Edward Ellsberg Guestbook





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I read "Pigboats" and "on The Bottom" when in about 7'th grade. It started me on a path that took me to a 6 year enlistment in the US Navy and two Fast Attack Subs. At that time I had no idea who Commander Ellsberg was.

As a much older adult, I went on th read many of the
other books. I have read "Under The Red Sea Sun" several times, each time finding things new to learn.


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I have read three of Commander Ellsberg's books and thoroughly enjoyed them all. The books all contain valuable lessons. I'm thankful for his contribution to our country and for his preserving that part of our history. This website is a fitting tribute to him.

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I was stationed in Massawa from April 1967 thru September 1969 with the US Army Transportation Terminal Unit, Ethiopia. Loved that place

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Ted, I have written before and am familiar with 3 WWII books. I read this morning a little from the record of the Pearl Harbor salvage officer. He did very well getting battleships floating, BUT he had a huge amount of men helping, lots of equipment and all the Navy at Pearl Harbor. It is testament to Ellsberg that he did so much with almost nothing or without help. I also noted that George Ankers was present helping at Pearl Harbor before winter of 42-43 at North Africa. This impresses me even more than I was impressed before at the Herculean job Ellsberg did in Massawa and N. Africa!

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Hello. I decided to begin signing guestbooks again today.

Added: October 30, 2016
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I first became aware of Commander Ellsberg in Junior High School when I read his book, "Under the Red Sea Sun", that was in 1955/56. I have found an original book to read again along with "No Banners No Bugles". I must agree that he was an almost unknown hero, I only wish I could have met him in person. Thank you for this site and thank him for his history of the war.

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Ex Navy Diver myself

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I discovered your grandfather some 70 years ago in the grammar school library. His wonderful youth trilogy meshed perfectly with my enjoyment of the Todd Moran stories of Howard Pease.

He taught me so much about the exotic, exhausting world of deep-sea diving. I've never forgotten his vivid descriptive images of divers imploded into their helmets, advances in inhalant mixtures and (what I've recently discovered were his own inventions) cutting technology.

Three of our children became SKUBA divers, including a son who became a ship's master and who co-established a tall ship onboard marine sciences program for landlubber school children (Catalina Island Marine Institute TOLE MOIR).

Now a granddaughter has graduated from U. of Hawaii as a dive master and marine scientist. In introducing her to EE's discoveries I discovered his nonfiction treasures, which I'm now enjoying on Kindle.

Thank you for this excellent website and your loving commemoration of your heroic forbearer.


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Hi, I have recently become acquainted with your "Grandaddy" through his books. I have a long commute to work, about an hour and a half, so I listen to a lot of audio books. Being prior service and having been in the U.S. Navy as well, it is a delight to find good nautical books. I also was a diver, both recreation-ally and as an underwater bridge inspector for the state of Georgia. This also is reason for my interest and great enjoyment of his work. I wish I had the opportunity to have met RADM Ellsberg, he sounds like he was a wonderful man and if his work is only partially true of his character, he was a great man. His promotions certainly give credence to this. This is a nice website as well Mr. Pollard, thank you for creating and maintaining it, I have enjoyed it and it it is a very fitting tribute to a great man.

Fair winds and following seas!

Sincerely,
Stephen Strickland former AO2 USN


Added: April 13, 2016
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Hi, Ted:
I just discovered your website. This is a wonderful memorial to your grandfather the late Admiral, an extraordinary man and a splendid writer. You and I were childhood buddies many years ago in Southwest Harbor. I've got a mediocre memory, but I can vividly recall your grandparents' beautiful house at Clark Point with its spacious lawn where you and I would occasionally be admonished not to be too loud in our play because Captain Ellsberg was in his study working. I also remember the large metal "K" from the Kaiser Wilhelm that hung on the inside wall of the garage, and your telling me that you aspired to be an "archeologist," which was my introduction to the word and its meaning. I hope you realized that dream - or its replacement - and that your life has been, and will remain, happy and healthy. Best wishes from a very old friend. Tim


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