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hawkbill at fremantle after 1st war patrol
Hawkbill as she was passing Rottnest Light at the entrance to Fremantle, Western Australia on the final day of her first War Patrol October 10, 1944.

Picture: courtesy of Worth Scanland

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The history of World War II is my passion because this is a war we had to win. Had we failed to win it, America would not be the same country. It is men such as those who served on Hawkbill that made a free America possible. To them and their memory, I pledge every effort that they be remembered. It is seldom a Webmaster is honored to this extent. I want to share with you the following letter I received from one of the officers of the USS Hawkbill SS-366.


Mr. T. Richard Clark                        January 5, 2001

Dear Dick:

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.

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