Video of “The Search for the USS Grunion A Family Rediscovers its Past” Discussion.

Posted on Friday 20 July 2007

Joe Hunter of Olin College produced a wonderful film about the Abele family and the USS Grunion.

The Jackson Homestead in Newton hosted a free and open to the public showing which quickly filled to capacity on Wednesday.

In attendance were a few Abele relations and also Nancy Kornahrens Stark who is the daughter of the gunner on the Grunion Lt. William G. Kornahrens.

William Gregory Kornhrens

( Photo from ‘On Eternal Patrol‘ )

Nancy’s mother attended the launching of the USS Mannert L. Abele a destroyer named after Bruce, Brad and John’s father the commander of the Grunion.

The Mannert L. Abele is the subject of a soon to be published book ” 3 minutes over Okinawa ” and a new movie

” Kamikaze “ to be shown on the Smithsonian Channel on Veterans Day.

Also watching the film was submariner Mitch Henderson the son of the commander of USS Bluefish (SS-222).

Mitch Henderson’s uncle Lt. Edward Roger O’Connor, was lost on a sub in the south pacific during the War.

Our apologies to anyone who was turned away due to full seating. Please stay tuned here for an announcement of the next showing and see what was said below.

Click here to watch Wednesdays “Searching For The Grunion” discussion

4 Comments for 'Video of “The Search for the USS Grunion A Family Rediscovers its Past” Discussion.'

    Nancy Kornahrens Stark
    July 23, 2007 | 5:57 pm

    It was indeed a thrill to watch “Searching for the Grunion” last Wed. evening at the Newton History Museum. Thank you Joe Hunter for producing this in such an appropriate and sensitive manner.

    I finally met Bruce Abele and his wife Sue as well as the very gifted photographer, Pete, who was “up close and personal” the entire night!! Bruce was most generous in sharing many details of the 2006 search as well as the greatly anticipated Aug. 2007 search.

    I’m so grateful to be part of the “Grunion Family”.

    Nancy Kornahrens Stark

    December 22, 2007 | 8:38 pm

    My Dad, Mark DeCoste from Portland Maine, knew “Billy” Kornaahrens very well. (my Dad was 8 years younger). He grew up in Lewiston raised by his Aunt Helen Linehan & his grandmother Mary Linehan. They used to come down to Portland (Maine) every Sunday to vist my Dad. My Dad remembers that when he was a student at Annapolis and visiting Portland my Dad remembers walking with him as he hitch-hiked back to Lewiston. And, liked bananas as a kid. My Dad said, “He was kind of a hero to us … he was the typical All-American boy. I named my son after him … William Gregory DeCoste”. My Dad will write you a letter in the future as he doesn’t have a computer. Out of the three people in my Dad’s family, my Dad says he knows him the best. Happy holidays! Meg

    June 6, 2008 | 4:38 pm

    The Search For The USS Grunion DVD by Joe Hunter is now available at

    Mary D. Allen
    January 2, 2009 | 3:37 am

    How wonderful that you have been in contact with folks who knew A Dad!s Dad that could remember the men who gave their lives for America. Mary Allen

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