2009 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Luncheon
- The Ancient Mariners held their annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Luncheon at the Oyster Point Yacht Club in South San Francisco. Capt. Steve Ware of Baydelta Maritime was master of ceremonies and provided entertainment.
Keynote speaker, Capt. Frank Medeiros, talked about serving on a liberty ship on which he took his first voyage around the world before World War II. He also served on the second ship to be hit by the enemy in World War II.
Medeiros has taken part in three movies: the award-winning "The Men Who Sailed Our Liberty Ships"; "World War II Honorees"; and "American Legion Post 230."As Commander, American Legion Hellenic Post 230 in San Francisco, Medeiros made several maritime donations including $25,000 to the American Merchant Marine Memorial in San Pedro, CA, which has a Wall of Honor listing names of more than 7,000 merchant mariners and their ships, lost during WWII."But for those people who built the liberty ships and the men who loaded and sailed them, we wouldn't have our freedom today,"said Medeiros.
The event's printed program included an interesting story about two men who attended the luncheon: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, Cadets Kenneth Holcombe and Cornelius Farley. They sailed on an Army troop transport from San Francisco to Pearl Harbor just before the bombing. The two returned to San Francisco seven months later.
Capt. Mark Shafer, U.S. Navy and Matson Navigation Company retiree, and an original Ancient Mariners member, coordinated the attendance of 80 people, most of whom were from the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Navy League Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Oyster Point Yacht Club, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni, and the Women's Propeller Club.
Jeanne Martin, secretary/treasurer and past commodore of the Yacht Club, handled the event's administrative work.
The Ancient Mariners and others plan to meet again December 7, 2010 at the Oyster Point Yacht Club.For more info and reservations, call Jeanne Martin at 650-345-7029.