As early as the 1950’s, Gary W. Neidhardt can remember his father Paul speaking in the highest terms about America’s naval victories during World War II. Many of Paul’s books had a particular emphasis on the great naval battles of World War II, and when he talked of that time, he spoke with reverence and authority. But with regards to his own activities during his three and a half years in the Navy, he said very little, and only a large family barometer kept in the living room provided a visible clue to some of his memories.
Only after Paul’s death in 1997 did Gary start to explore his parent’s house in Chagrin Falls, Ohio to see what memories there might be remaining. Hundreds of letters written by family members in the 30’s and 40’s were discovered. Of the hundreds of letters, one hundred and fifteen were written by Gary’s ocean-sailing, naval-officer father to his wife Phyllis beginning from the Great Lakes in September of 1943, the Atlantic soon thereafter, and ending from the Pacific in November of 1945. Poseidon and the PC is the result, which contains so much more than just family history.
Gary W. Neidhardt is a retired software executive and long-time American history lover living in Lilburn, Georgia. Gary is the youngest of three children. Sister Carol Neidhardt, born in 1941 and the toddler of this book, lives in Mission, Kansas. Brother Paul, born at the end of this book in 1945 and known herein as “Little Two,” lives in Chagrin Falls. Gary is grateful to be married to his lovely second wife Mary, and is the father of three children. Lt. Paul W. Neidhardt (USNR) is revealed by these letters to be a man his children never knew while he lived. By the publication of Paul’s letters, his children, their descendants, and friends and acquaintances can get to know him in a way none of us ever imagined.