I just want to let you and the GCV folks know my team will be working in Guadalcanal during the 70th. We have lobbied very hard to get the Department of the Navy to dispatch a grey hull ship to Iron Bottom Sound for the observance.
Too many years have gone by since there has been an official Navy presence there for August 7th. I am attaching a copy of the letter I received informing us there would be a ship in attendance. The ship is the USS Sampson DDG-102 based in my home town of San Diego.
On August 7th there will be a service at the War Memorial and then we will hold a service on board ship to honor the Sailors, like my mother's brother, on the morning of August 9th. On the 8th we will have a commemorative baseball game.