Steamboat Inspection Service, Norfolk, Virginina USA. " -272- July 3, l924 JBB reported to Naval Inspector of Machinery , William Cramp and Sons Co Philadelphia in connction with fitting out MARBLEHEAD Arrived Navy Yard 8 AM July 16 few days - return to Cramp. Later short run down Delaware (River) First wek in August go to Rockland for full trials for ten days.eturned to Cramp yard to 30 August. 5 Sept at Navy Yard Philadelphia. Also 11 September. September letter C>C> Plummer (ex Hydrographic Office, friend of Gershom Bradford) Sept 8 . To visit Newport Rhgode Island about 16 September. Then about one month New york. Ready about 29 Sep at Navy Yard New York. MARBLEHEAD Commissioned October 10. Nov 5 leave New York. Nov 20 shore patrol Murray Bay Bermuda heading toward Newport News Va Nov 21.- Dec. 2 galley hot - 6 Dec. Southampton NEngland Leave request 8 Dec. to noon Dec 9 JBB address c/o Archer 35 Vartrey Road, Stamford Hill, London. To sea Dec 12 - Marseilles dec 24 -Villefranche Dec. 25 - Algiers Dec. 31 - Jan 6 l925 JBB writes report on shakedown cruise - Jan 7 Funchal madeira - Boston - Board of Inspection and survey at Final trials in February and necessity for completion of annual inventory of Co0nstruction and Repair equipage by 31 March. - March 23, l925 San diego - m- Feb. 18 - had already left boston - April 6-l0 San Francisco leave plus weekend April 11 and 12 Reported back to ship 0035 MONDAY APRIL 13. April 24 Landing force exercise Molokai 27 April shore patrol Merchant and Bethel Streets Honolulu for duration of stay of fleet Reported 10 M April 28 Latter part of may JBB got ships service funds. MARBLEHEAD to fire ShortRange Director Practice off Lahaina (Maui) during week commencing 15 June untukl Thur 18 June. 1 July depart Honolulu. 6 July cross equator 165 degrees 40 minutes west.- July 25 Melbourne - July 31 Tasmania -,Hobart- Launceston-August 5 and 6 New Zealandthroigh Monday August 17th. August 30mShore paTROL TAHITI - GLpagos - Panama =- Guantanamo 8 to 10 Nov - Dec. l925 Boston - 11 Feb. l926 Balboa Schedule of provision issues at Balb CZ MARB 18 f Refrigerated supplies 0600, fresh vegetablesaredry strores. 1300 from store ship "BRIDGE" Vessels of light cruiser division two will use all motor launches for transporting provisions.These boats will be be posted as required. JBB officer in charge of the boats. 0545. June 20, MARblehead (town) Masachusetts Hotel Rock-Mere one night Six dollars . See boston Post story on naming dedication of ship. - 8 June NY bos JBB req dutyt on Eur station for balance of present sea cruise. If not granted, continue present assignment. - 6 & 14 Jul M at bos - 30 S Aid to Eec o Alex Sharp Construction and repair, ships service. - Oc 19 gonaives Bay Haiti O 25 Guan Bay N 6 to 16 Guan Nov 25 to 29 leave Dec. Boston New york weekend D 4-5, 11-12 - Phila D 27 JHAN 6, L927 SAILIONG FOR NICARAGUA - FEBV 27 HAW TILL MARCYH 18MAR 8 LAHAINA - Sailed frt Pearl h 24 Marc 4 PM to