Status Report November 5

Posted on Monday 5 November 2007


Most of you are aware that there was a destroyer, USS Mannert L Abele launched April 1944, named to honor the men of the Grunion

That destroyer was sunk April 12, 1945 by a hoard (30) Japanese kamikazes (suicide planes).

One of the officers on that destroyer, Roy Andersen, has written a book about that experience called

“Three Minutes off Okinawa”. In my opinion it is an extraordinary book


The book is finally off the press and can be obtained in the United States for $30.00 (which includes shipping and handling in the United States) by sending a check along with your address and other contact information to

Jana Press
13 Algonquin Road
Worcester MA 01609-1701

Also for those who have Smithsonian Channel there is a TV documentary about that experience. Smithsonian Channel HD is available on Direct TV channel 267

The documentary is “The Day of the Kamikaze” and it will be aired Veteran’s Day, November 11, 9:30 to 11:00 pm on the Smithsonian Channel. The channel is brand new and we have no knowledge of what networks will offer it.

3 Comments for 'Status Report November 5'

    David Decrevel
    November 5, 2007 | 10:16 pm

    Smithsonian Channel HD is available on Direct TV channel 267.

    Janet Mehall
    November 9, 2007 | 6:25 pm

    “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Arthur Ashe

    As we remember on this Veterans’ Day, we pause to reflect all of the recent happenings with the USS Grunion and most of all, the wonderful gathering in Boston in October. We have all been personally touched by this amazing story and we thank the Abele brothers for, not only, their hospitality in Boston, but also for their faithfulness and generosity to the

    “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.”
    Banjamin Disraeli

    Janet Mehall
    November 12, 2007 | 4:16 pm

    Bruce, Susan, John and Brad,

    You have heightened our awareness and
    you have broadened our horizons!

    Thanks you so much for the on going Grunion Reports!

    Happy Veteran’s Day,
    Janet Mehall,
    Niece of Carmine Anthony Parziale
    Cousin of Mary Bentz “sub-search lady”

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