Dear Paul,

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,

Ginny Baier




ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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





A MEMORIAL TO
ALFRED S. BAIER
S1c PLANK OWNER



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Requiescat in pace!
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May they rest in peace!


USS OAKLAND CL-95
participated in following operations

Gilbert Islands
MarshallIslands
Bismarck Archipelago
Asiatic-Pacific Raids 1944
Western New Guinea

Marianas
Western Caroline Islands
Leyte
Okinawa Gunto
Third Fleet operations against Japan




FROM THE OFFICERS AND CREW
OF THE USS OAKLAND CL-95



SO PROUDLY WE SERVED











This Web Page was created by and
is maintained by Paul D. Henriott
Up dated 15 December 2012