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Time Capsule (Part 1)

KP:

Here are a few patches I scrounged up and scanned.  I'm slowly putting some pieces of memory together into coherent thought (and finding incriminating pictures).  Some of the flashbacks I've been having involve:
  • The Albino Swine-o - natural habitat of the Bremello
  • The Party that cracked a house in half
  • The shed full of beer bottles
  • An apartment above bar in Alameda that a group of reactor pukes lived in - I can't recall the name but they had dart tournaments on Wednesday night as i recall.  I was also conveniently situated across the street from a Laundromat - Drink and spin
  • And the infamous "Arrgh gets out of the Navy Costumer Ball and Extravaganza" - I scrounged up an original invite, including hand drawn maps, but I'll let Arrgh send it in, since he owns the art.
As soon as i can dredge some additional details from the way, way back machine in my head, I'll send them along.  Enjoy these for now.

12/14/08

Booze Cruise

In response to Bill's message on 11/17, I remember smuggling most of a 1.75 liter bottle of Jim Beam on board just before the start of the 89-90 World Cruise. Steve Sturgeon, Chuck McMillan, and I were renting an apartment in Walnut Creek, CA and I had most of that bottle left when we had to pack up for the World Cruise. I just couldn't see throwing it out. I did, however, have just a little bit of Listerine left in one of those large size bottles. I poured the remainder of the Beam into the empty Listerine bottle (adding just a bit of water to lighten up the color) and brought it on the ship in my seabag. They never even searched the bag. Even if they did, I doubt they would have paid too much attention to the Listerine. When we were at sea on New Year's Eve, me and a couple of buds had us some Jim and Cokes. The smell must have permeated berthing, but no khaki uniforms came around. I imagine they would have found many offenders that night.

Marlin Quarberg

12/15/08

Christmas Greetings!

Hello Everyone, I was just amazed at all the people on Rammy's website, along with a lot of good stories.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

&

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Al Decker

12/16/08

Schmeg South Lives!

You gotta love (and hate) Google.  It lives!  Schmeg south still stands.  Thanks to Google Street view, you can now relive history!

Link

You'll probably have to cut/past this into browser.

Paul

12/16/08

Maurice Smith Has New Email

Please update my entry to

Smith, Maurice RM2 Plant, RM Div 1971-1976 smitty50@gmail.com 

Regards, //Smitty

12/16/08

More From Paul's Archives

So I found some additional stuff from the E years, squids from the past, underway photo's and those damn pictures Arrgh has been complaining about for 20+ years.

As my oldey moldy memory recalls, I was the firs post yard-pac RE to qualify shutdown reactor operator. It is kind of bitter-sweet finding this since on the one hand it was the highest watch station I qualified to, (although I was working toward WS) and on the other hand, it is a major contributor to my ultimate demise as a nuke. More on that later when i decide exactly how i want to phrase the story.

There was one other RE that qualified at the same time. so there were not many of us.

-- Paul O'Shaughnessy

12/17/08

Merry Christmas

KP, Earlier this week I was watching a re-run of JAG. It featured an aircraft carrier in the South China Sea on Christmas 1969. The story line was hokey, and the technical aspects of flight ops etc were laughable. However, it did pull at some nostalgic heart strings.

I've spent 2 Christmas's at sea. The first was Christmas 1963. My Dad, a US Army Sergeant, was being transferred to Germany. Our family spent about 10 days on the troop transport MSTS William O Darby. I was in the 5th grade, and me and my new friends had an absolutely GREAT time. The best of my new-found friends were the two Streeter brothers, who were about my age. Their father was also an Army sergeant. The North Atlantic can be a pretty rough place in December and this voyage was definitely no exception. When the weather got really rough, we were forbidden to go outside on the ships top deck. Of course, the three of us young boys took this as a challenge, and snuck out on the deck. Man, it was scary! The ship rocked back and forth violently, and the towering green waves seemed about to come over the top deck. Christmas Eve, we had a party around the big Christmas tree in the main deck lobby. All us dependent kids got together and sang Christmas carols. A totally awesome Christmas, especially for us kids. Via Christmas cards, my Mom stayed in contact with Mrs. Streeter for many years after. At least one of the Streeter boys joined the Navy around the same time as I did. I wonder if Christmas '63 had anything to do with that.

Christmas 1976 was spent on the Big E in the South China Sea. (I believe I wrote about it some place on this site.) It wasn't exactly the way I had thought I would spend that Christmas. After attending Midnight Mass, several of us went to the M Div office where we shared some food and drink while we swapped stories. Later, on Christmas night, I went up on the hanger deck and looked out at the moonlit sea. I thought back to my first Christmas at sea some 13 years earlier. This was a much warmer and calmer ocean that that first time, I was on a much larger ship, and I was wearing a uniform. But there were some similarities. I had just spent Christmas at sea with a bunch of really great military people. I somehow sensed from experience that, one day, I would look back fondly on the event. (I was right.)

I don't know where the Big E is this Christmas. If it's at sea, I hope the members of today's crew are wise enough to spend as much of the day as possible enjoying the company of their buddies. It might not seem like it at the time, but many years from now Christmas at sea (even on a carrier) will be a fond memory.

Merry Christmas, PP

12/18/08

Dave Brodzinski Comes Aboard

Okay Fellow Nuke, I was on the "E" 1971-1974. E division in power shop. I remember some of the people who sent in comments. Add my name and e-mail: Dave Brodzinski

DBrdznski@gmail.com

12/18/08

More From Paul's Archives

Mooj:

The Aleutian Island Yacht Club was a bit of an exclusive membership. It was the only place I every really felt the movement of the sea on the Big E, and for good reason. I can remember taking significant spray on the flight deck. Attached are some pictures of an underway replenishment done during that time. The ship next to us was an oiler drawing between 28 and 30 feet of draft. The ship outboard of her is a cruiser (i think) and was also taking on fuel. These are pictures of the oiler's bow diving and rising with the waves. I also have a few pictures of our plane guard playing peek-a-boo with the E. I have a few other Pics I'll send along, but these were pretty dramatic.

I also remember being out on the hangar deck and seeing lights of a town in the distance. I later found out that this was apparently the Russian Coast and that we had been within sight, kinda like Sarah Palin. Only our mission was to try and get pictures of the latest Mig.

Enjoy the photos and I'll send more soon.

-- Paul O'Shaughnessy

12/21/08

Merry Christmas 

Merry Christmas to all my fellow nukes, past & present (especially present). God bless ya'll (yes I'm from Texas).

Craig "skin" Forehand

12/25/08

Re: Biloy Beach Bottom Blowout

Hey KP,

I read the “Biloy Beach Bottom Blowout” story posted and 12-5-08 and laughed till I almost puked on my keyboard. I wanted to let that poor guy know that he is lucky he didn’t try that daring stunt (eating local food) when we visited Karachi Pakistan in 86. Do you remember that one? We had a guy who went as far as to drink some beverages in town. He got the Hershey Squirts which didn’t let up until nearly 10 days after leaving Pakistan. Try seeing how sore your ass gets after 10 days vs the 3 days that Pat experienced in the Philippines. These guys were really hurting and could not walk straight for some time. I was unfortunate to bunk near one of these guys. He had the top rack (of 3). No matter how much he tried, his sphincter could not hold it in when he exited his rack. When he hit the deck a nice size pile of shit would hit the deck at the same time. Fun times for all.

