Purpose and Acknowledgements
To Share Information
"Thank you" to all service personnel
~ past, present and future ~
whose personal sacrifices have insured me the freedom
to struggle and fail to find the right words to express my appreciation.
A Special Thanks
Words cannot express the heartfelt thanks to David (Dave) S. Branks who not only provided us with much information but who risked his life that day to save those that he could.
Thank you, also, to others who have provided information and photographs for this site.
Masaaki Hayakawa - Picture of EC-121 PR 26 used in the header of the page. Last known website: http://184.108.40.206/usn_ac_japan/
Gerald W. Martin
Pacific Stars and Stripes
and All who have signed the guestbook, message board, or have sent information to be posted on an individual's page.
My family had often sought more information about what had happened that day. About 1997, my younger brother, George, posted a request for information on a web site. In March of 2000 he received a phone call from Mr. Branks and we received many answers to some of our questions. We, also learned for the first time, of the heroic efforts of Mr. Brank. We expressed our belated "Thank you," to him for his unselfish actions. We wanted to say "Thank you" to others who had done what they could that day. We also realized that other family members or crew mates might be interested in learning what we learned or in contacting Mr. Branks.That is how this web page began.
Please go to the "Serviceman's Center" page to read about one
community's project beginning in 1970 to acknowledge and support service