Sunday, June 18, 2006


"It's the last we'll ever see of each other." Raymond Gensler (Ret.), a machinist mate 3rd class of Grand Chute signaled the honor guard to commence firing volley after ringing a bell in memory of fallen fellow soldiers, Friday, June 16 in Appleton. World War II Veterans of the U.S.S. Ommaney Bay CVE-79 gathered at the hotel for a memorial service and their final reunion. The ship was sunk in the Pacific during WWII.

It was kind of sad. The men were getting to the point where their age was inhibiting their ability to travel and meet regularly. The story’s angle was clearly about mortality. What totally killed the mood was the nearby street construction that incessantly drowned-out the heartfelt words being spoken on the group’s PA system.

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