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April 2013 Blog Posts (27)

Don't Bother Me...OR ELSE!

 

 by David W Asche

 

This is a true story. It is also a raw and maybe a bit crude story, but nonetheless, true and I'm sure, a lot of guys can "relate" to it....



Hector had returned to its home port stateside from the 1972 WESPAC cruise to Long Beach, California and was enjoying a bit of relaxation after a long and laborious time in the far western Pacific.



A party was planned…

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Added by David W Asche on April 30, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Simple Story of a Ship.

 

 by David W Asche

 

I have done a lot of poking around trying to learn stuff about the ships we have sailed or served on, or just wanted to know more about. This one I am writing about now is just

one of those ships that I had a small part in working on in this ship's long history. I found the information on it in various ways, and from various people. Some were not aware of my research and…

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Added by David W Asche on April 30, 2013 at 2:15pm — No Comments

The Saga of Dan Butler. A True Tale About Just How Small This Old World Really Is.

 

 by David W Asche

 

It was late 1974, and USS Hector was moored to the pier at Mare Island, California, and was due to depart in about a week for the island of Guam. I was down in the upper foundry reading a magazine late one night. It was after taps and I hadn't gone to bed yet.



Then, down the ladder came a sea bag thudding to the deck, and down after the sea bag came this guy…

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Added by David W Asche on April 30, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

I remember the filming of the Battle of Midway.

I was riding the escalator at the top of the escalator I had to step over Eddy Alberts Jr. who was in make as wounded airman laying on a strecher. Meeting and having conversation with Robert Weber on plane elevator as we stood watching over the water.

Added by William J. Hines Jr. on April 29, 2013 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Years of service on USS Lexington with Captain Jack Davis

He was the best commander I served under.I enjoyed my service aboard the Lexington.Met and married a girl from Pensacola. Had many good times in Gunners Div. Some friends and I formed a band which performed for dependence day cruises. Studied Martial Arts under Billy Wells and learned Auto Motive Mechanic from Devon Blackwell. I got to play my guitar after hours in a club called THE SABER CLUB with a band from Mobile called Capricorn Express.I remember the times in the yards.In both Boston…

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Added by William J. Hines Jr. on April 29, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments

NTC SD

OK HERE I GO AGAIN DOWN MEMORY LANE. THE ONLY THING THAT TRULY SCARED ME DURING BOOT WAS THE FIRE DRILL TRAINING AT THE "BLOCKHOUSE". WHEN THE CLOSED TYHOSE STEDEL DOORS AND LIT THE DIESEL I RUNIED A PERFECTLY GOOD PAIR OF SCIVVIES BEFOR WE FINALLY FUMBLED OUR WAY TO THE DOOR AND GOT IT OPEN. ONLY HAD TO DO IT ONE BUT THAT WAS PLENTY FOR ME.

Added by bill fisher on April 28, 2013 at 10:16am — No Comments

There's NOTHING Like A Day On A Sailboat!

 

 by David W Asche 

 

I started to learn how to sail when I was a Sea Explorer Scout before I went into the Navy. It was just a catboat with a simple sail and didn't go very fast, and it didn't go out into "big" waters.



After I joined the Navy, the Hector was in Sasebo in India Basin where she always sat (when I was aboard it) and I was out walking around checking out the…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:40am — No Comments

Duty Driver...Lay to the Quarterdeck

 

 by David W Asche 

 

Hector was in WESPAC on its '73-'74 cruise. I was now a third class Petty Officer, which meant I no longer had to stand hole watches underway, but it DID mean they would find other odd crap for me to do.



One day, I was told I had to take driving lessons in JAPAN! I thought, "Yeah, RIGHT!" but NO, they were serious! I figure it must have been because I…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

The Roving Security Watch

 

 by David W Asche

 

As my life aboard USS Hector progressed, I was awarded the title of a Roving Security Watch Stander. This watch entailed going all over the ship after hours and inspecting the many and varied compartments to be sure there was no fire, flooding or other mischief going on undiscovered.



I had a clipboard and a list of all the compartments I had to visit and a little…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

"SOUL NIGHT"

 

 by David W Asche 

 

It came to pass that in 1974, it was almost impossible for the USS HECTOR cooks to produce a single meal that the crew would actually eat. It became such a huge problem, the captain actually had to request something be done about the problem, as so much "good" food was going in the dumpster.



