Last night I was able to enter the basic information for crew I had on file listed as living, killed in action and unknown. There are 227 deceased crewman left to enter the basic profile information. Once that is complete I will go through my records to verify when the crew was aboard and then begin developing the full crew profiles.
I ran across the quote at the bottom of this post the other day and felt that it applied well to the process of developing this website over the years. I’m able to get most of the data I have entered and the site functional, then I lose some of the knowledge that comes quickly as I hadn’t been working on the website for a period of time… but it is when times like this arrive where I remember once again… I will not forget those who served.
“The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again.” ~ John Gray
The database infrastructure in place and functioning so now it’s a matter of data entry of 376 crewman records, 339 of which were aboard when the Little DD 803 sank and another 37 who has been aboard prior to her sinking.
Basic Officer data has been entered and I will soon begin entering the Enlisted crew.
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~ Confucius
In an effort to have the website functional by the 2016 USS Little Reunion I’ve been working at inputting data which I have collected and reformatted over the past 6 months. As of tonight I have most of the site in place with the exception of the crew records which are going to take a considerable amount of time to input. Once that data is in place we’ll be back to where the site was on May 2015.
Thank you for your patience and please check back again soon.
Welcome Aboard the USS Little DD 803!
After 9-months offline we are beginning to redevelop the site. This will be a slow process so please continue to check back frequently as we continue to expand the site.
“Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
~ Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz – 16th March 1945
Thanks for your patience.
It is with great sadness that I post the loss of DD 803 shipmate Bill Gale.
Dear Crew Members and Family Members,
On Sunday, August 17, 2014 our father, Irving (Bill) J. Gale joined our mother, Gini, in heaven. Dad had filled his bucket list by attending the Boston Navy Reunion and attending his granddaughter’s wedding at the end of July. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 22, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel located at 44 East Columbia St., Chippewa Falls, WI. 54729. 1-715-723-4649. The funeral service will be at Norte Dame Church on Saturday, August 23, 2014 @ 10:30 am.
Thank y’all for making Dad’s trip to Boston possible. He had been looking forward to it since the first letter was sent.
Love, Jodi Bilansky (daughter)
Bill’s Obituary: http://www.pedersonvolker.com/obituary.phtml/DA2CD633/irving%20j