Shanghai Ap 2 - at Shanghai 21 April. June 4 Sh detached June 6 Pres. Madison Kobe (acqu. Harams. June 20, Seattle June 27, New york. S-4 23l feet (21'10 l/4") 13 feet one inch draft 876 tons surface, 1092 submerged max fuel oil supply 36,950 gallons normal l9,271 gal four inch 50 caliber guns. Four torpedo tubes, 12 tor 4 officers 4 petty o 30 others Nelseco Co, NY NY Westinghouse motors contractor - US> Government bureaunof Design Commissioned Nov. l9, l9l9 interested in some materials I sent you on deep structure of the earth - how materials from ocean floor went down transversely and were uplifted rather deep inland in Rockies. You would like new AD 2000 "ENCYCLOPDIA OF VOLCANOS" Academic press lead editor SIGURDSSON of University of Rhode Island - actually it is much more - there is an outstanding historical background by the lead editor, and a great deal on minerals and isotopes of different layers of earth's mantle and interior. Isotope HELIUM THREE is largely PRIMORDIAL from BIG BANG and is found in Deep layers, such as source of Hawaii and Yellowstone HOT SPOTS. On the other hand isotope HELIUM FOUR comes from RADIOACTIVE DECAY, and the source elements are mostly in the upper layer or Mantle. GEOLOGY ESTABLISHMENT resisted PLATE TECTONICS + Contental DRIFt until 1964, when ocean floor PALEOMAGNETISM provided overwhelming proof. However ARTHUR HOLMES worked out the theory convincingly in 1920s. PLATE TECTONICS accounts for escape of most of earth's interior heat, which is mainly from the gravitational effect of aggregation of earth from Planetesimals Radioactivity makes a significant contribution also. Some early theorists thought earth's crust and mantle were molten, but people like ARTHUR HOLMES recognized it was mainly iron-magnesium rich PERIDOTITE, which flows slowly under high pressure though crystalline and solid. When presure is reduced, it forms liquid magmas, leading to basalt volcanism.Water and gases are very significant in igneuous and volcanic phenomena and earthquakes. By about 1850, it had been figured out that basalt contains about 48% SILICA oxide, I think sixteen per cent aluminum oxides [will check my notes next week] ten per cent each iron and magnesium oxides a significant fraction of calcium and potassium- sodiuum. Later numerous smaller trace elements were figured in. At deeper levels under high pressure the peridotite becomes perovskite, with similar chemical mix but pressure=altered form. The encyclopedia has a chapter by Berkeley's Raymond Jeanloz, whom I heard as guest-lecturer at Harvard - one of the top researchers on deep interior, who does a lot of lab work studying how minerals react at high pressure. Read about Pinatubo, Krakatau, Vesuvius, Paricutin, Cotopaxi, Popocatapetl, the Iceland and Hawaii volcanos and many more. Bunsen was one of the chemical pioneers -worked in Iceland. Wegener advocated continental drift 1912, but Arthur Holmes understood the physical mechanics better.


