Letters, Random Memories
and Assorted Sea Stories (Cont.)
Jules Gets New Email:
On the contacts list... how about adding a way to
update email addresses... make life simpler for you.
Update mine please to JJLaMont@aol.com.
KP Note: I'm so low tech that I have to do
everything by hand (or keypad as it were). I have no idea how to
update email with a macro or such other automated thingy. I usually
get email updates changed pretty quickly so no one has complained
(as of yet).
The Sleep Game ...
Man, the hazing stories recently came in hot and heavy didn't
they? Any of you remember being scared shitless by your Nuc school
instructors' stories of crap that happened to them when they piped
aboard various ships? I know we were - our instructors told us
stories of being hydroed with fire hoses, taped to jacking shafts,
looking up from ERLL through the ladderhole to see an assortment of
<male genitalia> hanging down at them, and I remember Ron
Leonard telling me one time about taping the door to the ELT shack
really tightly closed when they caught the new ELT flaked out in
there. Guy at work asked me the other day about chow on the ship,
and what the options were if you missed meals... damn ex-Marine
chowhead... I told him that real Sailors were on a 5-hour
one-in-three watch schedule (his eyes bugged out at that one) and
that we generally just stretched it into a thirty-hour day with two
watches and two ten-hour off periods. Told him once you were on that
rotation all the way around (Five actual days, or four 30-hour days)
you figured out where breakfast, lunch, dinner, midrats, the geedunk
machines forward, the ice-cream machines aft, and both ships' stores
fit into all that... not to mention trips to the gym, and any actual
business at personnel, disbursing, etc. that had to get done. The
reason I mention it is because it reminded me of a game M-Divvers
used to play when I was aboard called the Sleep Game. It was played
like this: Two M-Divvers with roughly the same amount of rest at the
start of the game partner up and decide that if one of them is
awake, the other must be, and vice versa. You would think this would
mean that they only slept at pre-agreed times, but given the
competitiveness and general meanness of most M-Divvers, it really
meant that they tried to keep each other awake for as long as
possible. The first one to give in and rack out without his
game-partner's doing the same was the loser. I remember seeing
zombied-out mechanics with 8-ball eyes walking around the hangar bay
trying to stay awake for that 91st hour to beat someone at the Sleep
Game, standing watch after watch, relieving people early and
*living* in the gym just desperate not to lose. I wasn't very good
at it, as I was known for sleeping (and probably for snoring) more
than any other one trait besides taping people up and blazing the
inport Shaft Alley logs every time I stood the watch, nub or not.
Anyone else remember the Sleep Game?
Yet another Youtube video of the P-Mooj has surfaced. We are
playing our tribute to Robin Trower (a song called "1974"
that will be on the next album). Hope you like it (you should, as I
didn't ruin it by singing).
Latest Unofficial P-Mooj Newsletter just finished.
Find it here, if you dare!
Welcome aboard to Romo!!
Romo, I'm a little upset you didn't mention me or
Bill Isom in your post. I do remember you. I thought you made it
through prototype though. No big deal as you went on to a great
career anyway. You missed some good times on the E. You also missed
some crappy times too, but no need to dwell on those. My best
recollection of Romo comes down to two words: "Metal
Church". I remember you having a sick devotion for this band.
To this day if I ever hear anything Metal Church I laugh in memory.
I also remember you always giving me a hard time about my haircut.
Truthfully I lived an unsat life with respect to my military bearing
and in particular my hair. Quite the rebel.....
Your post brought back some great memories of
other friends too. Man, Mike O'Leary was a living legend. Truly one
of my very best friends from the Navy and I'd very much love to get
back in touch with him. We kept up for about 3 years post Navy and
then we both moved a couple times too many. Try googling his name,
impossible chore to find him. Ike Mike you must have served with
O'Leary, trust me you'd know if you did. What a character.
I remember the other lads too. Sampson, Breedlove,
and Ricky Houston. Shocked to no end to hear that Sampson made
commander. Not that he wasn't smart enough or enough a leader, if
you were in 8503 I'm sure you know what I mean. Ricky was on the E
for a short while and then moved on to the Lincoln I believe. He
left with my old pal Mark Fritz.
Pedro, I believe the senior chief that made you
miserable was the same SOB that made me miserable. He was an ET
though as I recall. ETCS Robinson. Had a handlebar mustache and
droopy bloodshot eyes from being hungover all the time. I have a
story about him I'll post someday that you won't believe. That will
go with the tale of the "MANWAM". The chief before him
might have been an MM, his name was Rickman. That guy was one of the
best chiefs I ever knew in the Navy. Great guy, really helped me get
my head on straight when I needed it.