Seeing these guys waiting in line at Sick Call was almost as amusing as watching the sorry guys who forgot to wear a rubber in PI. Everyone pretty much stayed clear of that side of the ship during sick call.

Have a good one.

Bill Carter (former Truxtun Sailor).

12/26/08

KP Note: I must have been lucky because I was notorious for eating anything someone would buy and say, "Here, try this." I do admit getting Gravy after a PI Visit but I never got "days-on" sick. The worst I ever saw among my steaming mates was poor Dicko. He ate something in Mombassa that had him laying in a ball on the deck of the cattle tug that took us back to the Big E. He begged Myron Gyolai and I to kill him but we didn't. It took him days to recover and he literally shit his brains out for days. He told us later that was the most scared he ever was that he was going to die. Karachi was a bad place to eat anything. I won't mention the name here but most of the '86 cruise nukes remember an RC Div mate who died after contracting a rare blood disease there.     

More From Paul's Archives

You've heard (some of) the stories, seen (some of) the pictures, now see the invitation that started it all. An original copy has been un-archived, a scan of which is attached for your viewing pleasure.

-- Paul O'Shaughnessy

12/26/08

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(Click to enlarge this important relic in Big E History)

Looking for Info on Master Chief Neil

Ram. Do you have any info in your files about Senior/Master Chief Neil? A great Navy Chief. I will never forget him, would like to drop a line to his family if I'm able to track them down Reactor Four USS Enterprise. He saved our bacon more often than I can count….

Ron Ogan SDO MVS

12/31/08

Someone Looking for Assistance for F-18 Model

King Paul,

I am a modeler looking for some help. Curious if you or any of your “guys” might know of the weapons load carried by Hornets during Operation Desert Fox. I am building a 1/32 scale Hornet from the Ragin’Bulls and looking for accuracy.

Thanks

Robert

bgervais@tracy.govoffice.com

12/31/08

KP Note: Thanks for your email, Robert. I wouldn't know that information but several KP Site regulars were on that cruise and I posted your email address and will pass along your request. Besides our legendary debauchery we nukes have been known to be helpful from time to time:)

Tyler Montgomery Remembers a Typhoon ...

Howdy

Read the entry regarding rough seas and underway replenishment during the "Aleutian Island Yacht Club" excursion. Brought back memories of the first visit of the Big "E" to Sasebo, Japan in January 1968. Upon leaving Midway Island area we encountered a typhoon as we sailed to Sasebo. We took green water over the bow and received quite a bit of damage to the forward catwalk and bridle cones on the front of the flight deck. The Halsey (escorting us) had to leave to find calmer water in which to refuel. Enterprise and Truxton continued with the Truxton taking green water over the bridge. I'll try to find my cruise book and scan some of the interesting pictures.

Served on "E" May 1967-June 1968 #1 Rx Aux and April 1971 to December 1974 in #4 MMR

Tyler P. Montgomery MMCS(SS) retired

1/5/09

Kurt Pena Gets New Email Address

Hello,

Happy New Year! I will now be using the following email address:

kurtpena@comcast.net

Please update your address book.

Stay in touch, Kurt

1/5/09

Official Enterprise Association Reunion Information

Ram, I am attaching the information about the 2009 official Enterprise Association Reunion which will be held in Idaho Falls, Id in July of this year. I was asked by one of the hosts to get this out to any Enterprise sailors I know. What better way than through your site. There is some talk among some of us in the area (Dan Coyne, myself, Brad Davis, etc.) about trying to coordinate an Unofficial Enterprise Weekend to coincide with this event. As I get more details on both of these activities I will forward it to you.

Thanks, John Martin RL Division ('86-'89)

Download Info

1/6/09

Some Very Sad News About Keith Bersticker

Ram, I received an e-mail from Rob Cantwell stating that Keith Bersticker (former Reactor Officer) recently passed away. Rob may have additional details.

John Martin RL-Division ('86-'89)

1/6/09

KP Note: Captain Bersticker has been written about often on The KP Site. I, for one, had only good things to say about Captain Bersticker. (Actually, I'm sure he was made an admiral after he left the Enterprise.) He was The RO during my last year on the Big E. I had nothing but respect for him and was proud to serve in his Reactor Department.   

Clear The Decks and Hide your Women!!!! Clay Pulley Coming Aboard!

Hello this is Clay Pulley I was an RM 14 Mechanic from 1986-89. Please add my Email to your site thank you much and I enjoy your site keep up the good work. cpulley1@hotmail.com

Clay L Pulley

1/9/09

KP Note: It's about f--ken time, Clay. This site has only been up for about eight years ... Your many adventures have been discussed in the early pages of this site. Glad to finally hear from you after all this time. If you're still in Vegas drive down here to Phoenix so I can buy you a beer!

Greetings from a green shirt

KP,

This site is wonderful. I heard about it from a friend. I served in CVW11 during the 86 wespac. I will always have fond memories of the USS Enterprise and her crew. We may have gotten all the glory but we never forgot you snipes down in the plants busting your balls to give us power and steam. 

F. Doyle, Tulsa OK

1/9/09 

Hong Kong Tailor

Greetings again, I am sorry to take so long to post something new or funny. I remembered a time in Hong Kong, Every sailor gets new dress blues and shark skin whites. My friend George and I were no exception. I was fitted, given free drinks and got three sets of whites and one dress blue gabardine's. I was totally happy with my purchase. My friend George kept giving me much guff for paying 25 dollars for the dress blues. He was determined to out shop me and get a better price. Well he did. He paid 18 dollars for his blues. Damn did he rub it in. When we got state side I got out my dress blues complete with liberty patches. They fit fine. George put his on to find they were just tac sewed . Do you think I laughed at him trying to hand sew his blues together?

John Lovell 67-71

ljcl53@aol.com

1/10/09

KP Note: For some reason I loved Hong Kong. I'm not even sure why. There was just something exotic about walking a narrow street with millions of people crowding around you. I don't recall ever getting anything tailor made but I know many guys did. (Usually the more elitist types that would actually wear a suit someday). I recall my good friend "B-Dick" having a cashmere suit made for him for about $100. He was really proud of the thing and after we got out of the navy we went to college together. I don't recall him ever wearing the thing. It was too dorky looking. Speaking of which, on my last cruise (89 World Cruise) I actually bought silk ties in Thailand. I was thinking of my soon to be civilian life. I think I was on a tour of a silk factory (remember by then I had toned down on the drunken shenanigans and usually spent my port visits taking tours and actually seeing the places I was visiting). So anyway, 2+ years later I found the ties and actually wore one to some function. Mrs. KP just about died. She told me the thing was so out of style that it looked like I should be wearing a Beatles wig with it. It was also too small for me. It came down to about my 3rd button. 

Speaking of Hong Kong yesterday I was at the gym and I noticed (as usual) that every guy in there was tatted up. I'm not sure what these 20-somethings will do when its time to find a job. Styles do change and a full sleeve of tattoos may not be "in" when they are adults. I saw some guy with a cool dragon wrapped around his arm. "Hong Kong?" I asked. "No, Tempe," he said. Then I pointed to his tribal zig-zags. "Fiji?" I asked. "No Tempe," he said. Jack London once said: "Show me a man with a Tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting story to tell." Now days that wouldn't be true.       

