I have been meaning to write this "open letter" of thanksgiving for some time. After this great reunion in Washington, DC, I disciplined myself to get this task accomplished. I did!
So I have enclosed my letter for a future Wolfgram to express my thoughts for what your organization has done for me personally. If you are able to publish it, I would greatly appreciate it. I think it is important that your members learn the contributions that they have made to my life.
I thank you all for your efforts!
Joyce M. Romanski
It was a bolt out of the blue! It was so many years later, when I heard a voice on my answering machine inquiring about my brother, Jim Romanski. Quickly, I responded to learn the purpose of the call. The gentle voice of Dennis Caldwell explained the nature of the Seawolves and cordially invited my Gold Star Family to their 1994 Reunion. At that event the "Killed in Action" were each honored with a Seawolf Challenge Coin."
I flew off with mixed emotions. This wound was healing, and I wasn't sure I that wanted to chance it's being reopened. However, I was driven by the prospect that I might learn about my brother's life in the Navy. I did! I had read the commander's letter about Jims last flight, yet I really didn't understand his mission. Thanks to your organization, I was able to fill in the missing pieces.
By having the opportunity to talk to your members and meet Jim's Navy friends, I moved into the light. It was of great consolation to learn the Seawolves did not die in vain; their mission saved other American lives. To learn that they had preserved other family ties was a blessing. Attending the 1996 reunion helped to continue the healing. I was especially touched by the sensitivity of the members and their thoughtfulness in thanking us for coming.
Thank you for remembering the Gold Star Families.
Joyce M. Romanski