|Wow! Sixty pages. Who would have thought we'd have so many
sea stories in us? Please keep 'em coming.
Bill Dowdy Comes Aboard
King Paul, Please add me to your glorious list of bottom feeders. Contact information is William E. Dowdy, Jr. (Bill) MM1 USS Enterprise CVN-65 RL Division Crew A ELT PPWS 1990-1993
roadhp on nukeworker.com
Thanks, and great site!!
Thomas Christ Comes Aboard
Hi King Paul,
I don’t think we met. Or did we? My memory of names is terrible; but I remember the events and places.
Thomas John Christ
Please put me in the list.
Right now I’m living in New Berlin, Wisconsin (just outside Milwaukee county) and work at Ellsworth Adhesives as their Corporate Database Administrator/Programmer. I am married to Lori for 20 years and have no children.
The guys seem to remember me with my cars. I had a 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Mark 1 for most of my time on the Enterprise and bought Chief Don Heacox’s 1978 Camaro just before leaving to the civilian life. From there I moved to a 1986 Pontiac Fierro, 1985 Buick Regal Coupe LTD, 1992 Buick Regal GS, 2002 Monte Carlo, and currently a 2007 Monte Carlo (I’m obviously a GM man).
Thanks.KP Note: Thomas, I do remember you! I was just a nub when you were on your way out.
Jeremy Hilgeford Changes email Address
Can you please remove my email address "firstname.lastname@example.org" and replace it with this yahoo.com address? Thank you,
KP Note: You bet I can!
Allen Bobbitt Comes Aboard
Please add me to your list. Allen Bobbitt, #1 MMR, 1974 - 1977
Word has it that you're Bored, Tired, and Run Down by the crap they call music these days. Have no fear! The New Psychedelic Mooj CD is now available in time for Christmas. Download it now!!!!!!
Downloads are available on iTunes, eTunes, Amazon, etc. for the usual amounts. But YOU--shipmates that you are--can download this gem for only $5 on CDBaby. We would have given it away if we could. But our record company says we can't. So we sold it for $5. That's almost free. Hell, you couldn't even get a beer for that in most places (happy hour excluded). My 16-year-old son is on the drums and he blew my mind. This album was 2-years in the making and I feel it is the best we've ever sounded. PLEASE Review this album after you listen to it.
KP--ever so humble (and hoping to sell some Analog Soup to ya).
How did we ever miss this?
Former ENTERPRISE Reactor Mechanical Technical Assistant (RMTA) ….
SC CO fired, charged with solicitation
The commanding officer of Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C., was arrested Tuesday and accused of trying to pay a prostitute $20 for oral sex, police said.
Capt. Glen Little, 55, was immediately relieved of command and reassigned to administrative duties with Navy Region Southeast, said Scott Bassett, a spokesman for the Navy base.
Little, who is married, was charged with solicitation of prostitution, a misdemeanor, court records show.
Little was arrested about 9:30 a.m. after he allegedly approached an undercover police officer in the parking lot of a strip mall in a residential section of North Charleston about one mile outside the gate of the Navy base, according to a police report.
After circling the area three times in his Dodge Durango, Little allegedly motioned for the undercover police officer and asked her if she wanted a ride, the report said.
The officer said that she did not need a ride and asked Little if he wanted “business,” the report said.
Little allegedly told her that he wanted “business,” specifically that he wanted to pay her $20 and used a term that police considered to be solicitation for oral sex, the police report said.
Little asked her several times if she was a police officer, the report said.
Little asked the officer to get into his car, but she suggested that he pick her up behind the strip mall, the report said.
He agreed and began to drive toward the back of the building. At that point, other officers involved in the sting operation stopped Little’s car and arrested him, the report said.
Little, reached at his home on Thursday morning, declined to comment on his arrest.
About 13,000 people work at the weapons station, including contractors and civilians, Bassett said.
Little, originally from Oregon, enlisted in 1972 and was promoted to senior chief petty officer before receiving a commission as a limited duty officer in 1985, Navy records show.
Little was the third commanding officer to be fired in January.