Tom Malley Comes Aboard

Please add me to your e-mail directory.

Tom Malley RL 1977-1979 ctmalley@msn.com

1/10/09

REMEMBERING KEITH BERSTICKER

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Shellhouse Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Cerniglia officiating.

Mr. Bersticker was born in Toledo, OH to Herman and the late Wilma Bersticker. He graduated from Bowsher High School in 1967.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1971. He served with distinction as a nuclear engineer in the United States Navy for 28 years and retired with the rank of Captain.

In that time, he was decorated for his accomplishments as the chief reactor officer of the USS Enterprise, executive officer of the USS Virginia, and commanding officer of the USS Bagley and USS Long Beach. For the last 10 years, Keith worked as a senior technical safety advisor in nuclear power. Keith was an avid sports enthusiast and loved running, golfing, bicycling, and cheering for his favorite teams (Go Heels!). He also loved music and cooking.

Survivors include his loving wife, Beverely Smith Bersticker; father, Herman Bersticker, Toledo, OH; daughters, Kristen (Robert) Fox, Charlotte, NC, Laura (Brian) Justice, St. Simons Island, GA; son, Brian (Beth Marushak) Bersticker, Raleigh, NC; grandchildren, Nicholas Fox, Margaret Fox, Samuel Fox; former wife, Anita Bersticker, Elizabeth City, NC; brother, Neil (Carol) Bersticker; nephew, Paul Bersticker, Toledo, OH.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance, University of Massachusetts/Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, 333 South Street Shrewsbury, MA, 01545.

The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. Friday prior to the service at Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC 29801.

Please visit our online registry at http://shellhousefuneralhome.com.

Published in the Toledo Blade on 1/1/2009

1/10/09

More Photos from OShawn ...

Mooj:

Here are some other pictures from my Archives. Some of the names I remember and some escape me. My brain was, after all, under the influence of Arrgh!

[KP Note: pics out of order, as I uploaded them before I read message---and you guys know I'm too lazy to fix it.]

The first is a terrible, end of roll, picture of Jeff Froud. I'm not sure where. Its either in one of the MMR offices or in starboard side berthing maintenance office. I recall there was a small office/equipment storage on the ST side of the berthing area, one deck below.

The next is in Singapore, in a park where there were snake charmers.

The third is in Sasebo Japan and is of Tark and another MM whose name I can't dredge from history.

And the bonus picture...the E in Singapore Harbor.

All are from the 82/83 Cruise.

em2oshawn

Eric McCoy (One of our Earliest Shipmates) Comes Aboard!

Hello my name is Eric McCoy emacn65@aol.com was in the first division From 1962/65. Was a look out-helmsman-& side cleaner where I met a lot of guys from all over the ship. It was the great times. This is the picture of me @ the time I was on the Big E. I am still looking for old shipmates. I've been in the site& reading the stories & they are great & brings back the memories. I thank you for having the site for of us old timers..

< Fair winds & calm seas > 

Eric McCoy

1/13/09

More from Eric:

This is Cossio & me side cleaning. I hope you know him or some else does. I can't remember what part of the ship he was in. I do have some more pictures of the good times.

Thanks again.

Eric McCoy

 

Brian Martig Changes Email Address

Since I can't read or follow directions( I blame it on radiation and not prohibited substance abuse) you probably will lose my last email to the dreaded SPAM FILTER. This is Greeple from RM 1. Probably the only idiot to crash his Z-1 after a high speed (100+) tank slapper in the Alameda tube after a day of wine tasting in the Napa Valley. Please update my email address to: bmartig@cltcomm.net If you could also update my Big E incarceration dates; I would much appreciate it. I arrived by "Angel" Sikorsky with Willy T, B Maurice Smith and a few other ne'er do wells on Thanksgiving Day ' '71 from Subic Bay by way of Da Nang.. 4 years , 3 months and 6 uneventful days later; I unassed for Civ Street. Not that the number of days in your sentence was of great significance or that we even bothered to keep a count. When I first posted my dates I was winding down from another 3-11shift at Northworst Airlines. Same mental state as 6 on 6 off on Boiler level for the first 2 months of a cruise. Been there-Done that- Wore out the T shirt. 

Brian Martig RM1 ' 71- ' 76

Sam Perkins Comes Aboard

Hi,

Dan Fisher clued me into this website and it brought back a whole lot of memories. Please add me to the contacts list.

Sam Perkins EE30 1981-1985 sfperkins@gmail.com

1/15/09

Jeremy Clauser Comes aboard

KP,

I am a former Enterprise Snipe from the huggy-friendly 1990’s. I would like to update my time served there. I was onboard from 1999-2004. I am presently serving on USS George Washington in Yokosuka, Japan. I need some help from my fellow Big E survivors. I am trying to find an enlisted Enterprise belt buckle for myself to wear here, and I am also trying to find a mobile Chernobyl patch. I was wondering if you could direct me/help me get these few things. I never thought I’d want things from the pig, and now it’s 5 years later and I hate that I didn’t get them. I appreciate your help.

Sincerely,

EM1 (SW/AW) Jeremy Clauser

clauser@cvn73.navy.mil

1/18/09

Chris Cantley Comes Aboard

I worked in RC-22 from 2003 to 2007. My common nicknames were "Mr. Square Root" and "The Russian."

Oh yeah, and my name's Chris Cantley.

clcantley@gmail.com

1/20/09

KP Note: Hey, that was almost my nickname.... except mine was "Mr. Big Root"... Not sure why, though...

Some Great Pictures From The Early Days
King Paul,   Just a few shots from the 60's era of the Great Ship.
Rich Allen  R. Div., 1963 to 1967....
Enterprise1 - Pier 12 Norfolk just before switching coasts the first time.- 1965
Enterprise2 - At Anchor, Naples harbor 1964.
Enterprise3 - Making Knots in the Atlantic. 1965
Enterprise4 - At Leyte Pier, Subic at 0530. 1967
Enterprise5 - At sea with Philippine Sunrise. 1967
Enterprise6 - Pier 12 Norfolk - 1965 After Yard period NNSD
KP Note: Wow, Great photos! Above can be seen something many of latter-day tars haven't seen: 
1) a chief in dungarees (don't know year when chiefs changed to khakis--someone out there should)
2) sailors with simple nautical-themed forearm tattoos (unlike today's death-metal full sleeves)

Mike Wright Comes Aboard

Mike Wright

 M-div #1 MMR 1979-1982 

email: mejfwright@aol.com

1/30/09

More Hong Kong Memories ...

Hi all, I was thinking of a another true story to tell and remembered this one In Hong Kong. Most e-4 and above tried to get new camera and huge stereo systems while overseas. We were anchored out in the Harbor and damn it was rough seas. I remember a fellow sailor getting a very large reel to reel system. Damn this dates me. At any rate he got off the ferry boat and on the barge that was tied to the ship. He lost his footing and his whole stereo and camera went overboard. You know he was unhappy. 

