Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/08/17
6 Bombers sent stuff: 
Dick WIGHT ('52), Ruth PATTY ('56)
Pete BEAULIEU ('62), David RIVERS ('65)
Betti AVANT ('69), Brad WEAR ('71)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Doug DUNCAN ('71) '53
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Jennifer HARDEN ('96)

BOMBER ANNIVERSARY Today: Jim ADAIR ('66) & Kathie MOORE ('69)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
    Click the event you want to know more about.
>>From: Dick WIGHT ('52)

Re: Coast Guard

Having read the entries by Tedd CADD ('66) and Vicki OWENS ('72)
gets me "tripping down memory lane". Tedd mentioned "not
trusting ensigns with things with pointed ends like knives and

I joined the Coast Guard in early '52, went to OCS 5 1/2 years
later. I was out of OCS for about six months and was stationed
on a small ship home ported in Monterey, CA. A new Commanding
Officer (C.O.) reported aboard and I was fleeted up to
executive officer at about the same time. The new skipper
apparently sized me up for a few weeks, during which I handled
the ship underway a number of times. So one day he announced he
was taking 30 days leave. The afternoon he departed, he handed
me a letter stating I was qualified to take command in his
absence. Somewhat abashed, I asked him what he wanted me to do
while he was gone. He smiled and instructed me to do what we
always do - maintain buoys in our area, get underway for drills
and exercises, answer search and rescue calls, take the ship to
Alameda if I needed aids to navigation supplies, etc. - and he

The next morning I walked up to the engineer (a "wizened" old
warrant officer of 45 or so) and the chief boatswain mate as
they stood chatting on the forecastle deck. In self-conscious
conversation, I mumbled that it would be a nice day to get
underway and run some drills. They said nothing, just nodded.
So I said, "Well, what do you think?" The warrant officer
smiled and said, "Hell, Dick. YOU are in charge!" So 1/2 hour
later we were underway, Ensign Wight commanding. At age 24, it
was a heady experience! And I didn't break anything! I kept us
busy underway quite a bit over the next four weeks, including a
two-day search for a missing sailboat, and vividly recall
sailing into San Francisco Bay passing under the Golden Gate

Later in my career I was assigned to tours as commanding
officer of two other ships... but that first time underway as
acting C.O. of a ship was perhaps the most ego-enhancing (and 
in some ways the most worrisome!).

-Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in sweltering Richland lost in my memories.....
>>From: Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56)

Re: Jim BOBO ('56)

Happy Birthday, Jim!! Remember our days at Sacajawea. Tell 
Darva hi!

-Ruth PATTY Holesworth ('56)
>>From: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Re: United States Coast Guard and Shipping Containers

The Coast Guard entries are good reading. Some of them deal
with current national security duties following 9/11 and the
inspection of maritime shipping containers. But, why the Coast
Guard rather than, say, the Navy or the Army, or the National
Guard, or the Marine Corps, or even the Air Force?

Ever heard of the quaint Posse Comutatus Act of 1878?

It's real and still in force. Following the Civil War this 
Act was passed to limit the powers of the federal government 
to enforce domestic policies within the United States. A
protection against Reconstruction-style martial law. The Act
was updated in 1956 to apply to the Air Force (which became a
separate branch of the Department of Defense following World
War II), and by regulations also restricts the Navy and the
Marine Corps. 

Instead of the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard has
operated in the past under the Department of Commerce and now
under the new Department of Homeland Security. And so, coastal
interception falls to the one branch of the military not
restricted by the Posse Comutatus Act. Sometimes a complicated
organization chart can work to good outcomes.

Since maritime "shipping containers" have been mentioned, if I
may I'd like to add a word. The standard container is one of
those metal boxes typically measuring 8 1/2' high x 8' wide by
20' long (a Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit, TEU), but most are
forty feet long (2 TEU). These are a sort of moveable type that
tells the story of international trade. The movement of
standardized containers (vs. the replaced and labor-intensive
pallets) is global and transfers from ship to rail or to truck,
or both. With 15 million shipping containers circulating around
the globe at any one time, how are we to be protected from a
rogue nuclear-bomb cigarette dispenser (as in the Ben Affleck/
Morgan Freeman flick, "The Sum of All Fears", 2002) from
ending up on the city docks somewhere, e.g., Baltimore, or
maybe even inland on a mile-and-a-half long container train
passing through Chicago?

