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Comment by Wayne V. Morris on February 22, 2017 at 2:51am

Subic Bay........oh yeah visited in late 50's while stationed on USS Midway and USS Coral Sea.  Finally returned in 1972 through 1976 when assigned to the U.S. Navy Class "A" Recruiting Station.  Great 4 years spent mostly on the golf course!  Wayne Morris, YNC

Comment by Armando Cisneros on August 3, 2016 at 8:19pm

I was also on the USS Coral Sea the first I went to PI.  Good cruise, discoverd a new world, and good times.  I was attached to AIMD hydraulic shop.  Also made the USS Ranger  cruse when we collided with the USS Wichita during a fuel unwrap.  One of those guys that did not make it was AN Swab from the Metal shop from squadron VA 195 that I was attached with.  We made the last deployment with our A-7 Corsair A/C before the Navy decommission the  squadron as a an A-7 squadron and got re-commission  as a FA 18  at NAS Lemoore, CA. Not a very good cruise, lost a bunch of sailors during that period.

Comment by John W Sargent on July 8, 2016 at 8:10am

Been There done that!

Comment by Adrian Hernandez on May 24, 2016 at 11:12pm

Damn!  Paved Magsaysay road?  I remember riding through the mud in those little motorcycles with a covered cab on the side.  They got us to our favorite bars.  Dry.  Bless them.

Comment by Paul F. Rosscup on July 10, 2015 at 10:56am

I made 3 WestPacs, the first was on the Coral Sea & had a great time for being a "Cherry". Ate alot of Lumpia & fried rice as well as the Hind quarter part of the chicken at the corner bbq. I was a rigger so there was a bar off the main drag that was for Rigger's and they did treat us right! The second time I went to the PI, was onboard the USS Ranger & unfotunately that was not such a good cruise. We lost 10 shipmates from multiple issues, 6 from a major fuel fire in Engine room 2, one form a insect bite in the PI, one overboard & a friend of mine who died at his workstation. Never did find out how he passed, but we were on our way to hawaii to pick Tiger's & his Father & Brother were waiting for him on the pier. Very sad. The captain of the boat was not that good either & after that cruise he retired because he was never going to make Admiral. He collided with a ship that was refueling us on the starboaed side . He told the helmsman to make a 25 degree turn to starboard & everyone on the bridge told him he couldn't, but being the Capt, he made them turn & surpise! we run into the other ship. That cruise we spent 17 days straight in the PI fixing the crap that the collision caused and that is way too long for a port of call, at least is was for me. My lat cruise was aboar the USS Kitty Hawk. She was a descent boat, but none of them matched up to the Coral Sea. 

Comment by Douglas James Riley on July 29, 2014 at 5:00pm
I remember a girlfriend teaching me not to pay the "peso(s)" for jeepney rides, she advised that it should be centavos for almost anywhere in the city.
So much money wasted, could have spent on girls! :)
Comment by Douglas James Riley on July 29, 2014 at 4:56pm
Oh the memories! Three WestPac floats 70-74
Comment by julian lupienski on July 29, 2014 at 4:23pm

remember olongapo stationed nas cubi from 66 to 68 east inn was my drop anchor bar some mornings san miguel beer and fried rice 

Comment by Leon Francis Duffey on September 2, 2013 at 1:31pm

Talk about memories. I remember this jeepney. Used to ride it to work once in a while. He came by my place every morning. NAS Cubi Point 1971-2

Comment by Kevin Warner on April 1, 2013 at 8:21pm

The river today,still smells the same!!

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