 


MARBLEHEAD gaps and return Weesner-Haram excerpt#129 p 64 #1159

 

ed, letter & Memoir excerpt l29 filling gaps in MARBLEHEAD Hello Paul Kavanaugh Thanks for - your letter. A lot of material arrived recently from storage, and it clarifies that Gordon Dahlquist was the Army officer. On quite a number of different ships p 271 Jack had responsibility for supervising the mess and kitchen either as commanding officer executive officer or mess treasurer. Before accepting the mess treasurer's job on the MARBLEHEAD elected periodically he insisted the members agree to allow him to serve two fresh vegetables in addition to potato for dinner every evening. When the mess members objected that the extra vegetable would cost more and raise the mess bill, Jack proved that the extra vegetable actually reduced the mess bill by reducing meat consumption. On the HANNIBAL he bought a hand operated coffee grinder to ensure fresh coffee. On another ship he told the mess steward to put away the frying pans and use them only for breakfast.He also insisted that sixty per cent of meat purchases be beef. Jack claimed that the excellent food was one of the advantages of enlisting in the Navy.Another matter that Jack considered of great importance for morale was prompt promotion of deserving subordinates and to see that they received the benfit of all available educational and training programs. As communicartions officer on the WYOMING he had the responsibility of picking personnel from time to time to attend radio school. He later took particular pleasure in recommending Miles Edward Saunders of the Branch Hydrographic Office New york for a Naval Reserve commission and likewise Philip Dolan of the Overseas Transportation Office at Pearl Harbor for a reserve Commission in l945. excerpt #129- Following materials fill gaps in l924-l927:Memoir excerpt 129 MARBLEHEAD M'260 In July 1924 after completing the Junior Course at the Naval War College in Newport Rhode Island, Jack reported for duty in Philadelphia putting in commission the new light cruiser MARBLEHEAD at the William Cramp Company and the Naval Shipyard.Chauncy Shackford was Captain of the ship and Alex Sharp the Executive Officer, while Jack was the Construction and Repair Officer with additional shore pazrtol duties, ship's service and later mess treasurer in addition to watch, patrol, and court and hull board duties.The MARBLEHEAD was commissioned on 8 September l924, and Jack remained on board until June l927, when he was detached and left her in Shanghai, China. The ship had covered in excess of eighty thousand miles. I am giving here the entire Itinerary of the MARBLEHEAD to clarify just where Jack was on specific dates:After detachment June l927 he traveled to his next assignment in New York via Tokyo and Seattle. Former Philippines Governor General Leonard Wood was aboard the same ship with Jack, as was Mrs. Weesner, who corresponded with the Barrett family up until the l950's.She invited the Barrett to attend her daughter Brenda Haram's graduation Baccalaureate from Radcliffe in Cambridge June l955.=p299= Captain Shackford usually ordered his cabin or the gangway painted when he knew his wife was coming aboard. One day only two hours before noon he told Jack, the Construction and Repair officer to have the railing and gangway painted before his wife came aboard for lunch.Jack tried to dissuade him,as it was a wet day, and the paint could not possibly be dry by 12:30 noon. But Shackford was adamant, and the gangway and railing were painted.Mrs. Shackford cme to the ship in white shoes and a flowing sum er dress. She was disxtressed when paint got on her dress, gloves, and shoes.-247= of Napier . This leading car was an old Hudson touring car, the driver of which claimed he had driven it more than three hundred thousand miles.Snapped a few pictures of it later at Palmerston North.Had a very interesting trip- fortunately the Manawatu Gorge was open till five pm so we got through it, saving time by avoiding detour and also giving view of gorge.Second car only went as far as Danvenirk? where some of the passengers left us.Driving through the gorge was very nasty in some places, but we had no mishaps.We arrived at North Palmerston at 12:45, had lunch there - some changes of passengers were made.We changed cars for Wellington.My companion in the front seat for this stage of the trip was Captain J.B. Rainey,General Manager of Cunard Shipping Lines in Wellington, New Zealand.He had spent some time in the United States when a young man and had served in the Texas Rangers,the expert riding and shooting Texas group that enforced law and order in early days. We talked and were fairly well acquiainted by the time we reached Wellington.I went to the Midland Hotel and had dinner - happened to be seated at table with a Captain Lochner, Thirty-First Lancers Retired, now in business in Auckland, and we spent an interesting evening till 10:30 discussing strategy, economicsand our past experiences straight from the shoulder like old friends.Then parted- I returned to ship and at last got a real night's sleep.Routine work next day.I was detached to Rotary reception in Kirkaldie at 8:00 pm Monday.Met some people that had been in Nice last Christmas (l924) WHEN TH4E SHIP WAS AT VILLEFRANCHE a nearby port, and after a pleasant evening was invited to dinner with them for Wednesday.The next afternoon Tuesday I drove about town considerably to arrange =268- from Dahlquist log-Executive Officer Commander Alexander Sharp, Gunnery Officer Lieutenant Commander George Hull, Engineer Officer Harry Badt (remained Jack's good friend for many years)Supply Officer Walter A. Beu?le? Pay clerk Philip c.Dahlquist. Nov 7, l924 arrived Bermuda from New York Navy Yard Anchored in Gra?issey Bay and almost got caught in there by a hurricane. Managed to get out, and the Captain wanted to see what his ship could do in rough weather.So we rolled as much as fifty-five degrees at times. Most unconfortable.Nov 23 Arrived Norfolk Navy Yard for repaires to storm damage. It was mostly broken insulators in the rigging of the masts. (John Barrett note: JAck Barrett used to quote an old saying about hurricances "June too soon - July Stand by -August Look out you must - September Remember - October, All OVER-" buit contrary to the verse he also recollected this November l924 hurricane mentioned by Phil Dahlquist.)