Mr. T. Richard Clark January 5, 2001
Only now have I firmly planted myself with stern orders to
review all the materials you have sent to me in one grand
indulgence. And I find myself positively overwhelmed.
What you have accomplished, Dick, and with what I strongly
suspect remains in the pipeline, is a stunning work of research,
reporting, editing and publishing. You have with amazing insight
captured Worth Scanland. You have brought life and vibrant spirit
to the powerful personality that was Hawkbill, while capturing
the role she played in the grand scheme of things so long ago.
How you have done all this is beyond my understanding. That you
have, however, is a reminder to all of us that we were a part of a
drama played out by a group of young seamen cum submariners who
did a pretty good job. If there is any merit to the concept of
The Greatest Generation, you have made them plank owners.
Whereas it is not comforting to realize that not a single soul
will ever realize the enormous energy and commitment you have
given over to ALL ABOUT HAWKBILL, there are none of us who do not
offer our eternal gratitude.