In my transportation career I was marginally involved in this
sort of thing with the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, but have
since lost touch. Competition was well underway with techy
methods to secure the loaded containers at the point of origin,
with a sort of padlock (electronic seal: e-seal) equipped with
a unique computer chip transmitter disclosing everything about
contents, origin, destination, route, shipper, schedules, etc.
A broken lock or seal before final delivery means a tampered
container. Problematic containers can be sidelined for physical
inspection and even for x-ray examination without opening. 
Some of the replaceable seal models under review were not very
expensive. We can assume that selected technologies are fully
deployed and further developed by now.

And then this: in our era of international standardization, the
question can arise why shipping containers are 8' wide, rather
than anything else? The same kind of reason as why standard
railroad tracks are 3-1/2' apart. In the case of rail, the
original was the axle length of Roman chariots. With ruts still
visible on the stone Apian Way, why change a good thing?! As
for the containers, the flatbed truck width in the United
States was 8' feet. Intermodal transport of containers-from the
road mode to rail mode to shipboard mode, or vice versa-began
in the United States in the late 1950s. Some innovator used 
a retooled freighter to bypass the bad road system in the
southeastern United States. One thing led to another, and now
the largest container ships carry 18,000 TEUs (equivalent to
roughly 30 double-stack cross-country trainloads, each a mile
and a half long). Federal deregulation of trucking, railroads,
air transport and maritime (1977-1985) played a part.

But, so far so good, the dreaded global replacement of cubits
and feet with the metric system is still nothing to worry
about-we're still with feet and inches, not meters and

-Pete BEAULIEU ('62) ~ Shoreline, WA
   P.S. I stand happily corrected in my earlier and vague
   entry on the 1960 Walla Walla auto fatality. I see that
   the girl who sat behind me in class, and who lost her
   mother, was a Beechinor (wb '64) and not a Beachner as
   I misremembered (the teacher's name who dropped from
   Columbian yearbooks in 1960).
>>From: David RIVERS ('65)

Re: Da poifect cupple

As Curly might say "Woop woop woop" what we got here is a great
couple. One of the most important things I do when I am home 
is see these kids... it is always first on my list... that
doesn't mean it has worked out every single time but most
times... I totally enjoy going to lunch over in Pasco with them
if only to see what "strays" they have picked up during the
past year. They are perhaps the kindest kids I have ever met...
now don't get me wrong... the first time I met the guy, I was
convinced he was about 25 years old and out to take me inna
trade of cars... .I was only 15 and figgered this "older guy"
knew the ropes so I'd best be careful... I mean he had driven
his car to my house so that was nuff fer me to guess his age...
it was about 9 am and he already hadda midnight shadow and a
chin that would make any kid named "Rocky" proud... he had a
great jet black DA and the perfect Buddy Holly curl on his
forehead... korse I would later learn he was a couple a months
younger than I and driving on an Ideeeho farm license... Now
when I met the Bomber-babe I found her to be a great choice for
this guy... what a lady... she has put up with all of us who
call him "friend" and become about as close to me as anybody
else's wife could be... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Jimmie ADAIR ('67)
and Kathie MOORE ('69) on your special day, August 8, 2017!!!!
-David RIVERS ('65)
>>From: Betti AVANT ('69)

Re: All Bomber lunch

Here it is-the last month of August and time for the All Bomber
lunch before school comes on once again. It will be this
Saturday, 12 August 2017 at 11:30. It will be happening at the
Sterlings on Queensgate. Come join us for a meal and some good
conversation, meet some old friends or make some new ones. Hope
to see you there.

-Betti AVANT ('69) ~ Richland 
-Margaret EHRIG Dunn ('61)
-Pat DORISS Trimble ('65)
>>From: Brad WEAR ('71)

Re: Guadalcanal and Coasties

I can't believe I missed the 75th Anniversary of the Marines
invading Guadalcanal on August 7, 1942. With all the talk of
the Coast Guard, it's fitting to combine the two. The only
Coast Guardsman to win the Medal of Honor was awarded to a
Washington Stater. His burial site in Cle Elum is a recognized
duty station for the Coast Guard.

I talked to Jim MATTIS ('68), Saturday and Sunday after he
attended the annual reunion of the 1st MarDiv Assoc. in
Norfolk, VA. He met a 96 year old Guadalcanal veteran that
upped his morale to no end.

-Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in sweltering Plano, TX
That's it for today. Please send more.