I have been rather "backlogged" with web designing, and it wasn't until today that I had the chance to review your site. I am a strong believer in divine providence, and believe that, with any communications media, there are times when someone will need to see exactly what another has to offer. I could not help but notice that I was reviewing your site on the anniversary of the day that the United States entered World War II - and it made me think of those, like yourself, who were hardly more than boys when they were called to serve.
As you know, I usually am looking for extraordinary content and design when I give the award, and I know your site is in its infancy. However, I believe that your site should have exposure, in order that others may remember the huge sacrifices that these terribly wars have required of so many. I myself was not yet born during World War II (I'm a baby boomer - my father would be 77 this year, and my mother is 79 - so I've heard far more of that war than only what is in history books.) My family is from Italy, and members emigrated to different lands, so there were members of my family in the armed services of the United States, Britain, and Italy. I shall be listing your link within a day or so, under a special heading, on my "new winners" page. I am hoping that those who see both the link and your site will remember all of those who served, in particular those who gave their lives as a result. I wanted you to have this as a special tribute to your friends. Every good wish- Gloriana -
USS OAKLAND CL/CLAA-95
I believe that there is little in this world that is mere coincidence, and would prefer to term it providence that I happened to review this site on the anniversary of Pearl Harbour's bombing (which is mentioned in the site's header.) Though it may not be in the category of web wizardry as yet, the information and links will be of interest to those who served on the many ships that are mentioned, and in particular the shipmen of the USS Oakland. I hope this special award will cause us all to remember those who lost their lives in war.
- Gloriana - Elizabeth G. Melillo, Ph.D.