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David J Whittington
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Petty Officer Second Class
Enlisted Rating
Hull Maintenance Technician
Where were you or your family stationed?
USS Hector AR7 1971-74
Veteran of Foreign War
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
November 19, 1970
End date of your service
December 31, 1974

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At 1:13pm on September 12, 2013, David W Asche said…

Did you finally get settled in on the Hector site?

At 7:33pm on August 20, 2013, David W Asche said…

No. The name John Maiden doesn't ring a bell.  I knew Chief Small, Reuben Merchain and  Peter Carpenter in the Pattern shop. Chief Kroll's boy Richard came down from the Pattern shop to work in the Foundry.  Before them it was PM-1 Turner and John Mathies and one of the Eberle brothers in the Pattern shop.  We never had a cruise book for our trip to Guam.  That was a lot of work, even though most of it was off the ship handling Vietnamese refugees.

At 5:52pm on August 20, 2013, David W Asche said…

I must say that when I saw your picture in the "orange" cruise book, I said to myself, "Oh yeah, THAT guy!"  I never knew you on Hector, but I do recall seeing you a few times.  I was a foundry rat.  Spent three and a half years on AR-7.

At 11:43am on August 20, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well I live close to town any place that is easy for me from the curb too get in would be good we have plenty of time I am not going any ware and I don't want too inter fear with your work. I am retired and at home a lot. feel free to call me if you want              

At 9:32am on August 20, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

I should of told you that I am handicapped, don't have a car have to take cab, am on oxygen, with bad legs how fair is the canteen from the front door

At 2:17pm on August 19, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

o.k you are talking about at the Va Clinic on mare island it must be new  the only one I know of is on admiral cal.             Richard       707-655-1337 

At 4:06pm on August 18, 2013, David W Asche said…

BR-1 Robinson cooked for the crew on a date known as "Soul Night".  It was a wonderful expieirence.  Corn bread, black-eyed peas, fried chicken, porl chops, fresh greens salad and sweet tater pie.  If you missed that, you missed a LOT!

At 2:32pm on August 18, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

hi David the 21st not a good day I have too much to do that day the 22nd I have a doctor  appt. how about the 23 9:30 in the morning at Dumphy's Tavern. let me know as soon asp if so just ask for me when  you enter.

At 5:46am on August 18, 2013, David W Asche said…

OK.  I take back all the stuff I said, as I said I would do.  YES, I have a blood pressure problem, but what lights my fires are those who claim to be veterans and are not. I was accused of it myself and i didn't like it one bit.

Your facts are a bit scattered.  Boiler shop was on the O1 deck, portside across from the pipe shop.  BR-! Robinson cooked chow for the whole crew on Soul Night.  NDT lab was also in the BR shop.

Never made it to the Lagging shop except to get kite string to fly kites off the boat deck aft underway.  I was flying one when an albatross got tangled up in it and I dragged the friggin' gooney bird half a mile before he managed to bite through that heavy lagging thread.  Lost the kite, too.

You want the USS Hector web site address?  I helped build it up and have been there for several years.  We have bi-annual reunions, a quartely news letter and a ship's store run by John Blevins and you can buy hats and all kinds of Hector stuff.

Just click here:

That will take you there and you can read all kinds of stuff, see pictures and see teh ships history, list of those who are dead now that have been recorded.  Dues are only $15.00 for two years and you get a news letter either in the mail or via E-MAil. 

WELCOME ABOARD.  Hope you ain't all PISSED.  I take my job seriously.


I will ask you to be a friend and you can visit MY page on here and get caught up about that magnesium fire that WE had in the FOUNDRY in SASEBO in MAY 1972.  I know all about it.  I WAS THERE in the foundry when it happened.

At 7:50am on August 17, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

I don't know your day time commitment so let me know what day of the week and a bar or restaurant I am flexable do not work am retired



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