Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Reunion Bull Session

This is a series of discussions and commentary among some of the attendees at the reunion in Boston in 2008. It may be random, but you might enjoy the feeling of being there.

Andy is NOT REALLY Andy

Andy Anderson was a 1c PO in O'Callahan as a plankowner. His sea stories are legendary. In this recording he explains how he is not really even who we think he is.

Monday, July 21, 2008

USS O'Callahan at filming of TORA TORA TORA

This audio of Andy Anderson tells of events in Pearl Harbor during the filming of Tora Tora Tora. Bear in mind, Anderson was a 10 year old in PH when the actual attack occurred.

Andy-10year old at Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor was a bad day. Three houses from the gate, lived 10 year old Andy Anderson. His dad served in a ship in the harbor. This is an oral history from the eyes of a young boy who was witness to the attack.  (I am trying to relocate these original recordings to REPOST to another cloud source)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Reunion 2008 - Report

The Boston choice was excellent. Using the "Y" on the old Navy Yard was a great idea and saved a lot of money. It was close to the Constitution, Bunker Hill, Restaurants and transportation. There was some discussion of Buffalo, NY in two years but the strong favorite was Nashville, TN. Capt Brown, CO for the commissioning (40 years ago) was there. A few sailors from most eras were present. See the photos link to see some of the people and sights. Joseph Allen who was the cook in his service in the ship made a superb if somewhat gruff taskmaster for the event and it is largely his and Andy Anderson's efforts that made the event memorable for us all. Tom Morrison, from California founded this organization but could not attend due to a heart problem the week before the event. He put a lot of effort into this but could not be with us. We all have high hopes for his early recovery and presence at the next reunion. A longer report will follow.