This message comes from the USS Laffey Association. The post involves one of the crew members aboard during the horrific Kamikaze attack on this tin can in April 1945. I have emailed Ari and we have had several conversations. He is a true Gentleman in all respects. I hope you will offer prayers for his quick recovery! You can see Ari in a History Channel documentary.
Here is an e-mail from past president and all around good Greek, Ari Phoutrides.
Let us all pray for a success with his treatments.
Yoka mou -
Regretably - but not unexpectedly - the honeymoon is over.
Results from an MRI on my head - and no clever remarks........ it
wasn't on my brain - indicate there is a small growth behind my right
eye which has been effecting my vision these past few weeks. My
oncologist is recommending chemotherapy starting this next Tuesday.
There will be a session every 3 weeks for a period of 4 months.
I'm madder than hell about this only becasue I just finished making
all the necessary reservations for a visit to Shanghai (May 5-16) to
see my grandson. Methinks this will have to be postponed.
My family is upset about all of this, but I keep on telling them (1)
it was bound to happen eventually and (2) none of us lives forever.
Personally, I don't know what to expect, but I just want to get it
over with and go on with my somehwhat uneventful life.;
Will keep you posted.
Love - Pappou"
To Ari: Στην υγειά σου! Νάσαι καλά!
If you do not know what this tin can did, here is a link: