HAPPY NEW YEAR – UPDATE

INTREPID MUSEUM CURATOR of HISTORY – UPDATE

HELLO and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all former crewmembers!

I am happy to report, in regard to my initial ‘post’ below*, the Grissom prescription did indeed find its way back to us.

* I‘ve been in touch with former crewmember (FCM) and Pharmacy Technician, HM1 Richard (John) Ryder (’65-’66), who informed me of his donation of his copy of the ship’s pharmacy compounding book to the Intrepid Association.

The Rx was dated 1965, and was authorized by then, Dr. Howie Minners, one of the Flight Surgeons caring for the astronauts. He asked me if I knew anything about the were abouts of the book, since the Museum never received any news of it being donated. In the book is a record of Ryder’s whiskey prescription he wrote for astronaut, Gus Grissom, when Intrepid picked him up at sea after his orbital flight. Ryder later retired from the Medical Service Corps as a LCDR. 

Question is…WHERE is it…or…WHO has it?
 
Here’s a quick update:

The Intrepid Museum is happy to report that the whiskey prescription written for Gus Grissom has rejoined the Museum’s collection. The Museum’s collections staff tracked down the document, and it is now residing in the Museum’s archives. Many thanks again to Richard Ryder for donating this unique piece of Intrepid memorabilia to the Museum.

Ms. Jessica Williams, Curator of History, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, One Intrepid Square, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036-4103
Email: jwilliams@Intrepidmuseum.org, Phone: 646 381 5241, Fax: 646 381 5249

Sick Bay

Former Crew Members…you may remember FCM Bobby Williams, the ’43-’45 VF-8 squadron member who was seen on a TV clip being taken fishing? Former Intrepid Medical CO, Retired Captain Laurence Blackburn was able to locate him in a nursing home in Mechanicsburg PA, and wrote him a letter. He got a response from his POA and friend, Cathy Odell, relating that Williams was very happy to get his letter and offer of a Intrepid History Channel DVD and Intrepid book by Bill White. 
Capt Blackburn asked Ms Odell if Williams had received any other coorespondence from other FCMs after he posted a request on the Intrepid Association’s Website ‘Guest Book’. At this time, Williams had only received one other letter from a FCM named Hudson, who was aboard in ’66-’67.
 
Ms Odell relates that Mr. Williams is quite sick now and is concerned and also has no family…is lonely…but loves the Intrepid.
 
Captain Blackburn is asking former Intrepid shipmates to send their ‘thanks for his service’ to Mr. Williams which will surely mean a great deal to him. Mr. William’s current mailing address is Robert T. Williams, Bethany Village West, Room 44, 5225 Wilson Lane, Mechanicsbury, PA 17055…
 
…and…Lets Not Forget Those Who Have Gone Before Us.