Were you in the same section as Randy Jestice and
Anyway, welcome aboard brother, glad to have you
Pray for this man
I'm not sure if this means
he is out of prison [link removed]. It probably does. Seeing what he looks
like today (2007) shows life was not kind to him. As much as I hated
him I will keep him in my prayers.
Is that the now infamous MMC T__gs? I don't think
so. Unsure if I would pray for him other than a slow painful death
for what he did [...]. Does anyone know the former
MMC's first name? If you do then go here:
This is the Federal Bureau of Prisons website.
Type in first name and last name and search. I thought he was
convicted federally in the case. Just want to ensure he is still
locked away. The individual presented in the previous posting, while
presenting some similarities maybe too old. Wouldn't think the
former douche bag would be no more than 59 now and the date of the
crime was between 92 and 94 I think. (damn hazy). To think I use to
talk to him in two plant when he was PPWS.
KP Note: You're right. I doubt our MMC was that
much older than us (maybe the age is wrong on the website). Same name, same eyes,
lives in Norfolk.... maybe it's his dad?
Still Locked Away
The MMC we were talking about a few days ago is
still in prison and was NOT GRANTED parole in 2006.
Let me explain how I stumbled upon the previous
photo (of a similar but much older man). Many years ago someone sent
me a link showing MMC in prison in Virginia (he was previously in Leavenworth
I believe). I was reviewing old material and clicked on the link.
The page was no longer current so it directed me to another one,
where I had to type in the name. So I did. Then it opened the page I
had linked to a few days ago. Holy crap! When I saw the picture of
an old beaten up man I thought, "Wow, this guy was about our
age--look at him now. This page also indicated the man was free and
living in Newport News so naturally I thought it was our MMC. I was
alarmed that 1) He was free and that 2) he looked like an old beat
up old man. Schmidity was quick to catch that this man had to
be too old and them MB did the leg work to verify that our MMC was
still safely tucked away.
Sorry about causing such a stir.
Frank Orego has new Email Addy:
I recommend adding a last revised column. If you
need help maintaining the list let me know.
Frank Orego firstname.lastname@example.org
KP Note: Thanks, Frank. I will try to add
that column. Not sure if it will be an easy or hard thing to do, as
those pages are formatted and may not let me add a column to the end
. But I'll try.
Okay, I tried but column would only insert
internally so I'll just add date next to new email address. I can
only make this effective as of today...
Appreciate the update on the former MMC douche
bag. Restores some faith in the judicial system. Been trying to find
his case in the newspaper archives for Hampton Roads but no joy yet.
I know he got a relatively long sentence and parole eligibility
might start happening in 2013 or so. I 'pray' its longer.
T minus 65 days till BOG in the desert for me. All
take care out there.
KP Note: To close this sordid chapter
here's what I found:
He's actually been re-categorized with a
"lifer" code, whatever that means.
Good luck in the desert--send pictures!
IKE Brother Comes Aboard!
I served on board IKE in RE-01 from 1986 to 1990
(with almost a year off in there when I broke my collarbone).
Your site is awesome and has forced some very
dusty old memories out into the light. I find myself laughing until
it hurts, even if the majority of the stories are from the Big E.
The similarities to happenings on IKE are scary.
I see that Joe B and Mike from IKE are on board
and I plan to post a few stories myself as I begin to sort through
the wreckage of those memories and trying to find where the pieces
Currently, I am the Multi-media Production
Coordinator for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in
Cooperstown, NY. How did I get here from Nuclear Power School? Well,
like you, I had no desire to work in that field once I was out of
the Navy. I took a part time job at a radio station in Utica,NY
(because I love music and loved radio and did some of that in my
college days). That led to a full time job which then led to a job
in Production at a TV station in Utica (WKTV-the NBC affiliate).
That led to makings contacts at the Hall of Fame, due to our
proximity, which eventually led to this job. Although I never did
use the education taught to me as a member of Class 8504 in Orlando,
Florida, I will say that the rigors, routine and mental torture of
NPS, Prototype training and constant qualifying and requalifying
taught me more than just the formulas, physics and facts of nuclear
theory and how to make a ship go through the water. I wouldn’t be
where I am without that experience and certainly wouldn’t be the
guy that I am without the relationships and memories (both good and
bad) that were made on-board.
Great job on the site and I am about to go sign
Roger C. Lansing
More from Roger:
Great site. I find myself laughing until it hurts and shaking my
head in disbelief as I read stories of happenings in-plant on the
Big E that sound eerily familiar to stories from IKE.
Your site has caused some long dormant, dusty old memories to stand
up and shout that they are still there, hiding in the deep recesses
of my brain. As I begin to sort through the wreckage of those old
memories I will try to put together a few stories from IKE, although
they may need some back-up from “Mike from Ike” and “Joe B”
and any other EX-IB-er out there. I was thrown off the flightdeck of
the IKE onboard a COD in July of 1990 and I swear that a lot of
those old memories were pulled out of the back of my head from the
G-forces of flying off of a carrier. The airdales probably swept
them up as FOD (isn’t that what they called it?) after we left.
