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It's Fun being a Non-Com in charge of a shop...Sometimes...

I was running the aft lift coil furnace one day and melting some bronze for a job we were doing in the foundry.

Most of the other guys were doing whatever waiting for the metal to melt so they could get the job done.

An Officer came down the ladder to the lower shop.  He was a Lieutenant JG, or "Junior Grade" as the Navy denotes. officers.  He was a "Commissioned Officer" and outranked me by a whole bunch, except for a few small details:

I was  only A Third Class Petty…


Added by David W Asche on February 13, 2015 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Plastic Pipe Patch Repair School

I don't know just how many out there had this little beauty of a school in their list of educational doctrines to brag about later in life, but I , for one, was one who went there because some pencil jockey thought he could get rid of me for three days.

The school was in a hot, musty, downstairs classroom on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay.  And it was so well hidden, I almost didn't find it at all, which MAY have been a blessing, but now days, I am glad I went there and…


Added by David W Asche on June 26, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

June 6, 1944

by David W.Asche…


Added by David W Asche on June 3, 2014 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

The Problem With Brits...

Generally speaking, I have no problem with those who live in Great Britain. A large portion of my own ancestry came from, or…


Added by David W Asche on April 21, 2014 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

We're Gonna Do WHAT????

by David W. Asche

It was on our 1973-1974 WESPAC cruise that our ship, Hector, was out upon the wide open ocean.  It was a beautiful day.  Sunny, not a breath of wind.  The sea was smooth as a piece of glass.

A rumor was making the rounds and I sat in disbelief that what I heard was either an outright LIE or a fact of what I thought to be someone's sick idea of a joke....

The Captain was going to stop the ship right out in the middle of nowhere and we were all going to…


Added by David W Asche on March 13, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Was I A Sailor..Or What!!??

by David W. Asche

I had a job that was kind of monotonous, but it allowed me to work sitting down for once.  I was in a room with a bunch of older women and one 'older than me' man.  The job was repetitious and was all 'hands and fingers' type of work , so I was wearing headphones and a CD player blasting Hard Rock music into my head and I could mentally disconnect and be someplace else...such as in my foundry or on a canoe trip, without going there physically.  The old women were…


Added by David W Asche on July 24, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments


by David W. Asche

The MOLDER rating in the United States Navy is one of not so long a history, but it is a good and proud rating, to be sure.

Day one, lesson one in Molder A School was about SAND.  A single grain of sand.  We learned about what it was made out of, about its shape and what kinds of things can be mixed with it to make it do so many wonderful things.  SAND is a Molders most important tool.

Molders create castings from making molds and cores from sand…


Added by David W Asche on July 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Samuel "Tex" Maddox ML-2


by David W. Asche

I don't know where this big ape came from, but he was at quarters one morning and we had no idea about him.  This guy was HUGE!  6 feet two at least, arms as big as my upper leg, and was sitting at our little table like a gorilla.

When we went below to start work in the lower foundry, we discovered that big "Tex" didn't travel light either.  A new weight lifting bench and several hundred pounds of big discs of steel and bronze were also new to our…


Added by David W Asche on June 25, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Thanks to HMC Oscar Willis


by David W. Asche

I want to say TAHNK YOU to someone I knew on the USS Hector for giving of himself and not just doing his job.

It was August 1973, and Hector was in dry dock at Richmond, California.  I had taken a week of leave and went home.  During that time, I suffered a very severe ankle sprain in a canoeing accident to my left leg and The doctor I saw put my lower leg in a cast, nearly to the knee.  The cast needed a few days to really cure, and I still had leave…


Added by David W Asche on June 25, 2013 at 5:53am — No Comments



by David W. Asche

We were in Guam, having arrived sometime after the first of the year 1975, and were getting used to living in the barracks as we had to move off the ship while berthing areas were being remodeled.  "Operation New Life" had yet to start, so we were not yet embroiled in that.  Most of the crew were exploring Guam and finding out what was there.  I myself had discovered snorkel diving at Gab Gab Beach, just a short bike ride from the barracks.

The Divers…


Added by David W Asche on June 25, 2013 at 5:52am — No Comments

The Great Palm Tree Caper


by David W. Asche

It was August 1974, and Hector was moored to a pier, bow facing shore, starboard side to the pier, at Todd Shipyards in San Pedro, California having some work done on her mess decks and some matters dealt with in her engine rooms.

I was due to go on leave in two days, and my parents were making the drive down to pick me up.

As I came down the ladder to the upper foundry one evening, I overheard some of my fellow molders and some of the divers…


Added by David W Asche on June 25, 2013 at 5:50am — No Comments

Response to a letter from Charlie Meder, USS Hector Historian, now Deceased.