John Flood Checks In
Hey King Paul
I guess you were a bit after my time on the big E. I came aboard in 1969 by way of Clark AFB just in time to head back to the states (by the time I got to Subic & aboard the Enterprise it was maybe 19:00 & 08:00 next morning we headed back). Left in January 1972 pretty much the same way. Off to Clark for 3 days TAD waiting for a flight home while the Enterprise sails off home. I'd of preferred the nice sea voyage home but by then I'd developed a pretty good bad attitude & I'm sure everybody was glad to be rid of me.
I saw a post somewhere in the 60 pages from Tim Stanley & wondered who the hell he was. Finally figured it out that it was MISTER Stanley & then recognition hit. The stereo in the RC Shop is one of the stories I tell my kids. The stereo itself belonged to Lew Bielmann ( I'm pretty sure I've spelled his name wrong). It was an 8-track for a car. I think he got it in Singapore but I'm not sure. We had this massive power supply that easily ran the thing. There was one officer who "knew" something was going on, but we never got caught during my time there.. We'd be in the shop working with the stereo cranked pretty loud & the door would fly open & he'd stick his head in and look around. It happened so often that we got so used to it that we'd hardly look up. The interlock had to be manually reset so it was safe if they came in & shut the door.
My GQ station was the shop so drills were no different then a normal day. One time during GQ we were all just lounging around shooting the bull & smoking (smoking lamp NOT officially lit) and the XO walks in. I'm thinking "Oh shit, we're dead". anyway, he looks around, pulls out his pack & lights up & shoots the shit with us for a few minutes.
One time before my bad attitude was fully developed, I was selected as "Reactor Dept. Man of the Month" (can you imagine?) I had this scruffy beard (looked like transplanted pubic hair) & I'm up at the XO's office, I think it was, for an interview to pick the "Enterprise Man of the Month". I was sitting up there in my wrinkled (wtf, senior moment, jeans & blue shirt uniform), my crow peeling off, long hair, scruffy beard & all these other guys with proper whitewalls, clean shaven, pressed uniform. The interviewer took one look, we chatted a bit about what I did etc but we both knew there wasn't a chance in hell.
Anyone remember: ??? Redman - in search of the nickle knobber "Control Equipment" Hurd Joe "Z" Zamora Mr Shell
Man, I could go on & on. Anyway, put me on the list.
John Flood email@example.com
RC Division - RC Shop/3 Plant 1969 - 197211/21/10
Kenneth R. Hall Checks In
Kenneth R. Hall
Power School: Orlando
Prototype School: Ballston Spa, NY
Reported to USS Enterprise in 1995, while work was being finished in Newport News.
I completed my tour of duty in 1999
Perry Williams Comes Aboard
That's Right! I'll Remind ya again :)
Merry Christmas From Dr. G
Just wanted to relay a very merry Christmas and hopes for a prosperous, safe, and happy New Year to my Navy Nuke comrades from the Big E. I spent 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974 Christmas' on the ol' girl and looking back at those days we missed our families immensely but seemed to get through the season with laughter and lots of good food sent from home - sent to us weeks before by friends and family. Christmas of 1971 saw the Big E in the Indian Ocean in total communication blackout and darkened ship night-time maneuvering for the War of Bangladesh. We were at sea for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year without a single in-port period. Our mail was back-logged in Subic with no mail-cod delivery until Christmas Eve - those poor deck apes hauled mail almost non-stop for all of Christmas eve and Christmas - we must have had 6 to 8 mail calls a day for those two days. It was a plethora of packages that were shared by everyone in the divisions. We played board games in the RE Division office with the multitude of games clandestinely saved by Ed Fiegler, CL Turner, and Bob Olsen above the vent ducts in the office, laughed, and had a great time relaying how each one of us would be spending the day back in our home towns - it was truly a scene from a Irving Berlin or George Cohan all-American GI musical................but I remember it fondly to this day. Good friends long gone; some have died, some are lost in the shuffle of getting back our "normal" lives when we got out...........gentleman, you were all the best of the best, I think of all of you often and fondly. While we served our country we also made some lifelong friends and even longer memories..........thank you all for your service.........Wishing you all the best and praying for peace !!!!
