As a Chief Electrician in the U.S. Coast Guard I was stationed aboard the Sorrell in Seward in 1968-1970. Active in the community, I served as Commander of the American Legion and was a member of the Seward Elks Lodge. Marty Kowalski initiated me and we bowled at the bowling alley. We enjoyed living in Seward and our twin daughters were born there. I retired in 1976 because we were not allowed by the USCG to return to Alaska.
The reason I am writing is an event that I will never forget. When we were transferred to Ketchikan from Seward our household goods were shipped (I don’t remember the company’s name) the receiving agency in Ketchikan was Ireland Transfer Co. Our good were received in terrible condition with many items broken because the container had been dropped into the hold on the ship. Several months went by before we discovered some items missing. It was too late to file a claim and we have missed the items for 35 years we are hoping someone living in Seward will remember seeing them, or know where they might be. They include: A German dagger, with sheath and silver lanyard. The dagger was given to my dad from his brother who spent time in Germany in WW2 so was a family heirloom my dad passed in 1953.
Another item given to me in 1975 by another Coast Guard Chief who spent time in China was a Chinese token about 3 inches in diameter with a square hole in the middle. It had figures around the outer rim on both sides. It was from a brothel in China.
As I get older and think of these missing items I can’t help but wonder if someone talked about them or showed them around and if anyone remembers seeing them. If you can help me recover them please respond to me Thank you…
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