Has anyone checked with the Naval History and Heritage Command to verify if he did in fact "skipper" the Antares?
Mary here, again -
I'm working on Antares - U.S.N.S. Antares (T-AKR 294) "a 946-foot high-speedmilitary transport. The Antares is one of the eight fast sealift ships, the pride of MSC Strategic Force..." Why isn't there a list somewhere?
What's RICA? I have his folder - inside is an article - a bad copy of a page of some sort of magazine. An article written by Ranger Dave Harris dated Winter 2003, RICA, Page 5.
I'll type it here if anyone is interested in reading it. I'd like to find the original somewhere so I could simply link it - so far no luck.
An aside here - for your future reference. When you're written up in a magazine or newspaper, and you're going to save it, please leave the thing intact. If it's a newspaper article, tear the entire page. If it's a magazine, save the entire magazine. Then you have the source and dates.
And I found this - scan down to Arens, John W. (William) on this link:
Attached are images of docs from Mr. Arens' folder. You may or may not be interested in these - they may mean nothing to you. Keep in mind they're copies of copies.
I have a page with his list of memberships and copies of the cards to go along with them. If a man is a Life Member of the Paratroopers Club, Life member of the Army Rangers, Korean War Combat and a Life Member of the 187th Ariborne Combat Veteran - Korea, does that mean he had to be involved in that service or can just anyone with a few dollars join? There's also a certificate that states he "satisfactorily completed the four (4) week course of instruction, employing self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, at this command is is qualified as a U.S. Navy SCUBA Diver"
We're waiting for another doc or two from him to indicate his service record - of a time period that's been brought into question
I can't express my gratitude to all of you who've gone above and beyond in sifting, searching and sorting and coming to intelligent conclusions because of your past experiences. I won't name any names but thank you for your open mind and willingness to follow up on this intensely sensitive matter. Sensitive to me, as I mentioned before, because our credibility is at stake.
It was nice to see the tide turn for Mr. Arens' claims. And yes, I understand his "rack" is hodgepodge. He's 93 no