PS ( I said "gentleman" loosely, only because it was an era of non-female ships - and hell, many of my collegues never were gentleman in the first place, and that's why we got along so well.
EM2 Goldilocks Fuller forwarded this to me (I think):
Dear Former Shipmate,
As of today the US Navy has rescinded your discharge granted during the terrible days of SRA '86, when you and about a dozen of your Reactor Dept. shipmates ran up to the Chaplain's Office to declare that you were "gay." This is due to the end of DADT. Yes, now you can proudly serve. According to our records you still owe the US Navy three years. Please repack your sea bag, get a haircut, and report to the nearest Navy Recruiting Station. Tell them that you are being re-assigned to The USS Enterprise (CVN 65). If you are too fat, don't worry. We'll re-instate you in MMCM's Chub Club.
BMC (SS/SWF/DADT) Bohica.
NOTICE TO LURKERS and Bloggers, who
keep linking to this site:
Hey, all you "Namby Pamby" thin skinned whiners.
This site is for ex-sailors ONLY. Please stop complaining
about the material on this site. It does not concern you if you did not
serve upon a sea-going naval vessel that may or may not have had nuclear
propulsion. This is 'our pond' so stay out.
Jake Ervin Comes Aboard
Just found this site by accident today, and have spent HOURS reading through it! OMG! Terms I had not thought of in years, like DINQ....
Maggie Hayes Gets New Email
Just wanted to update my e-mail address:
Maggie (Hayes)(Rittenhouse) Kappler--Don't judge me on the variety of surnames, you were young and stupid once-or twice- too!!!!
PS-YES, I qualified Load Dispatcher!! One of the first chicks on the Pig...but not THE first.
Mike Davenport Comes Aboard
Mike Davenport RM-14 1988-1992 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey King Paul, are you still keeping the Big E website up and running? Dave Taylor RL Div 1979-1983
KP Note: I am ....
I'm sure you've seen this already. Why couldn't we've had a CO like Capt. Honors when we were on the pig, instead of Rocky the Flying Douche-bag? Sounds like the kind of guy who knows how to have fun, so unlike most of the career-minded khakis I ran into while in the navy and definitely unlike the stick-up-the-asses out of the academy. I hope he has some friends in high places to protect him from the raping the PC Gestapo will surely want to give him and his career. Capt. Honors, I don't know you, but I wish you the best.
|Hey Mr. Tuli,
Not sure if anyone has run this by you, but this document is a very detailed report of what happened on the ship that year. It's great for pinpointing exactly when certain things happened. (and testing your memory)
If you change the year in the URL, you can get other reports.
Psychedelic Mooj Press Release!!!!
|Chase Halpin Comes in
Hi my name is Chase Halpin since you were on the ship " BIG E " did you know anyone by the name Eugene Halpin because that is my grand father and he was on the "BIG E " too. Please email me back at: email@example.com
Jan 17, 2011
Time Stanley Comes Aboard
Attached is my RX driver’s license. Plz note it is signed by George Davis and Chief Gray, he was head of reactor training. The question I have is note that the date of December 1970 while correct is apparently inconsistent with the serial number of 4-128 since my roommate, Ed Murach qualified in April and has a lower number! I wonder if anyone knows how to decipher the number. I see that a more recent one, note this one still has beehive radar on top, looks like a date?
I also enclose a recent photo of me and Pete Hekman Engineer 1971-1975. He was a good boss for me and a very good friend. Note he still has his engineers paper brains/big wheel green note book with him! Not bad for a guy pushing 80.
I also enclose a more recent photo of me ‘at work’. That is me sitting on the throne of power. Who said lawyers cannot have some fun. Then again it might be a result of irradiated brain cells.
@Dr G, seems our memories tend in the same direction, the bad is gone and the friendship remains.
