Jerry, I'm a non-qual if you did not know but have a vested interest in Subs and Shipmates as I lost a brother on Requin 21 SEP 1962.
The Requin Shipmates gave me the handle Requin Reunion Man as I'm the one that has more than 350 current names and addresses of former shipmates.
At the 1998 Reunion we were privileged to again have 5 former Skippers in Attendance. One just happened to be George Street. When I arrived at the hotel I was given a message....Capt George Street would like to see you in his room. ( I was alarmed in that he had trouble getting room reservations and had phoned me at home about 10 days earlier). My thoughts were, oh my what has gone wrong?
I phoned his room, made arrangements to go up and did just that.
The gentleman invited me in and asked me to sit down and talk. He related how he was awarded the Congressional Medal Of Honor...He said I did not deserve it but the men on my boat did......
He then asked me to tell him how my brother was killed and we had a nice visit.
When it came time to go down to Requin he requested that I be the one to accompany him. When it came time to go down the stairs I asked to go in front. He was frail and I did not want him to fall. Capt. George Street was my very own personal tour guide. Fortunately there are photos of him while on board Requin and just as he was departing.
I feel certain that Requin was the last boat he was ever on. Since we had the first Reunion in 92 we have lost former Skippers, Frothingham, Hank Bress, George Green and Capt George Street.
Capt Frothingham was Skipper when my brother came on board Requin, we became good friends.
I know first hand how you will always cherish your visit. It is great that God gives us the ability to remember and cherish the good times. Capt Steet was our dinner speaker, he held the group in awe as he recounted the actions that led to his MOH.
It cuts deeply to learn another shipmate has gone On Eternal Patrol. That is the hardest thing about being the one that sends out newsletters and tries to keep everyone in touch.
Vic Casciola: I met Capt George Street at the 98' Requin reunion and had the honor to spend a day chauffering him around and taking him to lunch at the Carnege Science Center. I was held in awe by how humble and gentle this great man was. I thanked him for helping to save our world during WWII and how much he was admired as a true American Hero. I was deeply saddened by his passing and wish him rest and peace under GOD's wing.
Your admirer and fellow submariner,
Vic Casciola RM3(SS)
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