Alumni Sandstorm ~ 08/09/17 ~ NAGASAKI ANNIVERSARY
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6 Bombers sent stuff: 
Dick WIGHT ('52), Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52)
Mike CLOWES ('54), John FLETCHER ('64)
Tedd CADD ('66), Brad WEAR ('71)
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BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Marj QUALHEIM ('60)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: John CLEMENT ('66)
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Valerie NIELSEN ('69) 
BOMBER BIRTHDAY Today: Gay WEAR ('69)

BOMBER CALENDAR: Richland Bombers Calendar
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>>From: Dick WIGHT ('52)

Re: Coast Guard

Pete BEAULIEU ('62) submitted an interesting entry yesterday
describing the unique law enforcement mission of the Coast
Guard, in later years specifically permitted by the Posse
Comutatus Act. We "Coasties" took a double oath back in the 
ole days... the "protect and defend" one all military officers
take, and a second one in which we swore to uphold the laws of
the United States and serve as officers of the U.S. Customs.

One small correction to Pete's info: The Coast Guard was a
branch of the Treasury Department from 1790 to 1966 (I think),
and then the Transportation Department from '66 until Dept. of
Homeland Security was formed in 2002.

-Dick WIGHT ('52) ~ in still-sweltering Richland
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>>From: Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52)

Don't blame me, Pete BEAULIEU ('62) brought it up!

How many of you know that there are only THREE COUNTRIES in the
WORLD that are still stuck in the old system of weights and
measures??? Liberia, Myanmar/Burma, and the UNITED STATES.
Shame on us. Time to get with most of the rest of the world and
change to Metric. It honestly is not that difficult. Our
monetary system is already metric and always has been, our
sciences are on the metric system. I was living in Canada when
they elected to change to Metric and the U.S. did not. I was
thinking: WHAT THE HECK??? Think about it.

-Marilyn "Em" DeVINE ('52) ~ in hot, smoky Richland  
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>>From: Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54)

To: Pete BEAULIEU ('62)

Actually, the standard gauge for the railroads is 4' 8-1/2".
The 3 and one half feet you mentioned would qualify as a narrow
gauge railroad, although pretty uncommon.

I know this from personal experience. I spent 21 years working
for a no longer existent railroad (SP). Management worried that
trains would fall off the tracks if the gauge (inside distance
between rails) was wider or narrower than the standard.

Why 4' 8-1/2"? Well, the British established that when they
built the first railroad. In later years there have been wider
gauges. I believe the Russians run on a 5' gauge.

-Bob Carlson, aka Mike CLOWES ('54) ~ Mount Angel, OR where 
   the air quality ain't what it should be and the temps 
   are above normal. 
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>>From: John FLETCHER ('64)

Re: Vicki OWENS ('72)

Vicki's comments certainly hit home for me. I was stationed in
Korea in '67. The country was still ragged on the edges and not
producing the goods it does now. I worked as an X-ray tech at
the 121st Evacuation Hospital about 30 miles from Seoul. When
we did field exercises we were the same unit that the MASH TV
series was based on. MASH didn't come out until a couple years
later. We worked with KATUSAs, Korean soldiers attached to the
US Army. We taught them X-ray technology and had so many good
times. Sgt. Choi took me to Seoul on a Korean bus and we toured
the city. The clerks were Korean and took us on a sampan ride
in Inchon harbor, eating at local cafes, going to a Korean
theater to see "Cleopatra" in English with Korean subtitles.
The seats and rows were designed for small Koreans, my chin 
was on my knees, and a vendor comes down the row selling fried
octopus! Myself and buddy GIs were treated so well by the
Koreans I often think of them and am grateful to have photos 
to recharge the memories. 

A few years later I was stationed at SHAPE Headquarters in
Belgium. Talk about dream duty. Becky ('65) was with me and
Annie was born there. The post was international and the
hospital staffed by civilians and troops from most of the NATO
countries. We lived on the economy and had Belgique neighbors.
Just like Korea, I was treated royally by the locals, invited
into their homes, even having orphan children spend Christmas
with us. During our 3 years there I only recall 1 incident of
rudeness because we were American. We traveled to most of
Europe, trying to hit the out of the way, non touristy places,
speaking none of the local languages. These experiences were
wonderful because the locals we encountered treated us with
respect and friendliness. Remember, I was a dumb-ass, brash GI
and that didn't seem to matter. 

Later stationed in Indianapolis 1971 I worked with an Iranian
living in the US who got drafted into the US Army. He was
getting stupidly shafted on an assignment and, somehow, I was
able to intervene and get him a better deal. My motivation for
helping him was driven by the kindness shown to me in other
countries. Also, Becky's parents worked and lived in Iran
during the Shah's regime and they had a great experience.

When we see someone who may be an immigrant, and there's a lot
in Portland, we say hello and smile. People in many countries
paid it forward.