..6 Dec. l924 Very heavy fog when they landed in Southampton, England. ..16 April l925 En route to Hawaiian Islands MARBLEHEAD in Scouting Fleet in advance of Battle Fleet. -24 April Scouting Fleet assembled for attack. 25 April Sent landing force from Scouting Fleet- MARBLEHEAD to isalnd of Molokai- Captured airplane landing field and radio station- Established base for air force.Left to join attack on Oahu. Apr 26, l925 Attacked and broke up railroad communications in three different places. Proceeded to attack Honolulu at night. First attack unsuccessful. Second attack proved very disastrous for enemy. Earlier in the day enemy bombing planes were destroyed by sixty of our planes operating from Molokai.Apr. 27, l925 At daylight attacked beach to cover landing of our forces. Attack successful and went on in to Honolulu. Anchored in the afternoon. & May l923 Underway this morning. Maneuvers. Whole fleet is out. 9 may arrived Lahaina, Maui. - 17 May Played baseball Lost 13 to 10. - 18 May At Sea for tactical exercises.=2 June at Honolulu.Ball game. Scouting Fleet 10, Battle Fleet 7. - 4 June very nice dance at Alexander Hotel Roof, Honolulu. 6 June MARBLEHEAD trook Admiral Koontz, Senator Hale,and Governor of Hawaii Farrington to -269-Lahaina. Back again to Honolulu. Speed 32 knots. June 12 To sea for SRDP rehearsals. Back again.June 18 Went to Pearl Harbor for drydocking.June l9 Dinner party on board MARBLEHEAD. June 23 Left dry dock. July 5 En route to Pago Pago (Samoa). July 6 Held Neptune party. big time. July 10 arrived Pago Paho Samoa. Fueled from SAPELO. -July 28 Star Spangled Ball at Maison Deluxe in St. Kilda, Melbourne.August 4, l925 Underway for Hobart, Tasmania Speed 25 knots. Quite rough. Aug 5, l925 Arrived Hobart Tasmania. The ship at dock. Went to Launceston twenty officefs and one hundred enlisted men made trip in private train (Jack Barrett was one of the officers, and Walter Buck and enlisted Phil Dahlquist of the MARBLEHEAD) Big official dinner given officers that evening.- 6Aug l925 Returned from Launceston. 7 August Left Hobart Tasmania for Wellington New Zealand. Received kangaroo mascots. As the flagship Richmond was pulling away from the dock, there was a huge crowd to watch the departure of the ships.The crowd made a passageway for an officer in his frock coat uniform. He caught hold of the lower boom and pulled himself aboard.The crowd cheered, and a junior officer told him not to report to the Captain until he was sent for.He got ten days in his room. (The uniform was the one specified for the party the night before in Hobart.) - 8 August En route to Wellington. Full power run for twelve hours. - 13 August dance at Evans Bay Yacht Club Wellington -15 August Dinner party on board. 18 August another dance at Evans Bay Yacht Club. Lots of balloons and a nice time - bottom 269- -from onotebook 6 -l35 copy from lost notebook - Mar 24, l971 Dalhlquist- Galapagos- not sure about this however. Other than this we saw no people at all. I blieve a few went ashore and chased lizards for a while.We saw a great number of seals on the rocks.It seems that there is a cold current that hits these islands, and the seals apparently follow this current at certain times of the year and with all the fish I imagine they live pretty high. We anchored in several places while there and I recall the navigator saying that the main purpose of our visit to the Galapagos Islands was to look for suitable anchorages.Let me correct an assumption on your part where you wondered how we could hoist on board a whaleboat with such a heavy load of fish. I thought I said that we went out in a motor launch. Anyway, that is what it was- a forty foot motor launch-and we unloaded the personnel in the gangway before we hoisted the boat on board, and I recall that the Chief Boatswain wrung his hands and moaned and groaned about us breaking his boat. it did bend in the middle all right, but it held together, and non great harm done. I remember quite well the winter in Boston. We lived at 52 Fosket Street, West Somerville, during the latter part of my time in theMARBLEHEAD (about l928).There was one more officer whom ytou mazy remember.He was Lieutenant W. M. Thompson, the assistant engineer. I don't think he was on the ship at the time of commissioning but came later.I saw a lot of him afterwards. He was a Captain and industrial manager at the Norfolk Navy Yard during the first part of World War II and later went to Bremerton navy Yard, where h wsaea Commodore.He died perhaps seven or eight years ago. It was probably in August l942 at a littlke party at the Norfolk Navy Yard that I met Captain and mrs. Thompson. Then he left her with me while he went off on some table hopping mission, and we talked (Mrs. Thompson and I) about her two boys who were../. -( foregoing fills in several gaps in previously typed l924-l927 MARBLEHEAD narrative).


