Tommy at Aunt Gertrude’s, 1975

  In a previous post I wrote about my aunt Gertrude, Tommy’s great aunt, who was my dad’s older sister. I recently came across the photo posted above, which was taken on a visit that Tommy and I made to her house in 1975. My aunt Gertrude lived most of her adult life in Riverside, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

venice canals, part 2

As described in the previous post, Tommy and I used to enjoy walking/skateboarding through the Venice canals neighborhood. We usually came down Dell Ave. from the north and rode/walked across the bridges where Dell crosses the canals.  After crossing Washington Boulevard a bit further south, we would typically walk/skateboard southward through the Marina del Rey […]

photo of ss lompoc and other t2 tankers I served on

As a follow-up to the previous post, below is a photo of one of the coastal tankers I worked on, the Steamship (SS) Lompoc. The Lompoc was named after the city in California, located near Santa Barbara and Buellton. She was an old T2, a standard design built during World War II. She was about […]

“the three boys”

The three pictures shown here sit in frames on the table next to my bed. Each night before I turn out the light, I take a look at each photo and contemplate each of “my boys” as I think of them. The pictures are of my dad, my son, and my grandson. The picture of […]

great-grandpa philip

On this date in 1957 (October 2, 1957, fifty-five years ago today) my dad passed away. He died of a cerebral aneurism, a condition that could have almost certainly been treated successfully with modern medical techniques — but was not really treatable in 1957. My dad was only 36 years old when he died. He had served as an […]