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).

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