This website is dedicated to, and in the memory of, Lt. Benjamin Ghetzler (U.S. Naval Academy class of 1931), Executive Officer of the U.S.S. Reuben James (DD-245)), the
destroyer torpedoed and sunk by U-boat (U-562) south of Iceland, October 31, 1941. 

tribute is also intended as a testament to commemorate all the other brave members of the ship's complement lost on the sinking of the ill-fated destroyer.  The song, The Sinking of the Reuben James, later intended to be timeless, is an added tribute and testament to honor the legacy of the sacrifice made by the men and women of our military in protecting the nation over the years, from which all Americans have realized the benefits of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

James K. Moran, What Were Their Names? Reuben James, Cisco Houston, Ol’ Pals, http://www.ciscohouston.com/essays/reuben_james.shtml (emphasis added) (noting that "The last verse we know was added after the war with Woody's blessing by Weaver Fred Hellerman (who wanted the song to be timeless rather than specific to one war)" and noting also that the group had performed the song on a Carnegie Hall concert album.).   See also  Overview -- "The Sinking of the Reuben James at "song; singers: Cisco Houston" on Navigation bar.

Note to website visitor    

Because some links on this website -- though initially active  -- were later found to become inactive for some reason, I have tried to provide sufficient redundancy for many of the links.


Website created/maintained by Ronald David Greenberg