While I'm at it and I rarely contribute to Maren's masterpiece,
I need to mention Ray STEIN's ('64) post a year ago about his
father's memory loss and how Ray works the crosswords, Sudoku
and word Jumbles to stay intact. So I took the challenge and do
the word Jumbles and really enjoy them. Mostly my brain gets
jumbled and sometimes I have to set one aside in hopes of
inspiration. From taking a day or two to sort one out, now I
can occasionally get unjumbled in a couple minutes. I suspect
there is a finite number of 5 - 6 letter words that cannot
spell out other words. Thanks Ray, I'm hoping this works!

-John FLETCHER ('64)
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>>From: Tedd CADD ('66)

Re: USCG

I really appreciate Dick WIGHT's ('52) description of his
experience as an Ensign in the Coast Guard.

In my transition from enlisted to commissioned officer, I had
to learn a similar lesson. Even though I was reassigned to the
same unit I had been in (against usual practice), I quickly
found that everything had changed. While enlisted, the other
enlisted men and women were, of course, my buddies. But I found
out that they expected something different now that wore the
"gold" (a reference to officer rank insignia).

A couple of weeks after returning, I was at a class at 13th
District Headquarters in Seattle along with a couple of
enlisted men from my unit. We were joking about something 
(long since forgotten) and, laughing, I said to one of them,
"You know that will show up on your performance report." All 
of us joined in on the joke.

But one of the other men took me aside a little later and said,
"Mr. Cadd, I know you were joking but you have to remember that
you now have the power to do that."

I thanked him and I still appreciate his courage and wisdom in
bringing a bit of reality to this new Ensign. I had to be a
commissioned officer. I was expected to lead.

Pete BEAULIEU's ('62) entry is lovely in describing some of the
complications inherent in the Coast Guard's responsibilities
and how they got there. And thank you, Pete, for elucidating
the complexity of the challenge.

Pete, when I was in, it was the Department of the Treasury, I
think. No?

One more issue on the container ships: There are very specific
rules on how they can be loaded. Hazardous cargo only goes in
certain places, incompatible cargo has to be separated from
other incompatible containers by lateral and vertical
distances. I am impressed that they can load one of those
massive vessels at all.

One of the more interesting jobs I had at MSO Portland, OR was
commercial vessel inspections, particularly Special Interest
Vessel or SIV inspection. (Special refers to Russian,
Vietnamese, and other nationality vessels with interests
contrary to those of the USA.)

	[MSO???  -Maren]

Our regular vessel inspections included checking the vessel's
charts for currency, ship's procedures, steering gear,
mechanical system and the like. The goal was to ensure the ship
was sea-worthy and not a threat to our waterways and shipping.
That was all fairly straight-forward.

One of the things I loved about doing that was, when the
boarding team went aboard for an inspection, we all wore
coveralls without rank or rating insignia. In essence, the
petty officer 3rd class had the same authority as the LDCR
(me). Neither was regarded as higher than the other on that
job. Each team member operated in their area of expertise and
had the authority to hold the ship in port until the deficiency
was fixed.

With the SIVs, we had all sorts of interesting complications.
We often had team members from other government agencies with
us. We had specific protocol for handling things like an asylum
request from one of the crew of the vessel (withdraw and bring
in the US State Department). Obviously, we were prohibited from
engaging the crew in anything but the business at hand.

      [SIVs??? -Maren]

As some of you might know, any Russian vessel carried at least
one KGB officer. You may not know who it was, but if he was on
the bridge with you, you knew it. If he was there, it was all
business. If not, the crew was noticeably more relaxed.

During one time on the bridge, one of the crew tried to engage
me in conversation like this: (read this in a strong Russian
accent) "Hey, you and me-we're ok, right? All the rest of this
stuff is just politics, politics." I nodded but redirected the
conversation to the matters at hand.

One of the things you'd notice when inspecting vessels of
various nations was the general condition. Picking on Japanese
vessels first: I'd have been comfortable eating my food right
off the engine room floor. They were typically spotless
throughout the ship. I did find that I (and I'm not very tall)
had to duck slightly to see comfortably out of the bridge
windows.

Contrasting that to the SIVs, they were rusted and dirty. I
wondered at how that reflected the crew's feelings about their
lives.

It would take a couple pages to list the missions the USCG is
charged to carry out. Having served in the USAF for 6.5 years
and having worked alongside representatives from each of the
other services, I'd place the USCG and the US Marines at the
top of the list.

-Tedd CADD ('66)
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>>From: Brad WEAR ('71)

Re: Birthday

Happy Birthday to my sister Gay WEAR Miller ('69) on Wednesday
the 9th. Hope you have a good one and many more.

-Brad WEAR ('71) ~ in balmy Plano, TX where it was 81 today
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