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Pictures of Uncle Bob in his Navy uniform and me as a baby. Another picture of Uncle Bob in his Merchant Marine uniform. A picture of the destruction in Texas City 16th April 1947.

On April 16th. and 17th 1947, two ships, the S. S. Grandcamp and the Highflyer, blew up in the harbor of Texas City. The disaster was one of the deadliest industrial accidents in the U.S. history, Texas was then the 11th. largest harbor in the United States. Over 500 people died and 2500 were injured, including schoolchildren. Some Monsanto engineers speculated that the blast was worse than the atom bomb which had recently exploded at Hiroshima and Nagasaki because the Texas City disaster was at ground 0. The Texas City disaster was the largest industrial disaster in United States history. These events also triggered the first ever class action lawsuit against the United States government, under the then-recently enacted Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), on behalf of 8,485 victims.

My uncle Bob was living and working there after serving in World War II in the Navy. The picture is of him in his uniform holding me.. Later he went into the Merchant Marines until he retired which was after his business blew up 16th of April 1947. On that courage day he lived because he had just walked out of his shop and was putting some thing into a car which had both doors open at the time. According to his 8 page letter he sent home to his parents, he tried to telegraph them but couldn't so wrote this letter of which I put parts of in the layout. He ran to make sure his landlord was all right.

He remembered running and seeing a woman and children sitting in the street screaming. They were all cut to ribbons with flying glass and blood was running like water. Everybody got the same idea at the same time and that was to get out of town. He then ran to see about his elderly landlord and got her out to their daughters home. Her home is in his map he drew down the street from his business. He described the dead bodies of friends and every thing that happened that day to his parents in the letter. He could not believe he was alive with all the flying items. His last paragraph is, " I have to say now is I have seen it go up before and I have seen it come down but I never saw it go up and go down beside coming out all sides at the same time. This includes my business.

Love Bob"

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I love your use of his of his real letters in this. That map he drew is priceless. This is an amazing story and LO. What a fantastic memory (um, the history, not the actual event) to keep for the family for years to come.

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#1 Mon May 30, 2011 14:22


theStudio Artist
Beautifully done page. I love the use of part of his letter. What a horrible tragedy and a real hero.

#2 Mon May 30, 2011 15:38


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I especially love the picture of you as a baby...what a sweet layout and poignant story. Thanks for sharing!
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#3 Mon May 30, 2011 16:17


theStudio Monet
I love this! Great journaling, wonderful heroic story for sure!!
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#4 Mon May 30, 2011 16:19

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Wow! What an incredible story ~ you did a beautiful job capturing this moment in time with your journaling and pictures!
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#5 Mon May 30, 2011 20:26

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Incredible that he survived such a catastrophic event Carol, I love how you have journaled the memories of your Uncle and that you included real documents from the time. super job!!
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#6 Mon May 30, 2011 20:36


theStudio Artist
This is amazing! I had not heard of this before reading your page/notes. Even as I view other pages here, I'm learning more about our nation at the same time. Sad event but great journaling/elements!
#7 Mon May 30, 2011 23:39


theStudio Monet
Fantastic story page, love the elements you included to really make it come to life. Great job on this layout!
#8 Tue May 31, 2011 04:53


theStudio Monet
Great use of pictures, letters, and digital elements to bring it to life. What a horrible day that must of been. How appropriate to use red as the dominant color.
#9 Tue May 31, 2011 16:28


theStudio Monet
fantastic page. love how it's put together. wonderful journalling.
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. ~ Audrey Hepburn

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#10 Tue May 31, 2011 18:24


theStudio Picasso
Fabulous page - everything just goes together so well, and the real letters are priceless.

#11 Tue May 31, 2011 23:36


Chit Cat
Great page. I really love it when a story is told for the family to remember from now on.
#12 Thu June 2, 2011 14:29


theStudio Monet
I love that you were able to preserve the handwritten notes - just fabulous!
#13 Thu June 2, 2011 20:20


theStudio Picasso
Wow, that's quite a story! I imagine that you uncle and everyone else who lived through that must have thought our country was at war again until they learned the cause of the explosion. Your layout is a fabulous documentation of the historical event. Great job!
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#14 Fri June 3, 2011 21:57


theStudio Designer
I love how you used the pictures and original letters and drawings on your layout - wonderful page!
#15 Sat June 4, 2011 02:08


theStudio Artist
Great page and Story. I like that you included the original letters.
#16 Sat June 4, 2011 11:20


theStudio Monet
Congratulations on moving into round 2! Good luck this week!
#17 Mon June 6, 2011 06:26

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