2010-04-08 / Letters to the Editor

Another Dutch Island story

Recently, there was a letter by Walter Schroder about Dutch Island. This jogged my memory about what my maternal grandfather, Leo H. Bock III, told me on a couple of occasions years ago.

When he joined the U.S. Navy during the latter half of the 1890s, he would recount, they would row a longboat from the training base to an island out in the bay. Then, they would march in formation over this island to another landing on its west side and row another boat over to Dutch Island before doing their rifle practice.

One day, he said, it was so hot that the Army guys gave them cool drinks of water he believed from the cistern or their supplies.

Then, after their twiceweekly practices during basics, they would reverse this procedure to get back to the Naval base on Coaster’s Island.

Some of his own Naval artifacts, courtesy of my sister, Ellen, and I, are now in the glass cases of the War College Museum, including his double set of Indian clubs that he used to direct and instruct with the other recruits. A copy of a photograph of him in his Navy uniform is included.
W. George Boll

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