Funny what stupid things you remember. Your site has made me recall
lots of Bitch Book writings and the lists of old Navy terms that
guys are posting has brought a lot of that out of the shadows, too.
Thanks for all of your work here. I look forward to posting some
stuff soon. Maybe I will dig out a few pics and send them your way.
Current 4-Planter Stops By for a Visit:
Mike La Manna, RM-14, Aug 03 - Oct 07
KP Note: Welcome aboard, fellow 4-planter.
It's been a while since a current nuke has checked in with us. It
appears Mike is 'short,' soon to be a three-digit-midget. Without
getting yourself in trouble, how about sharing what's going on on
the Big E these days?
Talkin' The IB ...
Good to see Roger Lansing has arrived. Thanks
again, KP, for opening the site to all Navy nukes--not just those
from the Enterprise. I recall "talkin' the IB with Roger".
IB stands for 'Ike Bites' just in case anyone is not clear on that.
Back in the late 80's our term that we coined for bitching about our
pitiful plight in the Nav was "talkin' the IB". It truly
made us feel better and helped the time to pass a little easier. I
almost have to work at it now to remember how I felt back then.
Simple pleasures that I take for granted now like sitting on my
sofa in the evening watching whatever I want on my (fairly large
screen) TV were not available back then. Anyway, specifically I was
going to mention how part of talkin' the IB involved not talking in
Navy terms. I hated how the Navy had words that it loved a little
too much such as 'secured', and these words would get used to the
point of abuse. It's easy to imagine some lifer all too happy to
tell you that the 'head is secured'. I like to think that I had a
little to do back then on 'Dwight' (we started calling him 'Dwight'
because Ike was a term of endearment, and this simply wouldn't do)
with starting a trend of using alternative words rather than the
conventional lexicon. I couldn't bring myself to say 'the head is
secured', but I could rattle off 'the bathroom is tied to the floor'
with mocking brio. One of my favorite alternative terms was instead
of 'liberty'--'fundamental freedoms'. It sounded cool to say
'fundamental freedoms are tied to the floor!'
Joe B from Dwight
MMCM B ...
The Newport News guy, who I remember but am not
familiar with what he did, got me to look up another name that we
served with. We'd just gotten to Idaho in 1988 when MMCS B-b-f
become an MMCM. Within a period of time his "status"
changed and he was no longer on site.
I'm certain this is he who many of us served with
and knew. Idaho was my third tour with him. Although it doesn't
mention Navy at all, the volkswagen, Idaho, the same name as in the
Idaho penal system, etc. And the age would be appropriate.
Can anybody else confirm that this is the former
Our Story ...
Dear Mr. Tuli..aka "King Paul"
I hope you don't mind an e-mail out of the blue. I
wanted to draw your attention to our efforts that we are just
starting to make a place for individuals to share their stories on
the USS Enterprise.
Here is the URL: http://www.ourstory.com/USSEnterprise
Eric Hinton Changes Email Addy:
Hey! Can you change my address to email@example.com?
Thanks! Hope everyone has a great summer this
Joshua Clark Comes Aboard ...
I am Joshua Clark. I was on the Prize from 1996 to
2001. I worked in RM22.
Glen Lane Changes Email Addy:
Please change my e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org
I am listed in the 1970-1979 section. Thanks for your help and for
the site. Pull Rods and Make Steam.
Randy Fugate Comes Aboard ...
Heya! Add me to the list.
Randy Fugate (aka "fukit") RM11
As you may know or soon will, we had originally
scheduled a reunion at my place (Kansas City) for June 8-10. As it
turns out I have to re-schedule. I sincerely hope this hasn't caused
anyone any serious difficulty or heartache, if so I do humbly
apologize. The new date will be July 27-29. I do hope you all can
attend, would be great to see you again. Please feel free to forward
this to anyone we served with except certain khaki's we don't have
any desire to see again.
As the duly designated hosts for this year's get
together Bill Isom and I would like to cordially invite you all to
show up for our reunion.
When: July 27-29, 2007
Where: Beautiful Kansas City, MO. More
specifically the northeast corner of the metro area, Liberty, MO.
Link here to
Reunion Page for more Info.
Dick Davis Comes Aboard ...
Dick Davis 1996 - 2001 RM 03, RT, RM AFT Group, RM
|More From Randy
I got to the Big Pig just after she pulled into
Bremerton, so I got to experience the whole overhaul, and I left the
day we pulled back into Alameda at the end of the 82-83 cruise, so I
got to experience the big "grounding" in SF Bay, as well.
