While out and about on a Thursday, I stumble across this lonely mailing tube. Removing and unrolling the document, it seems very crisp and tight as if it has been in there since the day it was mailed. At first I only looked at the individual's name and then the date on the document. I was confused for a moment since it was before DEC 1941, until seeing the name of the ship between the two. Then I realized that Seaman Cecil D. Po//rter was one of the 115 Men lost at daybreak on 31OCT41 when U-552 struck the Reuben James with torpedoes while she was conducting escort duties. The Reuben James was the first U.S. Navy ship sunk by hostile action in the European theater. Fair winds and following seas Sailor.