Letters of Tudor Richards: April 11th, 1945

April 11, 1945 Dear Folks, Too bad about the grippy cold, Ma. By the way while I’m on the nasty subject don’t feel obliged to write letters during or after such bouts until you really and truly feel up to it, and even then it should never be a mater of obligation, rather one of inclination. Since you usually do try and do too much too soon, I really think this sage advice. How about … Continue reading

Letters of Tudor Richards: April 1st, 1945

Dear Folks, Happy Easter! So April is upon us! Well, that’s all right with me. Actually with us hours may sometimes drag, but as a whole time seems to move pretty swiftly along. This time of year reminds me of walks along the railroad tracks beyond old Primus station and especially the one that first made the “Moat” country one of my favorite haunts, an occasion that also brought a certain beautiful picture “to life.” … Continue reading

Letters of Tudor Richards: March 25th, 1945

Dear Folks, I carelessly missed the last outgoing mail, which accounts for what will probably be an even longer interval than usual between my letters, one shamefully long I’m afraid. No mail has come in, as we’ve been pretty busy, but I’m very much hoping for a batch in the next day or two, when this should go out. You may guess that we’re afloat at last, which is substantially correct. Actually we’ve been at … Continue reading

Letters of Tudor Richards: March 13th, 1945

Dear Folks, I can’t keep up with you two! This answers your letters postmarked Feb. 19 and 26, Pa, and though yours, Ma, postmarked Feb. 20 somehow arrived soon enough to be answered by my last, two have already reached me since then, no. 23 correctly numbered by the way, and no. 24. The latter, you may be amused to know is dated inside, March 22 and postmarked, yes, postmarked, March 31! Another very recent … Continue reading

Letters of Tudor Richards: March 5th, 1945

Dear Folks, No. 2 Christmas came to-day with the arrival of presents from four sources! “That Vanishing Eden” and the “Sea Witch” were among them, the others being Ernie Pyle’s “Brave Men,” from Ham and Edie, the “Mayor of Casterbridge” and the “African Queen,” from Mrs. Lowell and two penguin books, Benet’s “O’Halloran’s Luck” and “Pipeline to Victory,” from 54 Fairmount St. Needless to say Dr. Barbour’s was the most welcome, though it will doubtless … Continue reading

Letters of Tudor Richards: February 22th, 1945

Dear Folks, Your letters keep coming, but I’m afraid mine have been rather few and far between going. I guess I’ve been lazy, but also haven’t realized how good mail facilities can be to and from fairly distant spots such as this. The Quarterly arrived not so long ago, for instance, and was most welcome. I read it all with much interest. It seems funny to have to go back more than ten classes from … Continue reading

Letters of Tudor Richards: February 6th, 1945

Dear Folks, Glad to hear the orchid and photos finally arrived and were appreciated. Had it been possible to have them sent before our departure from where they originated, their arrival might have been more timely, but circumstances interfered. I forgot to mention that a dance was given for the Air Group’s officers the other day, in the evening of course. They had tried to hold it previously, inviting army nurses, but only seven volunteered, … Continue reading

Letters Home: Wartime letters of a VB-17 pilot

In the next few weeks, we will be publishing the letters of Tudor Richards, a VB-17 pilot who served on board USS Hornet CV-12 during 1945. The letters were mostly sent to his parents, and cover the period from his enlistment in 1941 to the end of World War II. The letters and other documents were originally published on a website created by his nephew, Hamilton Richards, who graciously allowed us to publish these letters … Continue reading

History of the U.S.S. Hornet Breakfast Group

Here is another story from USS Hornet and VT-2 veteran Ken Glass about the USS Hornet Breakfast Group he helped start. History of the U.S.S. Hornet Breakfast Group The very first breakfast meetings of a group of Hornet veterans originated in Oxford, Ohio in the early 1990’s with Ken Glass providing the direction and leadership. At this time, Bud Newkirk, a Hornet veteran living in Hamilton learned of Ken, a World War II veteran living … Continue reading

Remember Albert by Joe Holt

Remember Albert Walter Albert was an unforgettable fella.  Albert came to the Marine Detachment in 1968, one of a dozen or so replacements, but he quickly stood out from the bunch.  He had a terrific sense of humor and an even-tempered attitude, rare for a “new guy”.  Because of his competitive spirit and exceptional strength he was soon selected to be the projectile loader for our five inch gun mount, the toughest part of gunnery … Continue reading