Yes, it was THAT bad!



A first class Boiler Repairman…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:35am — No Comments

RANK SCHMANK!

 

by David W Asche

 

I was a paltry MLFN working in the foundry of USS Hector (AR-7) and those in charge had discovered I had a real talent for re-babbitting bearings. I wasn't just average...I was GOOD! So damn good in fact, I thought I was going to be doing the friggin' things for my whole Navy career!



One day, I was given a four-inch forced draft blower bearing from one of our…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

My Trip Back Home.

 

 by David W Asche

 

I have posted my adventures on just how I got to the USS Hector (AR-7), and the ordeals I had to endure while aboard her. Getting back home again was almost as much "fun", to be sure.



I think someone out there had it "in" for me as I had to not only travel halfway around the world to get ON my ship, but I also had to once again travel halfway around the world…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:29am — No Comments

My memories of boot camp.

 

 by David W Asche

 

I went to RTC San Diego and was assigned to company 214 on July 9, 1971. I was a bit over weight, so I became "chow runner' which means I had to run every time the company showed up for mess call and ask permission for the company to come in and eat. NOT a job that had any HONOR, to be sure.



The barracks we had were in the "new" barracks, three floors high and we…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:27am — No Comments

My Kendo Experience

 

 by David W Asche

 

I first heard about Japanese Kendo, or fencing, when I was at Molder A School from a fellow classmate named Tom Kitchen.  Tom was very much into the Martial Arts, and was pretty good at it.



When Hector came over on its 1973/74 WESPAC tour, I decided to see about Kendo and give it a go.



After asking around and dealing with the language barrier, I finally…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

Dancin' in the Chief's Mess

 

 by David W Asche 

 

I was on mess cook duty in May 1972 in the CPO mess. Now, it wasn't so bad most of the time. During the day, I would clean the berthing areas and locker room, and fetch the laundry for the Chiefs.



But every few days, I had the evening "duty" which meant I had to sit around and do things like make coffee and maybe fix a sandwich if one of them wanted…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:22am — No Comments

Beards and Other Facial Hair...Some got it, Some Don't.

 

by David W Asche 

 

I was cursed. Yes indeed, when my Pap and Mum got together, they created a mess. My Dad somehow couldn't grow a beard. He tried. Looked like hell. I must have gotten it from Mom.



Women think they are "cursed" with their "monthly" problems...HAH!



Anyway, when I was about 13 or so, it began. This stuff started sprouting on my face and still…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Charlie and the Sponge Metal

 

 by David W Asche 

 

This story begins some time before my arrival aboard USS Hector in February, 1972. It begins, as most stories do, with an innocent job being done by regular guys and they are not aware of where their toils and the fruits of their labors may lead.



It came to pass that the Hector foundry was ordered to create a billet of aluminum, of the specifications of eight…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:18am — No Comments

"Damn, That's GOOD coffee!"

 

 by David W Asche 

 

The Hector foundry was a good sort of place to work...such as it was. We had a varied and jovial group of guys that got along OK most of the time. But we also had one strange and rather acidic individual that we also had to put up with.



His name was Charlie Whiteside. At this time, he was a first class petty officer and was in control of the foundry.…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:16am — No Comments

The Big Magnesium Fire

 

 by David W Asche

 

It was May, 1972 and Hector was moored to her usual spot inside India Basin in Sasebo, Japan. Since I was a "newbie" as far as my life aboard Hector was concerned, I had to serve on "Mess Cook Duty" for the month of May. I was assigned to the Chief's mess and had to clean their berthing compartments, fetch their laundry down to the laundry, and back again, fix meals if…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:14am — No Comments

Just Getting to the Ship is HALF the FUN!

 

by David W Asche

I graduated Molder A School on February 11, 1972 in San Diego, California. On that day, all of those I had been calling "Classmates", "Roomies" and "Friends" all left for their next duty stations, where ever they were. I could not leave San Diego to pursue my next duty station. It seems there was a SNAFU with my paper work and I had to fix that before I could…

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Added by David W Asche on April 25, 2013 at 6:12am — No Comments

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