On behalf of my husband Alfred Baier and myself, thank you for the magnificent job you have done for the "Oakland".
I wish you to know that Al died three weeks ago on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2002. (I expect you like to keep
your records up-to-date.) There is also one other correction...Al was a Plank Owner and I think this notation was
missing on the most recent crew roster. This may be a small thing to some. But Al was very proud of that!
The ramifications of your work on behalf of the "Oakland" are far reaching! About thirty years ago Al scrimshawed a
likeness of the "Oakland" and a list of the Battles he participated in from 1943 to 1945 on a large whale's tooth.
This beautiful piece was lost about 12 years ago and you can just imagine how sad that was. To make a long story
short -- through the efforts of a very kind man and your website and ship's roster -- this scrimshawed whale's
tooth was returned to Al just 2 months before he died. just goes to show you, when good men get together one never
knows what wonderful things can happen.
I should also mention that Al was the artist who rendered the relief carving of the "Oakland"
that appears on the bronze plaque that had been installed with the "Oakland's" Mast.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this and best wished to you and your family,
Thank you very much Ginny for help supplying the information and images.
I would not have been able to create this memorial without it. You and the family now a place to visit when you are
seeking closure in the years ahead.
His shipmates and I thank you for the note that appears above about the
recovery of the large whale's tooth. This was truly a blessing for Alfred and you. It happen just when you both
needed some encouragement. You are truly a brave and wonderful lady.
Paul D. Henriott, CWO, USA, Retired
Web Master of the USS Oakland website