Dr John Fakan

Posted on Saturday 7 July 2012

Bruce: mbabele@999info.net

A sad note

Dr. John Fakan, the person who hosted our Memorial at the USS Cod, passed away July 5 after a long bout with cancer. He was a major player in determining what caused the loss of the Grunion, and was responsible for getting Navy recognition of the wreck.

My wife Susan recalls an incident that tells a lot.

Zack Galler & Dr John Fakan

“I can’t remember the exact circumstance, perhaps it was in conjunction with the Grunion talk at the Museum of Science, but John came to Newton and had dinner with us. He was sitting beside me at the table and for some reason we began to talk about slide rules, which have always fascinated me — not because I understand one single thing about how to use them, but because of their elegant design. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, he had a one in his pocket. He had others as well, including one that had been on one of the flights into space, perhaps even on the flight to the moon. I may be embellishing the story to say the flight to the moon, but none-the-less, he had this wonderful little device that had been into space. He explained that if an onboard computer failed, the astronauts could make necessary calculations and more with a manual slide rule. I doubt that I shall ever learn to use a slide rule, but I shall never forget John, his slide rule, his warmth, and his wonderful stories about life’s adventures.”

Here is his obituary.

Bruce @ 2:55 pm
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Video of Chiyo’s 100th Birthday

Posted on Saturday 23 June 2012

June 23d 2012
Bruce mbabele@999info.net

If you go to http://www.999info.net/Chiyo100.mov and download (right click) there is a remarkable video produced by Tadashi Ogawa of Ortus of Chiyo’s 100 birthday. Dependent on internet speed it will take about 30 minutes to download.

Bruce @ 7:22 pm
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Chiyo Shinoda

Posted on Tuesday 24 April 2012

Bruce mbabele@999info.net

Received this note from Kazuo today: Chiyo was 101 in February.

Dear friends,

My mother, Chiyo, has been gone in peace today.
Thanks for your favor during in her lifetime.

Best Regards

Bruce @ 7:45 pm
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July 30, 2011

Posted on Tuesday 26 July 2011

As we mark the anniversary of the loss of USS Grunion (SS-216) on July 30, 2011, let us pause to remember our 70 brave and valiant men who paid the ultimate price 69 years ago.

We Remember Them
(By Sylvia Kamens and Jack Riemer)

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
We remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We remember them.
In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
We remember them.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
We remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
We remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
For they are now a part of us,
As we remember them.

Bruce @ 5:46 pm
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Chiyo Shinoda 100th Birthday

Posted on Monday 28 February 2011

On February 16th Chiyo was 100. She received a number cards and gifts from the Grunion Family. This is her son’s Kazuo’s reply.

Dear Bruce John and Susan Abele, Mary and Dick Bentz and each of the family of USS Grunion,

Thank you for your wonderful presents on my mother’s 100th birthday.

She is deeply very moved to receive blessing from a lot of people, because the tradition of sending the birthday card like this is few in Japan, though the New Year’s card is sent.
She becomes physically handicapped recently, spends the life indebted to an around person, and is leaking it to husband’s place to pass away early. She often spends in the special nursing home for the aged.

However, meals are taken regularly though it is few. She sometimes reads newspapers and books. It is happy time when she spends with six-year-old great-grandchild “Aiko”, kindergarten girl. She helps for her great-grandma to move in the room. (See photo.)
I think that the family of the fourth generation is comfortable for her.

The hearty birthday congratulation was unexpectedly received at such time, and her mind became very satisfiable. She says that she wants to dedicate the
mind of the sorrow to the bereaved family of the same circumstances as her from 26 postcards .

The congratulation on 100 years old will be brought from the city office on February 16, and a TV Producer will come to cover. I hear Yutaka will visit to bless.
My sister, brother and I, our three couples will welcome them.

It prays for the good luck of everybody.

Sincerely yours,
Kazuo Shinoda for my mother, Chiyo
(Please forgive my poor English. )


Chiyo and Granddaughter

Chiyo and Granddaughter

Also please see:

Torn apart by war, united by gifts of flowers

KISKA PETALS- “I send flowers of this place to you with my heart.”

Though, Mr. Shinoda did his best and achieved his ordered mission. Even though the war was not the crusade, above is the situation of those days. I suppose now they both friend and foe alike at the north sea under falling ice, must be hoping the peace and reconstruction of home country, also praying the fortune of families, smiling how we were so unwise that fought such war.

Bruce @ 3:27 pm
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