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    notary sojac Herb ԿԬ's Avatar
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    Cool gonna disappear for a few days
    Ship I was on back in late fifties is having annual reunion. Made up my mind to go see who are still alive. I'll be back after the weekend, Inshallah.

    I didn't know the ship was radioactive even before I arrived there so this will also be a time for data gathering. (none of my kids glowed in the dark, however)

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    Have a good time.

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    notary sojac Herb ԿԬ's Avatar
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    I was a radio operator; had a thing for short waves . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    I was a radio operator; had a thing for short waves . . .
    ROFL... I was a short wave for a couple weeks... too short come to find out, not sure how I passed the physical!

    Have a great time, glad nothing glows!!!!!
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    Have fun Herb. It should be an interesting experience to visit the ol tug. Hope you enjoy the comraderie with your old ship mates.

    Cheers to you and the crew!
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    Herb, was it by any chance an MSTS (USNS) ship?

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    I was a radio operator;
    Are you a morse code junkie, too? My hubby was very into contesting at one time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    Herb, was it by any chance an MSTS (USNS) ship?
    when I got out, I was tempted to get work on a USNS that worked the Great lakes. (related post below)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoore61103
    Are you a morse code junkie, too? My hubby was very into contesting at one time.
    I was doing 20-30 WPM at age 15. The Navy wanted me so bad they gave me three stripes to join and no time limit on the fourth.

    They started me nice: I was in charge of the radio and electronics at a small station in New Haven CT but then someone shanghaied me to a LST (519)(Large Slow Target) going up and down the East Coast doing odd jobs for the Chief of Naval Operations. Did code at 36 WPM steady, on shifts lasting 8-16 hours and many times I was seasick too. Try holding a bucket between your legs while typing high speed code and experiencing 57 degree rolls. Oh, and LOUD lightning crashes in your earphones are verrrry distracting.

    Needless to say I burned out about code and even though I renewed my Ham license when I got out I lost interest in anything to do with radio fast. The closest I come to it now is participating in special flea markets at "hamfests" around the state in the summer months. ( I still have tons of junk from those days -- it's actually worth something to nutty people)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    I'll be back after the weekend, Inshallah.
    Insallah! (I like that.)

    I didn't know you were old enough to be in a navy ship in late fifties, you always seemed young with posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Bay
    Insallah! (I like that.)

    I didn't know you were old enough to be in a navy ship in late fifties, you always seemed young with posts.
    young-at-heart, of course . . . the secret to longevity is to be a moving target.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    I'll be back after the weekend, Inshallah.
    Inshallah. I like this too

    Enjoy your visit.

    My Dad expressed some interest in finding some of his old military or CCC contacts but never did get to it. (He was a WW2, Vietnam and Korean veteran..lived a lot of life!)
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    Needless to say I burned out about code and even though I renewed my Ham license when I got out I lost interest in anything to do with radio fast. The closest I come to it now is participating in special flea markets at "hamfests" around the state in the summer months. ( I still have tons of junk from those days -- it's actually worth something to nutty people)
    You're right. I think if I could get hubby to part with just one closet full, we could quit worrying about retirement income. He used to be quite involved in local clubs, hamfests, etc, but he transferred his interest to computers.

    I used to hate contest weekends because he would be in his radio room from Friday afternoon until Sunday night, pounding out code at high power, expecting sandwiches and coffee to just appear under the door. The transmitting power would cause the toaster to squawk his "call" at me and the TV would be nothing but noisy snow. Once I went down and demanded that he "do something" and he actually came upstairs, looked at the TV and the toaster and said "I don't see it doing anything". Arrrrrrrrgh!

    He actually joined the Army because of a promise of Radio training. As he tells it, the terms Radio and Radar are pretty close. Over the years it turned out OK - he was the voice of the Army Hour for several years overseas and then he spent 30 years as a broadcaster when he came out.

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    Fellow squid wishing you fair winds and following seas on your upcoming journey.

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    Thank y'all; but I'll be back. And after I check my stats -- be very afraid . . .

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    Don't woory Herb

    I'll post your patented one-liners and attribute the post to you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Kay
    Don't woory Herb

    I'll post your patented one-liners and attribute the post to you
    be veeeerrrrrryyyyyyy afraid!




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    Herb,

    My father was on the US Missouri and witness to the WW11 peace treaty. He goes to reunions with his old ship mates all the time and enjoys them tremendously.

    Being on your old ship will bring back many memories, hopefully good ones. Have a great time!
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    >>>Being on your old ship<<<


    Oh, I'll certainly avoid that. They couldn't recycle it because it was too radioactive so they sank it in a deep spot in the ocean.

    This time it's in Kentucky so I can drive to it more easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    >>>Being on your old ship<<<


    Oh, I'll certainly avoid that. They couldn't recycle it because it was too radioactive so they sank it in a deep spot in the ocean.
    Whoa ... what caused the radioactivity?
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    if you Google on LST 519 you'll find one of our odd jobs was taking radioactive waste far out to sea and dumping it.

    The ambient radioactivity, especially in the crew's quarters, has been blamed for some of the crew developing symptoms of radiation poisoning. I was fortunate that I slept in a compartment like theirs but that had been modified and put into service later on.

    The wife of the doctor who brought the first case to completion for the VA is an honorary member of the bunch and has written a book about the ship and crew. But hasn't found a publisher yet.

    Apparently it took 25 years for the first guy's widow to receive a benefit check from the Navy.

    Since the ship was declared radioactive long before I got on it I want to compare notes with those more familiar with the legalities and claims. None of my kids glow in the dark but there is always the chance, albeit slim, that one of my kids may have to do some paperwork in the future when I can't.

    And it may be a really fine vacation for me also.

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    wow. great time, but I've been driving almost steadily for over 12 hours. seeyah later

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    Glad you are home safe! Look forward to hearing about your trip
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    Welcome home Herb!
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    Awful long drive both ways . . . well over 600 miles. Went a day ahead, got a room after the halfway point.

    Took my GF of several years because she's a real partner and wanted to experience this also.

    We were welcomed very nicely. No one there initially had served at the same time I did, although several showed up later. Over the period my GF mixed in with the wives and I think there was a lot of bonding.

    The itinerary included a dinner cruise on the Ohio river below Cincy, a business meeting, and a banquet the final night. We also spent some casino time (spent, for sure) and the wives got some card games going back at the hotel.

    A room was maintained at the hotel for our meetings and convenience (and breakfast stuff) which gave us a place to hang out when doing nothing else. All of us spent a lot of time in the historical documentation and scrapbooks. I see I have to convert a lot of my 2x2 slides to jpegs so they can be added to the collection.

    Gonna do it again next year . . . location will be in my own state, about three hours drive away.

    Back when I was on the ship I/we didn't realize how unstable some of the explosives were that we were handling. We had some eye-opening discussions about that.

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