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Old 07-12-2004, 10:59 AM   #41
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Shipmate, What up Bud?

I remember that, That was a hell of a deal, green water over the bow of a carrier isn't something you see everyday! Remember the Capri fire, I went and helped put that out. If you've got a cruisebook I'm on page 271, BTFN S.Taylor

One advantage of being an engineer is we had fresh water all the time, We had a hose under on of the evaperators and under the main condenser in 4 main. It was funny to walk down the passage way in shorts with your towel and ditty bag while every one else was scroungy

After that cruise we were in the NNSY for a year so we lived on the beach and drove to work. Pretty good for a snipe!

There was one place I used to hang out called Bryan Davids Rock and Roll. They used to have some pretty good bands come through there, I think it was on the otherside of Ocean View but I can't remember.

I live about 25 miles from Bremerton, outside of Tacoma. I ride out there and look at the Brown Eye once in awhile. It doesn't look the same all buttoned up and no planes.
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Old 07-12-2004, 12:51 PM   #42
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Yeah, we are at "condition circle William" the whole time, all vents and hatches closed tight.



The Indy went into dry-dock, and our air wing got put on the Eisenhower, for carrier quals. Man, that boat hauled ass.



Remember swim call, at Souda Bay, Crete? I jumped off no.2 elevator, thinking it would be cool, but it was still 45 feet off the water. I went about 30 feet under, and could see the whole freeking hull of the Independence silhouetted against the clear blue Sea of Crete. Scared the beejeezus out of me. Then I had to climb up that cargo net.



Remember Palma, the Costa del Sol? Man, good memories.



And Athens, remember, when we pulled up, in the late afternoon, some commies had strung a "Yankee Go Home", sign in big red letters, on fleet landing. We hit that town like Vikings! The next day, the old man had us on deck, at attention, for 5 hours, ragging on us that the "Independence will never ever be allowed back to Athens". We could still see fires burning in town. Haw. Messed that place up.



Must be kind of sad to see the old girl, all alone and cocooned up. Like a ghost ship.







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Old 07-12-2004, 03:50 PM   #43
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I jumped off the elevator too except I forgot to wear shoes so I had to climb up the cargo net barefoot, man that hurt. Those were some fun times alright.

I had a buddy in high school who joined up with me who was a brownshirt on the Eisenhower I don't remember what squadron, but he was on A-6's

Were you guys on when we hit a "log" near Guantanamo and bent a screw? we were in Mayport dry dock for about a month while they shipped a new screw down from Philly. I but some russian had a dent to explain in his sub!

It is wierd to so her all buttoned up, They transfered Indy to Yokasuka after I got off and she made a port call in Seattle, so I went on and got an escort down to the main space, bunch of kids down there but my initials were still welded on the angle iron in the tool room so I had some cred. now shes in Bremerton I figure she followed me home.
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Old 07-13-2004, 05:57 AM   #44
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Yes, the infamous "log" incident. I had a hanger deck watch, when it happened, around 2300. We just got back from the Virgin Islands, if I remember correctly.



They stuck our squadron in Jax for about a month, 'till the Indy got fixed. It was right around spring break, and we got to see, first hand, how Jacksonville police handled unruly college kids. Beat them to a pulp with a big Maglite.



After that, we went on the Kennedy for a carrier qual. That was a pigboat, made the Indy look pristine. Roaches everywhere, in your rack, the food, even (gulp) the "Bug" juice. Gave that drink a new meaning.



The old girl was at North Island, San Diego for a while. Then it was off to Yokuska. And that always means, next stop, mothballs.



That's cool, about your initials. Mine are in the vent shop, right above sponson 8.



What do you ride now?



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