Here’s a story of a life well lived – a story of a man I am proud to have met in recent years – a story of a man who calls me “shipmate” and who I call friend.
Gene Beckstrom served aboard the USS Porterfield (DD-682) from 1943 – 1946, in the thick and heat of the South Pacific sea battles against the formidable Japanese fleet. I served on that same ship in 1965-1966, including a tour to the waters off Vietnam where we provided Naval Gun Fire Support to the soldiers and Marines on shore.
C lick on each page below and read Gene’s story —- and enjoy:
Don Johnson – July 2015