The online memorial site for the USS Edsall DD 219. Serving as a communication hub for the relatives of the crewman lost on March 1, 1942.
(The crew of the USS Edsall was the first to sink a capital Japanese ship in the war; they were hailed as having drawn "first blood" against the Japanese Navy. Then the USS Edsall and her crew disappeared March 1, 1942. Information on the ship and fate of the crew has taken sixty years to gather, it is an amazing story).
http://www.usshouston.org/ Link to the survivors organization in which Don Kehn stands as official historian.
The National Museum of the Pacific War http://www.nimitz-museum.org/
Dave McComb's Destroyer History webpage.
An interesting link to some great footage of Clemson class destroyers on maneuvers circa 1932 http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=2634
A review of "Blue Sea of Blood" by Tom Wisker, Host "Weaponry", WBAI, New York
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March 2011- Asiatic fleet veterans and the USS Houston survivor groups plan to merge for future re-unions and civic activities.
July 2010- Information and photos about Norman E Edsall submitted by his great-great-nephew Randy Knepper. See the new Norman E Edsall page.
June 2010-The film footage taken by Lt. J.J. Nix, 1939 to 1941 while on duty with the Asiatic fleet, has been converted to DVD. Copies have been made available to relatives of the crew. Additional footage it being processed and will be added to ver 3.0 and made available to the general public later this year. Contact Jim at email@example.com for more information.
December 2008- Don Kehn's book about the Edsall, " A Blue Sea of Blood" by Zenith, has hit bookstores Jan. 2009.
Linkto a recent review of Don's work.
March 2009-A fictional account of the Edsall's activities in the first three months of the war, "The Lieutenant, a true story of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet", is still under construction. This work will include background information on many of the crew.
Meetings with congressmen about long overdue recognition for the crew is ongoing. We hope that the release of Don's book will add weight to this difficult effort.
Link to USS Houston Memorial Service in Houston. More info
June 28, 2011 Happy Birthday Walter!
Most recent update April 16, 2011.