John ljcl53@aol.com

1/30/09

KP Note: This reminds me of seeing "Smoking Joe" Miskall trying to get his [expensive china?] aboard and seeing it crash into a floating mess.

Ryan Jones Changes E-Mail

Ryan Jones

EM-11 2001-2005

Switched companies, e-mail is now RPJones@DukeEnergy.com

Thanks!

2/8/09

Steve Sturgeon Comes Aboard

Hi there! I just came across your website and was thrilled. It's been so many years that I've wished I could contact some of my shipmates again. Thank you for hosting it and for all the work you've done.

I would be very grateful if you could include me in the roster.

I was in RM22 from 1987 to 1991.

Thanks again so much.

Steve Sturgeon

stevesturgeon@verizon.net

2/9/08

Thank You for Your Service

KP

I got discharged on Treasure Island back in '78. I decided to stick around the Bay Area for a while, and somehow here I still am 30 years later. When I first got out, there were still a lot of military activities in the area, but those days are long gone.

The other day I was with a friend and co-worker. We were on a high hill that overlooked a large portion of the Bay. It was an awesome, beautiful, sunny day. We both opined that despite all the current drawbacks to the area, it's still a place of great natural beauty. Despite Pete being raised on San Francisco, he's fairly conservative and has a lot of respect for the military and it's people. Pete commented that he somewhat missed the days when you saw a lot of uniformed military personnel in the area. He said that since he sees so few people in uniform these days, he makes it a point to shake their hand and…. I finished the thought for him. I grabbed his hand and said, "Thank you for your service." Pete never served in the military, but he knew that I did. Pete got a far away look on his face for a few seconds, then a faint smile appeared. He grabbed my hand, gave it a firm shake, looked me in the eye, and said sincerely, "Thank you for your service."

Those who served in the 60's 70's and 80's probably didn't get thanked much (if at all) for their service. Most of us went in the Navy for a myriad of reasons, but I'm sure that one of them was to serve our country. Like most of the readers of this site, there were plenty of reasons I only did one hitch. One of those reasons was that I just didn't think anyone (except relatives) gave a damn what I was doing. Serving four years in the propulsion plants of a nuclear aircraft carrier doesn't compare to being a Marine Lance Corporal doing house to house searches in Iraq or Afghanistan. But hey, we did endure some miserable living/working conditions. We did take a serious pay cut from what we could have made in the civilian world. We (and our families) DID put up with long periods of separation. And let's face it, now that it's many years behind us, we're proud of what we did.

So today, when you see a young soldier, sailor or Marine in the airport, tell him/her "Thank You." (It matters.)

PP

2/9/09

Chiefs in Dungarees

In regard to the pics on page 57, the first and the last pic were taken alongside Pier 12 NOB in Oct. or Nov. of 65 just before we transferred to the West Coast. At 65 and removed that many years my mind is a little fuzzy. It is my recollection that all Chiefs were already out of the dungarees and strictly in the tans. It had to be a really nasty job before the engineers would strip off the tans and ho to the enlisted work uniform. I had about 5 years in the Navy at that time and it was a rare sight to see.

A jacking gear platform, forgive my terminology, I was a fresh air snipe, had to be moved and to say the least it involved all the repair rates in Engineering. It was one of those "HOT JOBS", which, of course, involved the Division Officers of "R", "E", "A", and "M". Affectionately deemed "REAM", if you get my drift. A LT. by the name of Mickleson (sic) involved himself into the task knowing what he was doing.. He was grease from his fingers to his toes. As I recall this became a time where a pair of Dungarees came in real handy. I served on the Puget Sound AD 38 in the early 70's and saw that metamorphous once or twice.

Hope that adds some light to your question. But please remember it was 44 years ago.

Rich Allen "R" - Div. May 63 - Oct 67 Richard

KP Note: I just remember seeing all the old WWII movies, where the chief always had on dungarees and wore a chief hat rather than a dixie cup. 

White Hat

Re KP Note (above): 

Just a bit of history. You are correct, it used to be just changing of the hat.

Our initiation used to involve burying the 'white hat' as part of the ceremony.

Selectee's: In a short time you will no longer belong to any officially recognized group. You will no longer be a participating member of the First Class Petty Officer ranks. And you have not earned the RIGHT to be addressed as or considered a member of the Chief Petty Officer's Mess. You belong to no other group than yourselves

Should any of you fail to complete the tasks required of you in the next 24 hours, you will be unable to return to the First Class ranks. And you WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED as a member of the Chief Petty Officer Community.

With these thoughts, I ask you to look back on your years of service, your sacrifices, your dedication, and lastly, the support and efforts each of you received from your peers, your junior sailors, your senior sailors and your family. For if it were not for all of these people, your transition to Chief Petty Officer could very well have happened next year, if at all.

Tomorrow evening is a long way off. A very long way off. Let us now focus on this night, this task at hand; This, the LAST time you will don and doff your white hat. Remember all of those who have gone before you - not just those of us who became Chief Petty Officer's, but the many who never did, and those who gave their lives for the Navy, the Nation, and their Shipmates!

More than 200 years ago, this nation founded, out of necessity, a Continental Navy that would enable the thirteen colonies to break free of the Monarch. And today, that Navy as evolved into the single most respected, powerful, and best manned Naval service in the World.

Best Manned. Two words that say EVERYTHING about our Navy. For without the tens of thousands of citizens who, voluntarily become Citizen-Sailors, all there would be is a large collection of very expensive hardware.

In July of this year, those of you here who were chosen for advancement to Chief Petty Officer, were recognized for your years of personal sacrifice, dedication, and teamwork. Tomorrow, you all will be proud. Tomorrow.

For tonight, right now, we pause to reflect. Not on ourselves, and our many accomplishments - no. We pause to remember… to remember all those millions who have served our Nation in this, our service, The United States Navy.

We look back on those first sailors, trained in the high British style, who chose instead to fight on the high seas with tactics and plans thought in those days to be ill-mannered and ungentlemanly. And of their very radical ideas for that age led to our nation's freedom.

We remember the Civil war, and it's senseless slaughter of countrymen, of father against son, and or the dawning of the steel sea vessels.

We remember the Spanish-American war, specifically, the sinking of the USS Maine just off Cuba.

We remember the Great White Fleet, and the 'Round the World cruise in the Name of Democracy.

We remember World War One - and the dawning of the Submarine Service and realization of the awesome power to come of the Airplane - The Aviation Service. And we remember the thousands who died fighting the Second Reich.

We pause to Remember World War Two - the most horrific and costly war ever waged by humanity - at any time. December 7th, 1941 - Pearl Harbor. Battleships destroyed while sailors slept. The war in the Atlantic, the U-boats, the Submariners and Merchant Marines who fought bravely to keep Britain and hope for all of Europe, alive. We reflect upon the Island Campaign of the South Pacific, and the dawning of the Nuclear Age with the Atom Bombs that ended the War on the teak decks of the battleship USS Missouri.

We remember Korea, and we remember Viet Nam. The Prisoners of War, the Air War, the Marines at Kay San. And we remember the Missing In Action - may they one day be returned to their loved ones for proper internment, and for closure.

