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Old 04-27-2012, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I served on the "Vincon" (CVN-70) and the "S***y Kitty" (CV-63) myself, (really learned to dislike duty on a Birdfarm), but I did visit the "Missouri" while I was stationed in Pearl working on the 788 fast attack "Chicago" refit. (no I wasn't a Bubblehead, but was attached to ComSubGroup 7 for a while).

I haven't heard that term in a long time, usually used by a "Deck Ape" if I remember correctly.
I was a "Twidgit" myself

What's the Scuttlebutt? Are we going somewhere?? The weather (except for today with a cold wind and possible snow) has finally been pretty good.
I was a Tin Can sailor. USS Bagley FF-1069, USS Fanning FF-1076, and USS Reasoner FF-1063. I too, was a Twidgit. STGC (SW). I had 2 shore duties, FLEASTRACENPAC (ASW school) and FLETRAGRU (Reftra). During my 4 years with FLETRAGRU I rode every ship in the Pacific Theater.
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Never set foot on one of the smaller ships, and I hadn't planned on being on any birdfarms, but "Needs of the Navy".
I was attached to subfleet my last 2 year tour out of Yakuska, and when one of the carrier groups sailed, they had to have a SATOA team from our det on board.
When I was with PACFLEET I covered a lot of ground fromYakuska to Bangor to White Beach near Naha, from Guam to Austrailia, Hawaii to San Diego.

I spent most of my duty in ATLFLEET out of Rosy Roads, PR, attached to the team there in support, but then was sent to the Balkins with a P-3 RECON team for a tour of that lovely area.

Never worked on aircraft avionics, it seems my specialty was all things in the dark. "In God we trust, all others we monitor".

I was an ET1 and never spent long enough in one place to ever get a pin.
Only spent 8 years in, but got to travel most of the world and visit all the prime vaction spots
I saw a lot of sand, a lot of empty ocean, and a lot of both good and nasty people, but it was one of the best times of my life.

Monte, Adak, you were a Coastie? I never made it to Alaska, and that was one of the prime places I wanted to visit. I only got to work with your outfit in a peripherial manner, ie: shared information, but not direct contact.
One of my shipmates was a SK1 that served with the Coast Guard for a tour before coming over to the Navy. Really good guy and a good friend. He still lives in Helena too.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I got to see the Missouri when it stopped in Astoria OR on the way to Hawaii, took photos of my then little kids standing on the surrender spot.

I found this link, it has nice facts and some photos.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:19 PM
 
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Low Vision Clinic and Services for Blind Veterans - VA Montana Health Care System

FYI information for veterans, regarding services at the Montana VA. Hopefully, none of you need this service, but if you do, here is the information.
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Old 04-28-2012, 06:47 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Monte, Adak, you were a Coastie? I never made it to Alaska, and that was one of the prime places I wanted to visit. I only got to work with your outfit in a peripherial manner, ie: shared information, but not direct contact.
One of my shipmates was a SK1 that served with the Coast Guard for a tour before coming over to the Navy. Really good guy and a good friend. He still lives in Helena too.

Nah. I'm not tall enough to be in the Coast Guard [har,har, har - for those who know the joke]. I was an AT2 with the USNR, in a combat support unit assigned (mostly TDY) to Adak. Our avionics shop supervisor was a civilian contractor/former Air Force E-8; my co-workers in the shop were predominantly Marines(5 or 6 -can't remember) + 2 Army + 2 CG's +3 Air Force + one other AT(striker). Interesting duty.

All branches were represented on Adak; highest suicide rate in the Marine Corps (reportedly); sunshine liberty (usually 4 to 6 days per year); two top secret locations on the island; the Air Force owned and operated a cruiser-classed ship operated by Navy rates - too classified at the time to even discuss (1970's - 1980's) - but the danged thing was painted Air Force Blue; and, of course, a girl behind every tree. (Link is here, if it works). Be sure to read the sign.

That portion of the island not occupied by Naval/Military/Air Forces was a State of Alaska Wildlife Preserve. We had fresh halibut cook-outs occasionally when on of the ocean-going tug crews would connect with a meatline rig -THAT was fresh fish!!

We were paid for sea duty while attached.
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Old 04-28-2012, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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We were paid for sea duty while attached.
That's probably because with the Coasties drawing sea pay because of the rain, they wanted everybody to not feel left out.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:20 AM
 
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Good morning! Snowing & chilly right now in RL!
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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What a way to start the day!

Had to be at the shop to pick up the rototiller at 08:00, come home, till up both my garden spots, (made more fun by the fact I let one lay fallow last year because of the floods, so it had a healthy crop of old crap to grind), Run the machine back to avoid more charges, come home and now the wife is making grits with cheese for breakfast.

I have to rebuild a small tiller for my father because it isn't getting any fuel through, mow the lawn, and probably shovel snow because the mountains all around are pretty white.

Springtime in Montana, mud, snow, cold wind, with 2 or three days of 70 degree weather and sunshine, followed by ice rain, snow cold wind, followed by....ad infinitum


Hey Monte, I had to work with all services as well in some of my postings. I found out that if you could get into an Air Force hooch you had color tv with DVD channels, a kitchenette, a living room with sofa and easy chairs and only have 4 men per hooch, where the Navy and Marine sea huts stacked 12 men with no ameneties except a fairly dry place to sleep.

I didn't mind working with other branches, in fact, the vast variety of Naval uniforms was one of our few sources of entertainment as we could drive the Army NUTS I did get tired of saluting as those soldiers could never understand the difference between a chicken and a crow
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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You guys are using up all the rain again. We had wind and mist all day yesterday. Had gusts to 55 mph. Rain???? Checked the guage this morning and we got .04 inches. Miserable day and we got nothing to show for it.
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Old 04-28-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Default Great Lakes Naval Station...Summer Job(s)

........Hey MtSilvertip;..Monte;..Elkhunter and any other "Navy Guys".....

..........Great Lakes Naval Station..(boot camp)....North Chicago (Waukegan), Illinois.

As a teen ager (1946 through 1950) I worked the summer months (4 yrs in a row) for Skokie Valley Asphalt Co. Waukegan, IL (went out of business in the 1970s).

Almost every summer one of their jobs was laying "blacktop paving mix" on the "GRINDERS". ....(I can't remember how many individual "grinders" there were.(I'm guessing approx 50)..........but I'm sure many a sailor remembers the many hours of "summer heat" radiating off that blacktop surface!

One of my jobs was to "hand tamp" the blacktop mix that was laid (hand-shoveled) right up against the foundation(s) of those barracks and other buildings. This had to be done where the "roller" operator counldn't get his roller any closer than about 16 to 18 inches from the building.

The heat (of the mix itself) and the radiated heat off of what you were standing on (fresh out of the truck)....made for some 'HOT WORKING CONDITIONS". I used to carefully insert 12 to 14 layers of "newspaper" inside my work boots to increase the insulating effect. ......and I always bought boots that had "the thickest soles possible".

The "union wages" were great for a kid saving for his college tuition & other related expenses......as i remember it was $2.05/hr..........and anything over 40 hrs/wk was "inch and a half"

So, if you "fondly" remember those "Grinders"..........just think........they helped put me through college
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