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Paul Basso
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  • Roseburg, OR
  • United States
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  • Kevin Warner
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Paul Basso commented on Darrell A. Nelson ENC Retired's group Around the World Veterans
"My last cruise was an Around-the-World cruise onboard USS Coral Sea (CV-43). Departed NAS Alameda and visited Subic Bay, Singapore, Pattya Beach Thailand, Hong Kong; transited the Suez; then visited Naples (twice) and Cannes France. Spent time in…"
Feb 15, 2014
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Around the World Veterans

Sailors awarded a certificate for going around the world.
Feb 15, 2014
Paul Basso commented on Douglas Karr's group USS Forrestal CV-59
"I was in VAQ-134 onboard USS Forrestal from Jan to Sep 1975. I worked the CAG LOX crew during the workups and nite check in my squadron for the cruise. I really wasn't impressed with the Med, but that could be because I was a 7th Fleet sailor.…"
Feb 15, 2014
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USS Forrestal CV-59

The USS Forrestal (CV-59), formerly AVT-59 and CVA-59, is a supercarrier that was named after former Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal and was the lead ship of her class of aircraft carriers.
Feb 15, 2014
Paul Basso commented on S D Martin's group USS America CVA-66
"I was an AME-AA attached to VAQ-132. Didn't see much of the cruise or the ship due to mess cooking. Only partial cruise, no more."
Feb 15, 2014
Paul Basso joined S D Martin's group

USS America CVA-66

The fifth USS America (CVA/CV-66) was one of four Kitty Hawk-class super carriers built for the United States Navy in the 1960s
Feb 15, 2014
Jeanette Vaughan left a comment for Paul Basso
"Hi, Paul: One of the best ways to start, if you find staring at the computer hard, is to get a small digital recorder and just tell stories!  Helps if you are at happy hour and have a swig of beer or two, if you are so inclined :-)…"
Oct 10, 2013
Paul Basso left a comment for Jeanette Vaughan
"For years I've wanted to write a book about carrier airwing exploits but I've never figured out how to go about it.  I know that you need to set up an outline of what you want to write about and a cast of characters.  I've…"
Oct 10, 2013
Paul Basso and Jeanette Vaughan are now friends
Oct 10, 2013
Paul Basso and Kevin Warner are now friends
Apr 1, 2013
Paul Basso commented on Jim Decota's group USS Recruit TDE/TFFG-1
"I was in boot camp in Oct 1972, Co. 72-410.  I remember running around on the Recruit during my time there.  I made the BMC mad and he kicked me out of the Marlinspike Seamanship because I knew what he was teaching and then some.  Boy…"
Jan 11, 2013
Paul Basso joined Jim Decota's group

USS Recruit TDE/TFFG-1

Every one that went to boot in San Diego should be a member here! She needs us!Commissioned July 27, 1949. remained in service until NTC closure in 1997. Thousands of recruits passed her bow and learned seamanship on her decks.See More
Jan 11, 2013
Paul Basso joined William Towne's group

Cold War Navy Veterans

Any Navy Veteran who served from 2-Sept.-1945 to 26-Dec-1991, prevented World War III for 46 years. We must never forget those who did pay the Ultimate price with their lives. USS Scorpion SSN-589, and many others. I Salute your Bravery.....See More
Dec 2, 2010
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AD-6 VA-174 (later VA-196)

"When I was working on A-6E Intruders (much later in my Navy life), we had a plane with a 500 pounder that hung up, land, and the bomb skittered down the flight deck. Did you know you can pile up 8 or 9 guys on top of me in the catwalk and not hurt…"
Sep 21, 2010
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AD-6 VA-174 (later VA-196)

"I had a buddy who would use 1 part avgas to 4 parts regular. One day he forgot what he was doing and added another part to the mixture. He grenaded his engine and lost a great looking '57 chevy in the process. No sea stories there."
Sep 21, 2010
Charles Kenneth Vena commented on Paul Basso's photo

AD-6 VA-174 (later VA-196)

"In 1958 we had a 2nd class (AB2) in arresting gear V-2 div CVA-31USS Bonny Dick crossing the deck at nite who walked into the prop of one of these AD-6`s.He didn`t make it.We also had the tanks fall off after they caught the wires during landing…"
Sep 21, 2010

Profile Information

Petty Officer First Class
Where were you or your family stationed?
VA-196 NAS Whidbey Is., WA
Veteran of Foreign War
The Cold War, Vietnam, Iran
Current Status with the US Navy
Honorably Discharged
Start date of your service
October 25, 1972
End date of your service
October 26, 1983

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At 3:21pm on October 11, 2013, David W Asche said…

Hi, Paul!  I see you want to write a book.  OK, the way I write is to write as if you were telling a friend about what happened and try and include exciting details in the work so it isn't a "sleeper".  Read my blog stories and see what I'm talking about.  The book I wrote was about my life with a canoe and included parts about our little canoe jaunt down the Willamette River while we were in the Sea Explorers.  I am trying to get my three years worth of work into print and on the book stores shelves now.

At 6:11pm on October 10, 2013, Jeanette Vaughan said…

Hi, Paul:

One of the best ways to start, if you find staring at the computer hard, is to get a small digital recorder and just tell stories!  Helps if you are at happy hour and have a swig of beer or two, if you are so inclined :-)  Then...that digital file can be converted to a word document.    Some people are better at verbal story telling.  

But get your thoughts down.   Rarely do I write an outline.  But a good story does have a pattern.  Sounds silly but must have a strong catchy beginning.  Struggle.  Then super end!  Feel free to contact me by email for more ideas.  :-)  

At 2:06pm on August 2, 2009, Timothy Colbrese said…
I washed out of co. 444 with bilateral pnemonia...stayed at Balboa Naval Hospital till the following Easter...Wow what a experience that was...Do you remember the dallas cowboy company that thought they were hot stuff...Ended up at Ams A school in Memphis where i met my bride that i still have...I served in a training command in Corpus Christi Tx got out and attended drill meetings at Millington to finish 20 years...Im sceduled to start my Navy pension in 2012...In the meantime i served as a civilian employee at the Memphis defense plant that closed down in 1997 with BRAC..I now work for Northwest Airlines (Delta) as a baggage handler...Hope this is my last gig...Thanks for the return email
Timothy Colbrese
At 8:00am on July 13, 2009, William (Bill) Karr ETC(SS) said…
Welcome Aboard, Paul!

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