Recently people have been joining me on my Sunday Walks in Downtown Albany. Typically, I walk in Albany when I'm scheduled as a tour guide on the USS Slater. A slide show and a map are detailed at this blog entry. I plan on walking on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. You can contact me at:

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

This day, seenty years ago, 05/27/1942

The next day I will be available for tours is Sunday, 05/27/2012.  If it's a Sunny day I start with a walk around Albany (approx. 5K, 3+ miles) at 9:00 AM.  Visitors are welcome to tag along but please send me an email.

Seventy years ago (Wednesday, May 27th, 1942), during the Battle of the Atlantic four ships were sunk: the British motor tanker Athelknight (U-172); the American army transport Jack (U-558);the Dutch motor merchant Polyphemus(U-578) and the Norwegian motor tanker Hamlet (U-753).

In the Artic Ocean, PQ16 was making it's way the Murmask. Three ships were sunk by aircraft on May 27th.

Also on May 27th, Dorie Miller received the Navy Cross, from Admiral Chester W. Nimitz—the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet— on board aircraft carrier Enterprise for his extraordinary courage during the Battle of Pearl Harbor. A year and a half later Dorie Miller was killed in action on the Carrier Liscome Bay. In 1973 a Knox class Destroyer Escort was named for Dorie Miller (USS Miller, FF-1091).

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

05/06/2012 - This day, in Wold War II

In the briefing room the Slater started a chalk board noting "this day in WWII".  Great idea, but I was a little disappointed with the entry - a reference to the prelude to the Battle of Coral Sea (the main battle occurred the day following, on May 7th).

I knew there were a few other events that happened on this day, seventy years ago but I had to do a little research first.  In my opinion the big event of May 6th (70 years ago) was the The surrender of Corregidor.   A video of the surrender is available.

Things were a little busy in the North Atlantic as well. German U-Boats were operating off the American Coast (Operation Drumbeat, Paukenschlag).   

On Wednesday, May 6th, 1942 six merchant ships were sunk.  The total tonnage lost was 27,913 (roughly equivalent to 700 tractor trailer trucks).  Twenty seven sailors were killed, but 182 survived.  One ship, the Alcoa Puritan was carrying six passengers who were torpedo several days before.  It was sunk in deep water, approximately 120 miles from Mobile, Alabama.  A few years ago a survey of the wreck site was done by the Past Foundation and a comprehensive video is available.