UAS Theatre Student to read letters at U.S.S. Juneau Event
Letters of the U.S.S. Juneau sailor William George Meeker Jr. when the Juneau-Douglas City Museum honors the 70th anniversary
Bryan Crowder, a student in the Perseverance Theatre and University of Alaska Southeast theatre program, will read from the letters of the U.S.S. Juneau sailor William George Meeker Jr. when the Juneau-Douglas City Museum honors the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.S. Juneau (CL-52). The public presentation of artifacts from each of the three ships is on Nov. 10. The first U.S.S. Juneau, the anti-aircraft cruiser CL-52, was commissioned on Feb. 14, 1942, and commanded by Capt. Lyman K. Swenson. After fighting in the battles of Santa Cruz and Guadalcanal, the cruiser was struck by an enemy torpedo and sank on Nov. 13, 1942. Out of a crew of over 700 men, only 10 survived. The William Meeker Collection is a promised gift by Raymond and Mary Winefride Blohm Testa in honor of Winefride L. Blohm, Mrs. Testa’s mother and recipient of Mr. Meeker’s letters.