And we remember those who gave their lives throughout the Cold War - the USS Scorpion, the USS Thresher, the Air Crews. And we remind ourselves of today's geopolitical developments, the young Sea-Bee shot and killed on the tarmac in the Middle East, the bombings of our Embassy's in Kenya and Tanzania, and most recently, the USS COLE.

Who we remember here tonight are those who went before us. They gave their very lives so that this nation, and the ideals that it stands for, would continue.

We remember those who trained us, grew us, covered for us when we needed it, and even when we were unaware of it. Those who tried with all they had, and never became "The Chief".

And lastly, we remember that for each one of you here tonight, there ore more than 20 Thousand First Class Petty Officers who would trade places with you in a heartbeat. Perhaps next year. Perhaps never.

For all of those who have gone before you, and for all of those who will follow you, tonight we remember.

Chambray Shirts Dungarees Bell Bottoms Sea-Bag inspections Sweepers-Sweepers Advancement exams. Do not forget!

DO NOT EVER FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM. Those you will lead, those who will FOLLOW you, you were once one of them. DO NOT EVER FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM!

It is time. One at a time, from the senior to the junior selectee, one at a time, step forward, pausing to remember.

Pause and remember. And as you remove this cover for the last time, each of you, in turn, will toss your white hat into the this final resting place, and in your loudest, most reverent voice, saying:

"I WILL NEVER FORGET,

I WILL NEVER FORGET,

I WILL NEVER FORGET!"

2/14/09

Paul Same Comes Aboard

Hi,

Could you please add me to the contacts list? I worked in RC14 from 1994 to 1997. Great site by the way!

Thanks, Paul Same pdsame@gmail.com

2/19/09

Stephen Gibson Comes Aboard

I was stationed on the Big “E” in the summer of 1974 between A school and Vallejo and worked in 1 plant. I don’t remember a whole lot of names from my time onboard, but if you can, add me to roster. I wouldn’t mind filling in some holes in my memories… Or making up new ones.

I remember the officer in charge of 1 plant while I was there was Ensign Savage. I remember a little more, like falling asleep in the reactor compartment while cleaning the lagging one time in port. And I remember my punishment for doing that was painting the big oil tank down there before I could go out on leave…

Thanks for the site!

Steve

Email: gibsonse67@gmail.com

2/22/09

Jim Johnson Comes Aboard

Hi, I'd like to get my info on your site.

Jim Johnson, "J.J." RL Div, Health Physics, 11/90 - 06/96 jimijohnson@verizon.net

Thanks for the site,

Jim Johnson

2/27/09

Lewis Sweeny Comes Aboard

Dear Sir,

While staying up on the Mooj, I noted that I have neglected to register my contact information. I was in 4 Plant, LPO in 1 Plant and LPO in RT div from '76 to '80, two west-pacs, a sweet-ass yard period and out! A charter member of the Ozone Rangers, I maneuvered under the alias of Helnous Repod, as a result of a typographical error on the part of our Olongapo shirt printer who couldn't spell heinous. Please use the Email address in the CC line, this is my personal address, not my work address, which this is being sent from.

For those of you monitoring my Email, this was sent on Saturday on my time. Thanks for the electrons.

Regards,

Lewis Sweeny

ducati.dude@roadrunner.com

2/28/09

NOW HEAR THIS-------NOW HEAR THIS---THIS IS NOT A DRILL---

Yes, pals, something big is coming your way! Well, big in the sense that it's big for me. I finished my first Mooj Book entitled Complete Enlightenment (which is basically all my old newsletters re-written, repackaged, and re-offending to most who will read them). It has been submitted to The Library of Congress and it has been officially copyrighted under my true name. (That way no one can steal all my good ideas again and make a movie .... and yes I am talking to you MIKE MYERS!) I doubt anyone will buy it (all 566 pages) so it will soon --maybe this week--be uploaded to my old Mooj.com website for FREE download. That way you can't complain how bad it is. 

I will also change Mooj.com into something slightly different (i.e., it won't be the same page it has been since 2003). LOOK THERE in a few days for something VERY BIG! VERY NEW! AND, sadly, JUST AS STUPID. It is basically a Hail Mary pass to save my languishing rock band. 

Rock on, Chotas!

KP 

...... AND NOW FOR THE NEW MOOJ.COM ......  (Forgive me, for I know not what I do).

Looking For A Mug!

Hello,

I served on the Enterprise from 86-88 doing the work-up and west-pacs (one was eventually called a World Cruise I think). Anyway, I am trying to locate an Item I bought in the ship's store that was broken. I can’t explain why it is important to me, but it is.

I am trying to locate a Shaving Mug style Coffee Mug. I am looking for one with the Gold Rim at the top. I would really love to replace it.

Any ideas as to where I can locate this item?

Thanks,

Jeff Price

revjeffprice@gmail.com

KP Note: I know the mug Jeff is talking about. If you have one or know where he can get one please help it out!

ORSE COURSE?

This should explain the good grades IKE used to get on ORSE.

Turns out 18 chiefs and a Lt jg. got busted swapping around the answer key to the ORSE exam for PPWS (equivalent of EWS on the Enterprise) Check out this Navy Times article: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/02/navy_reactors_022309w/

In my era (1980's) I never remember having to take a written exam during ORSE - Maybe it was a spot check thing and I always got lucky.

best, Peter (IKE Nuke)

3/1/09

Richard Wallen Changes Email Address

Ram,

Can I update my email addy to dandr@cox.net ? It is currently listed as ... . Thanks in advance and hope all is well!

3/1/09

Names from the past

KP

Checked up on the site this Monday and WOW, not just one, but TWO names from the past. Steve Gibson mentioned meeting Ensign Savage in 1 Plant in the summer of '74. I became a 1 Planter in late '74 and had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of then Lt(jg) Savage. He was one of those rare blends : Very competent watchstander, didn't think of us enlisted types as inferiors, hard partier when ashore, all around great guy. He hung out with a couple of other like minded officers, Lt(jg) Tripodi, and Lt(jg) "Dirty Leo" DiBenedeto. Our Navy hitch would have been a much better experience with more junior officers of their caliber.

Also good to hear from Lew Sweeny again. With this brain jog, I decided to send along a photo that includes the faces of a number of names already mentioned on this site. Way back on page 21, 4MMR Willy sent in a photo titled "Moons Over Olongapo" This picture was taken a short time after the M.O.O. picture, and is a testament to the fine caliber of fine sailors the Big E produced in the mid/late 70's.

Back Row :

Far left of picture, holding rum and Coke in one hand and San Miguel in his other hand, is the late, great 1 Plant RM, Markie Lebeauf, eulogized on this site. (Page 32)

The shorter of the 2 guys wearing glasses MAY be Mike Curl, mentioned in the" Mike and the Magic Glasses" story. (Page 34)

Clustered in the middle of the back row are four 1 Plant RM's including Willie May, Rick Ellenberger, and Jerry Vogt.

Middle Row :

Third person from left is 1 Plant RC "Big John" Carlson and his future wife Carol. Big John won the beer chugging contest mentioned in the M.O.O. story. The mug that Big John won is being held above his head.

Next to Big John is Don Bassey, 3 Plant RC. In the M.O.O. picture, the first moon from the left of the photo is mistakenly identified as Benton. Don recently fessed up to being that moon. As proof he said, "Look at the shirts in the 2 photos." Yep, the same shirt in both pix.