I was settin' in the port side 1st class berthing in civvies and
with a packed bag thinkin' about the plane I was catchin' back home
that evening, when the ship, which was rollin' a little anyway,
rolled to port and kept going for w-a-y too long, followed by some
serious loud thumps from below, and a bunch of A-gangers flyin up
from below decks like their heads were on fire... I said
"Fuck!", went to my pit and slept thru the rest. No
heroics from me, I was a 2-digit midget at the time with 30 days
leave startin the next day!
I got to experience the Schmegma House (both the
original and Schmeg South) and all the tweaks that lived there. Even
played music with a full band in the livin' room there once. I also
roomed at an equally infamous den of iniquity known as "The
Consumers". An old 2-story farm house plopped in the middle of
40 acres of conifer forest just outside Bremerton (I forget the name
of the little berg it was in.) It got its name from the fact that
everything that came into it, legal or illegal, food, girlfriends,
wives, whatever...got CONSUMED. It housed of rotating door of
anywhere from 5-9 Rx/Eng dept types at various times throughout the
We had some great knock-down, drag out parties
there including one 6-kegger at which a local band, "Black
Sheep" played in the livin' room. The room rocked so hard the
plaster cracked up one wall, across the ceiling, and down the
opposite wall. I remember one of my roommates, Tim Haines (RM14/RT -
78-82), yellin' "Dudes, WE BROKE THE FUCKIN' HOUSE!!!" The
next day, there was hardly a horizontal surface that wasn't occupied
by either an empty beer cup or a prone body!
I see a few ol' buds on here: Looks like ARRRGH
can type as fast as he can talk. Still playin bass, dude?
Speakin' of playin' music, KP ain't the only one
with a CD out... http://www.okeanas.com
Click on the "band" link. I'm the
long-haired fool on the right. On the "Audio" page you can
listen to the entire CD via streaming audio. Hillbillies from Hell
if yer into that sorta thing.
And I see a couple posts by Billy Wayne
Deaton...(Billy Wayne...who showed you the good hidin' spot on the
top of the #1RAR decon shower ;) )
I'd like to say hey to Willie May, Bubba Jack, and
Billy Ball...saw their names listed. Billy is right...the upstart
4plant "DirtBag" had nothin' on ol' "dirtbagbrown"
(aka "The Grote") from RM11. I went to his house once
while we we're in the yard. He lived with an equally notorious
grunger known ironically as "The Goat" (The Goat and the
Grote... Sounds like a 70's sitcom). I can't remember who I was
with, but we sat there talkin' (and, of course, sharin' the Roscoe)
with The Goat for what had to be about an hour, when what I thought
was just a pile of dirty laundry on the other couch started movin'.
I was considerin' a hasty exit when ol' dirtbag stuck his head out
from under the dirty clothes and said "Hey assholes, you gonna
I'm gonna dig up so ol' pics and send them once I
get them scanned. Some post-crossin' the line ceremony pics and a
couple from Olongapo including the group shot from the RM div party
I'd also like to request a memorial post for Don
McKracken (IIRC...RM14 80-82) who passed away in Sacramento just
before the start of the '82-83 cruise. He was one of my roommates at
"The Consumers" and I still think of him often.
Thanks KP for puttin' up this site. It's already
got me in contact with one of my good buds from the cruise, Guy
KP Note: Wow, always great to hear from an
early 80s B-town survivor, as you guys were undoubtedly the most
squared away bunch to ever yardpack and sail the seven seas. (If you
saw the face I'm making you'd realize my sarcastic facial
expressions give me away). I Downloaded and loved your music
and glad to see at least one other ex Big E middle age ex-nuke out
there who refuses to cut his hair! Do you guys have a Myspace Music
Page up? If you do I'll 'friend' link it to the P'Mooj one.
P-Mooj Cracks Top 25 on No
TOP 25 FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 5, 2007
Daniels - The South's Gonna Do It Again
2. Arc Angels - Sent By Angels
3. Black Crowes - Under a Mountain
4. Rolling Stones - Hold On To Your
5. ZZ Top - Nasty Dogs And Funky
6. Arvel Bird And One Nation - Red
7. Aerosmith - Rats In The Cellar
8. Rush - Far Cry (Edit)
9. Sting - The Soul Cages
10. Junior Kimbrough - Lord, Have Mercy On Me
11. Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up [Live]
12. Eddie Kendricks - Keep On Truckin'
13. Simple Minds - Waterfront [Live]
14. Joe Jackson - Memphis
15. George Harrison - Wah-Wah
16. B. B. King - Philadelphia
17. Psychedelic Mooj - Mondo Mooj
18. ZZ Top - Millers Farm
19. John Trudell - Rich Man's War
20. Joe Perry - Twilight
21. Rolling Stones - Little Red Rooster
22. Robbie Robertson - In The Blood
23. Van Halen - Up For Breakfast
24. Indigenous - Blues From The Sky
25. Big Audio Dynamite - E=MC^2
More from Mark Romero:
Wingo! Of course I remember you. I saw your
picture in here somewhere. Did I harass you about your haircut?
