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to: William Knight Roberts <firstname.lastname@example.org>
date: Mon, Mar 9, 2009 at 7:55 AM
subject: sigsbee (Ships Bell)
Dear Mr. Roberts –
First, I would like to thank you for the sacrifices you made so many years ago by volunteering to defend our country and our way of life. Unfortunately, those of us who came after you have not been such good shepherds; but that is a discussion for another day.
Attached are some photos of the bell from the Sigsbee. We also have a clock and ship’s light which I was told came off the Sigsbee. The source of these articles is a WWII veteran himself and I have known him as an honest and trustworthy man for almost twenty years so I have no doubt as to their authenticity.
I apologize for taking so long to respond to you but it seems that every time I tried to take some photos, something intervened. Either the sun was down by the time I got home from work or the steps were covered in ice; but here they are.
I got the bell for my wife since her father retired as a Navy commander who had served in Korea on the Fletcher. We collect a lot of antique militaria including Revolutionary war and Civil war cannon shells, weapons from all wars and so on. We bought this bell from The Horse Soldier in Gettysburg, PA which is owned by Mr. Smalls. When we got it, it was painted Navy Grey. I built the stand and it sounds great!
I would be more than happy to bring the bell and other items to one of your reunions on the east coast – its the least I can do for you. I would put the bell and its frame on my trailer. I live half way between Baltimore and Washington DC so travelling to Norfolk, or Charlotte, or New Jersey or Pennsylvania would be no problem, just give me a couple months notice!
Stay well and contact me with any further question or requests.