I never tire of reading this and it always brings me to tears. Generations were spared the horrors of war due to the bravery of young men like these. Thank you, Don for sharing this account of the young men of the Ward.

Don Ostertag: Off Stage

A Reblog to remember December 7th, 1941

Even the open sea had adopted the Sunday morning calm of the towns that outlined the clover-leaf shaped harbor. The glow from the lights of Saturday night had dimmed several hours before. Now the only lights were those needed by the people who were going to church and those who were working the Sunday shifts.

On board the USS Ward an easiness had replaced the uncertainty of the night, the first night of the Ward’s task, patrolling the mouth of the harbor…the first night under the new captain..the first night the young crew felt they were part of the actual Navy.

When he felt comfortable with how it went that day, Lt. William Outerbridge had decided it was time for him to go to bed. He was tired. The hectic last couple of days had had drained him. Arriving on board of the…

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5 thoughts on “MEN OF THE USS WARD”

    1. I understand, Don, and with your family connection, it must be even more impactful. Thank you for writing this powerful piece and allowing us to share it.

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