Damn, I don't remember. You know I was one squared away mofo; well,
as much as any overweight, lazy, Hispanic ET could be. I actually
found this site while googling for Bill Isom.
Metal Church. Yes, I actually still listen to
them. I'm shocked you still remember that. Haha! I would also love
to track down O'Leary and had the same frustration when Googling for
him. My email address is email@example.com.
Shoot me an email sometime. I'm currently in Germany (home) for
about 7 weeks. Currently I'm working at Tyndall AFB and will be back
in Florida later this year. See ya. .
Charles Evans Comes Aboard ...
i would like my email added to the page i work in
1MMR/EM-11 from 2005-present my name is charles evans email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Springer Comes Aboard ...
Please add me to this list of Enterprise alum.
My name is Mike Springer
1975 – 1978
Email = email@example.com
This person from our 'past' is now the Skipper of The USS Blue
Who can name him?
|First Winner of the
ANSWER: Finally, one that I can answer. That looks
like our old friendly neighborhood RCA, LCDR Sevald. Am I right? And
it looks like he’s moved up the ranks a little bit, too…
Answer From BoBo:
Regarding the Last Pic - Looks like the old RCA,
LCDR Sevald...Am I right? What do I win?! LOL. I remember him well,
he was actually a great guy, for an officer... Regarding my
"Post", I wasn't aware that my e-mail would end up being
displayed for all to see since I hadn't explored the site yet. I
might have written it differently had I known, just a heads up.
Since you added me to the e-mail list, my years on the pig were
actually 85 to 89. And yes, it was Hordyke. I never really gave him
crap about that cause I was friends with him, but, he must have
really suffered in school for that name! LOL
Note: Sorry, BoBo. Didn't mean to post your email without your
consent. I do that often (and I shouldn't). If you want I'll yank it
and replace it with something else or just yank it. Now that you've
read the site you can see there are quite a few memories from your
RC23 brothers, with lots of stuff about you. As far as I'm concerned
you were one of the good guys I met on the ship, and we shared many
fun times together. As mentioned, you taught me many songs on the
guitar and I think of you when I play them (sometimes live). As far
as a prize for submitting the correct answer, Louie Wingo will buy
you a beer in KC next month. (I still don't know if I'll make it to
KC yet. I hope to.)
More on Sevald ...
When I found that photo of Andy Sevald (our
beloved RCA in the latter 80s) I was happy to see he has had a
successful career in the navy. He was always good to us and I recall
only one incident when he came down hard on us (RC & RE Div) and
that was largely the result of Skelitor coming down hard on him (but
I cannot recall the specifics). For the most part then Lt.Cdr Sevald
was a friend to RE and he kept us insulated from much of the BS
thrown at RX Dept from the likes of Skelitor and MMCM. There is one
classified story that I'll hint at here. During the 88 cruise RE
found itself with a "problem" and The Group Supes
supposedly went to the RCA and told him about this and things were
taken care of in a matter of hours. End of story. It was Sevald's
way of helping us out for doing everything he asked of us and we
were forever grateful to him. I personally had a great relationship
with the RCA and he was missed dearly when CHUD took over as the new
RCA in '89. Thank you, Capt. Sevald. Thank you for being one of the
"good guys" during many of our tours on The Enterprise.
|Comi ... CHUD?
KP, didn't you have list somewhere on this site
for the CO's of the 'prise? Did you ever make one for the RO, ChEng,
RMA's and RCA's. I remember Gunboat Joe as the RO, Lt. Cmdr Gastrock(?)
83-86, Lt. Cmdr Comi 86-? as the RCA's. Was Comi the CHUD? I
remember people blazing sigs for him.
KP Note: As I recall there was an
incomplete listing of ROs that the present command was putting
together. For some reason this site turned out to be their best
source of information.
When I showed up in '86 Comi was the RCA. He was
replaced by Sevald after the cruise. Sevald was replaced by "CHUD"
in late 1989 (right before world cruise).
Mr. Comi was a very nice guy (as far as I recall,
ask Gil (Kid Pillow) and he'll tell you otherwise. I think I did my
SRE and RE boards with Comi and he was pretty mellow.
Skellitor was the RO when I arrived in '86 and he
was relieved by Capt. Bersticker in '89. I liked Bersticker. I was
FGS by then and had to get many a "night order" signed by
him or report about some unforeseen mishap at the department 8:00PM
meetings (God, do you guys remember those?). He never screamed or
yelled or asked for excessive details. "Take care of it,"
Reactor Officers I have known.