Hello, Charlie,                                                                                                                                   March 2, 2010

     I want to thank you for your letter and clip from “Jane’s Fighting Ships”.  It was all very good, and I agree with it 100%, so I am curious why you sent it to me.  The only thing wrong with it was the date “1959” in the Jane’s Clipping…It should be “1939”.

I assume your response to my story in the Hector Herald was…


Added by David W Asche on June 20, 2013 at 2:19pm — No Comments

TO: Mr. Barry Soetoro, or whatever your real name is; (The Usurper occupying the Oval Office illegally)


I heard a rumor a few days ago that someone heard you say, "I want to be cool again".

Well, let me explain a few things to you and possibly, you may see why you are not as cool as you once thought you ever were.

First of all, you are a LIAR.  I understand that as part of the Muslim "faith", it is perfectly acceptable to lie to infidels.  We know that.  Pretending to not be a Muslin just isn't working out for you.  It is too obvious.  Most people don't like liars. …


Added by David W Asche on June 20, 2013 at 2:13pm — No Comments

A WARNING to any who want to use "Publish America" to get their book printed.


by David W Asche 

I submitted my book to these PIRATES and now I am "paying" for it. These people have STOLEN THOUSANDS of manuscripts from good people and ripped them off for THOUSANDS of dollars in royalties and property. The only books they sell are the ones the authors themselves buy. They do NOT market the books as they advertise. Their contract is a joke, until you try to make them do what…


Added by David W Asche on June 20, 2013 at 2:08pm — No Comments

TO: Barry Soetoro; (The lying, cowardly, treasonous fraud occupying the Oval Office illegally)


GREETINGS!  I am just checking in with another note from a LOYAL American Patriot and Honorably Discharged Navy VETERAN.   You see how I worded that, Barry?  I mean an educated man such as yourself can see I laid out the words in such a fashion as to be neat, truthful, factual and above all, correct in their meaning and one small note to the above, I am also the SON and GRAND son of Honorably Discharged American VETERANS.

Those words I have written are ones you cannot use to…


Added by David W Asche on June 20, 2013 at 2:03pm — No Comments

TO: Barry Soetoro; (The FRAUD occupying the Oval Office illegally)


GREETINGS, as I am a polite person, I wish to tell you how I have been thinking of the welfare and LEGACY which you are going to be leaving your two daughters, Malia and Sasha.  Please do not think I am being rude if I did not spell their names correctly, as I am not sure of how their names are spelled, and I mean no harm in it.  Unlike the ravings of the left wingers who slam Sarah Palin's kids, and Rick Santorum's kids, even after you said families should be "off limits" to the…


Added by David W Asche on June 19, 2013 at 9:42pm — No Comments

To: Mr. Barack HUSSEIN Obama. (Hope I spelled that correctly)


I have written letters to several other people who occupied that noble house built by my countrymen to house our leader.  So don’t think for a second this is something new for me.  We also understand that cockroaches get in to the kitchen from time to time, so you being in there is not a real big problem.  We'll smoke you out sooner or later.


 If you are under the delusion you are “getting away” with anything, rest assured, you are not.  We can see you.  We also are…


Added by David W Asche on June 19, 2013 at 9:23pm — No Comments

My Experiences with the SCCA and Four-Wheel Dive Clubs

By  David W. Asche


My dad had an old 1954 Willy's Jeep pick-up when I was a kid and we would go hunting and camping every year.  I learned all about locking hubs, mud bogs, rough terrain, how to pack things in a vehicle, all kinds of stuff like that.  I also learned my dad had always wanted a Warn winch on the front of his truck.  He never did get one.

We had that old truck into 1967 when I was riding in the passenger seat and my dad and I were coming home from a…


Added by David W Asche on June 19, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Tinker and the Border Guard

By  David W. Asche

A lot of us are familiar with the small, colorful birds known as Budgerigars, commonly called "budgies" or as the "Australian Shell Parakeet".  I know these birds very well as I have had one in my home most of my life and have also bred them and worked with them over all my life.

They can talk, do tricks, learn just about anything if they have the aptitude and they get the chance to show their stuff.

Some birds are very talented, others to a lesser…


Added by David W Asche on June 19, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Letter to the Matanuska-Susitna Burough School District

TO:  Matanuska – Susitna Borough School District                                                February 23, 2011

501 N. Gulkana

Palmer, ALASKA 99645

 FROM:  David William Asche

 To Whom it may concern, or, To Whom ever gives a damn:

 It certainly didn’t  take very long for this person (Me) to rise to such a status with the School District as to be considered a “throw away employee”.    After just 35 days as a substitute teacher, I was removed from a…


Added by David W Asche on June 17, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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