1980 to 1984 - William (Bill) Woolsey - I want to give an update on one of the Tarawa's crew members. My uncle, William (Bill) Woolsey, was on the USS Tarawa LHA-1 in the early 1980's. He died July 2008.
He loved being a part of the Tarawa. He told me all sorts of facts and stories about the ship. And, he proudly wore a USS Tarawa cap. In fact, he only wore it for special occasions because he didn't want to wear it out too soon (his words).
I know he would have made every effort to come to the reunion. The Tarawa was one of the best parts of his life. I wish your group a most successful and memorable reunion. Sincerely, Phyllis Ferguson