Got an email from Rick Block informing me that his grandfather, Paul Block, passed away on the 27th. Paul was a radioman who came aboard in early August, 1944, and stayed aboard until mid April, 1946 - part of the mothballing of the great ship in Bremerton, WA.
After I published A Bird’s Eye View, I got an email from Paul saying he wanted to buy a book, but did not want to do an online purchase. He told me that he knew my father (who was a signalman), and he remembered him well. After Paul read the book, he sent me a letter, telling me how much he liked it. He enclosed a check for five more copies, with the addresses of his five sons.
As of this writing, I have not found Paul’s obituary in any of the three places Rick mentioned in his email. I will follow up when the information becomes available.
Rest in Peace, Paul