To Don's left is your humble narrator. I must have been celebrating the fact that I nearing one digit midget status. (In all honesty, I don't even remember this photo being taken, and saw it for the first time last year.)

The two people at the end of the row are 4MMR Willy and his future ex-wife Nida.

Sprawled across the end of the row is Lew Sweeny, celebrating the fact that soon he would no longer have to worry about being my LPO.

To quote the author of a story about C-130 aircrews in Iraq, "Where does America find such fine young men?"

PP

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Matthew Atkins Comes Aboard

I was on the Enterprise from the May-November 2006 deployment until August 2007 while on the Surge. I was then transferred to The USS Kitty Hawk, and then Cross-decked to the USS George Washington. I was In Engineering / E-Division (EE06). My name is IC3 Matthew C. Atkins, although I was only a FN while I was onboard the Big “E”.

V/R,

IC3 ATKINS, MATTHEW C.

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CVN 73

ENGINEERING / E DIVISION

atkinma@cvn73.navy.mil

3/9/09

Message From From Down Under!

G'day KP, I found your "Big E" site whilst looking for crew from the E and am hoping you can help me. I have several photo's of the E when she was in Hobart Tasmania AU 'round 1978 and was lucky enough to be a guest on board for a couple of days. I billeted a couple of sailors from the ship over the period the E was in Tasmania, late October, early November. I think it was on an Australian/US joint exercise called "Operation Kangaroo". I realize it's now 30 years since she was in Tasmania, but I'm trying to find these two guy's that stayed with me and my family at the time. One chap was Williams Hargraves or Hargroves, known as Billy and the other Marcus Korea (Mexican). I stayed in contact with Billy until a few years back and lost touch as I moved to the U.K. to live for 3 years. Now back in Brisbane AU. I have tried the ships site etc etc, and even writing to the US Navy. But have had no luck to date. I can't remember exactly what they did on board but I feel it was aircraft support of some type. Both these two chaps shared a cabin together. I distinctly remember a two berth cabin. If you could point me in the right direction I would be eternally grateful, as I would love to make contact again. I would be happy to forward the pictures of the E I have to you if you could use them. So many thanks, 

Hugh

araditop@gmail.com

3/11/09

KP Note: I'll do what I can to help you, Huh. If anyone knows these lads please have them contact Hugh!

OSCAR WINE!

Hi my name is Tonia, I found your site on accident. I was searching the net for info on a drink I had while in Pusan S Korea, called Oscar. A link to your site came up, I guess there is reference to the drink In a posted story, though I didn't find it. My ex husband was Navy and so was dad. I spent 8yrs around it and I miss it terribly. I've been part of the civilian world for just over 4yrs now and would give almost anything to go back to military life. Anyway I will continue on my search for the cheapo Korean wine I knew as Oscar. If you can help me in anyway just email me. Thanks Tonia

doxiedglvr@yahoo.com

3/16/09

KP Note: Dear God in Heaven, Tonia. Just thinking about that Oscar wine has given me a headache:) Worst hangover ever is all I recall about that stuff. And I wasn't alone. Pretty much all of RE berthing was complaining about that Oscar. But, someone out there must know where it can be found. Help out Tonia, someone!

Mark Krueger Comes Aboard

Hey, I appreciate the mooj site.

My name is Mark Krueger, I was on CVN-65 in RE-11 from 2000-2003. My email is persnipoles@hotmail.com

I'd love to be listed so that folks to whom I (e.g.) owe photo's can find me and kick my lazy butt.

Again, thanks very much for your trouble!

MK

3/17/09

KP Note: Always great to meet a latter day RE. 

JOBS!

Hello, I came across your website today and was just wondering when you posted this and how current the resumes are that have been uploaded to your site. I am a recruiter at Bechtel Power and we are always looking for some good people with a nuclear background. Thanks!

Amy Michaud, PHR

Bechtel Corporation

Human Resources

Power Global Business Unit

AMICHAUD@bechtel.com

KP Note: If you're looking for the best--you've come to the right place! (Just don't read any of the stories).

3/17/08

Hey Tuli,

I know it's been a while, but my email address has been changed to alex-kirk@sbcglobal.net

Would you update my address on the contacts page?

Thanks, Alex "Black-Cloud" Kirk RE02, 1980 - 1985

KP Note: Alex, I think you still owe me a story (nuke ejector seat)...

3/17/09

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!!!!

(Warning! This magazine should never be read by anyone unwilling to allow their intelligence to be grievously insulted)

 

An Apology!

I'm sorry I was really late getting this site updated. I have no excuse that I can think off so i won't even try to defend my tardiness. I'll try to be more vigilant in the future.

KP

Submarine Site

I don't know why it took me so long to have this simple revelation, but does anyone know if there's a website for submarine service nukes?

Most of my friends at Prototype went subs, and I lost track of them, would like to find them if possible. Wouldn't it be a kick to see a site like that linked with this one???

Dale Keys

3/17/09

KP Note: I know there are submarine blogs out there but nothing like 'this.' Some day soon we'll have every navy nuke found and linked to from this site. To be honest I am amazed at how many of our ex Big E shipmates we now have. This site has been up almost 10 years and still gathers the 'nostalgic name googler.' Finding old shipmates still brings tremendous joy to me. 

Cliff Olmsted Comes Aboard

Awesome site, I've visited just a few times over the years but truly a great online dopeybook.

Please add me to the alumni list with this email address cliffo@u.washington.edu

I was stationed on the Big Pig (term of endearment of course) from '94 to '98 in RE 3 plant and 2 plant (RE22 and 23? Jeez it's been a while). I'm sure I read your entries in the dopeybook at the time, it was getting full when I filled it out but at least went back to late '80s I think. If I could only remember who had the short timers belt before I did...Corey Wheatley maybe?

I knew Todd Gugluizza when he and I were stationed on the Big E back in '96 - '98 or so. He was in E-div. I caught up with him via email after I graduated college. I wondered what happened when he stopped corresponding. I am very sad to hear the news of his passing.

Cliff Olmsted

3/20/09

Joe Petrafassi Comes Aboard

Joe Petrafassi 

FazziBear1@hotmail.com

RC14 1989-1993

3/22/09

Steve Hall Remembers Eating Curry in Thai

Ram, I think I remember eating Indian food with you and someone else in Pattaya Beach. I'm pretty sure I was drunk but it was you. I think we may have been with Wayne Ray??? ANYWAY, 4 plant MM2 from Knoxville, TN. I lived on the ship in Alameda for a few months before the world cruise, stood mostly CTG's while underway and then finally ended up in the RM division office while in the yards at Newport News. Got out not a moment too soon in '93. You have a cool site going and I'll be sure to let anyone from the Big E that I'm still in touch with know about it.

Steve Hall

steha1@bellsouth.net

3/22/09

KP Note: I see that you already checked in years ago. If you want me to use this new email address I will. For now I'll just leave your old one up. YES! We did in fact eat Indian food in Pattaya together. I remember renting a room right by the water with Keith Shiver and we discovered that Indian restaurant just outside the hotel. I think I ate every meal I could there. They knew me by name.  

