About Me

Me with Captain Jacobs and Vice Admiral Robinson (Kent Foster photo)

Thanks for visiting the USS Kirk site. I discovered the heroic story of the USS Kirk through a story aired of NPR (National Public Radio). I pursued telling the story of the USS Kirk through the NHD (National History Day) program, in which, “Students choose historical topics related to a theme and conduct extensive primary and secondary research through libraries, archives, museums, oral history interviews and historic sites. After analyzing and interpreting their sources and drawing conclusions about their topics’ significance in history, students present their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. These products are entered into competitions in the spring at local, state and national levels where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators.” I did not advance past the State level in this competition, but it gave me somewhere to start telling the story.

I had the privilege of meeting, and communicating with several crew members and officers aboard the USS Kirk during Operation Frequent Wind. I participated in the anniversary ceremonies of the fall of Saigon in Garden Grove, CA, where I met many of these humble, yet courageous men. While I was there, I pledged to them. “I will tell the story of the USS Kirk, through whatever mean necessary until the story is no longer untold.” The goal of this website is to tell the story of the USS Kirk to the world, so that the crew of this little-known ship, can receive the recognition long deserved.

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