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North Atlantic Patrol

Between the North Atlantic and Pearl Harbor

Victory at Midway

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I am in the Navy aboard a salvage ship. I was searching for something work related when I happened upon your site. I was moved by the recounting of the salvage after Pearl Harbor. Thank You
QM1 Henry Harris <>
Sasebo, Nagasaki Japan - Saturday, March 22, 2003 at 19:09:33 (PST)

Hello, I am really enjoying what you have put together here about Griff's life. I especially admire the images of his work. He obviously was an extremely talented individual that had a definte eye for capturing the mood and intensity of a moment. I would love to find out where I can get litho's. I have passed on the URL to some veteran pal's. Im sure they will appreciate your site as much or more than I. Talk to you soon... D.
Darren Lee <>
Black Diamond, Wa. USA - Thursday, March 13, 2003 at 21:52:10 (PST)

Super, super site. Very well done indeed. Should you ever wish to promote it further and reach thousands of more "fans" please submit your url to
Judy Daugherty <>
Des Moines, IA United States - Monday, March 03, 2003 at 14:48:21 (PST)

Dear Sir, I'm the godson of Kapitänleutnant Erich Topp, who sank the above mentioned ship as skipper of U-552. He is still among us and doing aceptional well for his age and I talked to him as recent as two days ago. In 1990 he wrote his biography "Fackeln über dem Atlantik", Ullstein 24613; Berlin 1999 (pocket book edition). The book starts with the events which led to sinking of the REUBEN JAMES from his point of view as a U-Boat-Commander and is very moving. The book describes GURTHIE's song about the good people lost of the Reuben James. You can contact me under 011 31 45 5717202 or 011 31 45 574 32 71. My Adress: Kummrow c/o Mrs Hoefnagels Celsusstraat 23 NL 6417 VC Heerlen If you need further information, please don't hesitate to call. Sincerely Yours Volker Erich Kummrow
Volker Erich Kummrow
Heerlen, Limbourg Netherlands - Monday, September 02, 2002 at 08:06:38 (PDT)

Lynn Stuart Evans, who went down on the Reuben James was my uncle. This past year, I became involved in Geneology and began searching for any information about the Reuben James. This is absolutely the best, most comprehensive description of the sinking of the Reuben James on this internet. The pictures added so much to the descriptions. This informative web site made me feel as if was there. It also helped to bring some closure for me about my uncle's death. Just wish I had been involved in searching before my father passed away. He would have appreciated it so much. He lost two brothers in this war and he was also in the Navy at this time. Mom lost her brother too. Thank you so much for your hard, thoughtful work in setting up this site and for your willingness to share. Sincerely, Judy Evans Leftwich
Judith Evans Leftwich <>
Yorktown, Virginia USA - Sunday, September 01, 2002 at 23:10:44 (PDT)

Is your grandfather the painter who painted "Cooper's Cave", the cave JF Cooper used in LAST OF THE MOHICAN'S?
Noelle Dufault <>
New York, NY US - Tuesday, June 04, 2002 at 12:11:34 (PDT)

Great site--I stumbled on it while searching "Father Dee", the Argentia, NF parish priest. My mother was an Argentia resident.
Bridget Barron Gardinier <>
New Hampton, NH USA - Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 18:09:35 (PST)

my parents own an oil painting which depicts two boats in a harbor with 2 or 3 houses on the right. the artist's signature is either griff or jriff or iriff. it's signed in capital letters. my mom says the atrist's name is griff. it's about 50 years old. could this be one of your grandfather's paintings?
mark grumet <>
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 09:47:58 (PST)

Nice site- do you know where I could buy a copy of North Atlantic Patrol? Thanks. Robert Tartell
robert tartell <>
- Saturday, July 07, 2001 at 09:43:29 (PDT)

How nice as you well know you can spend alot of time on the internet finding nothing of any great inportance to life. As a person who enjoys reading history I found your sight most enjoyable. Frankly I got caught up in it an lost track of time. What an enjoyable way to get lost. Thank you for taking the time to share with me. As Always Bud perrine
Bud Perrine <>
Cordova, Alaska US - Wednesday, May 09, 2001 at 18:57:27 (PDT)

The site has been redesigned to make it easer to add to. Changes coming soon.
Gordon Coale <>
Langley, WA US - Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 02:45:06 (PST)

First visit...
Earles L. Mc Caul <>
Tucson, AZ USA - Sunday, January 31, 1999 at 11:10:38 (PST)

Griff's story very interesting!! Especially with the last name. VC
Vernon Coale <>
Cape Girardeau, MO USA - Friday, January 01, 1999 at 14:42:11 (PST)

I am a descendent of Dwight Shepler and was interested to see if there was anything about him in this book. Is there? Thanks for doing this and remembering these unsung heroes.
Karen Shepler <>
Columbus, OH USA - Monday, December 21, 1998 at 08:30:58 (PST)

hi gordon
Mark Donworth Baily Coale <coale>
San Jose, Ca USA - Tuesday, October 27, 1998 at 19:50:25 (PST)

this site has come a long way from the first time i saw it.
chris & jen knight <>
sterling hgts., mi USA - Tuesday, August 04, 1998 at 18:57:45 (PDT)

Molto bello! ciao Giuseppe
Giuseppe <>
Pordenone, Italy Italy - Sunday, May 31, 1998 at 05:40:38 (PDT)

My mother bought a painting (portrait) signed by Griffith Baily Coale. I communicated with your Grandmother by mail and phone about 20 years ago concerning the painting. She sent me information about your Grandfather, but the information was lost. The painting was bought at an auction from a residence owned by a Van Horne family in Montreal, Mr. Van Horne was one of the founder of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Your Grandmother believed that the painting could be a portrait of Mr. Van Horne. I tried to get it appraised in Montreal but could not find anybody that could do it. I would appreciate if you could send me more information about your Grandfather and direct me to a person that could appraise the painting. Yours sincerely, Caroll Leduc
Caroll Leduc <twoleos@cité>
Grande-Ile, Quebec J6S 3N8 Canada - Saturday, May 16, 1998 at 23:23:38 (PDT)

It is always good to see these wonderful rememberances of the common experiences we all shared during WWII
Jerry Yellin <>
Fairfield, Iowa USA - Wednesday, June 11, 1997 at 07:34:04 (PDT)

I hope everyone enjoys this as much as I have in rediscovering my Grandfather.
Gordon Coale <>
Greenbank, WA USA - Friday, March 07, 1997 at 20:02:02 (PST)