Do remember CDR Bersticker. Damn good RO. Tended
to leave the nukes alone and boards with him were I wouldn't claim
easy but they were thorough. He was promoted to CAPT and took the
USS LONG BEACH on its final cruise prior to decom.
Next was CDR Morin. Flame spray throughout most of
his time on board. Understandable as his area of responsibility was
gutted and emptied. Certain individual trying to burn it down or NNS
contaminating a whole space. I remember my senior board with him. I
was ready to talk all things operational but he insisted on talking
Charpy V-notch, RTT and Brittle Fracture. I remember thinking
"How is regurgitating this rot going to help during a casualty?
That’s power school stuff." He mellowed out near the end and
believe he ended up at NR.
My final RO during my tour on the illustrious BIG
E was CAPT Dahl (sic). Another damn good RO in my book. Most fond
memory on him is he stood up and spoke for me at CO mast (CAPT
Naughton presiding) likely saving me a stripe plus other pays as
those pesky charges of "Failure to obey a lawful order, Failure
to obey a written order and Dereliction of Duty were dismissed.
Still had to make amends for my evil ways thus my workdays were 18
hours long for the next six months and assignment as poster boy for
All take care out there
Note: Wasn't Morin the RMA in the mid 80s? I seem to recall a
Moran (or maybe I'm thinking of Mordus). Sadly, I cannot recall any
of the RMAs during my time, as I interacted little with them. I do
remember The CHENG (name escapes me now) as I had to sit my LD board
with him. I was lucky he didn't throw me out on my ass:)
4MMR in the late 60s:
First of all i'm happy to find this site, and
after reading a few pages I laughed so hard my sides ached. While
reading one page there was remarks made about a certain piece of art
that was painted on the ms in #4 plant. The cartoon was from a late
60's playboy, it was titled THE STUBB. It was a large picture of a
three masted, seagoing bottle of Jack Daniels complete with captain,
crew, and a bare chested lady doing a swan dive off the bow. Sorry
to say I don't know who painted it. I do remember the sad looking
mouse outside #4 EOS was painted by Dave English. Dave was the first
4 planter I met when I came aboard in 69. Another familiar name that
I see on the list is Lt. Lash H. great guys, great times. Just for
the record, the sf grounding was not the first. In early January of
69 was when we had the fire and explosions, followed by a long lay
up at Pearl. About the only thing we did the whole time there was
watch the japs sink the Arizona. They were filming some scenes for
the movie Tora Tora Tora. Anyway after all this took place we were finally
ready to go to nam. We got under way and were turning in the channel
when some hot shot tin can skipper got in the way forcing the old
man to avoid a collision, and putting us into a mud flat. We were
pulled out on the next incoming tide but we had to tie up a ford
island to clean out all four main condensers. That' s about all for
now, till I can remember more.
Jerry Trahan class 65/3
Patrick McCarthy Comes Aboard ...
Hey how's its going I love the site. My name is
Patrick McCarthy, I served in RM-22 from 2002-2006, and would love
to be added to your list of "Terrorist Ass-Kicking" 2000s.
Keep up the great work. I love reading the old stories.
Have a good one,
KP, I served on Big E 1976 - 1978. I was a 'pecker
checker.' I found your site several days ago and read all the
stories and memories. I laughed so hard that it hurt. I haven't
thought about the navy in a long time. Now it seems like it was just
yesterday. How do I buy one of your CDs?
KP Note: Thanks, Tim. As far as buying a
CD, just go to our official
site and click on the buy now button. I have no idea what
happens after you do that but no one has complained about not
getting a CD so I assume the pay pal and subsequent shipping thing
works. In late July our 2nd CD will be ready and you can buy that
Evan Barnard Comes Aboard ...
Hi, I was wondering if you could add me to the
Name: Evan Barnard a.k.a. Barnyard
Workcenter: RM-22, the double deuce, 2001-2005
RMA Circa '83:
I was told by Mark B. that the RMA from 1983 to
1985 was Bruce Castleman. Andy Sevald relieved him for about 18
months, then Sevald relieved Pat Comi as RCA. I forgot that Sevald
was the RMA before becoming the RCA. I remember him saying being the
RCA was better than being the RMA because the RMs were so stupid
(I'm only kidding!!!!)
MMC Mordus, by the way, was an M-Div chief in the
Picture of ?
