The USS Raleigh was one of the first ships attacked at Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941. Dad would never talk about his experiences that day, but I did hear about mom's engagement ring sinking with the ship as I was growing up.
On our first visit to Hawaii, one of the first things we did was to go to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The memorial, and the library there, had quite an emotional impact on me. Bob was sensitive enough to drive around to a portion of Oahu where I could get a better view of where Dad's ship had been docked.
The Salvaged Ring: A Pearl Harbor Story