Story for RT Flood, a 3 plant RPO ET2 Abarr as I recall. Beard, not a distinguishing thing back then, glasses and smoked a pipe. It seems he was always making stick men out of pipe cleaners. One of his pieces of art had the guy sitting on one RPCP toggle switches with the toggle switch coming out at a critical point on his anatomy. Another was the infamous pull rods to the sky stickman. The shim switch handle had a simple set screw that held it in place. He unfastened the handle and rotated and repositioned it 90 degrees so it looked like the shim switch was in the full shim out position. He then had his stickman attached to it looking like he was holding it in that position. I wonder what he would have done had the need to shim one way or the other had occurred while the handle was off. Of course we never thought of things like that!!!!
|Help a Future Nuke Out
I'm not writing to you to submit a story, but I'm actually looking for some insight into the navy nuke program. I'm currently enlisted in the DEP program as an AV, going in as an E3. However, I've become interested in the nuclear program and want to make sure I'm not missing out on an excellent opportunity by not going the nuke route. I already know I'm qualified. I aced the ASVAB with no problem, and have nothing in my background that would disqualify me. My concern is that many former nukes seem to love the benefits they got from the program, but recall having hated their time in the navy actually performing the job. I'm interested in the field because it offers excellent technical training, quick advancement, and great bonuses. I also love learning, but I'm worried that, by going the nuke route, I might be sacrificing quality of life while I'm in. Any insight or advice you could offer me would be helpful. Thank you for your time. -
KP Note: I was never sorry I did time in the nuclear navy. Other's here may disagree but I doubt many would. Good luck!
My question to all is how do you translate 4-128? My roommates with an effective date in April was 4-120. I tried alphabetical since we did not get these until may of 1971 that maybe the 128 vs. 120 had to be alphabetical but could not think of enough people to qualify as PPWO to make up the difference, and what does the 4 stand for since he neither of us stood watch in 4 plant. We were after group groupies. There was a difference then and suspect there still is.
Also note the effective date of Dec. 3, 1970 was a ‘provisional’ qualification as I qualified before the first initial criticality on core 3 i.e. all the actuals or perform were walk through or discuss!! On the trip to the west coast via Rio we were expected to go back and do the walk thrus and discusses for real. While we stood watches any of the walk thru evolutions that occurred while you were on watch could be counted and you simply had you watch relief resign the qual card saying you had now performed it!!? Of course bringing a case of coke down on watch also encouraged and assisted in getting sigs. Never underestimate the mind of a nuke……..we were always goal oriented. And the goal here was get your signatures so the reactor would get off your butt, in this case George W. ( god willing) Davis.
I am reminded of the first re-lighting of the donkey boiler (don’t recall which AMR it was in as I religiously avoided them) just before the infamous shore steam to fire main connection in Norfolk. Bill “curly Joe” Schwab was the M div officer for the AMRs and BTCM “Flag” Falor ( if they had had a rank of e-10 he was bucking for it. I mean this guy wore starched khaki into the plant. I never saw him with dirt on his hands. He used to in the yard have M division muster on hanger deck and then started orders like; all the fall-in ,dress right dress etc. whatever any of that means?) went down to light off the donkey boiler.
I mean here you have a nuke BTCM and nuke qualified LT what could go wrong??? But then again, what do nukes know about oil and flames? Apparently not enough. after turning on the fuel oil and the air blowers they then inserted a long pole with a lit rag to ignite the fuel oil all more or less correct.
What happened next was this 15 foot flame shot out the ignition port and came up to shake hands with bill and flag. The explosion knocked the hinged stack on the port side catwalks over and belched out lots of black smoke. The naval station pollution control folks called the Big e and advised them to have the tug next to us stop spewing black smoke.!! Even the non-nuke types on the bridge knew enough not to acknowledge that there was no tug.
Now what went wrong. Apparently knowledgeable/real BT’s know that you are supposed to ‘ventilate’ with the blowers for 10 minutes or so before you attempt to ignite the fuel oil or else the mixture is too rich and whammo……. A very exciting story best told to you by someone who was there rather than to experience it firsthand.
