Subject: YOUR 2/21/04 E-MAIL INQUIRY: "LIFE BOAT STORIES WW II SINKINGS Dear Mr. Lloyd, By way of introduction, I am the current project navigator for this "Life Boat" program underway here at the Mystic Seaport Museum and I welcome your e-mail.Allow me to explain the over-all objective behind this project: Through a compendium of voices, visuals, written "logs" and diaries,the Research & Documentation group here in the Shipyard is looking to develop a descriptive chronicle relating to the physical and mental trauma that living veterans of the merchant marine and "armed guard" experienced aboard Liberty and Victory ships (WWII,Korea & Vietnam) when they had to abandon their sinking ships due to enemy attacks. The centerpiece around this project is the Life Boat #1 off the Wayne Victory that served in the Pacific during WW II,Korea and Vietnam. This Life Boat was donated to the museum. In turn, we are looking to have these veterans tell their stories in their own words. To date we have had veterans from both the armed guard and the merchant marine respond and believe me, I welcome your offer to assist in finding these veterans. Last Fall I attended a regional gathering of armed guard veterans in New London, CT.I have also visited their Memorial in the R.I. Veterans Cemetery. All of the stories, photographs, documents,etc. we have collected todate, thanks to the generosity of those who have responded, have been turned over to our librarian curators for permanent placement in our historical library--- the largest, most complete marine depository of it's kind in the world. Through recorded interviews and self recordings (we supply a tape recorder ) tapes are placed along with the documents and we send a tape copy back to the person telling his or her story.So------- to answer your questions; We welcome all the veterans who want to tell their stories for present and future generations and I have not set a limit or number.It is slow going because we want to be sure the records are accurate and complete. Here are the options to get in touch with me: Arthur H. Rathjen, Sr. ( Staff) Shipyard Research & Documentation MYSTIC SEAPORT 75 Greenmanville Avenue P.O.Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355-0990 Phone: 860-572-0711Ext.5092 e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Home phone:401-322-9900 Home: email@example.com I hope the above answers your questions and I'm looking forward to working with you. Sincerely, A.H. Rathjen, Sr.
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