I am very excited to see this website and gratefully acknowledge a huge personal
debt of gratitude to David Wood. Not a day goes by that I don't recall some way
that he impacted my life. As my step-father was active in the unit, I used his
last name (Mansfield) as a Sea Scout. I'd very much like to be able to let Dave
know what has happened in my life as a result of his leadership.
I am married
with two daughters and two grandsons. My step-father died a few years ago though
my mother is still active and will soon be appearing in a production of "
My Fair Lady " in the Orlando area. I moved to North Carolina six years ago
to work for SAS Institute in Cary. I am a year into serving as an Asst. Scoutmaster
for Troop 244, serve as Advancement Coordinator, and spent a week at Scout camp
last summer with the Scouts.
What might surprise him most of all, I will
be ordained next month as a Deacon in my church, Peace Presbyterian (PCA).
Thanks so much for providing this connection to one of the most important elements
of my past,
Alan O' Neil