 

1160.
p 64 #1160 Sophie Barrett in rickshaw 1931 from negative

 

This is one of four extant photos of Sophie Barrett in human-drawn rickshaws from CHINAchapter 1931. I believe the background resembles another one marked "Chefoo" from when TULSA participated in Asiatic Fleet maneuvers late spring or early summer and Sophie stayed at Wineglass Boarding House, which Chaplain Maguire located for her when accomododations were scarce during fleet visit.These negatives and other photos were salvaged by John Barrett junior in packing July 1996 on moving from West Roxbury after huge 1993 thests in which ten thousand photos and many notebooks and letters disappeared. Mrs. Paul H. Rice (Gertrude) 523 South Hudson Avenue, Pasadena, California 91106 22 July l970 Dear Sophie, We would be glad to write to Bill Paca if you would send his address. You've never written if he is married. I thought he did marry many years ago. The things he wrote about Jack must have pleased you. It seems that somehow they should be woven into your book. I'm sure that Paul always looks to his command of the TULSA as one of his most happy commands. Strangely enough he had a command in every grade, beginning with Ensign. He had a great regard for the officers that served with him on "the TULSA," and there always seemed to be such a good relationship. I always thought the China duty the best thing the Navy had to offer, but of course we've never been in Europe. Nath has three children, two boys and a girl. Chris is 24, John is 20, and Erica 18. Nathalie is Mrs. J. V Hawley (Mrs. Vernon Hawley 333 Marion Avenue, Mill Valley CAlif 94941."


 

1161.
Sophie and Jack on PRESIDENT PIERCE l932 {S}{7}

 

p 64 #1161 At left is a Swedish American from Minneapolis, who lent Sophie a sun hat that appears in a photograph of her at Gardens of Sultan of Johore- than in Malaya now Malaysia.Sophie and Jack Barrett are at right. They traveled via Dollar Liner PRESIDENT PIERCE January 1932 on leave from Kobe Japan to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Manila with side trip to Pagsanjam. Singapore-Malaya, Ceylon, Egypt, and Naples.Sophie states that an unscheduled stop was made in Bombay for fuel or ship needs, and that during that time she saw demonstrators wearing Gandhi hats. Her passport was stamped January 25, 1932 but did not show the Bombay stop.


 

1162.
Sophie and Jack Barrett and skipper Dale Collins aboard PRESIDENT PIERCE 1932

 

p 64 #1162 skipper Dale Collins of Dollar liner PRESIDENT PIERCE visited Jack and Sophie Barrett in Waikiki toward end of World War II. He is at left of this photo, and Sophie and Jack Barrett are at right. Notebook 5 pages 285-7 Rear Admiral Dale E. Collins 459 Bever[wil?] Drive, Beverly Hills California, 90212 American President Lines SS PRESIDENT GARFIELD January 26, 1971 Dear Mrs. Barrett, Your letter of December 25 after many detours was finally received at home on January 11. = My wife Bettyna was in the hospital from December 16 1970 to January 18, 1971, and I was home on emergency leave. = = Before going into further detail I had better fill you in briefly on my past personal history since 1932. = Yes, I am the same Dale Collins that was chief officer in the PRESIDENT PIERCE when you and John traveled with us from Kobe to Naples. = As you perhaps know, I used to make training cruises about every year in various Navy vessels. = I was called to active duty in October,1941. I was navigator in the USS SPERRY from May, 1942, to November, 1942. I was commanding officer in the USS [ALUDU?] from December, 1942 to June, 1943, and was torpedoed and sunk off Guadalcanal on June 23, 1943. I next had command of the USS GUNSTUN HALL [?] LSD-5 and participated in all the Pacific operations from Kwajalein to Iwo Jma. = I was injured at Saipan while rehearsing for the Iwo Jima landings in February, 1945. I suffered a crushed pelvis by being caught between a landing boat and our flagship. = I was hospitalized for the rest of the war and was given command of the hospital ship USS CONSOLATION for one year before being restored to active duty on combatant vessels. = I served at the Naval War College 1946-1947,[then] Director Plans Division MSTS in Washington 1947-1949. = I was Commanding Officer USS GENERAL PUTNAM during Korean War 1951 to 1952. = I was Commander MSTS Mid-Pacific at Pearl Harbor 1952-1953 [and] Commander Service Division 31 at Senbo, Japan, 1953-1954. [I was] Chief of Staff to Commander MSTS 1954 to 1955. I was Commanding Officer USS MANCHESTER (light cruiser)1955-1956. = I was Chief of Staff to Commander Western Sea Frontier 1956-1957. = I retired from active duty in June, 1957. = (I transferred to Regular Navy 1946). = Upon retirement from active duty I returned to the American President Lines as skipper of various APL ships in the Round the World Service from 1957 to 1960, at which time I was transferred to shore duty with the American President Lines as manager of Industrial relations (Labor problems). = In ONSELATIONS (lABOR PROBLEMS).= In 1967 I reached the mandatory retirement age of sixty-five and retired as manager of Industrial Relations. = After retirement as Manager Industrial Relations I returned to sea as commanding officer of various American President Line vessels. There is no mandatory retirement age for skippers if you can pass the physical examination. = At present, as you can see, I am skipper of the SS PRESIDENT GARFIELD. Our itinerary includes Japan, Okinawa, Vietnam, Indochina, Singapore, -back to Japan -, thence to Los Angeles, - and on around to the East Coast to New York, Baltimore, Norfolk etc. = We arrived back in New York on December 25, 1970. On January 4 we arrived here in Baltimore and went into the shipyard for extensive overhaul and repairs. I took emergency leave on January 5th, as I was informed Bettyna was in the hospital. =On arrival at the St. John's Hospital on January fifth I found that Bettyna had TWO broken arms and had suffered a concussion. She had been struck by an auto while walking across Olympia Road near our home in Beverly Hills. She was returned from the hospital on January 18 although both her arms are still in casts, and she cannot even scratch her nose. She was required to vacate her room because she was considered 'ambulatory'- apparently the hospital desperately needs bed space. I was home when your letter arrived. = I returned to the ship last Monday, January 25th but will be relieved when the ship returns to the West Coast on or about February 15. I will have at least three months leave. = We were delighted to hear from you after all these years. We hope to hear from you again. Sincerely, Dale Collins."


