As many of you know, I have been researching and writing a book about my grandfather, Lt. Minter Dial, after whom I was named. In the continuing pursuit of information, the internet seems to provides endless new sources. Since my grandfather died in December 1944 as a prisoner of the Japanese, it seems so unimaginable to think that we can come up now with more sources on his life, especially about his two and half years in prison camp. The latest piece of information we have come across–thanks to the work of my good friend Gilbert King, with whom the project is moving into another phase–is a 50 minute interview, recorded in 2002, of Capt. Robert Granston, a survivor of the POW experience. In this interview, Granston discusses about some of his close friends, notably Ens. Peronneau Wingo, the XO of the boat my father‘s father skippered (the USS Napa), as well as Lt. Warwick Scott, my mother’s uncle’s brother*. This all occurred in 1942-44, twenty years before my father met my mother. Now ain’t that a small world?
*thanks to Ginger for the correction