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Subject: Thatcher: (Starnes)
My personal history follows for your info.
(1992-96) served as Secretary of Thatcher Reunion Assn. & Editor of 514 Newsletter. Heart Attack slowed me down! On my watch 514 was named a WW2 Commemorative Community by Sec. of Defense for the 50th Anniversary.
I have a copy of absolutely everything about Thatcher that happened in
WW2 - Logs- photos- crew lists- shipmate diaries- etc.
Our ships doctor made 8mm Home movies of battle action that was put on VCR tape. Thatcher sent a Assn. member to Okinawa for the dedication of the Memorial Wall (1995) listing all that were killed in the Battle of Okinawa. He placed a wreath for our crew members and all others killed on the picket line I have photos and a VCR tape.
For sometime I have been thinking about a web site for Thatcher. I was surprised when I saw your listing.
Subject: Henry K.Thatcher Nemesake of THATCHER DD514
Hi Bob: I'm Bob Traver. I served on the Thatcher from its commissioning to its decommissioming.
And what a coincidence. The reason I served on it was that my grandfather from Rockport Ma. was a lobsterman who used to fish off of Thatcher's Island and I used to spend summers with him.
After completing Rangefinders school in Wash. D.C. in early '43 I was given a choice of ships to serve on. There were four "cans" and the two cruisers Boston and Baltimore.
I loved the Thatcher's Lights and the island so the pick was easy. I was never sorry. We had a great ship. Active, clean, and lucky ( until Okinawa ) for the most part.
About Thatcher - Henry K Thatcher was born in Thomaston, Me. May 26 1806. Midshipman on 4 May 1823, rose in rank to Rear Admiral on 25 july 1866. He had a busy career until 1868. He died at Boston on 5 Apr. 1880
DD514 was the second ship named after him. The first was a 'four piper" DD 162 launched in 1918, scrapped in '46 (renamed)
I dug this out of Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships Vol VII.
I have all 8 vols and refer to them often. If you wish I will print out the
pages on the Thatchers and send them to you. Send me your mailing
address. Hope this fills some gaps.