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At 6:07pm on December 8, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

that time frame is efore I got out ther you ended 1959 I was just getting g my feet wet 1961

At 2:15pm on December 8, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

you went too Australia about two year before me I was on the USS NAVASOTA (A0-106) that's one of those conventional AO all steam driven we went down in 1962 for the Coral Sea celebration  

 

At 7:32am on December 8, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well we never did any highline down there in fact the whole cruse there was no highline it is not needed down there

At 8:23am on December 7, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

they might have I think the Gm. used a line throwing gun to sent of the line can't remember for sure all I remember is hearing the hole post gas drill digging the holes one forward and one aft

 

At 8:19am on December 6, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

James a BM on an Ice Breaker has some special job that no other BM will do not too many BM going too another command can have in there record that they tied up an Ice Breaker to an ice berg to have a beer party

At 2:53pm on December 5, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well James there is a story about that cold beer you see that picture was taken down in Antarctica in 1963. you see before we deploy from Seattle Wash. they load the brig on board with beer. the x.o. has the key after a days work the skipper ties up the ship too an ice berg and sells bear that one can that did not get pick up. were the brew type come from not sure could of been from Seattle or Christ Church New Zeland

At 11:02am on December 5, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

well James I wound up staying for 20 went too shore duty out of boot in Texas got married there and just stay in I don't regret it now one bit with all the bull going on now I don't have too worried about health insurance me and the wife are covered

At 2:30pm on December 4, 2013, richard alan schlesier said…

Hi James I got too the lake in Dec 58 but don't remember my co. no.

At 7:14am on August 23, 2013, Bud Stilwell BT Snipe said…

James, I was stationed at Long Beach N.S. and Worked at Sima NRMF out on the Mole.

Got out in '89 and just a short time later they closed the base and then Clinton sold it to the Chicom.  Sad indeed.  One large Container Base for them to use now.

At 7:05am on July 14, 2013, David W Asche said…

That's OK.I entered "Mini Bikes" on my server and found a whole bunch of stuff about them including kits and engines etc.  Not all that expensive, either.

At 11:10am on July 1, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

Yes I remember the marlinspike.  We were responsible for the portion of the 0-1 level behind radio and we got to play BM's a lot back there. Polished enough brass for a life time.Sanded walkways on the deck and lots of Hazy gray and red lead painting going on, as a RMSN. I was always amazed at the Braid work that had been done on the life lines and post up there and always wanted to learn how to do that. Pretty work. One of my uncles, was in the Merchant Marines during WW11 and he gave me a folding knife he had used aboard ship. It was one blade with a dubbed of point on it for cutting large line in an emergency, I guess. Kept it for years and finally lost it somewhere..probably a collectors item today. Forget what he called it...You might know.. From time to time, I think back about all the stuff we could learn on a Tin Can, if you just tried and kept you nose clean..Better than any degree you could get at home. I think everyone should have been on a CAN before going to anything larger just for basic knowledge they would never get a chance to learn aboard the big boys...

At 5:09pm on June 30, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

Oh..I think the guys on the gate got their reward....The 1st class was a really nice guy. Never knew very much about him or the ribbons he had. Not a talker....The kind of guy you would like to see with that Honor.   Chief's Qtrs.....Didn't get to stay in there by a minute or so and basically asked to leave. I was surprised at the condition of the qtrs. Looked like a Freshman college dorm room...Not what I expected for Chiefs...Someone would have been written up in my berthing area....

At 11:35am on June 30, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

James you are right about Tin Cans. Large enough to get around on but small enough that you got to know the crew and were able to learn all areas of your rate. Moonshine I don't know about, but once when storing teletype paper in one of the VOIDS, I found a UDT knife hidden there. We had a BM1 who was the Master-at-arms and his coffee cup always smelled of alcohol. Can't say where he got it..ha  Another thought....did you ever go to the Chief's qtrs? Our Chief stayed there most of the day. He made muster and if nothing else went on of importance we didn't see him till the next morning. I had to go their once for something and the place was full of guys playing cards and the such. Thought i might like to be a chief at that point. ha

At 3:50am on June 30, 2013, Kevin Warner said…

James,Never heard of Him sorry! Kevin

At 9:45pm on June 29, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

Yes just talking about Radar and Sona brings back a lot of good times talking with those guys. I guess If I was to pick another rate after getting shipboard, it would have been Radar. They had a realy sharp 1st class that I could have learned a lot from. By the way, he was a Medel of Honor winner also...funny story...This guy happened to be black. he went on liberty one time and as he was trying to leave the base, the Marines stopped him and told him to go back to the ship and shine his shoes. He went back shined his shoes and went to the gate again. They stopped him again and told him to do it again. He went back to the ship...thought about it for a bit ,and called the base commander. Told him who he was and that he was a Medal of Honor winner and wanted sideboy at the gate when he left in thirty minutes.   He got them and I am sure some Marines got theirs also..ha

At 8:38pm on June 29, 2013, Douglas James Riley said…
Thanks for the note James. The photo of the man using the sextant is my old boss Vice Adm Charbonnet, not me. He is using it sailing, he liked the old equipment for the nostalgia.
At 12:48pm on June 29, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

James  I think you are right about ships of today. It was fun back in the day. Like you I did a bit of cross training. I would go next door and try to learn what they were doing in Radar and a friend of mine was a sonarman and I would go down on his watch andtry to learn how to read the scope, He was a funny guy and always cutting up. Had a coffee cup that held about a QT, of coffee. His name was Bates and his cup read MASTER Bates. LOL A real NUT. I know my duty station in Japan is long gone....move it to Masawa up north with AVG 171 inches of snow a year. With no CW anymore that would be a bummer up there. OH Well...The old Navy is gone with most of it's traditions and I suspect it is no long the adventure we knew....but just a job now.

At 2:32pm on June 28, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

I know what you mean about the music business. i had a male cousin that started singing and playing country western in pre-teens and went until out of high school and dropped out..I remember him being fairly successful in the Dallas area at the time, but politics discouraged him and his Father.  My youngest sister started a singing career but dropped out also. She also played classical guitar for a while...quite good...Ended up being a para-legal for years.Lots of talent out there that never got the right break.

At 1:46pm on June 28, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

You ask alot fellow...I went for a long time after my Dad died and never touched a guitar. I have a Gibson I bought in the fifties for 250.00 and it still looks like new except for a crack line or two in the finish from the heat..Funny thing....I had corns on my finger tips until way after i got out of the Navy from playing every weekend with Dad.  Now it is tough to pick it up and play for fifteen minutes.  I think it is great that you have continued with it all these years...good luck with the CD's and song writing...

At 11:17am on June 28, 2013, Gene Gowen RM2 said…

James. I answered your last note, but lost it on my computer...i live out in the boonies and can only get Dial-up which is the pits..ha Anyway, I think I am working to some degree again so I thought I would try to redo it to some extent. I find it uncanny that both of us were on Tin Cans, know code, and had something to do with guitars. I started playing with my Dad at about twelve and continued until his death in '82. He never taught me a lot, but a few cords so I could do a little Seconding for him. He played guitar, banjo, and piano. Now and then he would play with a little Saturday night group on the square of our little town. I have often thought about lessons but it was like you said about Ham gear...too expensive for me at the time. Guess it is never too late and I could get lessons, I guess at the local Jr. college for a little of nothing , at my age.. I aploud you for all your efforts since the Navy...Sounds like you have carried on quite well.  

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