John Davis Comes Aboard

If you would like to add me to the Big E Rx alumni list, I wouldn't mind... I worked in RM11 from 1998-2002...good to see all the names on there so far, & if they ever decide to really go through w/ the decommissioning, I'll be sure to be there. Great website overall, & best wishes...

John Davis

bonjonthegreat@yahoo.com

3/23/09

More Memories From John Lovell

greetings again, It is good to see so many people interesting in this site. I remember the bars in PI, the sight seeing in Hong Kong, Rio was the most fun place. The Navy became much more fun after I turned 21.I remember the games with 6 dice to see who pays for the drinks in Alameda. I remember the good times when San Francisco was a straight town. I know life goes on but for the guys that are in now, enjoy life. Have fun while you can. I am now an old man, but damn did I have a time

John Lovell EM-2 Power shop 67-71

3/24/09

Brett Thompson Comes Aboard

KP, As you know I have been lurking in the shadows of this fantastic site for years. The time has come for me to sign up. I did 3 tours on our ship and loved everyone of them. She is the sole reason I was able to stay in Hampton Roads for 19 years and never get detailed to the dreaded instructor duty billet. When the detailer told me I have nothing for you but prototype and power school I would say what do you have available on Enterprise? There was always a fill on her and why I don't know because as far as I am concerned she is the best ship ever to set sail. I look forward to sharing my sea stories and hopefully getting in contact with some old friends. It's great to know that even after the old girl is gone in 2013 this site will be here to keep her in our memories. KP thanks again for this site and everything you are doing.

Brett Thompson

brett1515@cox.net

3/28/09

Ens. Carroll?

Hey Ram, long time. Remember Ensign Carroll? Well, it's now Capt. Carroll, and FORMER CO of the USS Port Royal CG-73, which ran aground at Pearl Harbor in February, after coming out of dry-dock. Millions in damages to the ship and a reef.

The attached link has a photo… It's him! http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/02/navy_cruiser_relief_020909w/

I remember him as a nice guy, but not very technical. Well, that was my opinion 20-odd years ago!

Bill N.

4/2/09

KP Note: Yes! I totally remember Mr. Carroll! He was a great guy and I enjoyed standing watch with him. I was very sad to read about his dismissal. Mr. Carroll stood watches in 1-plant, right? I seem to remember him there. 

Twisted Genius?

You, sir, are most definitely a twisted genius. I, for one, have read and laughed at the newsletter, especially the parts about the Menthol man and steamin. How do you do it?

I've tried to get a few people I thought would appreciate your humor to check it out. Hope you get a few more fans.

Arrgh!!

4/7/09

KP Note: Thanks for the kind words, Arrgh! You will always be the Menthol Man in my book:) [Did you notice the padded cell effect in the background.... again, only a true Arrgh fan would know about that.] I haven't heard from Steamer so I hope he was okay with me using his 'picking' photo. I had saved it for years to use in such an application. My brother in law (the one who sent me a Happy St. Patrick's' Day greeting with his image) still hasn't seen that he too was signed to a MHVSEE contract. IF YOU (the average KP Site Reader) would like to be signed to a MHVSEE record contract, send in a photo of yourself doing something and I will use it if I can (or modify it so that it totally offends those that know you). Sadly, my shameless ploy to plug the Psychedelic Mooj (through this devious back channel) isn't working too well. (Yet.) 

To all those of you who have enormous bandwidth at your disposal.... download my book...PLEASE! Only 6 copies have been downloaded so far. Now you know why I didn't bother to try and sell it. 

Jeremy Hilgeford Comes Aboard

Hello, I was on Big E from Feb 2004 till June 2008 in RM14 and RM03. This email address is okay to list. Thanks,

Jeremy Hilgeford

Jeremy.Hilgeford@dla.mil

4/9/09

Google Earth

Dear K.P. and all other former squids, I did something the other day that helped explain my time in the Navy to my wife and kids. I put markers on the places I lived or visited while in the Navy on Google earth and included in the marker when and why I was there. The family loves it, we look up the pictures on Google Earth and some articles on Wikipedia. It is impressive to look at the website and see all of the markers and to be able to say I was there and what I thought of the place. Some are a hazy now (some were back then too). 

Happy Easter 

Bill Class of 8301 Section 1

4/10/09

Looking For Nukes

Hello Mr. William,

I write you as a result of stumbling across your site: http://www.mooj.com/nps.htm

I'm a former Nuclear Plant Engineer trying to find a few good Nukes looking for work. I'm also a Kings Point graduate (USMMA) and former Navy Reserve Officer. I have such respect for the community and am trying to find the right way to connect with the Nuke aftermarket.

Specifically, I am recruiting for my company and would especially love to find any EM's. I'm not sure if you do this sort of thing, but please forward to any such circles of people who might be looking for a job. We are ready to fill the position very soon. Don't hesitate to have anybody call me directly. Thanks very much.

Sincerely Yours,

Gregory

Gregory Dennis Sachs, PE

gsachs@empowerces.com

4/11/09

Scott Benham Gets New Email Address

Scott Benham 

Butterham@gmail.com

rc11 83ish-aug87

4/14/09

From Russ Maxwell ...

I thought that I would share these with you. These were all received today (4/29). The decommissioning date (or year) talked about in here is not much if any different than what I thought I remembered hearing sometime ago. I had it in my mind that ~2011 was the targeted decommissioning. Anyway, I thought I'd share these with you. I did not inform anyone attached that I was doing this. I am not sure how they would feel about being published on your terrific web site. Perhaps sharing the news article would prompt a boat load of new communications from former "Big E" nukes.

Rusty Maxwell RE Div 1981 - 1985 Goodyear, AZ

Apr 5, 2009, Navy Times

The aircraft carrier Enterprise, aging and one of a kind, may be out of the fleet sooner than expected. …

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said he intends to get the required congressional dispensation to decommission the ship in 2012 or 2013, taking the flattop fleet down to 10 ships for a few years until the Gerald R. Ford comes online. That’s expected in 2015. … “We really need to take Enterprise out of service,” he told Navy Times. “That ship is old, and it has served extraordinarily well. It has served longer than any aircraft carrier in the history of the United States Navy. And it’s time. She’s safe. She’s going through an availability now. But Enterprise deserves to go to pasture.”… Roughead said CVN 65 will deploy one last time — and then that’s it. … Big E’s age and number of reactors — eight — mean the decommissioning process will be long, labor-intensive and expensive. … While Beltway insiders are speculating on an eventual reduction in the carrier fleet down to nine, Roughead said doing without the Enterprise will be feasible until Ford joins the fleet. … “We have looked at our carriers and carrier schedules to meet the presence requirements from combatant commanders. And because of the Fleet Response Plan we can do it with 10 carriers,” he said. “I do believe that our carrier force of 11 is what the nation and the Navy needs to fulfill the presence requirement and the response requirement.”

"Looks like there won't be a shortage of razor blades in the near future!"  Mike T.

"Wow………we should plan a retirement party in 3 years! Bill T.

