Welcome toTexas City disaster.com, your online web site for sharing information about Texas disasters. On April 16th. and17th., 1947, two ships, the S. S. Grandcamp and the Highflyer, blew up in the harbor of Texas City, Texas, then the 11th. largest harbor in the United States. Over 500 people died and 2500 were injured, including schoolchildren. Some Monsanto engineers speculated that the blast was worse than the atom bomb which had recently exploded at Hiroshima and Nagasaki because the Texas City disaster was at ground 0. The Texas City disaster was the largest industrial disaster in United States history, so far; and let's hope there is never another one.
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Fred W.Linton's account of the Texas City disaster of April 16th. and 17th., 1947,True American, reminds us of those special and wonderful character traits that make us Americans. It's what sets America apart from other countries, and they "can't touch this." That's why True American is so inspiring. True American reminds us of the innocent times in American history when people shared values rather than conflict over minutia, when people looked after one another and one another's children, and appreciated it, the fifties when movie stars kissed with closed mouths on the screen. True American is a return to those old time values when people said what they meant and meant what they said.
Those traits particularly shone in the people of Texas City in the aftermath of the great disaster of 1947 -- equivalent to the force of an atomic bomb explosion without, thankfully, the radiation fallout. It's why Fred loved Texas City and held its residents in such high esteem. As Danielle Aguilar said, "This is a book about love." love of parent, love of family, love of friends and hometown.
If you want to read a love story, you should read True American. I hope the book puts you in touch with your deep, perhaps even hidden, feelings of love that you have for those special people in your life. If it does, then True American will have accomplished its purpose.
look and see what i have done.
i've paid a tribute to the one
who gave me love where there was none.
who filled me with his spirit.
i called him,
Fred's daughter on the 39th anniversary of his death, august 3rd, 2009.
Fred W. Linton, September 21st, 1908 - August 3rd, 1970, was the owner of Emken-Linton Funeral Homes in Texas City, LaMarque and League City, Texas, and Jane's Floral Shop as well as a burial monument business and a burial insurance company. Mr. Linton was a survivor of the explosions of the S.S.Grandcamp and the Highflyer ships in Texas City's harbor April 16th and 17th, 1947, and participated in the reconstruction of Texas City. After the disaster, Mr. Linton chronicled his personal experiences and observations of the events and people he knew, which according to him was "just about everybody in town." Fred reveals who the good guys were, especially the leaders of the company that suffered the most devastation, -- and who weren't so good. He pulls no punches.