Don Ostertag is a storyteller, one of the best. Well, that’s actually an understatement. He doesn’t post often, but when he does…hang onto your hat. I have read many stories of Pearl Harbor. Don’s story is perhaps the best. Read on, and never forget.

Don Ostertag: Off Stage

A Reblog to remember December 7th, 1941

Even the open sea had adopted the Sunday morning calm of the towns that outlined the clover-leaf shaped harbor. The glow from the lights of Saturday night had dimmed several hours before. Now the only lights were those needed by the people who were going to church and those who were working the Sunday shifts.

On board the USS Ward an easiness had replaced the uncertainty of the night, the first night of the Ward’s task, patrolling the mouth of the harbor…the first night under the new captain..the first night the young crew felt they were part of the actual Navy.

When he felt comfortable with how it went that day, Lt. William Outerbridge had decided it was time for him to go to bed. He was tired. The hectic last couple of days had had drained him. Arriving on board of the…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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22 Responses to MEN OF THE USS WARD

  1. Don Ostertag says:

    Oh, Jennie, thank you for the reblog and your kind words. Coming from one of my favorite teachers it means so much to me.

  2. beth says:

    wonderful share, thanks, jennie –

  3. Jim Borden says:

    I’ve never read about the USS Ward – what a wonderful story. thanks for sharing.

  4. beetleypete says:

    I had seen this on Don’s blog. Good choice for a reblog, Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. I was very moved by Don’s post of the USS Ward at Pearl Harbor. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. Thanks for sharing, Jennie! Have to head over, to read the full interesting story. xx Michael

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