Mark B sent me this photo but I have no idea who
it is. I assume it is the RMA from the 80s (we were talking about
above). This man does not look familiar to me at all. Anyway, Mark
B, am I right?
|Comi ... Man of
very funny, ask Gil what he thinks of Comi, ....
ya the dude took me to Captain's mast, where he recommended the brig
with bread and water for a stupid bike in the switchgear room. What
was the big deal..... I used to asked Comi if he was going surfing
in Hawaii, and give him a surf signal, and say "what's up,
dude." Maybe that along with the bike issue got me to Captain's
Mast with Rocky Spain (doesn't that name seem made up - like Kid
Carry on my good seaman.
Note: Yes, I do recall how much Comi loved you. Speaking of "Rocky" I did a Google
search on him a while back and saw that he was some big wig in the
San Diego Harbor commission (or something like that). You should
look him up. You might be neighbors. I wonder if he
has ever googled himself and found this site? If he has he
was probably happy to see that many of us remembered him as being a
Seeking Information about EMI Todd A.
Hi, I am Todd A Gugluizza's cousin and I have been
out of touch with him for years and I just did a search on the web
and found out that he has passed away. I was wondering if you could
help me understand what happened to him. I understand that he passed
on 10/24/05 in San Diego and I just want to know if you can put me
in contact with any of his shipmates/friends, or anyone that could
help me understand. I know this is a long shot contacting you this
way and you probably don't know Todd personally but please I beg of
you. Help me
Thank you, God Bless, Sincerely
Note: Heather gave me her phone number in the email message above so
I called her and asked if it was okay to post her email address. She
said it was okay. If you knew Todd, or know anything about his
death, please contact Heather.
A Family has asked us for our
I have now been contacted by another family member
concerning the death of Todd A. Gugluizza. The family has been
searching for Todd for many months and reading that he has passed
away on this site has been very upsetting to them. I am asking
anyone who may know anything about Todd's death to please get in
contact with Heather above or to me and I will relay that
information to his aunt. Here is what we know. On 11/2/05 I
was sent the following email:
"Hi my name is MM1 Jodi Smelser I was a nuke
on the Nimitz. I am currently stationed at SWRMC (formally known as
SIMA San Diego). EM1 Todd A. Gugluizza passed away 10/23/05. I know
he was on the Enterprise before he came to SIMA and I saw his name
on your site a few times. Someone found him in his apartment dead.
The command said his cause of death was unknown."
If anyone knows MM1 Jodi Smelser, knew Todd in San
Diego, knew Todd at SWRMC, or knows anything about what happened on
10/23/05, please share that information. I know many of you are
still on active duty and have connections within the navy (and
some of you who are great at investigating things in
I am unsure of when Todd served on the Big E, but
I do recall him making contact with me and sending in memories or
stories. I could not find them on the site, however. (If anyone
finds them can you email the page number.)
Talking the IB
To all of you guys who mentioned Mike O'Leary --
everyone in Rx Dept. on Ike knew who O'Leary was. He definitely was
a character and man, could he talk!! I was actually on the Ike
Reactor Basketball team with him...I kept the bench warm in case
anyone needed a place to sit.
Glad to see that Roger Lansing has checked in. Rog,
you definitely have one of the coolest jobs in the world!! I may
show up in Cooperstown one day.
Regarding "talkin' the IB" (as Joe B
mentioned), I would like it known that I am the originator of the
phrase, "Dwight Bites." James Funk was trying to think of
a way to replace "Ike" and to me it was
obvious..."Dwight". Jim Funk was a guy who was easily
excited, and I thought he was going to kiss me when I mentioned
replacing "Ike" with "Dwight." Jim Funk was also
a character. I remember he would check the lock on his rack about 6
or 7 times before he left the ship. He would then walk to his car,
think about the lock, and walk back to the ship to check it again!!
The "replacing" Navy terms with other
words used to crack me up! My favorite was when the guys changed the
name of the reactor to "the atomic pile."
You nucs are a strange bunch...
Mike formerly of Ike
That is a picture of Bruce Castleman. He was the
RMA from 82 to 85, then he was relieved by Sevald.
Did you guys realize that Sevald’s tour on
ENTERPRISE was his FIRST nuclear tour? He was Chief Engineer on the
John Hancock and then went through the pipeline to ENTERPRISE.
He stood his first underway watch in the plants
with me in 3 RAR.
AKA : "The Pig"
I was Googling "USS Enterprise " a while
back, looking for pictures of the E. I was checking out one
semi-official looking site and stumbled upon a short list of
nicknames for the ship. Included in the list was "The Pig"
I've seen numerous references to "The
Pig" on this site, and rarely (if ever) in a flattering light.
I kind of wondered when, where and how the shit got started. Back in
the mid 70s it was not used all that much, but it WAS there.
