Veterans’ Day

This is an appropriate time to tell you about an experience I had during World War Two.

I served in the Armed Guard, a division of the Navy. We were the gun crew aboard Liberty Ships, taking supplies to Europe. We were in the North Atlantic, heading for Antwerp, Belgium.

A violent storm came up with monstrous seas.  Sleep was impossible that night. The next morning, we were horrified to see that our lifeboats had been cleanly swept away from their davits. How our ship survived that storm is a mystery.


George and his wife, Marie, sailed professionally, chartering boats in the Bahamas, then in the Virgin Islands. They then leased an uninhabited island, Little Thatch, in the British Virgin Islands, and turned it into a small hotel. After six years, they left the island and bought a lovely beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke (BVI) where they built Sandcastle Hotel and the original Soggy Dollar Bar. George is now the author of Incredible Virgin Island Adventure: A True Story.

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