I also tried to send a bulletin printed by Newport news talking about building the Big e dated 1960 about 30 pages long with really good story about nukes and the early elts were all BT water tenders.. also there was no reactor department rather there was a B division and RC and M divisions
|Gary Lawler Comes Aboard
Gary Lawler ET2 #1 & #4 plant
Richard B. McMullen Jr Comes Aboard
I saw someone back on
page 54 mentioned Kate Hitchcock. Kate was one of my first female
EOOW students at MTS-635. She left the Navy after ten years and is
currently pursuing a combined MD/PhD at
Seeing the message from George Daniels on page 56 (MMCS? OMGWTF!) made me remember a few tales:
Richard B. McMullen Jr.
Rich Hedlund # 2 Plant 1965-1969 firstname.lastname@example.org
RPE. #s. 1&4 plants mostly
Hey – I sent this to KP a while back, but…
So Stephen J. Shupe was an MM2 in RM3 from 75-79. We kept track of each other for decades, but he died in about 2000 – right after his 50th BD, at which I saw him last. He got a snootful of hydrogen sulfide at a Geothermal electric plant and it killed his lungs.
Rich Hedlund MM1 #2 plant RM 1965 – 1969
Leasons learned from Admiral Harvey
Rich Hedlund MM1 #2 plant RM 1965 – 1969
|I just found your web site and would like to be
included in the list.
David E. Helfer MM1 RM-Division 4-Plant (PPWO) 1960-1965
Thanks in advance,
Dear King Paul-
I happened across your web site as I was looking up some family history, and thought I’d share info on one of the Big E’s crewmen.
A couple of your folks have asked (in the blog section) of the whereabouts of Larry Roeckner. My cousin Larry served in Enterprise in the mid-late 1980’s after joining the Navy in 1979.
Larry passed away in July 1990, somewhere in the Bay Area. It came as quite a shock to his family…….
Please pass this on to Larry’s shipmates.
I was an ELT in RL Division from 82 to 85. My name is Jim Christensen and my email is Jim_christensen2@yahoo.com . Can you please add me to you list.
Terry Behrend EM1. Served 1968-1971
Please add me to the 1990 Big E roster:
Bob Granata RCOH MPA 1992-1994
e-mail : Bobbyg7759@gmail.com
Recent picture of tim stanley and Denny Bley, former
2 plant station officer and reactor training having mini big E re union and yes
a beer or two where shared. Denny's claim to fame: he kept 2 plant up during
infamous domino scrams reducing ship to one reactor on one shaft doing 12 knots.
He resisted direction to X-conn with 3 plant. And a good thing as that was
usually the kiss of death.
Shipmate (and I mean that in a positive way.)
This is EMC Daniel Berryman and i am still navy, planning to retire at about 20 years and 1 day...
I was onboard the Big E from 97-2000. I was in EE01 as EM2 then RT as EM2 then EM1.
My email is email@example.com
Okay! Maybe--just maybe I'm all caught up. If you sent something in last year and it doesn't appear above, then please send it back in. I appologize for the crappy formatting. I haven't really learned how these style sheets work. But I was an electrician. I'm not like you smart ETs or tenacious like you MMs. I'll get there-- I really missed you guys and hope to keep this site critical and steaming. The facebook site is better for daily musings but all sea stories will go here.
Enterprise to make final voyage!
Just found your site. WOW! I served in three plant from 74 to 78. I have some stories,I have some names, and lots of memories.
Not sure if you have seen this or not, but thought I would pass it along:
control room of reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Pat Hoban [Not on Facebook]
A buddy of mine just sent me this link..
I have dopey books from RL division..
And was on from Nov 85 to Aug 89.
Would like to add to the list..
Trying to dump my old email address. Can you please update my address on the old website (http://www.mooj.com/rx-80s.htm)?
old email: firstname.lastname@example.org
new email: email@example.com
I hope you remember me, I'm an X-RE Div 2-Planter from back in the early 80's.
I was wondering if you know of any pictures from when the Enterprise grounded in sight of the Alameda NAS turn basin on 4/28/83? With the 'Prise being decommissioned soon I've been boring family & friends with inflated tales of my misspent youth.
RE Div '81 - '85
KP Note: I'm sure we have some pics on this site (or at least a newspaper scan).
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