New Member with much to connect with. I have just posted in the AMERICAN STAR chain. My step-grandfather was Vice Admiral Harry Manning who was first officer on LEVIATHAN and captained AMERICA and UNITED STATES on her maiden voyage. He was a bountiful source of stories. A good friend of mine was a naval architect for the GIBBS & COX firm. On the warship side, profess of love of battleships, YAMATO, BISMARCK, TIRPITZ. And on the smaller side, my father served at the very end of WW2 on the mighty Patrol Craft Escort 899, known as the LAMAR. I am a computer consultant day, and used to work for Aon in New York City - by virtue of that job I am also a 101st floor South Tower of the September 11th attacks. Glad to be here.