I still remember distinctly the first time I heard
the reference. It was early '75. I was down in 1MMR when one of the
non-nukes asked our LPO, MM1 Mike Bobof, if he thought we'd pull
into New Zealand. Bobo replied, " Naw, they'd never let this
Pig pull in there. We'd just f**k things up." From then till I
got discharged in '78 I only recall hearing it but only
I can only recall a handful of times when I used
this term myself. And let me tell you : when I used it, it was
definitely NOT a term of endearment! The few times I used it I was
irate to the point of yelling and throwing things. I don't think I
aimed my ire at the ship itself (which I honestly looked upon as
some sort of engineering marvel). I was usually pissed at some lifer
or (more likely) some inane bureaucratic policy that was coming
Well, I think I can vouch for the fact that the
term "The Pig" dates back to at least early '75. Wonder if
anyone out there remembers it from further back or knows when it
started getting wider usage.
More about Todd G.
Todd served in E-Div from 1997 to 2002. He checked
into this site on Page 6 and sent in a few words on page 17. We
would appreciate hearing more about Todd from his fellow E-Divers
and other shipmates. I would also like to share these memories with
Another Kind of RM:
Ram, I've reading your site since the start. I am
not an engineering type, I was an "RM" type, as in
radioman. I was on the enterprise 3/81-5/84. I was on the 82-83
westpac, crossed the line got the crap beat out of me because I was
a special case according to my LPO, my attitude was pretty bad
before the ceremony I thought it was all BS. Anyway one of my senior
cheifs was RM S Jerry whitworth, best friend of john walker.
Whitworth was on the 82-83 pac, currently in prison for 365 yrs
along with best friend walker. Please email me anytime; and arrrgh!!!
a good friend of mine worked in the plants while I was there. I
can't remember his I'll consult my cruise book and get back with
you, hope to from ya.
Note: I had no idea the infamous Jerry Whitworth was on the Big
E. No doubt one of the biggest scumbags in naval history. May he and
Walker burn in hell. Here
is something about the Walker case for you nubs.
More from Richard ...
Ram, I'm back. your site has really brought
back a lot memories to me, the "E" was the first of three
ships for me, the others were usns waccamaw Tao-109 and the USS pyro,
both of which are in the mothball fleet. I got out of uncle Sam's
navy after 15 and a half years in 1990. Anyway my buddy that worked
in the plants was mm2 or mm1 David Kettle's I believe his real first
name was Richard, he was on the "E" for six years. Even
though i had nothing to do with engineering you would be surprised
at how much you learn, the same goes for aviation, i had seen a
number of casrep msgs go out from us regarding the plants. The pyro
that i mentioned was a mess casrep after casrep. A fast cruise we
did in san diego on the pyro we were diw more than just a few times.
I lots of stories to tell the ones who were there in 1981 up at psny.
Hope to hear from someone that was there. email me anytime.
Weis Checks Back in ...
First, I have an email update. my name is Erich
Weis, i served on the pig from 98-02. My new email is firstname.lastname@example.org
not that any1 would ever want to talk to me again.
A few things I remember.. Darth Mallow, the stab
was the highlight of my day. Going down to watch and finding the
newest copy stuck in the logs was always a pleasure. Yella and his
FTN stickers that got our berthing repainted, he became a recruiter
and always some new 18 year old on his arm....damn you scott. Oh,
and taking his guns away after he broke into his ex-gf's house. That
prick ELT and his mole that always found lead bricks thrown thru his
windshield on the pier, haha. When we took over the admirals laundry
above the RE office and had our own washer/dryer for 2 weeks at sea,
so nice to wear clean clothes. Picnics in the plant during GQ. Crazy
Dave if you are still out there, best way to spend drills.
finally...The ride home from the 98 med cruise. The pilots where
putting on a play when the RMA, who was the EOOW at the time, called
down to 1 SWGR and had the SWGR op trip the breaker to the Fo'Castle.
When Dave got the order, he looked at me and handed me the phone to
confirm the order. I asked Charlie Brown to repeat the order and
sure enough, he wanted us to throw the breaker. After throwing the
breaker and wondering why he wanted it done, Charlie Brown (the RMA)
came over the 1MC and announce to the ship, that while the flyboys
get all the glory and praise, everything on the BIg E started and
ended with RX/Eng Depts. They could put on their plays, but only by
our good graces.
On another note, I knew Todd Guglizca (still cant
spell it) pretty well. He was a good guy and I am sorry to hear of
his passing. He took a lot of shit for always standing his ground,
but never backed down. He was one of the good guys, never mean or judgmental
and I hope he finds peace where ever he is.
Gerard Trahan Gets new Email Address:
change Gerard Trahan can be reached at Entersuvivor@aol.com
KP Note: Gerard, I can't find
you in the roster. What was your era?
Shane Moison Comes Aboard ...
Moison, Shane RM11 2001-2004 email@example.com