Forty years ago about this date we towed to Newport for the start of the selection trials to defend the America’s Cup.
We had had a small regatta in Marblehead over the Memorial day weekend in which “Courageous” was faster on every point of sail. Reggie Pierce looked up from the grinder handles and quipped: “It’s going to be a long summer”. Those words proved to be prophetic.
“Independence” was supposed to be the anointed defender. The rest is history.
I have had the privilege of meeting two code talkers. One some years ago in Chinlie, AZ. and today in Albuquerque, NM. I had read that the last died two years ago: however there may have been some that just never spoke about their time during the war.