"All, It will be a said day indeed. I guess I will have to scam the USNR out of one more free 2-week trip on the Pig before it decoms. I got to ride it for 2 weeks back in 2003. I also managed to con my way into working for the Reactor Department while onboard. I was playing Officer in Charge of an Air Det that was looking for adult supervision. Couldn't understand why the Air Boss didn't want me out strolling around on the flight deck while they were handling planes. Go figure. He was more than happy to call Rx Dept to see if they could use me. They were not overly thrilled to get me because they didn't know what to do with me. While the RO was contemplating my background and fate, who should walk into the office but ET2 "Flounder" Harris (now LCDR Harris). After giving each other grief, he vouched to the RO they could use me in the plants to do some auditing. I was deemed worthy of a TLD and sent to work. I couldn't believe how much the MMR and RAR had shrunk in the 20 years since I last darkened the spaces. But no matter how much I tried to con them into it, they wouldn't let me draw a primary or steam generator sample. Also wouldn't let me stand the Throttles Watch even after I showed them my Enterprise Driver's License sighed by Joe Gorman (CDR Gunboat). On a side note, if any of you "quitters" (since you didn't dig the navy enough to join the reserves after active duty) are interested, the USS Enterprise Association is having their annual convention out here in Idaho Falls this July (15th-19th) this summer. A couple of us "has been nukes" who still live in the area are trying to host an "unofficial" Nuke party (i.e. Kerry Briar, John Martin, Dan Coyne). Other former losers that live around here include Jeff Duplessis, Fred Hiriamma and Steve Johnson, just to name a few." Brad

I’d like to see the Tunaprise one last time. Wayne

"Can I get the picture from underneath the mimic of either reactor vessel in 3 plant? Rory

John Mills Comes Aboard

John Mills 

EE03/EE04/E-3 Div 2001-2006 

slim.mills@gmail.com

5/1/09

Book Downloads Gone Crazy!

Hey, all you chumps ... (er, I mean champs).... thanks for downloading my free book! Since I asked you to do so a few weeks back a total of TWO more were downloaded. I'm up to 11 downloads now. Geeesh. What pals you guys all are!! 

KP

5/4/09

Help Needed, Shippies ...

Accidentally ran across your site, and I'm an Airdale (VA 95 Green Lizards) who was on the Big E for the '89-'90 World Cruise. I'm trying to find out the longitude at which we crossed the line for the Shellback initiation.

Hope you can help!

God bless Ozzie

4/23/09 (sorry ... I missed this one in my pile...better late than never, right?)

KP Note: I was there but don't know. Someone out there does so can you send in that info? Thanks!

WC Downloads The Book!

KP,

OK. You can feel better now. I downloaded your book. Now I need to try to figure out what it is about. Sorry to hear the news about the Pig getting set to be decommissioned. You know it is surprising to me that they waited this long. I remember talking to people on the Enterprise when I was in PI. The main topic that always came up was how incredibly old it was and all the problems they were having with some of the reactors. That was in the 86 Westpac. I don’t imagine things have gotten much better. Do you happen to know if all the reactors are still operational?

By the way, I am planning a trip to PI in the next few months. I want to see if any of those bars in Subic City are still around. I know that Olongopo got cleaned up, but I am not sure about the surrounding areas.

Have a good one.

William Carter

5/6/09

KP Note: Thanks for getting my book. I'm up to 17 downloads now. Maybe if I send each of you deadbeats a ream of paper and two ink cartridges you might download my opus grandee. Gee, guys. Don't make me feel like my life may have been in vain.

Also, Bill, please send us some pics of modern Olongapo when you can. As far as what is operational on the Big E I don't know. One of you anonymous crew members can send that info to me and I'll post it. I'm guessing all plants but 4 are broke dick. 4MMR was the only plant worth a damn (now I know this woke some of you up).

What? You were up all night with the Heebee-Geebees? So was I; and thus, those of you who seek outrageous insult can now read the fruits of my labor. Yep, I wrote a new PMM Magazine:

Thanks!

KP, I just downloaded your book.   

Greg Hayes (not a nuke, just some lurker that reads your navy site). 

5/14/09

I WILL BE THERE... Will You?

There are about 10 of us who blood pledged to be at the decommissioning of the ENTERPRISE whenever and wherever it occurs.

You can bet that if we get a good list of folks going …. we could get onboard with help of the Leading Chief of Reactor Department.

Let’s all make a blood oath to support the old girl on her last day. With all the connections we have here, we should have no problems knowing the day 6 months or more early.

Make a vow …. be at her decommissioning NO MATTER WHAT.

5/14/09

KP Note: Add my name to the list; I shall be there.

USS California Decommissioning

KP, I see the Enterprise is looking at decommissioning in the not so far future. I took a few minutes and listened again to the Decommissioning Speech of my ship, the California, delivered by her first C.O. RADM. Floyd "Hoss" Miller in 1998. Hoss was a Nuke and he gave a great speech and got a little emotional. The speech is about 21 minutes long but it is worth it. 

Bill

http://www.geocities.com/schetroma/Miller.html

5/16/09

John Hager Comes Aboard

found your web site thru the Big E Facebook.
 
I was on board from July 81 - July 87 (minus 10 months down in San Diego for C-7 School).
 
I have spent the last couple of days reading thru the Sea stories.
 
I didn't see the story of how Lt. Schlong got his nickname... Yes I know how, I just can't remember the MM who lost the bet!!!
 
I also remember shortly after arriving on board that one of the ET's standing LRPT was bet that he wouldn't drink a cup of Mung.
After a significant amount of money ($50??) he promptly picked up the cup and slammed it down. Pretty much everyone in EOS hurled except for the ET.
 
 
 
John Hager
aka - Sammy Hager
RC23, RC14

sammyhager@comcast.net

5/16/09

One More Shipmate Will Be There

KP -

Realizing the E's end is nearer than I want to admit makes me think about a trip I made to go see the old Nuke School in Vallejo. How incredibly depressing that was! Not that it was any glorious destination in 1975, but it is only a stray match or a tossed cig away from completely leaving this world. Broken windows, chained doors, and a scant few opportunities to peer in and see what's left to validate the memories. The barracks are long gone.

I don't want my last view of the E to be what I see in my razor. I'd like to see her on her last day. Count me in.

Jim Carrel MM2, RM-22 1976-1981

5/16/09

Christopher Blinson Comes Aboard

Just wanted to be added. EM1 Christopher W. Blinson RE-11, RE-22, RT-00 Feb 2004 till Aug 2008

Thanks

BTW check facebook there's a bunch of us

christopher_blinson@yahoo.com

5/16/09

KP Note: Yep, I'm finding lots of fellow shipmates on Facebook. Friend me all you swabbies (I'm listed under Bill Tuli). 

Jim Hancock Comes Aboard

I was on the big E from 1980 – 1984 in RL div.

Jim Hancock

jhancock@nc.rr.com

5/20/09

Jim Tarkowski gets New Email Address

Please update my e-mail. I left Enterprise in 1984.

It's been a few years for me. It's weird to see the names...

Jim Tarkowski

jim@cprnuke.com

5/20/09

Sean Culpepper Comes Aboard

Hello, sean "pep" culpepper 1990-1994 RC 14

I'd love to be included on contact list. Thanks for your time and effort.

Pep

sn.culpepper@gmail.com

5/20/09

Say What? Move Along to Page 58? Count Me in, Bro.

 

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