"Life without one who serves their country proud, freely, and valiantly would be a life void of love, dreams, freedom, a life void of the many treasurers so many of us call life. To those of you who wear the uniform of our country with pride today, and for those of you who wore the uniform in days past, these few words go our to you. Thank You!""24 July 1945, two PBY4-2 airplane's took off from Yontan Field, Okinawa, for an anti- shipping sweep along the west coast of Korea. Two message's were received, one that two planes had been attacked by enemy aircraft. No position given. Another, referred to a successful attack on a Japanese merchant ship. The planes did not return to base the next morning and all available planes were sent out and an exhaustive search was made. No trace was found of the missing plane's or its crew. Among the missing was Ralph Huntington Hepworth.
This is Dad's younger first cousin. There is more to the story which I will write
about for the Memorial Day Celebration in May.