photos

I’ve been looking through some old boxes, and found quite a few old photos that I’d like to share on this blog eventually. I’ll post a sampling for now. The picture below was taken when Tommy was seven years old. At the time he was a 2nd grader at Will Rogers School on 14th Street in […]

january 1942: great-grandpa phil marton’s cma diploma

I recently scanned my dad’s, Phil Marton’s, diploma from the California Maritime Academy. Although I have already added it to an earlier post about my dad’s career in the merchant marine, I thought it would be worth posting it again and writing a few more things about it. (To take a closer look at the […]

tommy’s great aunts gertrude and vivian

My dad Phil Marton had two sisters, my aunts Gertrude and Vivian. (Vivian was Phil’s half sister, the daughter of my Grandma Hattie and my dad’s step father Ernie Voigt). I don’t have a picture of Aunt Vivian at present, but here is one of Aunt Gertrude: Tommy never had the opportunity to meet his […]

thoughts on father’s day

This evening I took my usual twilight walk up the hill. These walks often evoke memories of my hikes with Tommy in the Santa Monica Mountains years ago; tonight I swore I could hear the distant echo Tommy’s familiar call of “Dad!” as he waved to me on the trail ahead. Father’s Day for me […]

grandpa phil marton’s career as a merchant marine officer

Recently I received an email request from my old school, the California Maritime Academy, asking me to send updated information about myself for the new edition of the school directory of graduates, which will be published soon. I updated my information as requested, but instead of sending a writeup about my own activities, I thought […]

t2 tankers and the “polar bear/pineapple run”

There has been quite a bit of interest in my earlier post about the World-War-II era T2 tankers I worked on in the 1960s and 1970s. So I’ve added more technical information about the T2 tankers to that post, which can be found under the category ships in this blog. But I would also like to […]