 

1163.
#1163 p 64 David Geetter as baby New Britain CT 1933

 

David was first child of Dr. Iasdore Geetter and Sophie Meranski Barrett youngest sister Rebekah born November 1, l906. His parents became acquainted in 1922, when Rebekah was fifteen years old, and she took a secretarial course and helped Isadore while he was at Trinity College 1921-1925 and Jefferson Medical Scool Philadelphia 1925-1929. Sophie frequently saw her future brother-in-law while she was in social work for Cmmonwealth Fund in Philadelphia 1926-7. Sophie and Jack attended the wedding of Isadore and Rebekah June 16, l929 at thye Meranski summer property "The Shack" near Farmington River, Windson CT. Dr. Geetter specialized in anethsiology and became an administrator at New Britain General Hospital, and the five Geetter children David, Albert, Thalia, Harold and Szanne were born in New Britain. The three sons followed their father at Trinity College in Hartford, where their uncle Israel Peter Meranski was also a 1925 graduate. The Barretts attended Albert Geetter's l948 bar mitzvah, David Geetters 1955 graduation from Trinity College and his 1958 marriage to Joasn Trouboff in Brooklyn, and Thalia Geetter's June 10, 1961 wedding to Michael Price in Hartford. David and ALbert Geetter also followed their father in medicine after attending Jefferson Medical School. David served in U.S. Air Force and became neurosurgeon and had two daughters Darya and Erica. He successfully removed a large bening brain tumor from his aunt Esther Meranski about 1974 reliving a Parkinson-like tremor.


 

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#1164 p 64 CHINAchapter-TULSA-Rice family-Paca-Mukden incident 1998 draft

 

During 1998 a great deal of work was done at Forks Public Library editing Sophie Barrett memoir RED HEADED STEPCHILD begun 1969. In December l998 most of the text was transferred to this website,http://www.ccilink.com/photobook/barrett where all persons are welcome to view and utilize the material.Most of the text is in three handwritten notebooks by Sophie Barrett, and she copied a great deal of other correspondence into a set of eight related notebooks- some stolen 1993 =as much as possible preserved with main text. A wide variety of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard officers and relatives and friends wrote letters and contributed information. The loss of portions because of thieves is deeply regretted.Sophie considered her China and Pearl Harbor and Mount Holyoke recollections of particular historical importance. She sent the first report of the Japanese capture of Mukden.She loved her Hartford family and believed in the importance of women's education as at mount Holyoke and in her work in child guidance, statistics, and social work.Edited text with further corrections appears elsewhere on website.


 

 

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