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Golden Eagle

A very humbling honor when I was inducted into the elite Naval Aviation Association called the “Golden Eagles.”

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Proud to be Shipmates

  A picture sent to me by two crew members who served aboard the USS Kawishiwi.  The picture was taken on the pier at Coronado after the Change of Command in September, 1974.  I received the picture while serving aboard the USS Ranger CV-61.    It was my custom to call those I served with “Tigers!”

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Navy Wife’s Concerns

This USS Kawishiwi Navy wife, with a great sense of humor, is writing about our many deployments, trips to American Samoa and San Diego, a tour in the ship yard, and the USS Ashtabula dependents cruise to Maui.     

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Typhoon Evasion

After this operation with the five destroyers caught in a typhoon, Admiral Johnson directed me to use ‘UNIDIR’ (unless otherwise directed, we intend…..) which gave me great latitude in operating at sea. I had the greatest respect for Admiral Johnson and it was a pleasure serving under him.   His letter was written on 13 November, 1973.  The typhoon underway replenishment occurred on 6 October, 1973. …

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Chief of Naval Operations Letter 1971

The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral E. R. Zumwalt. Jr., USN, had requested inputs from Commanding Officers regarding morale and discipline in the Fleet.  This was the letter in reply to my inputs to the Admiral while Commanding Attack Squadron 122 at NAS Lemoore, California.

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Four Star Admirals

A special honor and privilege to serve with two future Four Star Admirals . Promoting Stan Arthur to Commander while serving together in VA-122, Lemoore, 1972.    Air Wing Commander, Bud Edney, on the bridge of USS Ranger (CV-61), 1975.

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FJ-3M Ejection, 1958

I had flown this particular aircraft from the USS Essex in the Mediterranean to the Air Force Base in Bitburg, Germany, flew demonstration flights at the Liege, Belgium World Air Show and then returned to the carrier. This was the first flight after returning to the carrier.

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VF-62 and the FJ-3 Fury

This was the first FJ-3 to arrive at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Florida in October 1955. It was the ‘state of the art’ for carrier fighter aircraft but took it’s toll. Of the pilots in this picture, one will be killed on takeoff, Dan Potter, one will be injured on a low altitude ejection, Ron Gordon, one will be seriously burned in a crash landing at Leeward Point, Cuba, Jerry O’Dell, and two will eject over the Mediterranean, Carl Sommers & Nick Nicholson.

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Carrier Qualified, 1954

How well you did carrier qualifying, determined the track you would take in advanced training. Fortunately, I qualified for carrier aviation and jets.

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Enlisting 1950

Lcdr. W.D. Holdeman, USN was the Commanding Officer of the Reserve Unit where I enlisted and was also the Dean of Men at my college – Oberlin. He was responsible in guiding me in the right direction as I entered military service.